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How to protect PCs from USB-malware carriers?

Question: How to protect PCs from USB-malware carriers?

We maintain several PCs from a library, a research lab for students in a university. Just recently bunch of malwares swarm inside the lab and nearly affected all the machines. Most of these malwares are being imported from student's flash drives in which they're freely allowed to plug on the PC's. So cleaning the infections was really tedious. We cloned the drives and some were fixed using anti-malware softwares. 
 
Each computer is running a Microsoft Security Essentials for virus protection, and that's it.

Our main problem is, how should we setup each PCs so that we can prevent those viruses from porting inside the system? Is there any particular software or windows configurations that can offer such functionality? MSE merely detects all these viruses and most of it already infiltrated the system and removing each as I said is very tedious and time consuming.
Maybe you guys got some efficient workarounds with this type of predicament.NOTE:
All PCs have the same hardware and uses Windows 7 32bit.
 

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Preferred Solution: How to protect PCs from USB-malware carriers?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: How to protect PCs from USB-malware carriers?

Simple, look at:
 
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/541639/security-suggestions-post-3-of-7/
 
Have a great day!

 

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Ok this is weird. I run Ntl netguard, and Spyware Doctor. A few days ago, SpyDoc refused to auto update. Nothing strange thought I, site must be down.

Well its been four days now. Then I noticed I couldn't connect to Microsoft to do updates either. On further investigation, I found I can't connect to ANY legit malware sites. I have run Spybot, Ntl netguard, Malware Byte's anti malware, and Norton AV, none found anything wrong.

However, I tried setting up a proxy within Firefox, and CAN connect to the sites I couldn't otherwise. (albeit incredibly slowly).

As things stand, I can't update any malware software, and assume my poor PC must have caught something new and nasty.

Please help

Hi jack this follows:-

Code:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 21:10:08, on 19/01/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\ntl\ntl Netguard\fws.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Command Software\dvpapi.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterSer... Read more

Answer:Help Pls! Can't update Malware Protect or Visit Any Malware Sites

sorry, bump
 

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Question: carriers

I live 20 - 30 minutes north of DC in southern MD.

T Mobile gives a lot of perks especially 3 GB data for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Verizon has fewer perks and 1 GB data for the same money and has the Lumia Icon.

It seems Verizon has the greater area but T Mobile the fastest 4G and LTE.

The coverage maps are fuzzy.

I may ask for a test drive 30 days to see.

What is your opinion on just the choices on the board?

Answer:carriers

Hi there again, Peter. As you know I've been cell phone since the first bags and worked construction, so it's been very beneficial for me. I've been through the gamut of carriers.

You shouldn't have problems in your area with reception. There should be towers galore. The test drive for 30 days is a good idea. It really depends on if you do any traveling to remote areas. Vz does have the biggest area, followed by AT&T then I believe T Mobile.

I was with Vz for about 7 or 8 years with contracts, but bought my AT&T branded Lumia via the MS online store and went AT&T prepay. I don't know if the president signed the "unlocking" bill that was passed by both houses, but if he does we will be able to unlock our branded phones and go to any carrier any time we choose. Now the competition is on to keep customers. Things will get better. Most of them are offering sweet deals.

Three of my children have T Mobile with that family promo going on. The more people you get to sign up reduces the monthly payment. One of them is down to $20/mo with unlimited everything. Not a bad deal if they're still offering that.

Hope that helps you again on your decision.

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Something (Malware ? ?) locked up my PC (Windows XP). I got a pop up message that my PC was infected and click "yes" to buy an AV program. I did not click "Yes", but every program I tried to run came up with the same message. I took it where I bought it and they fixed it by cleaning my hard drive and re-loading my OS. Fortunately, I had BU'd my personal files. They called the problem an "intercept". Norton AV did not catch it. They also loaded "Malwarebytes" for me.

What is the best way to protect for this kind of problem ?
 

Answer:How to protect against Malware ?

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please read ALL of this message including the notes before doing anything.

Pleases follow the instructions in the below link:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide


and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

**** If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going. ****
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not. MGtools will frequently run even when all other tools will not.


After completing the READ & RUN ME and attaching your logs, make sure that you tell us what problems still remain ( if any still do )!
Helpful Notes:


If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, you can run the steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:

Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools and the manual updates for SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes ( links are given in the READ & RUN ME) onto another PC and then burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.
If you cannot seem to login to an infected user account, try using... Read more

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Make sure you get your system protected from ocurrences of malware problems. Below are some simple steps you can take to reduce the chance of infection in the future. I strongly encourage you to do them all. There is no perfect solution for totally preventing malware from getting on your PC, however, these steps will help.

Please do not make the false assumption that this thread is old or out of date based on the date the thread was started ( 10-10-04 21:52 ). Look at the Last Edited date at the bottom of this message as this procedures does evolve with time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is getting more and more difficult to find real true freeware these days that does not include bundleware, toolbars...etc and junk you just don't want. Make sure you pay attention during installation of anything you download and read license agreements. Be sure to uncheck check boxes for the bundleware and toolbars where you can so that you opt out because the defaults are always to opt in.


1. Visit Windows Update: Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for your operating system and IE. The first defense against infection is a properly patched OS. For anyone who is not yet running at least Windows 7 (which you really should be running at a minimum if your PC supports it) see the below link before updating. Note: Windows XP is not longer supported by Microsoft and is hence a security risk.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
You should check for Windows Updates at least once a ... Read more

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How would you protect yourself from a fud?
 

Answer:How to protect yourself from a FUD malware?

LukeNukesEm said:





How would you protect yourself from a fud?Click to expand...

Supplement your security with something besides signatures.
 

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i Just bought a new PC. i have a couple questions from the 'How to protect yourself from malware' thread.

My Pc is running windows 7.

In the Firewall section it doesnt say if the windows 7 firewall is sufficent? If it isnt i will download and outpost firewall and disable the windows one.

In the Antispware tools i downloaded Micrsoft security essentials for Winbdows 7. Since i also downloaded Avast as my anti Virus is it ok to run both these?

In the disable the autoruns feature there is no update for windows 7?
 

Answer:How to protect yourself from Malware

avilo4u said:





In the Firewall section it doesnt say if the windows 7 firewall is sufficent? If it isnt i will download and outpost firewall and disable the windows one.Click to expand...

While the Windows 7 firewall is better than what was in previous versions of Windows, it is still very inadequate.





avilo4u said:





In the Antispware tools i downloaded Micrsoft security essentials for Winbdows 7. Since i also downloaded Avast as my anti Virus is it ok to run both these?Click to expand...

No! MSE is and antivirus and antispyware. So is Avast. You can only have one of them installed.





avilo4u said:





In the disable the autoruns feature there is no update for windows 7?Click to expand...

Microsoft has never updated their info ( from here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715 ) for Windows 7 so I'm not sure if everything that is used for Vista would apply.

You can just run this >> Autorun Eater
 

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Question: Network T-Carriers

I'm reading a Network book and they reference T1, Fractiona1 T1, and T3 circuits. Are CIRCUITS the physical lines (wires or cables) that carry data or are they electronic signals similar to data travel on a motherboard bus lines?
Jim
 

Answer:Network T-Carriers

T1 and T3 connections are made by physical wire from the phone company CO to your location. They're also very expensive.
 

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Whats the differences in example: buying a GTX 690 from different GPU carriers? Follow-up questions: Which is the best and why?

Some to mention are:
Powercolor
ASUS
Gigabyte
EVGA
Palit
Galaxy
MSI
Sapphire
XFX

Answer:Difference between GPU carriers?

Carrier? What's that?

eVGA is known for good customer service - for US customers, at least.

As far as I know, Sapphire only makes AMD-based graphics cards.

If you're specifically looking for a 690, I'm not sure that all of these makers have them. The market for $1000 graphics cards appears to be limited. (www.newegg.com has no 690s in stock at the moment, from any maker. There are a few at amazon.)

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Hi. I am rather a person with basic knowledge about computers so don?t be surprised if my question will sound stupid to you.
I have a Windows PC and I often use my thumb drive to print some documents in my university. I?m afraid that it will become infected someday so I thought it would be a good idea to use it only with Puppy Linux when I'm at home. This is why I made my thumb drive a bootable one with Puppy on board. What I want to do is to boot to Puppy, copy the files I need to print or use at the university to the USB drive, then close the system and disconnect the USB drive. To be clear, only one USB stick is involved in this process (Puppy and data are on the same USB stick). Would that prevent infecting my Windows PC? If not then how can I avoid viruses spreading through USB? Can malware do any harm to Windows OS when Puppy is booting?
 

Answer:Can puppy protect me from malware?

Good idea if I understood correctly
 

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Hello,

Is there any thread for "How to protect yourself from malware (for vista)" as the one written by chaslang for windows xp.

Another question plz. Is there any site to give ranking for antivirus softwares like matousec for pro-active internet security softwares.

Also kindly tell me plz that avast antivirus is better or comodo internet security with antivirus is better.

Thanks.
 

Answer:How to protect yourself from malware (for Vista)

ablaze said:





Is there any thread for "How to protect yourself from malware (for vista)" as the one written by chaslang for windows xp.Click to expand...

