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CourtJester 12-19-2011 12:37 AM

FYI: Win 7 Antispyware
 
Just so you all know.....

if you get a pop up showing "Win 7 antispyware" it is a virus and will jack your computer up. It looks like a Windows software thing, but it's not.

I didn't have Norton anti virus stuff until now but over the weekend I got hit with it. Finally got to the point that my computer was just locked up and wouldn't go to the start page.

In the end I had to restore everything back to the factory settings. Lost everything on my computer.

If you run into one of these windows, just STOP and clean your virus $hit before you do anything else.

Carry on.

MrWray 12-19-2011 12:42 AM

Thanks for the warning brother..

partdeux 12-19-2011 12:48 AM

Windows malware, antivirus software is actually pretty good.

jjfuller1 12-19-2011 12:48 AM

WOW.. my wife's computer also just got hit with this virus last night. we restarted to safe mode and ran spy bot Search and destroy. it seems to have worked. her computer was not opening any programs or anything. and we did it in the first 20 minutes or so... glad we didnt wait longer.

MidnightExpress 12-19-2011 01:13 AM

Yeah, sometimes learning hurts. I "learned" that an outlet here in the den would short out and burn up a computer when it rained excessively. The previous owner installed an outlet and a metal gang box in the rock chimney and it would get saturated shorting out the outlet. That little lesson cost me two machines (about $1800 combined) in a year. Not to mention all the data lost on the harddrive that was toasted.

SpyBot Search and Destroy is a great program, Spyware Doctor is anther great utility. I also keep Spyware Blaster and Winpatrol running all the time, both are low resource consumption and you never know they're there unless WinPatrol blocks something.

You should also look into Super Antispyware and HiJack This! too, as no one program is able to completely in removing all spyware. Some can miss certain spyware/malware/adware that others will catch. Spyware Doctor seems to catch the most.

You should really run these programs once or twice a week even if there's no known threat, you'll be surprised what they can find.

trip286 12-19-2011 01:53 AM

Oh yeah, I've gotten this one tpo, incidentally while I was watching some anti Obama videos. There is a repair for it, and a system restore doesn't always do the trick with this one. I restored my computer several times before I found the repair patch, don't ask me for it, because I've since had to trash that computer anyway, and I don't have it.

Advanced system care is also one of the anti mal ware programs I use, they're pretty good and have a free downloadable version.

boatme98 12-19-2011 03:40 AM

Thanks. Watching for it.

danf_fl 12-19-2011 03:17 PM

I've been using malwarebytes and AVG-free on most of my pc's. No problem.

dks7895 12-19-2011 03:47 PM

Technically it is malware and not a virus.

I have been in IT for over 20 years and recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 machines. Best free protection out there for Windows 7 IMHO.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows

If your system is already hit with malware (#1 culprit on Windows machines), scan and clean it with Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

Just my $.02

Snakedriver 12-19-2011 04:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dks7895 (Post 655469)
Technically it is malware and not a virus.

I have been in IT for over 20 years and recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 machines. Best free protection out there for Windows 7 IMHO.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows

If your system is already hit with malware (#1 culprit on Windows machines), scan and clean it with Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

Just my $.02

This 100%! My new Windows 7 laptop had the malware mentioned by the OP within days of starting it up. Malwarebytes cleaned it up chop-chop and MS Security Essentials has been onboard protecting the machine ever since. I had to boot my machine into "Safe Mode" and run Malwarebytes off a portable hardrive to get past the malware nasty. Those bastards who create those things should be hunted down and squashed like bugs!

The MS Security Essentials runs quietly in the background and doesn't place any burden on the machine's performance. Also, you can't beat free! You obtain it at the main Microsoft Website. It SHOULD come installed on every new Windows 7 machine, but it doesn't.


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