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listenstotrees
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From: Stonehenge
Registered: Apr 2009

posted June 01, 2009 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for listenstotrees     Edit/Delete Message
I had a worrying pop-up that appeared on my pc today and since then I've been looking for programs to scan my pc. I clicked on two of them and they did the scan (each coming up with a different number of problems/ infections) but both of these programs parading as "free" wanted money from me to fix them.

I uploaded AVG free edition today.

Does anybody have any advice on the best thing to do about the infections/ threats apparently already on my pc? Are those websites just a con?

Most of you are more knowledgeable than me.

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BlueRoamer
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posted June 01, 2009 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueRoamer     Edit/Delete Message
do a full avg scan, make sure avg is fully updated.....if youre' worried you have viruses/trojans back up on your files hard copy and wipe ur hard drive and reinstall windows (requires windows cd)......make sure your avg is always active and running and updated

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Yin
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posted June 01, 2009 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yin     Edit/Delete Message
Get Avast! http://www.avast.com/
A friend of mine just got WinPC Antivirus - a nasty malware and her PC is now trash!

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listenstotrees
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From: Stonehenge
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posted June 01, 2009 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for listenstotrees     Edit/Delete Message
I'm doing a full scan of my pc right now using Mircosoft Malicious Software Removal Tool from the website below, and it appears my computer is uninfected. The other websites may have been trying to con people into buying their product by making it appear their computers are infected.

This is the website for the tool, it looks like one of the best websites:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

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AcousticGod
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From: Pleasanton, CA
Registered: Apr 2009

posted June 02, 2009 01:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AcousticGod     Edit/Delete Message
You can try AdAware, and Spybot Search & Destroy. Both of those have real, free versions. I think Panda will do a free scan. I seem to remember that they'd do a fix, but I'm not positive. There is tons of advice on the internet, though. Search for whatever weird thing you're getting, and there's bound to be advice on how to rid yourself of it.

Don't go wiping your hard drive, except as a very last resort.

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SpooL
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From: Toronto/Ottawa,Canada
Registered: Apr 2009

posted June 02, 2009 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpooL     Edit/Delete Message
listenstotrees,

Yes, those softwares are a Con, they are built on purpose to find something wrong.

Then they download software that isn't friendly.

AVG is a pretty good software. Same with Panda,Panda got an award several years back less know is Webroot, rumur has it banks use it.

Just keep an eye if you notice anying odd, like the mouse moving by itself or your PC taking longer then usally to load.

Intresting, I was informed to download the Mircosoft Malicious Software Removal Tool along time ago to protect myself from the conflicker virus, that never rally happened.

Anyway, thats a first good step you download and installed it.

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Benedict Moon*
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From: formerly Dulce Luna
Registered: May 2009

posted June 02, 2009 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Benedict Moon*     Edit/Delete Message
Spybot FTW! Its free, trustworthy, and effective.

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