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2nd HD for dwnlds/protect primary from malware?

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

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.

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

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: 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: dwnlds

is there aneway i can pause downloads wen i dwnload something through windows it takes timeand i ave to go i was wondering aneway i cld pause downloads

Answer:dwnlds

not with windows there isn't but there are download programs that do have this feature but cant remember any of them and i assume that you are using dialup for your downloads.maybe one of the other forum members will point you to a good program.

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hello my friend download a P2P the other day to download some songs while i was downstairs. I belive it has thrown some nasty bugs onto my machine. I deleted the P2P application when i found out. Now all the files i download are corrupt. Some images are corrupt as well. I am posting a HijackThis Log below for anyone who can help to look at thanks.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:33:06 PM, on 1/22/2006
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\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\NVIDIA\NetworkAccessManager\Apache Group\Apache2\bin\apache.exe
C:\NVIDIA\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nSvcIp.exe
C:\NVIDIA\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nSvcLog.exe
C:\Program Files\ZyXEL\G-302v2\tiwlnsvc.exe
C:\NVIDIA\NetworkAccessManager\Apache Group\Apache2\bin\apache.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\ZyXEL\G-302v2\G-302v2.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
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Answer:All Dwnlds are Corrupt have HJT log

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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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Hi guys, About a week ago, I noticed popups and other abnormalities begining. My McAfee became corupt and I can not download a new version. Ad-Aware can't update, SpyBot can't update, Online AV Scans won't run. I think I'm infected! What do I do now? I have run HijackThis and will post the log as follows. Thanks, TunaMan....Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 1:11:17 PM, on 2/16/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exeC:... Read more

Answer:browser hijacked and blocked DwnLds

I also ran combofix and here is the log file.ComboFix 09-02-15.01 - Dad 2009-02-16 14:32:53.1 - NTFSx86Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1660 [GMT -8:00]Running from: c:\documents and settings\Dad\Desktop\ComboFix.exeFW: ZoneAlarm Firewall *disabled*.((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))).c:\documents and settings\Dad\Application Data\02000000812f8843530C.manifestc:\documents and settings\Dad\Application Data\02000000812f8843530O.manifestc:\documents and settings\Dad\Application Data\02000000812f8843530P.manifestc:\documents and settings\Dad\Application Data\02000000812f8843530S.manifestc:\recycler\S-3-6-27-100011405-100007503-100006142-2109.comc:\windows\GnuHashes.inic:\windows\system32\drivers\gaopdxxlvrevpy.sysc:\windows\system32\gaopdxcounterc:\windows\system32\gaopdxpdmttkib.dllc:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy000.datc:\windows\system32\tmp15.tmpc:\windows\system32\tmp16.tmpd:\recycler\S-3-6-27-100011405-100007503-100006142-2109.com.((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Drivers/Services ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))).-------\Service_gaopdxserv.sys((((((((((((((((((((((((( Files Created from 2009-01-16 to 2009-02-16 )))... Read more

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I have a slow broadband internet connection. I tried dwnldg 500 MB file however due to abrupt interuption a power failure or dis-connection, such download fails. I use dTa Download Manager (firefox addon) and Orbit dwnlder but resulted in failed dwnld due to sudden interupption in internet connection. I believe it's more to do with the site of the source file. I tried filehippo.com and brothersoft.com. I believe they do not support resumption of incomplete downloads.I want to know which download site support resumption of incomplete downloads due to sudden dis-connection or is it software, if so which software would be good to dwnld large file without frequent "Failed Downlds" (I mean high or say highest success rate downloader).Thanks

Answer:Site That Supports Incomplete Dwnlds

Your best option would be to ask someone with high speed internet to download the file for you.What is the file, you're trying to download?

