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Does Ad-Aware protect your computer from malware?

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

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

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Preferred Solution: Does Ad-Aware protect your computer 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: Does Ad-Aware protect your computer from malware?

No on both counts. Try Spywareblaster click here

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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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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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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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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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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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How would you protect yourself from a fud?
 

Answer:How to protect yourself from a FUD malware?

LukeNukesEm said:





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

Supplement your security with something besides signatures.
 

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

My Pc is running windows 7.

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

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

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

Answer:How to protect yourself from Malware

avilo4u said:





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

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





avilo4u said:





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

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





avilo4u said:





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

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

You can just run this >> Autorun Eater
 

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

Answer:Malware - Virtumonde & Sys Protect?

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

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

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

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avguard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
C:\Program F... Read more

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Once i have scanned my computer using ad-aware, you are given a list of all the files on your computer. There are some files that are under Malware, can anyone tell me what this is.

Answer:What is Malware? - Ad-Aware 6

the files it lists are spyware and should be deleted.johnny.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did I answer what you needed?
 

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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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Am I the only one that has had a bad experience with the NEW 2007 Ad-Aware???

I have installed it a couple of times and it seems to have brought some kind of Malware to my machine???

Please advise!!!!

Please feel FREE to tell me I am looking at the WRONG CULPRIT!!!!



trumpetman

Answer:Ad-aware 2007 Malware?

are you running a windows version that is fully compatible WITH adaware 2007?

and from which link did you download the adaware 2007 exe?

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Hello,

When I logged on to my computer this morning at Mon, 11 DEC at 0600 EST, I ran Ad-Aware SE and it detected no cookies and/or malware,etc

I then checked to see if there were any new defintions and downloaded the new definition at 0615. It stated there was a registry entry and it detected a Malware at the following registry:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT interface/{2e4bb6be-a75f-4dc0-9500-68203655a2c43}

I tried to deleted it within Ad-Aware Se but to no avail, it came back on the next scan.

At 1700 tonight, 11 DEC I came back to the computer and rebooted, went to safe mode and edit registry (of which I first made a back-up) I tried to delete the above registry entry in safe mode, but the system wouldn't allow me to do it (read that it was a predetrmined registry entry and can't delete those).

I then messed with the permissions on the registry entry and deleted the one that said "anonymous" under permissions and remove, since I couldn't delete the registry entry, I removed the "anonymous" entry under permissions.

At 1730, I then went back to normal mode and for the heck of it, checked to see if there was an update (and found it strange - two updated definitions from Ad-Aware Se in the same day). Once again I downloaded the update the Ad-Aware Se with definition SE1R138 11.12.2006. I then ran another scan again and the malware detection for the above reg key ... didn't show up.

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Answer:Ad-Aware Se Malware detected and then gone???

Guys,

I have good news ... I received an email from lavasoft research team and is was a false/positive on the malwre reading yesterday... they said to download SE1R138 11.12.2006 (internal build nr:174) and it would and did correct the reading. They have since updated again to SE1R139 12.12.2006,
internal build nr: 175.

All is running well and I restored the registry ... the registry file was for
the Adobe Flash 9.0 Active X control.

Just wanted to let you know ASAP...

Countryhardball

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

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> I am  using sify ISP with limited data tarnsfer package.>My ISP is showing that i have downloaded 1200 MB which is not true.>I did'nt turned  on the PC on the date prescribed by ISP but it showing i have downloaded 1200 MB and has cut down 20 valid days>I think some one has hacked my system.So i am requesting you to tell the best way to protect my system from malware and 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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> 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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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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Hello. My kid's PC -- an HP (Model M7567C, with 2, 260 GB hard disks and 2 GB RAM) is infected by "Spyware Protect 2009" malware. The malware repeatedly displays at least 3 different pop-ups saying there's a spyware infection and offers to sell a fix; the program also prevents Explorer from working properly. There are no obvious programs/processes to shut down from the control panel. The machine has Zone Alarm Security Suite installed - I'm not sure if my kids ignored a warning or if the software mistakenly let something in. Zone Alarm technical support said to try running Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware automated removal tool, but the program doesn't seem to run (nothing happens after the program is downloaded and launched). I tried running Zone Alarm virus and spyware scans, but the program runs slowly and eventually hangs (I think I ran the Zone Alarm scan in the Windows Safe mode). I can boot the PC in Windows Safe mode, but unfortunately there is no useful restore point. I can boot the PC in the normal Windows mode but it takes 2 or 3 cold starts. I can use Microsoft Explorer (through a wireless LAN connection), but in the normal Windows mode Spyware keeps hi-jacking Explorer and displaying its rouge messages.

