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Malware removal??......

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Mikej, May 23, 2013.

  1. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've pick up a bug of some kind on the old PC. Went to one sight that found all kinds of issues, after a free scan of course, and then wanted $29.00 to fix them....not at this point. It was from "Spark Trust", anybody familiar, with the software? This has happened twice in the last four years. first time cost me a C-note and the motherboard fried in the process. Last time a year ago on this new PC, cost me a C-note all was well. I went to the Microsoft sight and a scan mentioned the :Alureon Trojan. tried to remove it and it said it wasn't completely removed.

    Somehow I've disabled Flash Player?? youtube won't work, weather map looping won't work, DAMN!

    What to do now before it's too late? I am really a computer illiterate!

    Mike
     
  2. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    I've been running Avast as a virus scanner, and I've found viruses on computers that had McAfee and Norton installed on them. It's a free scanner.
     
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  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Linux.
     
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  4. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    Without being smart - rebuilding the PC might be the best solution - your backups may not be usable depending on when those backups were taken in relationship to when you beleive you recived the virus. A backup now may only put this virus on your new build if you were to use them.
    If you are on Comcast - they provide Norton for free and might be a help in the future.

    My job is as a Backup and Recovery admin. Viruses are a big issue and in most cases they never get through but every once in a while they do - rarely. When they do get through - we simply reimage the desk top.

    James Ruby
     
  6. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I often wonder if the companies that create the anit virus software dont also create the viruses. Kind of keeps them in business.

    James Ruby
     
  7. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Yeah, they are like the FBI and domestic terrorism that way.
     
  8. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    Panda will scan for free but have to buy software to fix.

    I used panda for years until Norton fixed the memory hog issue.

    Now Norton all the way. I have never had a virus.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Xparent Red Tapatalk 2
     
  9. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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  10. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    I second malwarebytes. Good piece of kit. All the stuff that lets you scan for free, then make you pay are usually scams. Use chrome, I've switched all my family members to it and they haven't had viruses or malware since. And, that is coming from the people who would get malware/adware weekly.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
     
  11. FortunateSon

    FortunateSon Marion County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Go here, this will cure your machine as long as you follow the directions and don't skip any steps.

    READ & RUN ME FIRST Malware Removal Guide (incl. spyware, virus, trojan, hijacker) - MajorGeeks Support Forums

    My PC was slammed and this took care of it. Now I use Malware Bytes and Super AntiSpyware, along with Microsoft's Security Essentials. All are free. The Malware Bytes and Super AntiSpyware free versions do not actively monitor your computer, but if you update weekly and runs scans you will be good to go. Say want you want about Microsoft, MS Security Essentials is a very good program and it does actively monitor your system and will update automatically whenever updates are available. And did I mention that all three are FREE Applications?

    In addition to these I also use the free version of Comodo Firewall, which runs in conjunction with the Hardware Firewall built in to my wireless.

    I haven't had any issues since cleaning my machine using the instructions at MajorGeeks, and I am all over the internet.........
     
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  12. FortunateSon

    FortunateSon Marion County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yeah, and I also use Chrome. Fast and secure.........
     
  13. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    not so sure on the secure part, isn't it run by google backed by the gooberment?
     
  14. FortunateSon

    FortunateSon Marion County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well, nothing is totally secure but in comparison to IE, yes it is secure. My opinion, of course. And I am no Geek..........
     
  15. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    No, it isn't.
     
  16. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried using System Restore in Windows? Easy way to get rid of nasty bugs as it will restore your PC to a date before you got the bug and it does not delete any documents.
     
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    carracer Nampa, Idaho Active Member

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    Majorgeeks is my go-to place for this kind of stuff for almost 10 years. Has never failed my yet.
     
  18. Kable

    Kable Lynnwood Active Member

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    As mentioned before malwarebytes is really good for removing most that garbage. Avast is a good free anti virus and surprisingly Microsoft's security essentials is also decent which is hard for me to say because I loathe Microsoft. Stay away from internet explorer. I use Firefox and make sure you're up to date on all Windows updates and security patches for all software and keep updated on Java and Adobe flash player, they like to expose security holes in those. Also do not ever run internet straight off your modem you NEED a router (firewall)
     
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  19. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Another great anti spyware and crap removal tool is "Spybot Search and Destroy" . Often finds nastys that malwarebytes misses.
     
  20. saxon

    saxon springfield Active Member

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    to add the the others also get AVG it is free as well.

    with all that have been talked about in the quotes i run win 7 and use only IE and have NEVER had any issues