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Time for the BIG GUNS you folks!
First, I must say that this is a Toshiba Laptop belonging to a 13 y/o boy who, for lack of a better way to say it, doesn't know crap about what the internet can do to a personal computer...and worse- a home network!
This is what has taken place so far...I switched ISPs and it left us 'naked' for about three days. (in my defense, my old ISPs safeguards were not that good!) So, I downloaded AVG free and found LOADS of stuff on here [laptop] it took me a couple of days to clean out the vault(over 20K worms). Also found about 12 trojan horses...AVG took care of that too. I thought that things were ok so I let my son take back his computer and away he went, but they caught us again. I did a search and here I am. I haven't run AVG at all today, so I really don't know what exactly is on here right now. I assume that DSS will have what AVG would have given. I have done all the steps and below is the main.text copy asked for and the Panda log asked for. With any luck, well have this baby back up and in his hands all protected and ready to face the cyber-demons! Thank you to ALL the volunteers here for your time and effort!


Deckard's System Scanner v20070426.43
Run by susann reidell on 2007-05-19 at 17:24:59
Computer is in Normal Mode.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's S... Read more

Answer:Laptop freezes; redirects to unwanted websites; found dwnlds I did't install....

Bump.

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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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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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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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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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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.
 

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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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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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
C:\Program F... Read more

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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Writing secure code. Training and code quality tools help to pre... Read more

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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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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> 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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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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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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> 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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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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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!

I ran the DSS scan as instructed. Here are the res... Read more

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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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 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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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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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 was getting ready to document and post the issue I was running into with Malware into the Logs forum but thought I need to ask before doing that:
 
I was having issues with my computer not allowing me to login, running incredibly slow before allowing me in and when I called up apps they were incredibly slow.
 
I moved to download SpyBot Search and Destroy and (during this time was booting my computer up in W XP "safe" mode) .... it found issues that it "resolved".  I continued to run it over and over to verify. 
 
I then downloaded Malwarebytes and continued to run that until clean. 
 
I finally was able to run Avast Quick scan.
 
I tried a boot scan but it never would work.  I then was eventually able to run a full scan.
 
I believe that I turned around and ran CCleaner and it was successful in cleaning my registry.  At this point I can remember the entire sequence but this is pretty close.
 
I thought I was really close to being on track and my computer was then allowing me to login but was still "slow".  About this time I noticed that during boot I was getting Chkdsk on 3 occasions (sp).  That now has gone away.
 
I continue to get the msconfig window appear when not in "safe" mode.
 
During boot, I am now getting Primary Drive SMART Bad / Backup / F1 to Resume.
 
I did run RKILL and it indicated no malware issues and hung up on the registry .EXE, .BAT section.
 
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Answer:Malware Infection and now Primary Drive SMART Bad / F1 to Resume.

Since it's happening on boot, it's the SMART feature of the drive reporting to the system that it is failing. RMA it if you can.

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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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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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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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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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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
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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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My primary monitor is showing as my secondary monitor in my ati and windows settings, and my secondary as primary, yes i know the box thing to click to make primary but i need the actually ATI i belive to realize that it is primary so i can select better resos on my games. (my primary monitor is labeld 2 and secondary 1 software wise)


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...nitorisomg.jpg



1)Primary monitor set up, showing that it thinks its secondary

2)Secondary monitor that thinks its primary

3)All ati settings are going for secondary



I really think this is a ATI like problem, but not sure.

Answer:Duel monitors, Primary monitor not knowing its primary software wise

ati cant count from 1

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Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Moving your primary hard drive to a new computer to be used as a primary there too???

Originally Posted by Squa190


Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.



well....if you have a different motherboard, your HDD wont be able to run the OS installed on it as primary...

just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config.

if thats not possible, install it as a slave drive & simply delete the OS files leaving only your data on the disc..

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I am running windows xp. Today my computer accidently got unplug, and plugged back in. When the computer rebooted it would not complete the reboot process. It asked for the system info disc. When that was loading it would not continue on when i tried to complete the install process. It stated that it could not detect any Hard Disk Drives. Don't understand what is happening here...as the cd disk drive is working , or it would not of started loading in the first place. Can someone please help me out here. Not sure what to do...and i don't really have the finances to take it to shop for something simple (which i am praying it is).
Thank you

Just wanted to add...also not detecting secdary slave as well...it is detection secondary master...it says AOPEN CD-Rom. I don't know if this info helps. It also said something about POWER SET UP...not sure what it really said as it didn't come back up. It reverted back to the original message!
 