It was not written for Win XP. It is for all versions of Windows althoough obviously there is more in there that relates to WinXP and older since they have been around longer.





ablaze said:





Another question plz. Is there any site to give ranking for antivirus softwares like matousec for pro-active internet security softwares.Click to expand...

You should ask in the Software Forum. But reviews of AVs are typically out of date by the time they are published. This happens because many programs update 3 to 5 times per day and even just one update can drastically improve or reduce an AVs test score.





ablaze said:





Also kindly tell me plz that avast antivirus is better or comodo internet security with antivirus is better.Click to expand...

You are not comparing apples to apples. Avast is just an antivirus. Comodo Internet Security includes all of the below:

firewall
antivirus
Host Intrusion Protection System (HIPS)
BOClean Anti-Malware is not being included in CIS

 

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I have read this threadhttp://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=44525 and i am paying particular attention to #5 AntiSpyWare Tools, and it states ONLY USE 1 REALTIME BLOCKER So my question is, i use ESET'S nod32 Antivirus to protect my machine, but it has antispyware protection included. I also have Malwarebytes Pro providing real time blocking, so am i in effect useing more then 1 realtime blocker? If so what do i do about that? I paid for Malwarebytes Pro, not using it will defeat it's purpose and be considered a waste of money!
 

Answer:How to Protect yourself from malware Thread

You;re fine. One AV only, but you can have more than one AS (Anti-spyware ).
 

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I continue to get the "SysProtect" download window on both I.E. and Mozilla. Followed your steps listed to clean my system, but same "Virtumonde" files appear each time I run Ad-Aware. Here is the Hi-Jack this log (after running Ad-Aware, see end of log for HijackThis log generated after restarting computer w/o running Ad-Aware):Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 9:48:28 PM, on 5/18/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exeC:\WINDOWS\System3... Read more

Answer:Malware - Virtumonde & Sys Protect?

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order in which they are mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes.Step #1Scan again with HijackThis and check the following items:R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/...//www.yahoo.comR3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - ~CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)O2 - BHO: WTLHelper Object - {6D33B121-5C4C-4450-9D1F-7B67085CC199} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\jkhhe.dllO20 - Winlogon Notify: jkhhe - C:\WINDOWS\system32\jkhhe.dllAfter checking these items, close all browser windows except HijackThis and click "Fix checked".Step #2Please download VundoFix.exe to your desktop.Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it.Put a check next to Run VundoFix as a task.You will receive a message saying vundofix will close and re-open in a minute or less. Click OKWhen VundoFix re-opens, click the Scan for Vundo button.Once it's done scanning, click the Remove Vundo button.You will receive a prompt asking if you want to remove the files, click YESOnce you click yes, your desktop will go blank as it starts removing Vundo.When completed, it will prompt that it will shutdown your computer, click OK.Turn your computer back on.Please go HERE to run Panda's ActiveScanOnce you are on the Panda site click the ... Read more

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Hello - First, let me say thank you for helping me rectify a really poor choicesof opening software I wasn't 100% certain was verifiable. As a result I have the Virust Protect Pro problem (at a miniumum) which seems to tie up my machine a lot and causes problems with my wireless network adapter. I have used Spybot and Adware to no avail. I've copied and pasted the Hijack This log below and won't make any changes until I hear from you.
With great thanks for your help!
K

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:52:29 PM, on 8/27/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avguard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
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I am new to this sort of thing so bare with me. I understand that there is a 3g slot in my x230.I understand that you can put a sim card in there.I understand that only certain band frequencies can work, and so the sim card has to be from certain companies. I want to know if 4g is possble using the 3g slot.I want to know what carriers in Canada can I get a sim card from, and get 3g or 4g internet from by using my x230. I don't want to buy an adapter.I'm using Ubuntu if that matters. Thanks.

Answer:x230 3g or 4g, and what carriers in Canada can I use with it?

Hi, Akiva
 
The answer isn't easy.1. You say about sim card only and mean carrier selection. But the real choice depends of your requirements in high speed mobility, the curriers in your areas, your mobility. Do you need LTE (4g) or 3g is enough presently and for the nearest future?
 
2. Then, the choice depends of the wwan cards nomenclature which x230 supports officially. The list is short:- Ericsson h5321 - 3g UMTS- Sierra Wireless mc8355 - 3g UMTS+CDMA- Sierra Wireless mc7700/7710/7750 - 3g, LTE
 
3. For 3g networks only mc8355 is the most universal card as it supports almost every 3g network worldwide. Just buy sim card or simless contract. The next steps depend of the carrier, are there needs of the card activation or no.
 
4. LTE is another case. The choice of the card and carrier depends of the LTE frequency band they support.There are several LTE carriers in Canada. As far as I know they use 2 LTE bands only, 1700 mhz (B4) and 2600 mhz (B7). Not all carriers support both bands. As an example, the biggest (?) Canada carrier Bell uses B4 in the most coverage areas and B7 in a few areas.
5. Unfortunately no one mc77xx family card doesn't support both bands:- mc7700 supports B4- mc7710 supports B7
mc7710 seems more universal card as it supports more bands then mc7700 and mc7750, especially for European carriers.
 
6. The card and carrier selection also influence for the maximum speed you can get from the network. The more widely frequency band th... Read more

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Topic title pretty much says it all. How can i prevent hijacking of my browser or even worse my entire computer? Last night i made a stupid move and attempted to download something off Pirate Bay, i read the comments and it looked legit. Since i didn't have a software that downloads the torrent i clicked on whichever one Pirate Bay offered me. The software was successfully installed and was downloading the program but it froze the halfway and my google chrome completely stopped working, Later on i found out that Conduit is a malware that sometimes installs itself without the user's permission and takes over the browser. Now i'm paranoid about downloading anything. By the way i have a supposedly good anti-virus : Bitdefender for which i paid good money! Very disappointed that it pretty much welcomed the bad malware with open hands and allowed it install itself. 

Answer:How to protect your computer from malware like CONDUIT??

attempted to download something off Pirate Bay : < Anything off these Torrents sites is 50 to 90% infected and not usually legalWinPatrol Free is one of the better programs to warn you if there is going to be an attempt to change your Home Page. This may help after you do a full scan with your Antivirus -Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.*Close all open programs and internet browsers.*Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.*Click on Delete.*Confirm each time with Ok.*Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.*Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.*You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.  Thank You -  

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Hello,
My son went to an untrusted site and the computer was infected with the conduit searchprotect.  I tried removing it with Eset Home Security.
 
However, my PC is still acting strange. I think the internet is a bit slower. As well, when I try to run some .exe files, such as Eset's ERARemover tool, windows gives me an error "this app can't run on your PC".  I have windows 8.1 64-bit and have tried both 32bit and 64bit programs.
 
I can't attach a DDS log because it's now win8.1 compatible.
 
thanks.

Answer:Conduit Search Protect and other malware?

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===These tools are compatible with your operating system.Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from HereDouble-click mbam-setup-2.X.X.XXXX.exe to install the application (X's are the current version number).Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.Once MBAM opens, when it says Your databases are out of date, click the Fix Now button.Click the Settings tab at the top, and then in the left column, select Detections and Protections, and if not already checked place a checkmark in the selection box for Scan for rootkits.Click the Scan tab at the top of the program window, select Threat Scan and click the Scan Now button.If you receive a message that updates are available, click the Update Now button (the update will be downloaded, installed, and the scan will start).The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.If potential threats are detected, ensure that Quarantine is selected as the Action for all the listed items, and click the Apply Actions button.While still on the Scan tab, click the link for View detailed log, and in the window that opens click the Export button, select Text file (*.txt), and save the log to your Desktop.The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can also be viewed by click... Read more

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Hey!
I am a web designer and I just got permission to work from home for the next week. I am allowed to take my work laptop home for it. I would like some advice regarding the security concerns before I start the work.
I have heard about spyware and malware attacks that can cause severe loss of data. I don't want such things happening to me in my work system. As of now it's clean and no malicious files are present in the system. It's installed with Kaspersky Internet Security and ExpressVPN when connecting to the Internet. Will it help in protection from spyware and malware? I have seen articles mentioning not clicking on emails and installing antivirus softwares will help, but still I have heard a lot about such attacks. What else can I do to ensure nothing harmful will happen?
 

Answer:Will Kaspersky and VPN protect from malware attacks?

It being a work laptop, you shouldn't replace any of the pre-installed software, correct?
 

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I am getting three screens that come up when ever I try to do work on any program. (1) Windows Security alert (2) Spyware Protect 2009 alert (3) Spyware Alert

DDS (Ver_09-02-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Kim at 10:54:20.07 on Thu 02/19/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.2430.1853 [GMT -5:00]

AV: McAfee VirusScan *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

J:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
J:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
J:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
J:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
J:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
J:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
J:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
J:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
J:\WINDOWS\svcho.exe
J:\Program Files\AIM6\aim6.exe
J:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
J:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
J:\WINDOWS\sysguard.exe
J:\Program Files\AIM6\aolsoftware.exe
J:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe
j:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exe
j:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mcproxy\mcproxy.exe
J:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcshield.exe
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Answer:Spyware Protect 2009 malware

Hi,

Sorry for delayed response. Forums have been really busy. If you still need help with this post a fresh dds log, please.

