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GoonBoss
04-07-2010, 04:55 AM
I've gotten this crazy virus masqueradeing as Vista and wanting my credit card info, etc. ....Any advice how to get rid of this little ****er? I can't even get online with the other computers in the house. I run Firefox on my laptop, which is apprently aloowing me to be online.

FinFan 13
04-07-2010, 05:35 AM
What anti-virus do you use? I would recommend Microsoft security essentials. It's free and for all windows OS. Don't use Norton or Mcafee, or really any other AV that you have to pay for. They do more harm than good. If you aren't running an anti-virus, that's your problem.

fin-atic
04-07-2010, 05:40 AM
Well I kind of disagree with FF13 on this. First of all run something! Mcafee or Norton or anything is better than nothing. If they don't remove it successfully, but identify it, you can google the virus and usually find how to remove it. Be careful not to go to a fake commercial site that is selling you ant-vrius. Look into tech forums etc. for real answers. Fact is some viruses write to your registry and can be a nightmare to remove because they regenrate when you launch your browser or reboot your system.

But always, run some form of ant-virus. I run Mcafee on all of my laptops and desktops and never had an issue in five years that it didnt catch.

Myles Fynch
04-07-2010, 06:00 AM
I agree with Fin-atic. It's imperative to use something. I caught a nasty virus when I was using crappy AV software, which is when I heard about this:

http://www.superantispyware.com/

I know it has a cheesy name and calls itself "antispyware" but it also detects and removes viruses. It worked for me. Now, it *will not* protect you against other viruses going forward unless you buy the pro version because that is the only way it will run all the time, but it can be run manually whenever you want as the free version to see if you have any. So that's how I used it; I never bought it, I just use it once a week as a double-check. Right now I'm using Kaspersky, but it's not easy to learn. I like it because I've had it for 2 years and am comfortable with it.

You need something running 24/7 to stay protected though. Beware of many of the "review" sites that are just pimping something for one of their partner websites.

Here's another free one I used a few years ago. My family still uses it, though.

http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

At least if you try these free ones you can try to get your system clean, then you can decide what you want to do next as far as keeping the free ones or buying a different product.

Good luck!

FinFan 13
04-07-2010, 06:43 AM
Well I kind of disagree with FF13 on this. First of all run something! Mcafee or Norton or anything is better than nothing. If they don't remove it successfully, but identify it, you can google the virus and usually find how to remove it. Be careful not to go to a fake commercial site that is selling you ant-vrius. Look into tech forums etc. for real answers. Fact is some viruses write to your registry and can be a nightmare to remove because they regenrate when you launch your browser or reboot your system.

But always, run some form of ant-virus. I run Mcafee on all of my laptops and desktops and never had an issue in five years that it didnt catch.


What are you talking about? I said to always run something. I said if he isn't running a AV, that is the problem. Where did you get the idea I said not to run anything????

Mcafee and Norton are nothing but bloatware. They slow your computer down over time. The new MSE from microsoft is the way to go. I would never recommend going online W/O an AV.

GoonBoss
04-07-2010, 06:59 AM
Because of Cash flow, I''ve cut out lots of things. Virus protectin was one. Tax return is in soon, so I chould be able to take care of it. Thanks guys

FinFan 13
04-07-2010, 07:08 AM
Because of Cash flow, I''ve cut out lots of things. Virus protectin was one. Tax return is in soon, so I chould be able to take care of it. Thanks guys


Goon,
go to microsoft.com. Look for Microsoft security essentials. It is free and specifically designed for all windows OS. Again, it is FREE. Will work just as good as any other AV you can buy.

GoonBoss
04-07-2010, 07:17 AM
Goon,
go to microsoft.com. Look for Microsoft security essentials. It is free and specifically designed for all windows OS. Again, it is FREE. Will work just as good as any other AV you can buy.

It's going good. I found that tool. 1K plus files found infected now.

FinFan 13
04-07-2010, 07:29 AM
It's going good. I found that tool. 1K plus files found infected now.


:up:

Wildbill3
04-07-2010, 07:41 AM
steps to take...


go into safe mode ... (reboot, hit f8 before windows boots)
go to control panel... system tools... disable system restore.
download malware bytes, Combofix, Ccleaner and AVG Free.
Run combofix.
After combo fix go back into safemode and run malwarebytes.
install and run Ccleaner, disable all startup items (note i Said diable not delete) check all boxes under cleaning except for wipe free space.
Run at least twice or until you get zero infections.
Finally you should have a clean system. Install AVG and run it.

dolfan06
04-07-2010, 07:46 AM
i use AVG anti virus. usually a virus comes in as an attachment, if there is one present in any email AVG will alert you. i started to go to facebook once and AVG wouldn't let me do it because it said there were six viruses present.

fin-atic
04-07-2010, 07:51 AM
Eaaaaaasy there cowboy. I disagree with you about Norton and McAfee. I was not saying that you said to run nothing. Sorry I wasn't clear.

Now breathe...have some decaf...relax.



What are you talking about? I said to always run something. I said if he isn't running a AV, that is the problem. Where did you get the idea I said not to run anything????

Mcafee and Norton are nothing but bloatware. They slow your computer down over time. The new MSE from microsoft is the way to go. I would never recommend going online W/O an AV.

Nawledge
04-07-2010, 08:23 AM
i use Norton and it works great, it always detects threats and viruses...idk where you get this "Norton does more harm than good" idea, i would have to disagree with you 100% on that. Nortons caught so much stuff that wouldve F'd me up. If your gonna pay for a program i would recommend Norton but if your going with something free then idk what to recommend.

Vaark
04-07-2010, 08:27 AM
I agree with Bill on malwarebytes which I use regularly. Like finfan, I'm now using MS Security Essentials after getting sick of McAfee and Norton bloatware... but AVG, Avira and Avast are also excellent AV freeware packages.

You really should put one of the freeware firewalls on as well. Comodo is probably the best but not all that intuitive; there are others like Zone Alarm and Outpost that work pretty well too. If you don't, at the least you should make sure that the MS OS's firewall is activated in your control panel security folder.

GoonBoss
04-08-2010, 12:33 AM
steps to take...


go into safe mode ... (reboot, hit f8 before windows boots)
go to control panel... system tools... disable system restore.
download malware bytes, Combofix, Ccleaner and AVG Free.
Run combofix.
After combo fix go back into safemode and run malwarebytes.
install and run Ccleaner, disable all startup items (note i Said diable not delete) check all boxes under cleaning except for wipe free space.
Run at least twice or until you get zero infections.
Finally you should have a clean system. Install AVG and run it.



Gonna try that tonight after I get home. The one cpu I can't even get online with though, because it won't let me go to an sites.

Slim
04-08-2010, 12:46 AM
Better yet... just do a system restore.

Oh and btw i haven't had an AV installed on my PC in over 3 years.

Download torrents through a private tracker
Don't open malicious emails
Careful where you watch porn

These are all things that will prevent the need for an AV.

X-Pacolypse
04-12-2010, 01:48 AM
I've gotten this crazy virus masqueradeing as Vista and wanting my credit card info, etc. ....Any advice how to get rid of this little ****er? I can't even get online with the other computers in the house. I run Firefox on my laptop, which is apprently aloowing me to be online.

I told you to stop going to all of those granny porn sites.