Answer:Lost Primary Master and Primary slave!

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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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On boot, on second screen, keyboard not present, press F1 or DEL message comes up. Primary Master: (my WD internal drive)Primary Slave: None. Secondary Master: RWCD ROMSecondary Slave: None. Any one know what's wrong?

Answer:Primary Master: WD HD. Primary Slave: n

um what the message says; you have a problem with the keyboard. If its plugged in correctly then get a new one.

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Getting ready to install a replacement hard drive.
Currently had 2 hard drives, cd burner and cd rom.
It was suggested to me by maxtor tech support that the hard drives should be on separate ide channels as primary masters and the cd's should be hooked under them as primary slaves. If this is true it will take considerable time to move items around and reconfigure.
Is it worth the effort or just leave well enough alone.
Everything was working fine before the second hard drive went south.
 

Answer:hd primary master cd primary slave

Putting the 2 HD's on separate channels might improve performance a little, depending on the type of system you have. On the other hand, putting CDROM's on the same cable with Hard drives can slow down access to the hard drive since the I/O controller must determine which drive is being accessed and CDROM's are much slower to respond.
I don't think you will notice much difference either way, so it's probably not worth the trouble to switch.
If your happy with the way you have it, stick with it.
 

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Hi I have an old PC that I have just finished building from bits; the MOBO in CMOS shows two sets of drives, Primary Master Primary Slave, and Secondary Master and Secondary Slave the HD shows that its in the Secondary Master set as user. All other drives are set AUTO.The HD I have put in is an IDE.The boot up sequence is A, C SCSI.Should I now buy a SCSI HD or can I make any adjustments in anyway.Ex

Answer:Primary Master Primary Slave HD?

Swap the drive to the primary IDE channel (other socket on the motherboard) and set all drives to Auto in the BIOS.The drive will now be the C driveSet Bios to Boot a, CDrom, C.reboot the PC it will look for an op system first from the floppy then the CD and finally the hard drive. This will allow you to boot from a floppy to set CD drivers (as per windows98 install), or boot from a bootable CD (as per Xp install).

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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.

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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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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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I have just installed two new internal HDs.

In Computer Management, one is listed as Page File, Primary Partition. The other as simply Primary Partition, though I'm pretty sure I did exactly the same installation procedure for both.

What's the difference? Should they both be the same? If so, which and what should I do to make the odd one right? Also, the Page File, Primary Partition drive is slightly smaller, for some reason.

Thanks.

D.

Answer:(Page File, Primary Partition) and (Primary Partition) - Difference?

From Wikipedia
A primary partition contains one file system. In DOS and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows systems, the system partition was required to be the first partition. Windows operating systems must be located in a primary partition. Other operating systems do not have this peculiar requirement. However, other factors, such as a PC's BIOS (see Boot sequence on standard PC) may also impart specific requirements as to which partition must contain the primary OS.

This one may load slow
Change the size of virtual memory (Page file size) in Vista | Windows Reference

The paging file is actually the virtual memory that is stored in the OS.
In the case of your question it is a hidden primary pattiion.


It not necessary, but if you want to try and see it
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Forums

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When my laptop is plugged into an external monitor, the laptop screen is the "primary" display, where programs automatically open, etc. Is there a way to make the primary display not the laptop screen but the external monitor screen? Here's the catch--is there a way to do it *without looking at the primary monitor*?

I have this strange request because my laptop's screen recently died. I have connected an external monitor, and so can still use the computer--more or less. The problem is that I can't see my start menu, etc--they are all on the laptop screen, ie, the dead one.

I know, normally, how to switch the display: I would right click on the desktop and select "personalize," then "display" But when I do this, it opens the display in the primary monitor (the broken laptop monitor) and I can't see it to change the settings. It's a sad catch 22.