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I have somehow acquired some malware titled system tool protect your pc. It comes up randomly, asks if I want to scan, says I have over 800 Infections, and constantly prompts me to sign up for it to erase my viruses. I know this is malware, and I aquired it after my Norton expired. How can I remove it? Thank you!

I am using a Hp Pavilion Vista.
 

Answer:System Tool Protect your pc (malware)

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please read ALL of this message including the notes before doing anything.

Pleases follow the instructions in the below link:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide


and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

**** If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going. ****
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not. MGtools will frequently run even when all other tools will not.


After completing the READ & RUN ME and attaching your logs, make sure that you tell us what problems still remain ( if any still do )!
Helpful Notes:


If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, you can run the steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:

Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools and the manual updates for SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes ( links are given in the READ & RUN ME) onto another PC and then burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.
If you cannot seem to login to an infected user account, try using... Read more

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If I visit a malware site with latest version of Firefox with the NoScript extension without allowing any scripts, whats the chance of me getting infected if I don't download anything?
 
Also, I hope this is the right place to post this.

Answer:Will using NoScript protect you from a malware site if..?

COPIED FROM NoScript:
The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank).
NoScript also provides the most powerful anti-XSS and anti-Clickjacking protection ever available in a browser.
NoScript's unique whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality...
You can enable JavaScript, Java and plugin execution for sites you trust with a simple left-click on the NoScript status bar icon (look at the picture), or using the contextual menu, for easier operation in popup statusbar-less windows.Watch the "Block scripts in Firefox" video by cnet.
 
If I were using Windows and could only have one security program/ add-on....it would be NoScript. I use it in Ubuntu, too.
There is a learning curve. It is not just install and forget. Install it and go to a popular site and then view all the scripts you never knew
were active on that site and are now blocked from running. You can click to allow just the site's scripting and still block all the others.
The ones that you want to play videos on will be one that you will spend the most time learning which script to allow only the videos to play.

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I just got my degree and have not been able to find work so I can only thank all the people at MajorGeeks.
I am 'Gunk Free' but was reading the chaslang's post "dated 10-10-04, 21:52, How to Protect yourself from malware! - MajorGeeks Support Forums"; and under the firewalls to use "Outpost Firewall Free" is listed when I went to download it, it is Dated: 2009-05-08 is it still a good firewall to use?
Thank you in advance for your help.

At a point in time I was 01 of them that understood some binary.
 

Answer:How to Protect yourself from malware! post question

Yes, it is still a good firewall. Just make sure you keep it updated as you would with all other protection software.
 

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hello friends-i hope my title makes some sense. i wanted it to convey what i was asking about so people browsing could tell. cuz i couldn't find a question like mine.

i have a new hd completely installed and setup. my old hard drive is now the secondary master and although i still have the OS and programs installed, i never use it. lately i have been actively file-sharing via lime wire. i am behind a zone alarm firewall and running spyware blaster and AVG free. i also regularly scan with spybot S&D. i also scan each file with AVG b4 opening (thanks to majorgeeks for advising me on security)
however, i've been warned the limewire is notoriously risky as far as spyware etc. so my question is:

If i choose to open my secondary OS at start up, and browse and download these risky files to my secondary HD. will that protect my primary HD from infection?

if not, any other advice u have regarding the risks of file sharing are appreciated.

one thing i look out for is files that are too small to contain what they say they do. for example 100kb song files. i just dont download these.
 

Answer:2nd HD for dwnlds/protect primary from malware?

IMHO, I keep an operating system and a backup drive, without an operating system. Just put it on the same cable as primary slave. Frankly, if you are not dual booting 2 operating systems, theres no need to keep them both installed. That said, no any files on a second drive can, and probably will, affect the main drive, in your case, probably infect both drives. A drive formatted without an operating system for backup should be safe from virus and spyware infections, but can affect the other drive, in other words. Having that second drive is great for backups of important data in case of a need to format. I love having my spare drive. Your also correct about Limewire, but it is not specific to Limewire. Any file sharing application is a risk.

Did I answer what you needed?
 

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QUESTION _Sticky:" How to Protect yourself from malware! "

In the below instructions, Is it necessary if I *NEVER* use IE, only Firefox?

Thanks!


"6) Adjust Active X security settings

* In Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet Options, Security. Click on the Internet globe. Then select Default Level, then click OK. Now select Custom Level and scroll down to the ActiveX controls and plug-ins section (some may already be set correctly):
o Set Download signed Active X controls to Prompt
o Set Download unsigned Active X controls to Disable
o Set Initialize and Script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
o Set Installation of desktop items to Prompt
o Set Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
o Set Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
o Set Allow paste operations via script to Disable (see: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/224993 )
o Click OK and OK again. "
 

Answer:QUESTION _Sticky: How to Protect yourself from malware!

Re: QUESTION _Sticky:" How to Protect yourself from malware! "



jilter said:





In the below instructions, Is it necessary if I *NEVER* use IE, only Firefox?Click to expand...

Yes! Some applications will automatically launch IE sessions since that may be all the can use. Also you need to use IE to be able to get all of your Windows Updates. And some websites (just like some applications) do require IE.
 

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Malware Protection is a rogue anti-virus application that runs a fake system scan and then concludes that your computer has a malware infection or serious security/privacy issues. To fix the malware infection you must pay a fee, about $50. The rogue program copies user interface elements from real programs and it looks like a legitimate application. Plenty of people shell out $50 to register this fraud and that's a big problem because if you're transacting with these guys online you're offering them your credit card details. Cyber criminals can later user that information to their benefit. You should protect yourself with common sense and legitimate anti-virus software because such fake anti-virus applications as Malware Protection now represent about 20% of all malware in circulation. If you made a mistake and purchased it, please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. And if you still have this fake AV on your computer, please follow the removal instructions below to remove Malware Protection and related malware for free.

Manual Malware Protection removal instructions:

1. Right click on the "Malware Protection" icon, click Properties in the drop-down menu, then click the Shortcut tab.

The location of the malware is in the Target box.

NOTE: by default, Application Data folder is hidden. Malware files are hidden as well. To see hidden files and folders, please read Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows.

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Answer:How to protect and clean your computer from malware

Is this a removal guide for this rogue or ?

 

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Hello,I recently managed to aquire a virus that seems to have taken over my computer. There's a bar that appears right below the address bar for internet explorer telling me to download the latest antispyware to protect my computer. I cannot pull up my Task Manager, my computer prompts me that it has been disabled by my administrator. My desktop background has been changed to a message stating the computer has several fatal errors. and occasionally music will play at random that i've never heard before.here is my log:Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by Josh UWL on 2008-04-09 16:35:51Computer is in Normal Mode.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --49: 2008-04-09 21:36:32 UTC - RP521 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point48: 2008-04-08 16:12:26 UTC - RP520 - Restore Operation47: 2008-04-08 16:08:59 UTC - RP519 - Last known good configuration46: 2008-04-08 16:08:42 UTC - RP518 - Restore Operation45: 2008-04-08 16:08:41 UTC - RP517 - Last known good configuration-- First Restore Point -- 1: 2008-04-08 16:08:11 UTC - RP473 - System CheckpointBacked up registry hives.Performed disk cleanup.Percentage of Memory in Use: 85% (more than 75%).Total Physical Memory: 447 MiB (512 MiB recommended).-- HijackThis Clone --------------------------------------------------... Read more

Answer:Protect.antivirus Malware Infection

Hi and welcome to Bleeping Computer! My name is Sam and I will be helping you. Please download ComboFix and save it to your desktop.Prior to running Combofix.exe you should disable your antivirus program and disconnect from the internet.Double click combofix.exe and follow the prompts.When it's done running it will produce a log for you. Please post that log in your next reply.Important Note - Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall.

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Microsoft said:

A view of the current landscape
Criminal attacks continue to evolve and malware has become their standard weapon against anyone who uses the Internet?on traditional form-factor devices, as well as on mobile devices like tablets and phones. Malware targets all operating systems and browsers, and in recent years, criminal attacks against applications have increased substantially.

Criminals also use social engineering to trick you into performing actions that put you at risk. An increasingly common social engineering strategy uses online advertising campaigns to lure you to a site that installs malware on your computer.

An economy has developed around building reliable vulnerability exploits, which criminals buy to help distribute their malware. Criminals make money from their malware, so they invest in ways to keep it alive such as producing a higher quantity of malware, updating it more frequently?e.g. multiples times each day?and increasing its size and complexity. Some malware is as complex as commercial applications.

Secure by design
We use the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) to build Windows with the best security design, development and testing practices available. Some highlights include:
Threat modeling and security design reviews. During the design process we consider how criminals might seek to attack features and scenarios, and incorporate this analysis into our designs.
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Answer:Windows 8 will better protect users from malware

Well its like malware writers would take time to discuss how they will bypass those features. Its like Windows 8 were built in security and could led to few vulnerability probably.
 

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If you know about security in website and computer then tell me how to secure Website from Malware Attack. And what is the role of Google Webmaster in security purpose?
 

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Will Ad-Aware only detect the malware in its definitions during a scan, or does it also prevent it from being installed on your computer in the first place? What about A2? Many thanks. - Tye

Answer:Does Ad-Aware protect your computer from malware?