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

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Answer:"Spyware Protect 2009" malware problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

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Ill be honest, I was trying to download a missing file for simcity4. In the process I believe a Java request opened then closed and suddenly I had pop ups. I immediately disconnected my cat5 and ran Ad-Aware. It identified that I had 5 infected items. It described it as Malware known as Virtumonde. I investigated the registry and identified the the .dll that I think is my problem. urqRiJDS.dll. I read online and found that it is mostly likely a randomly generated file name so it is unique in name. When i tried to delete the .dll it stated that I could not do so since it was already in use by another program. Please help or link me to a similar thread?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:52:00 PM, on 12/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\SharedCOM\RoxWatchTray9.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Drag-to-Disc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\common files\logishrd\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\LVComSX.exe
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Answer:Vundo malware, at least Ad-Aware thinks so.

I was able to delete the file and remove the primary threat. Thanks to techguy. The tools were most useful and pretty self explanitory. I am currently running AVG to scan my system for further bugs. So far it has located 4 trojans. I believe I did get this series of trojans and viruses from an outdated Java app I had installed. So please everyone, get that Java updated and previous older versions removed.
 

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Hi, I'll cut the formalities and get straight to the point, my computer is currently infected with what is known as win32.worm.warezov and probably a few other infections I cannot locate. Hang on, let me get back to the formalities, cause it'd be rude if I didn't at least introduce myself, right?

Hi TSF! My name is Kant Wu, and I've been a computer addict for a while now. Mostly gaming and web browsing though, but anyhow, I registered on this forum months ago and decided to finally step out of the box and ask for help! =P Usually I would just system recover my computer, but I really dont want to have to do that because it deletes everything I've ever installed. For some strange unknown reason, I can't system restore, probably due to the fact that I don't have a set restore point. (Don't exactly know how to create one either!!! )

The two major infections are: (As told by Ad-Aware '08)
Win32.Worm.Warezov
Win32.Worm.Agent

I was downloading files off a forum without proper protection, and as I was running the files, I noticed my computer lagging horribly. (Those files aren't illegal, just regular game cheats and hacks. At least I don't think they're illegal.) Afterwards, task manager and regedit were supposedly disabled by the administrator. (That would be me.)

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Answer:Ad-aware picking up malware/trojans!

Bump please! I check this thread every like 2 hours, so it was quite anticipating the past 72 hours!

Edit: Oh crap, it hasn't been 72 hours, it's been 70. Sorry! Had no idea that the time zones weren't correct for me on the forum.

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Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------Microsoft Windows XP Professional (build 2600) SP 2.0Architecture: X86; Language: EnglishCPU 0: Genuine Intel® CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHzCPU 1: Genuine Intel® CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHzPercentage of Memory in Use: 40%Physical Memory (total/avail): 2046.37 MiB / 1225.97 MiBPagefile Memory (total/avail): 3938.8 MiB / 3193.05 MiBVirtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1923.75 MiBC: is Fixed (NTFS) - 79.17 GiB total, 3.71 GiB free. D: is Fixed (NTFS) - 26.52 GiB total, 26.42 GiB free. E: is CDROM (No Media)\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - FUJITSU MHV2120BH - 110.39 GiB - 4 partitions \PARTITION0 - Unknown - 47.03 MiB \PARTITION1 (bootable) - Installable File System - 79.17 GiB - C: \PARTITION2 - Installable File System - 26.52 GiB - D: \PARTITION3 - Unknown - 4.64 GiB-- Security Center -------------------------------------------------------------AUOptions is scheduled to auto-install.Windows Internal Firewall is disabled.FirstRunDisabled is set.FW: McAfee Personal Firewall Plus v (McAfee)FW: ZoneAlarm Firewall v7.0.462.000 (Check Point, LTD.)AV: v (McAfee) DisabledAV: ESET NOD32 antivirus system 2.70 v2.70 (ESET, spol. s r.o.)[HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Serv... Read more

Answer:Ad-aware Found Malware, Unfortunatly No Log From It.

