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    12-29-2008, 08:10 PM
I use AVG & it's GREAT. Works really well. However, I don't think you can get a virus from here. Good question; are you using IE? It's been said that it had a virus about a week ago, like Vida stated. I've switched to Flock browser now & everything's good, just to be safe.
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    12-29-2008, 08:37 PM
I forgot to say I use AVG Pro and Firefox!
    12-29-2008, 10:25 PM
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, Claire.

You definitely should not have gotten a virus from here, free_sprtd. You mentioned you got a virus a week ago from limewire. Do you know the name of the virus you had? If you tell me I can find out more about it for you.

I'll bet it's the same one rearing its ugly head again. Sometimes these things embed themselves very deep into your operating system. When you say your boyfriend wiped the pc, did he format the entire hard drive to remove every last file and reinstall windows? If not, it's possible that the virus was still there - dormant and waiting.

There was recently a virus that exploited a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that swept the entire Internet. Do you use Internet Explorer? Have you installed any patches or anything Microsoft may have released to deal with the issue? Your operating system may have downloaded and applied any necessary patches automatically. I would look into it, though.

I would definitely install at least a free antivirus program like the one Claire suggested, though I haven't tried that one personally.

actually, I've was screwing with limewire for about 4 months ago, but stopped because I downloaded a stupid virus (ya I was naive). I posted about having a virus a week ago. The virus is called TROJAN.EXE (and something else at the end). He wiped and reinstalled windows. Lately we have only been using IE, that probably isn't helping! Thanks so much that's the answer I was looking for. You're the bestest admin ever Mike!!!!! And thanks for everyone's responses!
    12-30-2008, 05:49 AM
Morning all,

Firstly really sorry for not coming back here, been really busy with business work.

Right shall we get back to the topic .

You can get viruses from any kind of websites, regardless of forums,auction sites or p2p, torrent websites. There are endless possibilities of getting viruses. The only strange thing I found from first your post was that you didn't mentioned that you use P2P software but still getting viruses. That made me think either you have bought or used either floppy disk, infected CD or infected USB key or infected SD card, which might have caused this. Additionally it could have been an external link you clicked either on Myspace, Ebay or this forum which might have lead you to another website which had potential virus. This does not mean that this forum, Myspace or Ebay is infected however it could be the destination site which might have been infected. Unless you provide a log, it is very hard to find out where you got the virus from.

You see the problem is that, people are unaware that they can get viruses from any kind of electronic source regardless of websites. As I mentioned above it could have been from a CD, USB or SD cards.

The only way of protecting yourself against these viruses is to install Antivirus, Antispyware, AntiRootkit, Firewall and Antispam. Then keep them updated all the time. Then run them every week or so (most probably when you are not using your computer).

In other words, you need to take care of your computer just like you take care of your horse. In terms of horse, Food, medicine and extensive training makes your
Horse fit and healthy. Similarly with computers, scanning, updating and cleaning, defragmenting your pc will make your pc run faster.

AVG Free edition is a almost good antivirus however if you click on the options tab you'll see it does not have Antirootkit enabled. Rootkits can be very dangerous, some get installed onto your computer like your computer drivers. Taking them out is very hard and time consuming. I'd say get AVG pro or AVG internet security which works alot better.

Saying that AVG alone cannot work properly, you should install Spybot Search and Destroy and Malwarebytes. Additionally you can use CCleaner or WinXP Manager to keep your pc clean. You can use Diskeeper to defragment your pc.

I'd like to say more but I have to get back to work , however will post more later.

    12-30-2008, 08:17 AM
My dad swears by CCleaner xD
    12-30-2008, 09:03 AM
I've been using the free edition of Avast. When I got hit with a nasty virus a few years ago (the same one mentioned: TROJAN.EXE) I was on an HP at the time. I called HP for tech help and they told me to use Avast. Norton Utilities and McAffre couldn't find the virus but Avast did and I've used it ever since. I also use Spyware Doctor but that one isn't free.
    12-31-2008, 09:36 AM
Malwarebytes free
KKleaner free
Spybot free
AVG Antivirus free

I love freedom!! Hahaha..


To support the whole idea of creating software is to get some money out of them as developing software is not that easy as it sounds like. So if you do use free software then do support them too. It's just giving them a sense of appreciation

    01-11-2009, 09:47 PM
Both my laptops are protected by norton360 and I find this effective...havent tried avg before..

I don't think i've ever gotten a virus from here...

Lol I just did a scan then and 16 tracking cookies showed up....and their all from dads email lol

I never heard about the internet explorer virus....i never use explorer, only firefox but my parents are 'old-fashioned' and use internet explorer despite my constant persuading and pointing out the good points of zilla
    01-12-2009, 06:22 AM
I love zilla but my parents don't like it either. I am not sure why . I would suggest you run Malwarebytes and test your pc and see if any surprises comes .

    01-12-2009, 11:26 AM
Parents can be so silly, can't they? I've explained to my parents over and over the benefits of using Firefox. My dad is pretty computer-savvy and is always up to date with his anti-virus, firewalls, CCleaner, etc. But he just won't switch to Firefox ...

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