No on both counts. Try Spywareblaster click here

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I have the Sierra Wireless MC8355-Gobi 3000 WWAN Mobile Broadband Card factory installed in my X220T.  It came with an ATT SIM card installed in the slot, although I have not activated the account. For coverage reasons and the fact that a prepaid month to month data plan is available from Verizon, I would prefer to use Verizon. What do I need to do to change to Verizon?  Is it a simple matter of replacing the ATT SIM card with a Verizon SIM; and then activating the service? Newbie to this, and need some guidance.  TIA!













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:How To Change Mobile Broadband Carriers

Hi Dutch!
 
Use ThinkPad Mobile Broadband to activate. It's in the factory install, and you can get it here:
 
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-68495
 
If you're just using Verizon in the US, you don't need a SIM card.
 
Tell us how it goes.
 
 

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Hi Everyone,

So I'm looking to connect a couple of offices and would like to avoid using a carrier if possible in the hopes of saving some cash. Essentially, I'm looking to see if there are options that are more cost effecting than dropping a FastE circuit down the road and paying some crazy costs (see $3K+/mo).

Here's some background information that may be helpful...

Buildings are roughly at a distance of 1 mile from each other(across a town line)
LoS could be challenging (trees, other buildings)
Main link between both buildings needs to be capable of sustained 20Mbps
Traffic that will traverse the link consists primarily of VoIP and heavy PCoIP.
QoS will be in play so B2B is out of the question.

I have many offices already connected via an MPLS-VPN setup and to some extent even a few IPsec B2Bs where QoS is not a real requirement.

Any thoughts on what some of my options are here? Is Microwave still an option?
 

Answer:Looking to connect a couple of offices (no VPN, no carriers)

If you can solve the LoS issue ( maybe bounce the signal off of an intermediary hop that has clean LoS to both locations? ), then you should be able to use wireless gear from someone like proxim.
 

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Hi I am an incoming student and will be studying in Minneapolis. I have a Lumia 730 DS which I had bought in India. It is a 3G handset, unlocked and country variant (CV). Will the phone work out of box with US carriers like AT&T, T Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular for calling and internet ? Also I will be living at the U of M, so suggestions on carriers which have good coverage and 3G speeds at the U is appreciated. Thanks.

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I would really appreciate some assistance with "Internet secruity designed to portect" malware and/or virus.  I have attempted to remove this with no luck.  I did install and run Malware Bytes.  Initially it listed several virus which I removed.  However, I still have a problem.  Anytime I try to run/download anything it is blocked by this annoying virus.  What can I do? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internet Secruity Designed to Protect Malware Help Please

Hello, I moved you from WIN7 to the Am I Infected forum for now.
Please try following this GUIDE.

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How does comodo firewall protects against signed malware at cruelsister's settings? Also i can disable its processes via task manager. How its self protection?
I am going to use it on my system with cruelsister's settings but these issues are my main concern which do not let me believe in comodo's power.
So,help me out and give the required info.
Thanks.
 

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> I am using sify ISP with limited data tarnsfer package.
>My ISP is showing that i have downloaded 1200 MB which is not true.
>I did'nt turned on the PC on the date prescribed by ISP but it showing i have downloaded 1200 MB and has cut down 20 valid days
>I think some one has hacked my system.
So i am requesting you to tell the best way to protect my system from malware and internet
Thanks in advace.
 

Answer:Best way and best software to protect my system from malware and Internet?

Security is a wide topic. If you browse aound on this forum, you will find recomendations on Anti Virus and Anti Spyware and Firewalls.
If you have Windows XP Professional, MS published an XP Security Guide v2 and tells you how to harden XP Pro. It is available here:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/prodtech/windowsxp/secwinxp/default.mspx#ETE

If you have Vista, there is a Vista version of the Security Guide:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...ed-7f35-4e72-bfb5-b84a526c1565&displaylang=en

Hardening an OS gives the attacker a smaller attack surface by disabling unnecessary features. XP after a fresh install is quite bloated and has a lot of places for an attacker to poke at.

Also you should consider running it daily using a limited user account, as that prevents some malware from working and prevents malware from making system wide changes. In the Unix world, nobody runs a machine daily using the admin account. MS acknowledges that and has made UAC for Vista to achieve the same end.

Here's more details about that:
http://www.mechbgon.com/build/security2.html

Also along the lines of protection and prevention, use Mcafee's Site Advisor, available here:

http://www.siteadvisor.com/

It places a site rating besides every google result and tells you about malware infested sites before you go clicking on them and instantly infecting your machine.
 

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Hello. My kid's PC -- an HP (Model M7567C, with 2, 260 GB hard disks and 2 GB RAM) is infected by "Spyware Protect 2009" malware. The malware repeatedly displays at least 3 different pop-ups saying there's a spyware infection and offers to sell a fix; the program also prevents Explorer from working properly. There are no obvious programs/processes to shut down from the control panel. The machine has Zone Alarm Security Suite installed - I'm not sure if my kids ignored a warning or if the software mistakenly let something in. Zone Alarm technical support said to try running Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware automated removal tool, but the program doesn't seem to run (nothing happens after the program is downloaded and launched). I tried running Zone Alarm virus and spyware scans, but the program runs slowly and eventually hangs (I think I ran the Zone Alarm scan in the Windows Safe mode). I can boot the PC in Windows Safe mode, but unfortunately there is no useful restore point. I can boot the PC in the normal Windows mode but it takes 2 or 3 cold starts. I can use Microsoft Explorer (through a wireless LAN connection), but in the normal Windows mode Spyware keeps hi-jacking Explorer and displaying its rouge messages.

Before I give up and reformat the hard disk and re-imaging the disk from the backup system disks, I would like to try a less time consuming solution. Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!

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Answer:"Spyware Protect 2009" malware problem

I wanted to add some new information to my original posting that seems to be related to my problem.

When my spyware infected PC boots, I get the following messages:

"The application or DLL c:\windows\system32\digeste.dll is not a valid windows image."

"View Manager has encountered a problem and needs to close."

"Error loading c:\windows\griwapaxim.dll. The specified module could not be found."

I noticed that there was a Windows update available today (the February update of Microsoft's anti-spyware program). I installed this application; after this, Zone Alarm Suite was then able to run (up to now, it just hung up), and 2 items were quarintined: WIN32.SYSGUARD adn WIN32.TROJAN.FAKEALERT.IEH

However, there are still problems with my PC. I still can't get Malwarebytes' program to run, even when I rename the *.exe file to *.bat. It seems like whatever is still injecting my PC interferes with any anti-spyware/malware program from running properly and interferes with the operation of Explorer.

Thanks.

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Hi Folks, Yes I've got the privacy protection Malware, currently running windows XP on a dell laptop and I cannot start up in the safe mode, no Internet start up or execution of any programs allowed. Looks like I can strip documents & information off but thats about it. Can anyone share my options to cure this problem?

Thanks in advance - L

Answer:OK I've got the Privacy protect malware & no safe mode

Hello LarsLind,I moved this to Am I Infected.For the connection try these...Please click Start > Run, type inetcpl.cpl in the runbox and press enter.Click the Connections tab and click the LAN settings option.Verify if "Use a proxy..." is checked, if so, UNcheck it and click OK/OK to exit.Now check if the internet is working again.ORGo to Start ... Run and type in cmdA dos Window will appear.Type in the dos window: netsh winsock resetClick on the enter key.Reboot your system to complete the process..Please follow our Removal Guide here Remove Privacy Protection (Uninstall Guide) .After reading how the malware is misleading you ...You will move to the Automated Removal InstructionsAfter you completed that, post your scan log here,let me know how things are.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.Also the other tool log.. A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller.2.4.0.0_27.07.2010_09.o7.26_log.txt) will be created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).Copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.

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Hi everyone,
I want to tell my story about protection of ESS on my computer. Today, when my friend plug in his USB into my computer, I noticed that his USB shows only 1 USB shorcut in explorer. Before, my previous machine is infected by this malware type (malware creates USB shorcut) so I have experience with it. And when he plug his USB in, I run ESS Smart Scan but it found nothing. This afternoon, when I plug my USB in my machine, I saw that all things in my USB turn into 1 USB shorcut, I run Smart Scan again with my USB and found nothing, too (I also run a scan by Zemana AntiMalware, and it found nothing, too). After that, I installed MCShield AntiMalware Tool, and scan my USB with it. Magically, It found .ink malware in my USB and cleaned it sucessfully! This is screenshot about log of MCShield:

And now, I'm very disapointed with my ESET . It makes me got infected easily! . How do you think about my problem, please share with me.
 

Answer:ESET Smart Security can't protect me from .lnk malware

ESET protects against malware coming from USB devices.
Probably did not recognize the malware that caused the problem.
You have done well to use McShield.
 

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To start let me thank you for putting all these great programs in one easy to download area! Just following this guide has cleaned out several items from my supposedly secure system.

I did find one broken link however and got lost going through the giant comodo forum trying to find another thread with a similar ease of use allure.

This one: Configuring CIS for Maximum Security with ZERO Alerts for Novices

If you could give me an updated link it would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:Broken link in: Sticky How to Protect yourself from malware!

Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We will see what can be done to fix that issue.
 

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I finally found a fix to the malware the the Virus Protect Pro created and it cleaned out everything. The free software (to use and clean) is called Super AntiSpyware (that's quite some name) and you can download the free home version at http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispywarefreevspro.html
I'm going over there now to donate some money as it was my stupidity that had me lose about 6 hours trying to fix what I did. It's always nice to find a hero.

With blessings for a great day.
K
 

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> I am  using sify ISP with limited data tarnsfer package.>My ISP is showing that i have downloaded 1200 MB which is not true.>I did'nt turned  on the PC on the date prescribed by ISP but it showing i have downloaded 1200 MB and has cut down 20 valid days>I think some one has hacked my system.So i am requesting you to tell the best way to protect my system from malware and internetThanks in advace.

Answer:Best way and best software to protect my system from malware and Internet?

Before anyone tells you that,   it may be that someone connected to your internet connection, via wireless?How are you connected to the internet?Because if your computer was off on those dates, even if a hacker got into the system the computer needs a physical connection to the internet, while the computer is off, there is no way of obtaining an internet connection.

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My computer is infected with a malware program called "Spyware Protect 2009" how do I get rid of it? I followed instructions and have copied DDS and Attach files below. popup windows keep appearing saying my computer is infected with a virus and I need to install their software.
DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by John Schlatterer at 2:44:20.15 on Mon 03/16/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.254.96 [GMT -4:00]

AV: McAfee VirusScan *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
FW: McAfee Personal Firewall *enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\BCMSMMSG.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell AIO Printer A920\dlbkbmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\kdx\KHost.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell AIO Printer A920\dlbkbmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6253\SiteAdv.exe
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Answer:remove malware, Spyware Protect 2009

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below a staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_ScanFollow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note: You may have to disable any scri... Read more

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I recently purchased Air Conflicts Pacific Carriers. The manual says that you may access some functions from the keyboard to compliment the joystick control. The games joystick config is setup for a joystick with 10 buttons. Mine only has 8. The one keyboard function I need is the B key, which is for a level bombing view, and it doesn't work. All the other keyboard functions listed do work as described in the manual. Although I bought the game on DVD, it's still accessed thru Steam. The Joystick.ini does not seem to list the button controls for me to modify them. Any ideas??

Thanks!
 

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Hi, I recently changed carriers, to Qwest. I have a Inspiron 1525 with a Dell wireless 1395 WLAN mini card installed. I have been on several other carriers and it has been a simple plug & go situation but with Qwest I have been through 3 modems, spent numerous hours and still am not able to connect wirelessly. They even had me do a upgrade to the dell wireless.

I know my way around my system with some guidence but this is very frustrating. Anybody have any ideas. Again, I have never had any issues with other carriers such as Charter, Direct, Cable One, hot spots, & Peak Internet.

And as far as I can tell, there is not a a IP address assigned to my wireless.

Appreciate anybody's knowledge in this matter.

Sincerely,
Orlene
 

Answer:Unable to connect to wireless after changing carriers

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How can i change mobile broadband carriers on my laptop?

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I'm moving to HK soon and I've been looking around mobile carrier plans (Smartone, etc) and I'm quite surprised that there are no WP options. Where do you get your Windows Phones?

Answer:No Windows Phones in Hong Kong carriers?

Hong Kong. Lol.

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Hello Everyone,
I've been stalking this place for a long time without registering so forgive me if my status says Newby or something. Now I've tried searching for this answer here with the search bar so if it's already answered my apologies.
Basically I got a Nokia Lumia 920 with Rogers Communications in Canada, I wanted to know which carriers would this phone work with? I've tried with Videotron, but their customer service is horrendous it's a back and forth problem of.... Visit a Store or Call Customer Service, because I remember reading an article somewhere saying that Videotron and Rogers teamed up last year to create a LTE network in Quebec.
So let me explain to you this wonderful service I got from them (skip two paragraphs if you don't care.) TL:DR Videotron Customer Service sucks.
I went to a Videotron kiosk at a shopping mall near my home. There were three employees all wearing their Samsung shirt (not a big fan of Samsung but I tolerate them.) Two of them were busy with other customers however one of them was doing absolutely nothing his back faced to me (I thought he was doing something so I didn't want to interrupt him) so one of the employees asked him to assist me (that's when I learned he was doing nothing.) So after saying hello, I asked him if my phone (I never said which phone btw) would work on the Videotron network. So he asked me only 1 thing: Is your phone a Videotron phone? I was jaw dropped (mentally) by that question. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD I COME T... Read more

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I run a netstat program in dos to periodically check my port security. I've seen a recent increase in wireless carriers trying to get to my dsl connection- does the attached HJT log reveal anything related?
thanks
Webz

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:38:40 AM, on 4/14/2005
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3100 Series\lxbrbmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3100 Series\lxbrbmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\security\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com/
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Answer:Wireless carriers trying to access my DSL service (HJT included)

Does your ZoneAlarm have a log to trace back?
 

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If i buy an unlocked lumia that is on the list to get the denim update will i still get it if i use the phone on a different character??

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Hi guys,
I have a lumia 640 which I bought in india. now, il be moving to the united states in august, and was wondering whether I can just pop a sim from a US carrier into this phone without doing anything else.
Is it possible? and if not, how to I fix it?
Thanks in advance! :)

Answer:Can I use my phone which I bought in India on US Mobile Carriers?

With GSM 850/900/1800/1900, and with WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, you should have no problem using the phone in the US with 2G/EDGE speeds. IIRC you may have a problem with T-Mobile for 3G speeds, though, because they use a 1700 AWS. AT&T should be fine.
My band knowledge is a little rusty, though, so a second opinion may be in order.

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Hi, i'm having a problem with my web browser since using the malwarebytes anti-malware scan. Before I ran the scan and removed the infections it found, I was able to open webpages and go to sites although when i would try to search it would redirect the page. After I ran the scan and deleted the infections, I tried to open a webpage and it said it couldn't display it although I was connected to the internet. One of the things the scan found said "adware.mywebsearch" I would assume that was the reason it was redirecting the page. As of right now, I have done a system restore to a point before i removed the infections so i could display a webpage to get help. If someone can please help me, I would be very grateful.

DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Leslie at 14:54:14.01 on Wed 05/06/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1014.496 [GMT -4:00]

AV: CA Anti-Virus *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
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Answer:malware agents/koobface,spyware protect removal

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the resul... Read more

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Hi

I was just wanting to know the reason why Spybot S&D was removed from the "How to Protect yourself from malware!" sticky.

I am using version 1.6.2 since I found the newer v2 to be quite bloated and annoying. Should I still be using 1.6.2 since it still downloads the lastest malware signatures? Or is there an important reason why it was removed as a recommended antispyware tool?

Cheers
Sam
 

Answer:Reason for Spybot S&D removal from How to Protect yourself from malware thread?

Just not that useful anymore and as you noted V2 is too bloated. We also never liked Teatimer.

You can still use the old version and make use of the bad download blocker and hosts file protection if you wish but I would not use Teatimer. Modern antivirus programs already included antispyware too.
 

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I have recently been infected with a fileless malware. I have run a scan with ksc and it reported some memory detection. So,i run a scan with fully updated avast free and emsisoft eek but they didn't find anything. Finally, i have to scan with zemana and only after it detected and removed a fileless malware,ksc was able to give my system a clean sheet. Does kaspersky and zemana the only one to protect against such attacks? I need a free tool to protect my system against such attacks. The detection by zemana was "trojan poweliks: fileless malware". I don't need any whitelisting software and i also sincerely think that even they cannot counter such attacks.
 

Answer:Do you know any free software to protect against fileless malware attacks?

avast and bitdefender free are both goof
 

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Hey guys, I am sure you can relate to my current woes here. I have a family member who is just always getting malware on their computer. Getting tired of cleaning it up so frequently and I wanted to ask you guys what you do. Personall I install Chrome and MSE, and set MSE to a Full Scan once a week with real time monitoring. I also preach safe web surfing, but honestly, it's like telling a Crack Head that crack kills.

So what do you guys do to try to ease the pain of fixing a family members computer?
 

Answer:How do you Setup your family members computer to protect from malware?

They now have Macs
 

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I've been using AVG, and have bought the full version, yet was confused with what I had to do.  Can anyone tell me which product is user friendly, yet a good system choice.  Thanks,
Would be appreciated. 
 

Answer:What is a good product to buy to protect and remove virus, malware etc...

My personal choice is ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-Virus is also a good choice if looking for a paid for program. If you don't want to pay then I recommend avast! Free Antivirus.For more specific information to consider, please read:Choosing an Anti-Virus ProgramSANS Institute Choosing Your Anti-virus SoftwareImportant Fact: It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software. Therefore, security begins with personal responsibility and following Best Practices for Safe Computing.

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A recently identified BlackBerry Browser bug that affects the vast majority of RIM smartphones makes BlackBerry owners more vulnerable to phishing attacks. BlackBerry maker RIM claims to have released new software to address the issue to carriers, yet most of those updated builds are not yet publicly available via U.S. carrier sites. Here's how to stay safe, now and later.