Hi TikoSorry for the delay in answering your post.If you still need help could you please post back a new Hjt log.... things change so quickly and we need to see what's happening now.ThanksStarbuck

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Thank you in advance. I found malware with Search & Destroy program & I get a bluescreen when I start Ad aware. Heres my log file:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:49:59 PM, on 12/27/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Modem Event Monitor\IntelMEM.exe
C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 944\dlcdmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 944\memcard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust Anti-Spam\QSP-2.1.215.5\QOELoader.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\CAVTray.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\CAVRID.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Firewall\ca.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxpers.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\ISafe.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
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Answer:Bluescreen with Ad aware & found Malware

Please download VundoFix.exe to your desktop.
Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it.
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 YES
Once 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 post the contents of C:\vundofix.txt and a new HiJackThis log.

Note: It is possible that VundoFix encountered a file it could not remove.
In this case, VundoFix will run on reboot, simply follow the above instructions starting from "Click the Scan for Vundo button." when VundoFix appears at reboot.
 

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Hi, I'm getting random Internet Explorer windows opening and whenever I try opening the newer versions of Ad-Aware nothing happens, I can only open older versions (but I can't update them with the new virus detection databases). There was an error message style pop-up that said click ok to get the latest version of WinWeb. I searched the forums and found someone else that had a similar problem, but the process that helped him out said to end processes through hijackthis that I don't have. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks. Here's my hijackthis log:
 

Answer:Need help removing MalWare that won't let me open Ad-aware

Please begin by clicking Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager > View > Show Hidden Devices.

Scroll down to ?Non-plug and Play Drivers? and click the plus icon to open those drivers.
Then search forTDSSserv.sys
Let me know if you find this or not.
If you do find it, right click on it, and select Disable. Do not try to uninstall it.
Also if TDSSserv.sys is found and you disable it, then reboot.
After reboot continue on with the below cleaning instructions.

Please follow the instructions in the below link and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

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.
Notes:

If you run into problems trying to run theREAD & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode. You can run 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 on another PC and 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.

 

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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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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
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEn... Read more

Answer:malware agents/koobface,spyware protect removal

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

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Hi

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

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

Cheers
Sam
 

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

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

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

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I'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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Which one would find more malware? Which will clean the system better?

Answer:Should I replace Ad-Aware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?

Short answer is yes. Ad-Aware definitely isn't what it used to be...

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Hi,

I downloaded a game from a couple of different sources. Whatever version I try to start, I get a message from Ad-Aware (Ad-Watch Live) that the process was blocked because it was identified as Win32.Trojan.Midgare. However, when I run Avast and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on the exe or the folder, both indicates that all is clean. I checked the comments section on both sites where I got the game and nobody is reporting any virus or malware. I wonder if it could be a false positive from Ad-Aware but how I can be sure? I don't want to willingly infect my computer. Any advice?

Thank you!

Itachi75

Answer:Ad-Aware VS Avast / Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Anytime you come across a suspicious file or suspect a detection may be a false positive, get a second opinion by submitting it to one of the following online services that analyzes suspicious files:Jotti's virusscanVirusTotalVirSCANIn the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.If you confirm a false detection of a particular file, then you should contact Ad-Aware's Tech Support and advise them so their technicians can investigate and make corrections to its database definitions.

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http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/digitaltrends/20110711/tc_digitaltrends/dhsawareofimportedelectronicspreloadedwithmalwareTestifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, acting deputy secretary of the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Greg Schaffer admitted on the record the that DHS is aware of instances were electronics imported into the United States have been pre-loaded with malware, spyware, and other cyber-security threats, and that both the DHS and the White House have been aware of the threat for some time.When repeatedly asked a "softball" question by Utah representative Jason Chaffetz ® whether he was aware of instances where foreign-manufacturers software or hardware components had been intentionally embedded with security risks, Schaffer hesitatingly stated "I am aware of instances where that has happened."snipSchaffer did not offer any details on the nature of the compromised technology, but did emphasize that many American-made systems use components from foreign manufacturers. The implication is that foreign agencies or interests are using international suppliers to get compromised software and equipment into the supply chain, potentially laying the groundwork for cyberattacks against U.S. infrastructure systems or even everyday consumers. The attacks could take the form of security holes that provide access to sensitive and/or classified information, or could potentially provide a foreign power the abil... Read more

Answer:DHS aware of imported electronics pre-loaded with malware

As screwed up as everything else coming from the Govt. is, I guess we shouldn't be shocked.