If anyone could help me with this is would REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.
 

Answer:Switch Primary Monitor from Laptop to External-Without Looking at the Primary Monitor

Hi nomonitor, and welcome to TSG

Check your user manual for the laptop to see if has has a special key or a Function key that lets you toggle between the internal display and external monitor.
 

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help plz i'm having a trouble about my pc its my hdd i can't partition it or format and when i restart it fail to detect my drives what should i do done everything still wont work help plz asap thnx.
 

Answer:Primary master fail & primary slave fail

What happen prior to this issue? Other than that sounds like the onboard HDD controller gone poof (bad) it can happen without warning. But in your case again what changes did you make to your system prior?
 

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I only have a primary ide, no secondary. I have both a dvd rom and dvd burner on the primary ide. Device 0 is set to dma, but device 1 is set to pio. Is there any way to change device 1 from pio to dma?
 

Answer:Primary IDE PIO to DMA

Do you have a UDMA cable? Is it an older drive? Windows usually will use DMA automatically if it can do so without errors. Is DMA enabled for that drive under your IDE controller?

Check BIOS settings, too. It's all right to set it to DMA since Windows will automatically access it with PIO-mode if needed for consistency.
 

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I am running a Dell XPS 400 with XP media Edition. First system battery died, it was replaced. The computer then said that WINDOWS COULD NOT START BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING FILE IS MISSING OR CORRUPT = windows\system32\config\system. You can solve this problem by trying to repair windows. i put in the repair disk and the computer then said that there was not hdd attached to the system. Hdd was then install into another system running win 7 and is reading as BD-ROM. Properties show that it is a CD-Rom. Is there a way to fix this problem with out losing any of the information on the hdd so that it can be seen as the primary hdd again. FYI the hdd does read in the the bios on both machines as a harddrive as it should.

Answer:Primary HDD seen as BD-ROM

Download a version of linux you can run from a disc and burn it to cd. I use Ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Stick the cd in the computer and boot it from cd. Select the option to try rather than install.

When it's booted up, click Places at the top and then click on Computer in the list. Your hard drive should show up.

You should then be able to copy all your files off.

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Yoga 13 has 256Gb primary drive, is it mSata ? can I move Samsung SSd to Second slot and install Intel msata SSD 120Gb as primary drive for OS ?Tnx.













Solved!

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Answer:Primary SSD Yoga 13

hi IhorLaputin,
 
Yes, the Lenovo Yoga 13 can have a 128GB or 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) via the PCIe Mini Card slots (upon checking the spare parts, the 256GB is a Samsung SSD).
 
If you're planning to replace this with an 128 Intel SSD and make it as primary drive, you can try to"
 
Option 1:
1. Create a Windows 8 recovery drive using this method on the original SSD
2. Download a retail copy of Windows 8 and clean install it on the 128GB SSD (same OS version) and Windows will preactivate it using the OA3 key that's embedded on the motherboard. (if it doesn't, boot from the 256GB SSD and use Belarc Advisor to extract the product key)
3. If you run into some OS problems, use the recovery drive that you used in Step 1 to restore Windows 8.
 
Option 2:
1. Install the 128GB SSD into the 2nd SSD slot (see disassembly guide here)
2. Download and install a demo copy of Backup & Recovery 12 Home or Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition and clone the EFI OS partitions from the 256GB SSD to the 128GB SSD.
3. Remove the 256GB and boo tin to the 128GB SSD, if you boot errors, use the recovery drive that you created on Option 1 to restore Windows 8.
 
 
 
Hope this helps

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So how do I change my primary Graphics card. My computer has two GPUs AMD R6 (512MB) (Currently the primary one) and AMD R7 M360 (2GB) and CCC says it's linked. I can't change it in AMD settings or in CCC. Also the BIOS is so old I can not change the primary graphics adapter.   Thanks for helping.

Answer:How do i change my primary gpu?