Source -
Beware BlackBerry Browser Bug Until Carriers Offer Updates - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership

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Hello there,

Does anybody know hot to reconfigure the wwan card on a DELL XPS-M1210 notebook?

It is an Expedite EV620 from Novatel Wireless (Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband (CDMA EV-DO)

Right now it is configured to use Verizon Wireless and I need to be able to use other carriers.

I've heard I need to change the PRL number but dont know how.

Thanks
 

Answer:How to reconfigure PRL Number in Novatel Wireless EV-620 to work with other carriers?

This might help:

http://www.rainyday.ca/~dialtone/
 

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So I'm in NZ and don't have Cortana compatibility in this region. I changed it the the US region as well as the language (English us). This allowed me to turn on cortana beta for my phone and it works properly. The question is, does living here in NZ with a factory NZ region changed to a US region (from settings) affect the my phone and its carrier here in any way?

Answer:Cortana - does changing region affect the phone carriers?

The only ways it's affected mine in Wales is Google (yes I prefer Google) giving me US results, and the Store being in USD. It hasn't affected my phone or carrier in any way, and it's been a few months now.

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Hi Guys,
Can I begin by saying a MASSIVE thank you to you all-I'd be totally lost without your help
Ok, down to business-I've done as the guide suggests, performed the XP clean up, ran the programs and I've got all the logs which are hopefully attached. The problems started a almost a week ago when the dreaded "spyware protect 2009" screen started popping up and the icon lodged itself in my system tray and I got suspicious when there was no option to get rid of it-it's disabled my windows firewall, is blocking/redirecting my IE browser with it's phony msgs etc. If you need any more info or if I've somehow left something out/attached the wrong logs just let me know-it's purely out of ignorance and not laziness if that's the case!!!:-o

Thanks again- Cheree :wave
 

Answer:vundo/spyware protect 2009 malware-logs attached

here's the last log
 

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Hello,Please help!!! I only have a couple of days to fix this comp before I leave!!!I am receiving security popups, Spyware Protect 2009 (I did not download) is in my task bar and keeps popping up with infiltration alerts, and IE keeps redirecting to http://browser-security.microsoft.com/blocked.php?r=21.0 displaying "Internet Explorer Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!" Then offering to link me to Purchase Spyware Protect 2009.Here is my DDS Log file and attachment.Thanks!!!peace.b.DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86 Run by John at 9:11:09.81 on Sun 03/22/2009Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.223.43 [GMT -5:00]============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\VTTimer.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\VTtrayp.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exeC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Nero\data\Xtras\... Read more

Answer:Unkown Malware/Rootkit security popups - Protect Spyware 2009

thank you! topic is resolved through off-post email reply.

Malware-bytes removal is the best!

peace.b.

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Hi once i have read some of your arhive threads last 6-27-08 i began to follow all of the steps from cleaning, defrag and Removal. I found out my PC had been infected with Trojan.Vundo(it was detected by malware)... I think it started when i downloaded last 6-26-08 a file at Bitlord. The first virus that was detected was a backdoor.trojan the Norton Anti-virus detect it and remove it. So i thought it was ok when i noticed my PC is slowing I already think that there are still problems with my PC. So i run again the Anti-virus and when it reaches 24% (estimated) my PC reboot and my keyboard got stalled and in my monitor it is BAD BIOS. but when i manually reboot it, it just jump to windows and didn't do the normal process when booting... and everytime I scan my PC with my AV it always reboot so i try to search the net and find you guys... a bit STRICT but helps us more to know and learn how to fix things with our PC

1. From cleaning guide my pc was running better than it was before...
2. From the Malware Removal Guide i don't know if i got the right proceedure
but got some problems...
a. SAS - it doesn't goes blue screen,but my problem here is when it attemps to scan my files it becomes stalled. the first time i ran it i left it for almost 6 hours... (thinking it would still work) so reading from the procedure if it doesn't work proceed to the next
b. Spybot - I dom't have problem here works really great
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Answer:Trojan.Vundo,Malware.Trace and Problems on boot and Norton Anti-virus Protect

here are the second logs of HJT and Combofix.

BTW,when i right-click all my folders and files and choose properties it seems that it has security tab and when i click the security tab there's been so much users and administrators in it. Is my files been publicly displayed or does this HighJacka** i mean Hacker get and manage my files...

Thanks...
 

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Hi

What's the best password protect protect software for folders?

Also if the password was forgotten or lost..would there be any way to acceess the file?

Thanks.

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The volunteer helping me on the "Am I infected" forum recommended I move my problem over here to this part of the site. I'm not sure if I'm at the point where I should reformat my computer, hope someone can help.Here's my original problems and the logs and help I've received so far: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/208885/ms-antivirus-2009-which-turned-into-another-one-and-now-its-that-nfrdll-error-and-malarebytes-and-superantispy-got-their-butts-kicked/I assume that you'll probably get a better explanation from my problems there, but here's the quick and dirty:Dell Laptop, currently disconnected from the Internet. (It was unable to access the bleeping computer forum anyway--just this site specifically, sites like Google, blogs, those kinds of things worked fine.)The problems started with the MS Antivirus 2009 fake spyware stuff, than the browser hijacks (I shut off proxy servers before coming to the forums), and then I got the Spyware Protect 2009 version of malware, and was only able to get Malwarebyte's to run by changing the extension to .bat after reading it here. Since I started working on these forums with DaChew, I've only followed his instructions.Currently working off my wife's computer, a Mac. Using a USB flash drive that DaChew had me immunize so that I can download the programs on this Mac and transfer them over to the infected Dell. Than I copy the logs onto the flash and move them here.Here's my DDS file, i've changed my name on it to USER.DDS (Ver... Read more

Answer:Serious Malware Infection, started with MS Antivirus 2009, Spyware Protect 2009, nfr.dll

Hello Thefactualopinion and welcome to Bleeping Computer,1. Please download GooredFix and save it to your Desktop.Select "2. Fix Goored" by typing 2 and pressing Enter. Make sure all instances of Firefox are closed at this point. Type y at the prompt and press Enter again. A log will open, please post the contents of that log in your next reply (it can also be found on your desktop, called GooredLog.txt).Note: If you receive a message saying that GooredFix needs your system to be restarted, please close all applications and reboot your system. Please also allow any registry changes that may be prompted by any of your security programs.2. Please read this tutorial carefully to download ComboFix from one of the locations specified, and save it to your Desktop.Double click the ComboFix icon to run it.If ComboFix askes you to install the Recovery Console, please do so..The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery mode, in case your computer has a problem after an attempted removal of malware. This allows us to help you.Once the Recovery Console is installed, continue with the malware scan.Note: Make sure not to click ComboFix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall or freeze.Please post the log from ComboFix (can also be found as C:\ComboFix.txt) in your next reply. If you have any questions along the way, STOP and ask them before proceeding !!Greetings,Thunder

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There is a very helpful sticky on this forum called "How to Protect yourself from malware!" authored by Chaslang. See http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=44525 It appears that it has not been updated since 2004.

I have a clean (I like to think) fairly new Windows 7 computer, and I want to keep it clean. Are there any new suggestions that supersede what is in Chaslang's old thread?
 

Answer:Updates to "How to Protect yourself from malware?"

Happy_Macomb said:





It appears that it has not been updated since 2004.Click to expand...

Very untrue. You are looking at the creation date, not the update date. See the end of the post where you will see:

Last edited by chaslang; 01-30-12 at 19:08.. Reason: Remove outdated tools
 

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The How to Protect yourself from malware! Guide is good very useful information but it lacks information on other tools that have actually been found more effective at stopping Malware than just using realtime Antivirus/antispyware engines, that can stop unknown malware like Host-based Intrusion Prevention (HIPS), the D+ in Comodo, or spyshelter, ECT or Virtualization software which also is not covered that can isolate a threat so it doesn't even affect your Original OS files, like Sandboxie which isolates browsers and other files, or the sandbox in comodo that Isolates unknown files, or Bufferzone Pro Free, Returnil or Wondershare TimeFreeze which isolates everything in a virtual OS ECT

Also I don't remember their being an option to install ASK toolbar in any current comodo set up, they removed it in 2009.

Comodo has changed allot and none of the important Comodo IS features are covered?

Sorry if I sound like a Bug but Computer security is advancing and their are better and more effective ways to protect yourself than just using a realtime antivirus engine. and by the looks of it the Tutorial needs more updating anyways.

A Combo I like to use is
Comodo Internet Security, in Proactive mode with sandbox, antivirus, Defense +, and Firewall Enabled.

MalwareBytes Pro Antimalware in Realtime.

SpyBot SD Resident, Immunized.

SandBoxie for browsing the unknown ect.

PeerBlock to block malicious servers/ip's.

ThreatFire, Helps protect against known and unk... Read more

Answer:The "How to Protect yourself from malware!" Guide.

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Thanks for your comments.