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I guess everyone will think I'm crazy. And you have every right to.

But today morning I updated Definition Files for Lavasoft Ad-Aware and ran a scan.

(I try to run a scan everytime I get a new definition file just to be safe.)

The scan results showed 3 new items. Those were BargainBuddy, Win32TrojanAgent,
and WebHancer. Actually, a few weeks ago,
I received great help from the HJT team in completely removing
the WebHancer from my laptop. (or so I thought)

Then, I did the exact thing on my desktop and whadda you know?

BargainBuddy and Win32TrojanAgent come up in the scan results.

I'm a paranoid person so what I'm suggesting may be laughable, but is it possible
that the new Definition Files detected malware that was not really present on my computers
or that the new Definition Files installed them on my computers?

I'm thinking it was the former as I've not experienced any pop-ups or decreased speed
in my Internet Surfing.

Any thoughts and advice on this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Did The New Definition Update For Ad-aware Install Malware?

I had exactly the same problem. I updated the definitions on Adaware SE and "BargainBuddy" appeared. What's more, when I delete it with AdAware it seems to come back again. I attach a HijackThis log below. Hope you guys have some good advice. Thanks!Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 17:56:43, on 2006/09/13Platform: 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\BUFFALO\Client Manager2\bwsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ACS.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS2\bin\VersionCueCS2.exeC:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\OfficeScan NT\ntrtscan.exeC:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ThpSrv.exeC:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TME3\Tmesrv31.exeC:\OfficeScan NT\tmlis... Read more

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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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The long-established Lavasoft Ad-Aware Security Toolbar, a stand-alone solution as well as an opt-in bundled with all Ad-Aware AV product installers (and "necessary" only in Free AV+), is being replaced with Web Companion.

Yes, it's FREE!!

http://toolbar.lavasoft.com/
http://www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/company/blog/web-companion-beta-is-now-available
http://webcompanion.com/
http://webcompanion.com/malware_url_blocker

While the Toolbar is, well, a browser toolbar, Companion is an in-line process. Branded as Lavasoft MUB is the real-time "URL Lookup Cloud System for Malware Filtering." One might conclude some benefit from their partnership with Bitdefender: "...intelligence shared with industry security partners."

One partner is surely Malware Domains. There are three constantly updated local files, and a Malware Domains txt file and two password protected zip files named hourly and weekly from Malware Domains' URL Labs. Generally this strategy is employed to reduce load on the cloud services. And a first-tier filter, no doubt.

Mentioned is Lavasoft CMP with no mention what CMP means. (I'll try and find out.) EDIT: Content Malware Protection.

I ran the Beta and found it installs a TCP Service and a Search Protection Service which filters via the local proxy (aka 127.0.0.1, aka loopback). Theoretically, that should offer protection across all Web enabled applications, not just the browser, but they don't make that cl... Read more

Answer:Ad-Aware Web Companion - Cloud System for Malware Filtering

Salutation!

Interesting! Let wait and see!

Kind regards,
 

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I have been using Ad Aware free for my Anti spyware software for a while. Thing is I don't really like, yeah it does on access scanning but it just seems very heavy and is a hog. After its installed I notice a marked increase in bootup time on my computer. Are there any other free spyware programs that have on access scanning that don't use so many resources?
 

Answer:Solved: Anti Malware software aside from Ad Aware free?

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How do I fix "windows is busy" on Internet Explorer, or remove the virus if it's a virus? I just did a full system scan using Lavasoft Ad-Aware and Avast anti virus program but unfortunately it did not fix the problem!

I'm pretty sure that it's a virus of some sort. Whenever I click on a link, it keeps trying to connect to the site, but it never does. After that, I can't go to another site unless I close the window and re-open another one. Also, when I'm closing the window, a pop-up window tells me that windows is busy, and if I want to close it.

Should I use Spybot Search and Destroy? I don't have it installed. Have u worked with this problem before?

I appreciate it, thanks!
 

Answer:Avast and Lavasoft Ad-Aware didn't catch my malware

Lavasoft Ad-Aware is not recommended anymore as it is very ineffective. We recommend uninstalling it. If you believe you have malware problems your starting point was listed in the sticky threads:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
 

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

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

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

Malware-bytes removal is the best!

peace.b.