It is switchable graphics so the APU onboard is the primary and then the dedicated is switchable. You have to set up the dedicated to run specific apps, but the system will default to the APU video to save power. This is a bit dated but offers some explanation: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03048333 Your laptop does not have the Fixed Mode option to only use the dedicated video chip. 

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I understand the frustration with this. If I use two VGA monitor ports, I can toggle the monitors any way I choose. If though, I want to use aa VGA as the primary (#1) monitor, and I use HDMI as the extended monitor, IT then becomes #1, and the app that I am running becomes useless. I need o be able to manipulate the video feed from the #1 monitor, the VGA, and display the chosen video on the HDMI monitor. Now, how do I manage this in Windows 10? I use use both monitors in my project.

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After having an error: error reading disk... I inserted windows 7 installation dvd and cleaned the disk 0 and now i am trying to reinstall the windows 7 but i can't.i want to add a new partition primary but I receive this message : virtual disk services error: the system's information about the object may not be up to date."
P.s: when i click on install amd then custom omly disk0 u allocated space with free size 298.1gb and type -
So what should i do?? Is my hard drive broken?

Answer:Can't add a partition primary

What steps did you take to clean disk 0? The gurus here will want to know.

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Hi Guys, I formatted my 250Gb sata drive into 2 partitions C & D.Not thinking i installed xp onto the C partition which is Logical.There is nothing on the Primary D Partition.Is it possible to make C primary and D Logical?Many thanks Steve

Answer:Logical to Primary?

I don't think this is possible and I don't know of any tools that can do this-probably because primary and logical partitions are set up differently on the disk.I'd be tempted to delete everything, start again and get things in the correct order so that you do not get problems later on.

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Hey guys,

I recently purchased a 640 GB WD Black Caviar SATA drive, and was able to install it (physcially) fine. It is now recognized from my computer, although my PC is still using my old drive as the primary drive. I just bought Norton Ghost to copy everything over. But after that, how do I make the WD drive my primary drive so that all activity work is done off of that.
Thanks guys,
 

Answer:How to make new HDD primary

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K, I have installed Win 7 Ultimate.

My problem is that I like to screw around with settings and the such like to see how thinks run.

I left my poota unattended and some little fingers screwed my system up!No problem I thought I will just reformat my HD!

This is my problem, I have set the bootup to start with my primary disk drive and rebooted my system, all it says is "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD", I do this and it just boots back into Windows.

How do I get it to boot into the format setup?

Answer:Re formatting my Primary HD

Hi kutluch & welcome
Have you checked the DVD on another PC? It might be bad media.
Are you sure your keyboard is being recognised at that stage of the boot?

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I am running a Radeon 1900gt sapphire video card with 2 DVI's and 1 S-video wanna-be. I am using the supplied adapter to run the wanna-be S-video to the real S-video to the back of my TV. i get great picture from my tv. but i have also hooked up my LCD monitor via the DVI slot. i right click the desktop and go to display properties and activate the second monitor and check for it to be extended, but when i click Apply, it tries, and then resets the options i have just done. I have also gone into my radeon properties and have tried the same thing. and the same thing happens. it just resets. can i run DVI AND S-video or do i have to run both DVI?? please help.
 

Answer:TV primary, LCD secondary

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do i have to import some kind of server list when i move over to a primary connection? 'cause i have done this, then done a search, and nothing comes out? wtf

Answer:win MX - how to get other servers on a primary con

about P2P music download servers.

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Is there a way to put Firefox as your main internet viewer when you click on links from something like MSN or another website?
 

Answer:A way to put Firefox as primary?

Yes. From Firefox goto Tools->Options | General tab. Check the box to have Firefox check to see if it is default browser, then click Check Now. Make it the default browser.
 

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I need help in how to change which HDD is my primary.