There are quite a few tools that we don't list. That does not make them bad nor does it mean they are good. Comodo is listed in the How to protect thread in the antivirus and also in the firewall area. We do not go into some of the other areas of protection in detail for a couple reasons. One, the thread is meant to be as useful to ALL people with all computers ( old and new ) as possible. The newer forms of protection can be problematic for older/slower PCs with smaller amounts of memory. The second reason is that experience as shown that if all of the instructions in that thread are properly followed, you don't need sandboxes or HIPS anyway and you will not suffer from the effects that they have on PCs. Many many people of complained to us about how slow their PCs were after using tools like Threatfire and sandbox type software. In addition, use of these tools caused many PC novices to intermediate users all kinds of other grief and loss of information and loss of settings that they did not realize they were losing due to the sandbox affects.

Also we have had many, many, many cases where people have had all this kind of protection you mention installed, and still have gotten severely infected. And all this protection just made it harder to manually clean the PC. It did not stop the infections. The educated end user ( which is what that sticky is pushing ) is the most important piece of protecti... Read more

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Hello,
First, I apologize for my rough syntax,but I'm French and I do not control verywell the language of Shakespeare.
I own a Z50 , and I would protect the theft tale. I created an administrator and user password for the bios, but apparently this does not prevent reinstallation of the system via OneKey Recovery.
Would there some way (eg password) to prevent reinstallation of the system?
Thank you.Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

Answer:Z50 - Protect my PC

Hi Dwiri,
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
What you need is Intel Anti-Theft Technology
 
The Z50 do not have this feature.
Lenovo Notebooks with Intel® Anti-Theft Technology are ThinkPad T , X and W series
Its is directly on the Intel processor itself that safeguards a pc against theft.
 
Other than the BIOS administrator password and harddrive password, you may want to check on other options with these article
Hope this helped you answer your query.
 
Regards,

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what is reg killer doing?

Answer:i want to protect my pc

probably gone to lunch!http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...If you want good quality answers, review the link above Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions 7 Medals

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Please can you tell me exactly what software I need to completely protect my PC?

I hear of so many anti virus, spyware programs, etc and I'm looking for the best ones that are available for free??

I wouldn't want them to interfere with gaming and music, etc and it'll be good if they're easy to use for non technical minded people like me
 

Answer:What Do I Need to Protect my PC?

Have a look at my reply to a similar post HERE - also if you need a good free Antivirus program to go with the listed free malware/spyware ones, then use AntiVir
 

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Question: p/w protect?

I carry a floppy around with the backup to my financial info, I would like to password protect it but I am not sure how. Is there a FREE utility that can do this? Thanks in advance
 

Answer:p/w protect?

Well I use a program called Paranoid to password protect files and folders. It works well and it should work for what you want to do. There are other free one's but i haven't bothered to try them. But to access the files on the floppy after protecting them with Paranoid you'll need to have Paranoid installed on any pc you want to use the floppy on. You can get Paranoid v1.4 here:

prnoid14.zip

http://esca.atomki.hu/paradise/sac/security.html

A tip: If you unprotect a file or folder with Paranoid and it won't open, just close Windows Explorer and then reopen it and then the file or folder will open.

Another tip: If you have alot of files on the floppy, create a folder in Windows Explorer then transfer all the files from the floppy into that folder. Then right click the folder and click 'send to 3 1/2 Floppy' to send the whole folder to the floppy. Then just password protect the folder on the floppy rather than all the individual files seperately.

[Edited by Kento on 08-16-2001 at 02:25 AM]
 

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How would you protect yourself from a fud?
 

Answer:How to protect yourself from a fud?

LukeNukesEm said:





How would you protect yourself from a fud?Click to expand...

Supplement your security with something besides signatures.
 

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My brother's PC has managed to get infected, despite using Avast and Sandboxie for his browsing, so I'm looking at changing his account to a LUA and setting a SRP as per this guide to prevent programs running from other than the specified folders.
Preventing computer malware by using Software Restriction Policies. | Peter Gubarevich

I don't think this will be effective unless I change his account to a LUA, as otherwise malware could easily just change the registry key to disable the SRP. I think I also need to set the SRP to NOT apply to administrators, so that he can switch to an Admin account and do stuff that the SRP blocks under his LUA.

The issue I have though is how he will install/update software when he needs to. I know he can switch to the Admin account to do this but then won't the software be installed under that account (or the Administrators group) and thus not accessible to him? It's also quite inconvenient if he has a browser open that explains how to do something and then he finds it can't be done under the LUA, so he switches to the Admin account but then he can't see the guide anymore and has to keep switching back, or open a browser under the Admin account, copy the url from the LUA and then paste it into the Admin browser.

Also, Avast seems to run it's updater from the temp folder and I obviously can't include that in the SRP whitelist as then anything could run from there.

I found I can run some stuff with Shift+Right click -> Run as different... Read more

Answer:Using SRP and LUA to protect PC

Does the computer in question have the User Account Control (UAC - formerly LUA) turned on?

I would set it at the highest level and he should be using a standard account (also formerly called Limited User Account).

I've not used SRP - so I'll not comment on that.

Apps installed while logged on as admin might be available to all users - it depends on the app.

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Question: av-protect.com

I just fixed this problem for a friend. It's not too sophisticated.

Here's what's happening. Apparently someone inadvertently installs some antivirus protection (ESET). This program then gives a false warning, telling you to fix the problem you must purchase their full protection system at this address:
av-protect.com/purchase?r=57.4

Instead of reinstalling OP, here's what I did (BTW, the system infected was running XP)

1. Go to safe mode - F8.
2. go to RUN, then type "msconfig"
3. Go to 'Start Up', scroll down looking for fqtsftv and egui and disable
4. Go to control panel 'Add Remove' and look for anything related to "ESET" and uninstall
5. Go to Documents and Settings. In all profiles search 'Application Data' and 'Local Settngs' for anything EST. Delete. Also go to program files and find anything EST and delete
5. Go to Internet Explorer Browser and click on tools, internet options, connections, LAN SETTING...then undo proxy settings

You should be good to go

Answer:av-protect.com

I think you have it wrong, see http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?name=av-protect.com.This is a known malware site, using the fake AV front.Louis

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I'm not an expert when it comes to computing, but I do like to use the internet, e-mail etc. However I seem to have been plagued by viruses and the like for the past couple of years.Two questions.1. Is it possible to get decent protection without paying through the nose for it.If so, suggestions please.2. If not, what is the best protection to buy at a reasonable cost.Thanks.

Answer:Help me protect my pc.

You can protect your pc for free,what are you using at tne moment?

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Question: HOW TO PROTECT XP?

Could some one advise me on the best way to protect my comp? ive upgraded to XP and had to get rid of my norton because it wasnt compatible, im a student and cant afford to go out and buy, so im looking for freeware realy. i have AVG freeversion, but apart from that and the XP firewall thats my protection, but is this enough? i feel like i should have some thing more especially with so many security warnings about at the moment.ZT

Answer:HOW TO PROTECT XP?

The XP firewall is rubbish, get Sygate from click hereAlso, do you have any anti-spyware?

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Question: BT net protect

Hi I enrolled for the net protect service from BT at £3.50 per month, but I had to format my hard disk and lost the program. I have been given a BT dedicated telephone number regarding re loading the program but there seems to be no one there at least they dont answer!. Any advice would be appreciaredregardsmervyn

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I have anti-virus and a firewall running on my PC. Is there anything else I need or that would be beneficial? I am using AOL Active Virus Shield and Sygate Personal Firewall.

Answer:What exactly do you need to protect PC?

At least one other is Lavasofts "AdAware SE Personal" free at click here

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hi,

is it possible to use windows xp to put protection (like wep or wpa) on my wi fi?

thanks for any help in advance!
 

Answer:use win xp to protect wi fi?

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Question: Sys Protect

I am having a problem with Sys Protect pop-ups, but now it has started running scans on my computer. When this happens I close all the windows and uninstall the program, but it keeps coming back. Anyway, I was wondering if I could follow the same steps that you told another person to do. I have already done the Vundo fix, but don't want to proceed until I know this won't screw up my computer. Here is the VundoFix.txt:

VundoFix V6.1.2

Checking Java version...

Scan started at 12:14:52 PM 8/30/2006

Listing files found while scanning....

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ausgttoy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\cvkfjrol.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\fvfocnvd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\hknqkayw.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\oaqtaoab.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\oifschhm.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\qfvgcvlu.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\rliokngi.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\rupwggdv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\uklkeokt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\vvublgyx.exe

Beginning removal...

Attempting to delete C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ausgttoy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ausgttoy.exe Has been deleted!

Attempting to delete C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\cvkfjrol.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\cvkfjrol.exe Has been deleted!

Attempting to delete C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\fvfocnvd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\fvfocnvd.exe Has been deleted!

Attempting to delete C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\hknqkayw.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\hknqkayw.exe Has been deleted!

Attempting to delete C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\oaqtaoab.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\oaqtaoab.exe Has been deleted!

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QuoteYou should know that Advanced computer users may have scripts that run with an autorun on the USB that will copy your personal information but I wouldn't worry about this.Can this be prevented? what is the best method?Please let me know...I am facing similar problemThanks

Answer:Re: how can we protect our PC...??

I went ahead and split this topic.What is the problem? Just to clarify, this is a USB Flash Drive Autorun.

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Question: Sys Protect

This sysprotect and win anti virus is stopping me from using my computer. I would like to be able to put together a holiday video but cannot because of everything thts happening. Below is my hijack this logfile. Thanks in advance fo any help u guys can give me.