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

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

here are the second logs of HJT and Combofix.

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

Thanks...
 

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well, my problem is i am downloading music from the website "bandcamp". i download music, extract the file, and then have to "unblock" it so i can get the files onto itunes. i never used to have to waste time "unblocking" every music file on my old windows 7. now what i want to do is disable this feature completely. i understand you can do this with the group policy editor but i do not have that as i only have windows home. is there anyway i can disable this feature without using group policy? please if someone could help me this has put me in an unbelievable stress as i have a lot of music to download that ive brought and do not want to have to unblock each one individually.

Answer:This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer?

You can enable Group Policy Editor in Home Edition: https://www.itechtics.com/enable-gpe...ndows-10-home/
Another tactic may be to always download those files to a certain folder... Then "whitelist" that location in your AV.
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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Hello forum,

I have people around me that like to use my computer when I am not in front of it. Most of the time when I walk away from it I put it into sleep mode or do something to protect it... I have sleep mode set for 20 mins so if it's not active it protects itself... anyway sometimes I forget!

Does anyone know of a way I can have the computer auto protect itself every 5 mins popping up a window that says enter password or better still click on an icon or something to let it know I am the correct user?

Many thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:Need a tip to protect computer from other users while computer active.

Use an account password, and lock the computer when you step away from it using CTRL+ALT+DEL, and choosing the LOCK THIS COMPUTER option.

More info:
Password - Create for a User Account
Lock Computer - Create Shortcut

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The malware affecting my computer sometime prevents me from viewing a web page I want to look at. For instance, I might type a search in google. When I click on one of the web pages in the search results, I will instead be directed to another page, often times an advertisement or other search page featuring words similar to the ones I typed in the google search. I'm not always redirected; sometimes I get to look at the actual page I clicked on. It's probably one out of two times that I'm redirected.

The malware appears to be blocking spyware removal programs like ad-aware.

Here are my logs:
UNLESS SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED, DO NOT POST THIS LOG.
IF REQUESTED, ZIP IT UP & ATTACH IT

DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01)

Microsoft? Windows Vista? Business
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume3
Install Date: 11/7/2008 9:39:36 PM
System Uptime: 6/12/2009 8:42:11 AM (28 hours ago)

Motherboard: Dell Inc. | | 0D500F
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T8100 @ 2.10GHz | Microprocessor | 2100/200mhz

==== Disk Partitions =========================

C: is FIXED (NTFS) - 136 GiB total, 90.288 GiB free.
D: is FIXED (NTFS) - 10 GiB total, 5.332 GiB free.
E: is CDROM (CDFS)
F: is Removable

==== Disabled Device Manager Items =============

==== System Restore Points ===================

RP129: 3/25/2009 - Scheduled Checkpoint
RP130: 3/27/2009 12:13:05 AM - Windows Update
RP131: 3/27/2009 2:56:04 PM - Scheduled Checkpoint
RP132: 3/29/2009 3:01:05 PM - Scheduled Checkpoin... Read more

Answer:Malware is redirecting my internet searches to different web pages/The program is blocking ad-aware and other removal programs

Hello and 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.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, ... Read more

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I have only got one dlink adaptor from dlink router to connect to my telly by desktop ... its wireless - i tho it was protected but its not .. my sister bf came over with his laptop and he was able to link it up with mine wireless network .. he said i havent protected it at all .. how do i protect it as i didnt realised some other neighbours might be looking at it .. help! i dont understand what i have to do next ..

Answer:how to protect my computer

Didn't the answer on this click here help.

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I suppose this is a really basic question, but here goes: How do I keep a computer-savvy burglar from getting into my computer when I'm away on a trip--other than taking the computer with me, of course? I have logged off all the websites that I have signed into in the past, including the IE and Opera browsers that I use. But there's still the Desktop with some icons leading to places I don't want others to get to, and the Start menu, and the My Documents and the My Computer icons at the bottom. Is there a way to fix it so only a generic type of window shows up when the comuter is turned on and you have to enter some mumbo-jumbo that you have made up in order to show the Desktop and the icons at the bottom of the window? Thanks.
 

Answer:How protect my computer when I'm gone

Are you using XP? Simply password protect your account & it'll keep out all but the determined individual. It's kinda like locking the front door of your house...it keeps the 'honest' people from wandering into your house.