I have 2 HDDs, one old (small) 465,76 GB HDD which i suspect might fail soon, and one new (big) 1863,02 GB HDD. What i want to do is install Windows 7 on the new HDD so that i can remove the old one. I installed Windows 7 on the new HDD without problems. Whenever i start the computer i get two options, like going in to safe mode

Windows 7
Windows 7

I suspect that this gives me the choice of which HDD to start with. So far i think it seems pretty easy.

My problem comes when i enter the Disk Management program. Here is a picture

https://imageshack.com/i/exWjqF3Mp

The small HDD, has many more statuses assigned to it than the big. Does that mean that it is the primary one? If yes how can i change so that those statuses get over the big HDD.

Thanks in advance

Answer:How do i change primary HDD?

Please boot into the new installation to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image this time attaching it with paper clip icon in reply box so we dont' have to go to another site and can see it here in your post.

If it boots as C then it was correctly installed from boot and not from the old OS so you can keep it. Since it is marked Active you can unplug the old HD, swap its cable to the new HD so it takes DISK0 position, then boot into the Win7 installation media to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and the partiiton holds the System flag.

You can now plug back in the old HD to boot it if needed using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key, access its data to copy over, or just wipe it to get it cleanest with Diskpart Clean Command to repartition in Disk Mgmt.

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Hey guys. My girlfriend came to me with a computer problem. She can't use the wireless internet around home. I did some poking around and came up with the following information.

(see attatched jpeg)

and this from the command prompt






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Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : mshome.net
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Con
nection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1C-BF-6C-D2-A5
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::dc0b:ee89:208d:25c7%11(Preferred)
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.37.199(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 184556407
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-0F-6B-3D-06-00-1B-24-4C-AC-29

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::353a:eaab:4a44:c660%11
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
Connection-specific DNS Suffix Search List :
mshome.net


But considering I'm a networking retard, I have no idea what to do with this information. There is no communication to the internet or the router. Can anyone please help me out here?

Answer:Can't communicate with primary DNS

Hi SkinyJim, it looks to me like this machine is not picking up the Default Gateway for some reason. This can happen for a few reasons like bad driver or a router in need of a firmware update or something is blocking the gateway like an A/V software. You can try to enter the gateway manually in your ipv4 properties on the problem machine. You can get the gateway info from one of your other machines by doing an ipconfig at the command prompt or the routers set up page.

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Question: Primary Keys

Hoping I can get some advice on what I think is a fairly easy question.

I'm attempting to assign 2 fields as primary keys in the same table. The reason is this; at work we have a list of suppliers and they each have a unique supplier number. However each supplier has multiple site locations which makes each of this individual locations unique. This seems a classic case of multiple "Joes" and multiple "Smiths" but only 1 "Joe Smith".

My problem is that when I try to specify both fields as primary I get an error that indicates Access is unable to do what I'm asking. I'm using Access 2003, the fields are set as text because they have both text and numbers in the record.

Anyone have an idea how I can get this to work?
 

Answer:Primary Keys

I would recommend that you separate your table into two tables, one for your suppliers, and one for your sites.

Your suppliers table would have a primary key (I would recommend using an auto number for this, it can save you a lot of heartburn in the long run), and then you would have a table with your sites in it, and its own primary key there.

You would have a many to one relationship between these tables, each account can have many sites.
 

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I am having a problem with the system idle taking up a lot of cpu (between 97 and 99%) I was following the directions in another post to fix the primary IDE channel. When I went into the device manager I saw that I have two Primary IDE channels and one Secondary IDE channel. Could this be the problem? If so how do I fix?

Answer:Two primary IDE channels

Do you understand what "Idle" means? 97-99% idle means only 1-3% of the CPU is being used. So let me put it this way - are you concerned that 1-3% of the CPU is being used when the system is sitting idle (aka not running any programs)?As has been explained about IDE channels, there are 2 (primary & 2ndary) & each channel can support 2 devices (master & slave). So the device possibilities are:primary master + primary slave2ndary master + 2ndary slaveAnd there are optimal ways of configuring the devices depending on how many devices you have & whether they are HDDs or optical drives. I won't bother listing the possibilities because you have provided no systems specs.As for the listings in Device Manager, it's not unusual to have duplicates. If you're concerned, right click on each one & click uninstall (if it will let you). Uninstall all you can, then reboot & Windows will re-install what it needs.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wFNALENz5...