Steven

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 18:48:52, on 14/08/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\AcPrfMgrSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lenovo\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\PMSveH.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\PAStiSvc.exe
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Answer:Sys Protect

Hi, Welcome to TSG!!

Run HJT again and put a check in the following:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [win3208188869354] C:\WINDOWS\win3208188869354.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TheMonitor] C:\WINDOWS\Duce6.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NI.USYP_0003_N91M0908] "C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\CONFLICT.1\USYP_0003_N91M0908NetInstaller.exe" -nag
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [winlog] winlog.exe

Close all applications and browser windows before you click "fix checked".
1. Please download The Avenger by Swandog46 to your Desktop.
Click on Avenger.zip to open the file
Extract avenger.exe to your desktop

2. Copy the entire contents of the code box below to your Clipboard by highlighting it and pressing (Ctrl+C):

Files to delete:
C:\WINDOWS\win3208188869354.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Duce6.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\CONFLICT.1\USYP_0003_N91M0908NetInstaller.exe

Folders to delete:
C:\Program Files\SysProtect Free
C:\Program Files\Common Files\{34F86325-05D8-2057-0106-05060220002c}
Click to expand...

Note: the above code was created specifically for this user. If you are not this user, do NOT follow these directions as they could damage the workings of your system.

3. Now, start The Avenger program by clicking on its icon on your desktop.
Under "Script file to execute" choose "Input Script Manually".
Now click on the Magnifying Glass icon which will open a new window titled "View/edit script"
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Question: BT Protect

Hi Guys
 
My internet provider is British telecom. and they are now offering AV and Anti malware protection through MacFee as part of the package. My maiin protection is MAMB premium and MSE, plus several online scanners.Is it worth ditching MSE and going with MacFee.?
 
regards
 
Cluey

Answer:BT Protect

When you say MacFee...I believe you are referring to McAfee.According to BT Customer Support, they offer BT NetProtect Plus anti virus which actually downloads McAfee.What is BT NetProtect Plus and why should I download and install it?Although McAfee is as good as any other well known anti-virus program, it requires numerous services and running processes that consume a lot of system resources and often results in complaints of high CPU usage. Anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers that load at boot-up and create files/folders/registry entries in various locations. If you do a Google Search you will find there have been numerous complaints about it affecting system performance.Further McAfee products, like Symantec, are becoming difficult to remove and remnants are often left behind which require the use of a special removal tool, otherwise you may encounter problems installing a replacement anti-virus. To be fair, other vendors also recommend using removal tools for the same reason. Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for a free alternative. IMO, McAfee is better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers.

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After a week or so of Vista Forum membership, I have realized I know so little computing but am enabled with so much power to.. RUIN my PC. Yep, I confess I am a click trigger happy sort.

So, I activated the built in Administrator and made myself STANDARD account user. And right away I am confronted with issues I am clueless on:

Apparently if I create a password for built in Administrator, she (I always thought she is a lady, dunno exactly why) will lose EFS-encrypted files, personal certificates and stored passwords for Web sites or network resources.

Do I want to so divest her or ask to make a password reset floppy disk? Either way, I am clueless. And what are all those I typed in BOLD?

Help!

Answer:Protect your PC from yourself.

I would use a user account that stops you from doing stupid things. Only use the administrator to install new apps.

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Question: protect my new PC

What is the best way to protect my new pc. I have installed Ad-aware and Im on a free trial of Bullgaurd right now. Im really not sure what and if there doing anything. lol

Answer:protect my new PC

rather surprised it did not come with the dear old Norton preinstalled as most things seem to these days (this is NOT a suggestion that you go with norton either ::)))first time I for one have heard of the bullguardwhen the trial runs out there are plenty of free programs out there that will protect you if you keep them properly updated and run frequentlytry spybot click hereclick hereasquared FREE edtion for startersIF you wish an alternative antivirus, many of us are on avgclick heresee how that lot suits youand please keep any protection programs fully updated and run frequentlyP3

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hiii...hows everyone...How can we protect our system by virus..?? that comes from usb..either if we have a good antivirus..and which is the most suitable antivirus for it??

Answer:how can we protect our PC...??

It sounds like you are asking for a recommendation for an anti-virus program.I like Avast!: http://www.avast.com/eng/programs.html - the Home Edition is free. This program combines anti-virus with anti-spyware and anti-rootkit protection.Keep checking back, other Forum members will have additional recommendations.Best of luck!

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I was recently browsing and came across a suspicious website on IE8, and it proceeded to load on the ave.exe trojan. I ended its process tree in resource monitor and then found and deleted its keys in the registry. This seems to have removed it. It's a nasty bugger that runs itself again everytime an executable is opened.What concerns me is that I run very tight security zone settings in IE8 on a fully patched system, yet somehow this was able to get in without my consent. I also have Win7 set to prompt me anytime a program runs, but this didn't phase it a bit. I would like to know what hole this trojan is exploiting and what settings I might change in IE8 to prevent it from hijacking my computer again. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Answer:How to protect from AVE.EXE?

I can offer you a free utility that will monitor progs trying to install. Winpatrolhttp://www.winpatrol.com/download.htmlSome HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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Question: sys protect

I've followed your forums and run pestpatrol and Vundofix but am still getting the sys protect popup. Please help. Also would it cause my system to occasionally run slow? Here is my hijackthis log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:09:03 AM, on 7/31/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Modem Event Monitor\IntelMEM.exe
C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb11.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hphmon06.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Internet Security Suite\caissdt.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
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Hello everybody,
I have been using my social security number for my taxation purposes. But I have been recently intimidated by my lawyer that since the crime of identity theft has been on the high I should be careful in using it. I am really concerned about this and need to know whether there are any ways by which we can protect them.
Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Is there any way to protect SSN???

Im no lawyer but i think i know a few offhand:
1. If you are sending that information online, make sure the connection is not open, but encrypted. (Usually the url box or status bar will have a gold lock in it).
2. Make sure the computer used to transmit the information is not infested with any form of malware, or spyware. If there is any of these problems, never let that machine see ANY personal information till you know its clean! They can have key loggers or some other exploit that may extract this info. One idea if you do alot of banking and such online is to have a dedicated office pc possibly with internet content control to ensure you do not go anywhere that you can pick up something unfriendly accidentally.
3. Keep the card secure. Maybe if you have a filing cabinet or strongbox with this info, keep it all under lock and key.
Do all of that and you should not have any problems.
 

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Question: Sys Protect

Dear Sirs,

I have had a problem with Sys Protect invading my computer. I have run Hijack This and can't find the virus on my computer.

At first, every time I tried to conncect to the internet, this pop up came up and asked me if I wanted to download Sys Protect on my computer. As a few of your users have already stated, we finally downloaded it to our computer and it wouldn't stop coming up with that pop up. Every time it came on, it went to Mozilla Firefox and it asked me if I would like to download this. If I didn't, it would shut down my computer. I finally downloaded it and it subsided for a while. Ever since I have deleted Mozilla, it has happened less frequently, but it still comes up every once in a while.

Our computer freezes occasionally and it has never done that before. I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but it has happened ever since that has been put on my computer.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Paul
 

Answer:Sys Protect

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Question: protect my CD/DVD

I just want to protect my CD/DVD to be protected so that no body (a layman) can make copies of it or drag/copy the content on their hard disk.

Answer:protect my CD/DVD

If that is possible I would like to know too.

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I'm tired of ppl messing up with my sisters pc, hehe, I just formatted the whole system and downloaded some security, I gotta head to work in 1 hour, what is the best way I can protect her pc?(malware, spybot etc) safe browsing.

any help?

ty
 

Answer:best way to protect pc

Take a look at SafeSpace or SandboxIE for running browsers in virtual space. Or if she can handle it, run the whole OS virtually with Returnil or DeepFreeze. For people who don't install a lot of things, it's ideal. You can even uninstall all the AV and still be pretty safe (Returnil includes AV) and the machine runs much faster.

Virtualization Solutions (Malware attacks become impossible because either the browser or the whole operating system are isolated from the real system):

SandboxIE (Virtualizes IE, Firefox, or any other browser and works on most other programs, too)
VMWare Browser Appliance (Runs in the free VMWare Player. The Player also will run any of 100's of preconfigured operating system and appliance images downloadable for free from VMWare, and you can even make your own VM's to run in it with the open-source VMmanager)
Artificial Dynamics Safe Space (Similar to SandboxIE, safe browsing and protection from malware and hackers)
Fortes Grand Virtual Sandbox
Microsoft Web Sandbox (Open-Source) (In development but usable)
Returnil Virtual System (The Premium version allows you to save all changes inside the virtual OS to the real system, but even the free version has a virtual drive where items can be saved outside the virtual container)
Windows Steady State (Now supports Vista, too)
 

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Recently I've also experienced Sys Protect, Adultfinder, and other related pop-ups. I have not clicked to install anything and I always close the windows immediately. Yet they keep coming and I can't do anything to stop them. I've also noticed that my computer is crashing and slowing down more. I'm totally inexperienced in these matters and I don't want to do something that will harm my precious computer. Please help. Thank you.
 

Answer:Sys Protect and associated pop-ups

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