computer virus

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  1. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

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    got on last night and this security shield kept coming up saying i had virus and trogans and all that could not get it off the screen kept popping up saying join for a year and we will remove.Brought it to computer place and he said everyone is bringing theres in with the same issue he said it is a fake they try to wipe out your credit card (which i cancelled) so watch out
  2. GunNut89

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    thanks for the heads up!
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    Thanks for the warning!
  4. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

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    i'm going to check with computer guy to see what else i can put on computer to protect it if i find out anything i will let u know, i have mcafee and malaware now and that did not stop em
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    been going around for a while now I got it from an off-site link someone posted here to a funny picture site but some people at work got it from facebook
  6. H-D

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    I have AVG and Spybot and Malwarebytes (all free) they are good
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    avast anti virus stops it dead ..
  8. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

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    will they be compatible with my computer?
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    Beth there is a program that is called super anti spyware... (one word) Download it for free and it runs in the background. It has removed anything that has gotten past my anti virus. All you need to do is update it every so often by clicking on update when you start your computer you will get a notice when it needs updated.
  10. mjp28

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    Make sure you have a good working firewall. (edit add - some bad guys disable your FW then rehit your computer, simple but deadly. I use Norton 360, does everything, AV, FW, etc.)

    Plus I'd update your regular antivirus and do a complete scan ASAP.

    Also watch where you go and what you click on out there.;)
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  11. BETH

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    i am hoping they can fix it without erasing everything i had on there?
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    Do you back up your files? I use Carbonite, backs up automatically off-site (cloud) you set it up and do nothing....costs about $4.95/mo. but can be priceless!

    On your files I don't know, depends on what happened.
  13. Bobitis

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    I'm not gonna dissagree with anyone else here. This is just my opinion.

    Beth, the best thing you can do is not click on anything that pops up wanting ANY info about you. Just hit the power button and shut off yer computer. Don't close any windows, just turn it off.

    2nd.

    Any and ALL spy/mal/popup/protect programs have an agenda. They like THEMSELVES. NONE of them get along with any other programs. It's not self serving after all, and they ALL want yer attention. NOT the other guy on the block.

    They create conflicts with other programs, and that's bad for you. I've run many of them over the years, and they don't get along. None of them. Every one of them is self serving.

    I know many here have other opinions. This is mine.
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    I run avast now. Had AVG, up to date, it let through multiple viruses that completely crashed my system. After that I tell people to run away from AVG.

    Greg
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    Do you ever clean your Registry, important!!

    I use Registry Mechanic ($29/yr) but you can get a free registry cleaner, mine creates back up start up data and other stuff.

    Also what's your computer make, how old, what O/S, etc. to be more specific.
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    What's a girl to do decisions decisions? I do not have a back up never ran one? what exactly is registry
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    I clean this thing at work all the time it has been around for years, this year it has gotten very hard to remove! It evolves about every 6 months. MSN has it most the time, it usually comes from the ads on the right or left of msn, facebook, myspace, etc. It just this year (oops, new year, it was last year) started quite a stir in the apple community as it infected apples. Apple was beside itself as they told the apple techies NOT to admit it as an infection!

    It sucks that it can not be rooted and gotten with antivirus.
  18. cpttango30

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    It's just malware not a virus. I deal with them all the time. I myself prefer kaspersky av. Anything Symantec uses too much CPU and memory for my liking. I am forced to use Symantec at work and when someone calles me this problem I just load up a new os image and 20 min later they are good to go.

    While avast and avg are good free av programs they are not as good as the new windows security essentials. None of them are as good as a quality av like kaspersky or Symantec Internet security.
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    That's all very true, the new NAV are better than the older ones, I got real lazy when I worked on a friend's messed up computer (kids!) and got it going and liked the NAV 360 one click and your done thing. It got pretty good reviews in the latest studies I've seen.

    I used to piecemeal all the free stuff together -but- in today's world the free ones just don't measure up like they might have years back. Get a good AV!
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    Start here, go to a site like PCWorld.com and look around, they can show you a lot like what's out there, how much stuff costs or even the freebies to download.

    Cleaning your regisrty now might not be your #1 priority but I'd look into downloading a cleaner, make sure it does a backup first before running!

    What is it, here's the computereze on it:

    The Windows Registry is an enormous batch of files containing information about almost everything that occurs on the computer, from a visit to a Web site to a program installation. The registry also contains information about drivers and other essential programs, like DLLs -- small helper programs that often work with more than one application. This information is stored in the form of "keys" that help programs run. It's like a big blueprint for where everything goes on your computer and how it all fits together. Only computers running Windows operating systems have registries, and despite rumors to the contrary, Windows 7 will have a registry.

    A registry may have hundreds of thousands of entries, and new entries are created all the time. As it fills with information, the registry may cause a computer's performance to suffer. One problem is that Windows almost never removes registry entries, even if a program is uninstalled, as most uninstallers aren't able to effectively remove their own registry keys. And as files are moved around and programs are uninstalled, some registry keys point to programs or files that no longer exist or are located elsewhere.
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