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I am interested in giving the consumer preview a trial run, and am wondering if anyone has gone ahead and started utilizing it as their primary OS. If so, let me know how it measures up, and if you think it is worth doing at this time. I am ready for some change..

Answer:Anyone using Windows 8 as Primary OS?

Originally Posted by musiclover7


I am interested in giving the consumer preview a trial run, and am wondering if anyone has gone ahead and started utilizing it as their primary OS. If so, let me know how it measures up, and if you think it is worth doing at this time. I am ready for some change..



the release preview is more stable version

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I just completed start up on my new rig and everything seemed fine. My question pertains to loading programs and other software on the two HDs I've installed. My primary HD is a 240G Kingston HyperX SSD where I've loaded the OS (Win7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full Version). I wish to conserve as much space as possible loading only programs that will benefit from the SSD. When I start loading various programs, how can I direct it to my secondary drive which is a 750G Sata HD? Normally it will show the path and all I have to do was to change the drive letter but some don't show the path.
 

Answer:Solved: OS in SSD as Primary HD

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I have put a different hard drive in what was our first computer so I can give it to one of our friends. I formated the disk and put our old Windows ME on it but now when I go to Device Manager there is a yellow exclamation mark next to the Primary IDE controller(dual fifo). When I go to properties the Device Status states 'this device is either not present, not working properly or does not have the drivers instaled'. In drivers it states the driver is from microsoft.Before I give this computer away I'd like to know how much of a problem this is, will it cause problems when using the computer and what can I do about it. I've tried reinstalling windows but that hasn't helped. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Help re Primary IDE Contoller

try windows update click here

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Hi.am having 80GB Harddrive of which 25GB is allocated for Primary Partition and remaining for Extended Partition, Extended is almost full with some of my important Data, Is it Possible i cud make 3 primary partition on which i install 3 different Operating system

Answer:3 Primary Partitions

Yes it is. However you will need to make some unallocated space by reducing the size of the existing partitions. You just cant make partitions out of nothing.Stuart

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Ok so I got a 22" widescreen monitor and a radeon graphics card. The monitor is VGA connection and the card has the usual choice of VGA or DVI, so naturally I plugged it into the VGA.I then got a 2nd monitor, 17" this time, and placed it above the other one. This one had both DVI and VGA outputs, so I used some common sense and since I had a DVI port spare on the graphics card I went for the DVI connection.Here's where the problems begin. I boot up and the 17" (DVI) is detected as monitor 1. So I did the whole "display properties>settings>monitor 2> extend my windows desktop onto this monitor" thing, and hoped that I'd be able to also tick the box which says "Use this device as my primary Monitor". But it is greyed out so I can't. Also looked in the CCC and can't find an option in there either.Any clues anyone? Only solution I can think of is to connect the 17" to the VGA, and then connect the 22" to the DVI via use of a DVI/VGA adaptor. Hoping there's another way though cos I spent ?25 on a DVI cable and I don't want it to go to waste.Any help much appreciated. Cheers!

Answer:Can't set monitor 2 as primary - help please

Are you pressing the apply button after you check the "extend my windows desktop onto this monitor" box?

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Question: primary and slave

hi there, just installed new hard drive, and two dvd writers, all sata, dvd drives are really slow, and have hdd in sata 1 and dvd writers in satas 2 and 3, in bios it states that primary and slave are empty but satas 123 are in correct order, do i need to make my hdd primary and follow suit with dvd drives, and how would you do thatregardspaul

Answer:primary and slave

Check your Boot Priorities in BIOS, make hard drive First boot option.

