Please help!!!! computer related question

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  1. luvsimpsons

    luvsimpsons Well-Known Member

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    I keep getting these "fake alerts" that turn out to be viruses..I went through this before and do not want to go through it again. What do I do? How do I get rid of them?

    Thanks
     
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    terrell New Member

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    Spybot search and destroy is free and blocks that stuff.
     
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    P-B Honourary Canuck Gold

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    luvsimpsons Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much!!
     
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    luvsimpsons Well-Known Member

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    I know one I dropped because it's practically a virus itself with nags pop-ups and constant crashes, Mcafee. Suckee.
     
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    Oh luv, last thought. Get ZoneAlarm too. The free firewall only, not their free virus/firewall which is not so great. Install Zonealarm first, then shut it down and install your choice of the aforementioned bot programs. Then reboot and they'll both start up and work together nicely.
     
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    luvsimpsons Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much guys, really :). I don't visit any porn sites (honestly) I was just surfing the net and I got these alerts...so I don't know. I don't want to go through what I went through before. It was annoying, not to mention costly getting rid of the viruses on my computer.

    Thanks again
     
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    luvsimpsons Well-Known Member

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    Okay, now I'm confused :sad: :dontknow:
     
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    P-B Honourary Canuck Gold

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    Do a system restore (pick a date before this all started) then download one of those programs and run it.
     
  13. Apple the cat

    Apple the cat Moral conscience of the Shed

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    Also free, and does a damn good job is AVAST antivirus. They have a free version which works quite well, and of course a paid version with some bells & whistles, but all you really need is the free version; www.avast.com
     
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    P-B Honourary Canuck Gold

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    That's another reason why I still use a "Windows Classic" theme on my desktop. When those fake alerts come up, they see your operating system and mimic its default skin. If I see one, it catches my attention extra hard.
     
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    True dat.

    Nothing scares a nerd more than that shit.

    I've got Windows 7 and run Avast! with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware lurking in the background.

    I've also got the usual amount of anti this and that running with Firefox.

    I seem to be doing just fine. : pope:
     
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    P-B Honourary Canuck Gold

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    That's what she said. :coffee:
     
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    luvsimpsons Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys...looks like it'll be a long day figuring this out
     
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    All good advice. You DO need to figure out which problem you have. Probably MalwareBytes is the best. Try to run it from safe mode. Then you will need to be sure there is no root kit installed, which can be there even if you look clean. Use TDSSKiller for this.

    But, as stated above, it is better to be safe and do a system restore. Rootkits are very scary.
     
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    A system restore could cause more problems then she currently has. She needs to identify the root cause(s) and take the specific corrective action to fix it.
     
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    I like to periodically do clean installs -- I know many do not care for that, but it works for me -- sweep out the cobwebs