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Thanks everyone for their input and ideas on my earlier heat issue. Prayerfully it will soon all be taken care of.
Okay now that my heat issue will possibly be resolved (still at 60 degrees C and holding, hey it's better than the earlier 90 ) with a new heat sink and fan, I wish to install Win XP Pro onto my WD Raptor SATA (Silicon Serial ATA Card at 150mb/s) HD. I have starte XP and it said press F6 for other devices, then press S to select device, the press S to load drivers of floppy or enter for XP's drivers. I selected the drivers on the floppy. Then it told me HD was not partitioned (it's only a 36 gig - gheez didn't think it needed that). I selected max partition size it would allow which was only a mere 35291 mb. ????? What the heck? It's 36 gig. And it said there was 8 mb left unpartitioned. ????? What the heck? I am so confused.... What's going on here?
Then it asks me to format parttion and after its done 100% of it it tells me this:

Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged. Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connect to your computer. You must select different partition for Windows XP to continue.

Of course it's because it only partitioned 36 meg not gig - grrrrrrrrrrrr HELP!
 

Answer:Help w/Set up w/SATA HD as Primary

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Question: Two Primary Drives

I have just purchased SuSe Linux, and rather than partioning my hard drive to run both windows and linux, is it possible to have two hard drives, one with Linux installed and one with windows installed, and then when I turn on my PC I have the option of what operating system I wish to use. I have a feeling that this is not possible, but any help/advice would be very much appreciated.

Answer:Two Primary Drives

It is possible but you will still have to dual boot the computer, and choose what operating system you want to run.

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I have a Microsoft Outlook.com account that arose out of a confusing Answer Desk chat - I ended up creating the account to solve an apparent problem. The result is that this account (call it AccGash), which is additional to the Outlook account that I already had (call it AccReal), is attached to my Office 365 subscription.

I recently changed my MS login back to AccReal, which is the email account I use. It seems that this does not affect the attachment of AccGash to my Office sub, which is a nuisance since I never use AccGash for anything else. It's not the end of the world, but it's untidy and one day I will forget that account name and then have a problem with reinstalling Office.

I couldn't find a way of communicating with Microsoft, apart from telephone (expensive international call) and on line chat (tends to be very time consuming and often a bit amateurish), so I wrote a letter explaining what I wanted and including appropriate screen-shots. That was some time ago and I no longer expect a reply, so I wonder if anyone on this forum has any ideas.

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So i had another thread but noone answered. I just figured they couldnt see it. Basically, my question is can ANYONE please tell me how to set up my hard drive such that my SATA hard drive is the primary hard drive? thanks.
 

Answer:SATA HDD as primary

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i created a new partition, and accidently made it my primary partition (C: being my primary one and D: being by other one) now when ever i boot up i get NTLDR missing ctrl+alt+del to restart
so i downloaded the windows 7 repair files from one website and tried to fix it, but i failed
and now i wanted to know is there any other way i can fix using command prompt or will i just have to reinstall windows 7
PLS HELP

Answer:primary partition help

Hello vruls, welcome to Seven Forums!





If you mean you made it "Active" then this tutorial at the link below will give you some insight on how to correct it; read the info then at Option Two in the main tutorial have a look at the Option Two of this tutorial (Partition - Mark as Active) at the link in this tutorial below.




Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I&#8217;m getting an error message when booting my XP home pc

Dell 4600C with XP Home (purchased 2004).
Bios A06. Single HD installed May 2009.

&#8220;error auto-sensing primary hard disk drive 0
strike the f1 key to continue, f2 to run the setup utility&#8221;

I go into the setup utility and the bios config screen is blank. I change the boot sequence to hd and save and exit. The pc loads xp and operates normally.

But then error message happens again when rebooting. Is the battery running down? What else could it be?
 

Answer:PC does not recognize primary HD

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If so, why? I'm asking because I recently saw some website stats for a site I maintain and was surprised to find Windows XP being the dominant OS used by site visitors yet IE6 was the dominant browser.

Peace...
 

Answer:Do you still use IE6 as your primary browser?

It's hard to teach old dogs new tricks!


I'll go to 8 as soon as I load W7.
 

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