If security is a real concern, you can use programs such as Folder Lock that'll hide & encrypt whatever files/folders/drives you want it to. Fantastic program actually, I recommend it.

I suppose you could unplug your hard drive & power supply connectors...at least then they'd need tools to even turn the machine on.
 

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Hi, I am buying a new computer in the very near future. I believe it wil be config'd somewhat like this:
OS: Windows XP Home w/SP2
Processor: 3.2 Ghz Pent 4 w/HT Tech 800 Mhz FSB
Memory: 1 GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 400 Mhz
Etc etc.
Questions are:
What programs should I get to protect this NEW(hopefully clean) computer? What programs should be run and how often to continue to keep it clean?
I already own a copy of McAfee VirusScan 2004 and personal firewall plus, should I continue to use in new computer?
Thanks,
Just trying to do it right!
Don Do Right

Answer:What should I do to protect a new computer?

The first thing you shoud do is run Windows Update, or whatever Microsoft calls it in XP. I don't know whether installing service pack 2 is the best idea, because I've seen several posts with problems that occurred after installing this.

Second order of business will to get a good antivirus and firewall program on there. If you're buying this comp from a retailer, there will usually be one preloaded- usually norton antivirus or McAfee. If there isn't, I recommend AVG Antivirus. It is extremely useable, has constant updates, and the free edition is completely free (no limitations on time or subscription for definitions like even the paid version of Norton would have). For the firewall, I would recommend turning XP's firewall off (it's on by default) and downloading ZoneAlarm. This is an all-around excellent firewall that is frequently updated, and also free without much limitation.

It is also important to get protection against spyware. Different people have differing opinions on which one is the best. Personally, I prefer Spybot: Search and Destroy. This program does a very good job at scanning for spyware, but does not continually monitor for spyware- though if you're vigilat enough, you won't need this anyway.

I also highly recommend Mozilla's FireFox browser. It is very secure, very fast, and highly customizable without being overcomplicated.

Good luck on your purchase; I hope this advice will help you.

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HI,

I know this is kind a stupid question, but it is really important to know more about how to protect your computer such as to maintain having a fresh, fast computer.
I am just wondering if someone coulg give some tips how to protect your computer from any aspects (defrag, scan virus, etc)

I try to maintain a good condition of my PC, but still always something happens. Now is my automatic update window xp, although it finished update but it still keep appearing in my quick launch with that update logo, i try to open it but it won't let me and i look at the flash message it keeps write "26% downloading", and never increase. This has been a while like a week already. . And sometimes the logo just dissapear and then reappear again. I don't really know what happen to my coms.

Please someone tell me what to do. I don't want to reformat everything just because some wierd things happen?

Thanks, appreaciate it.

Answer:HOW to Protect Your computer??

greetings

avg - ewido - adaware se - spybot

these make a nice combined package...what virus/spy programs do you have presently installed?

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I have been using the commercial version of Bitdefender for the past 3 years. I also was using Spybot, but after they upgraded it I found it confusing and hard to understand, not to mention time consuming, so I removed it. So now the only thing I have is Bitdefender Antivirus 2009, and it expires tomorrow. I recently added 1 gb to my measly 127mb of memory, which I think will make spyware programs work more efficiently, but I don't know what I should use. Should I stick with Bitdefender? Or should I use a combination of the free programs? Can anyone recommend or suggest a combination of choices for spyware removers and antivirus programs? I have Windows XP professional, and I just now upgraded to SP3 after I installed the additional memory.

Answer:How to protect my computer?

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use a paid for product or free alternative.No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection. See BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps and List of Virus & Malware Resources.

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Hi,
 
My 12 year old son likes to believe he is tech savvy, unfortunately, like most pre-teen middle schoolers he's not aware of the things he doesn't know.  He loves playing online games, watching YouTube videos, and Skyping with friends.  All of that is fine, he's a good kid and can be trusted as much as any 12 year old can be.  However, over the last several months he has started to download various games and other applications to our desktop.  Before this we never had issues with the computer, now we seem to have minor problems once a week, for example the computer will not shut down at night.  The grey shut down screen will appear and that bluish circle with move, but it will not shut down.  This has happened several times.  Once, the printer would not print, not sure why, but it is just another thing in the list of small little problems we've had and I've solved.
 
I'm worried that he's going to do something that will permanently hurt the hard drive, making it so that I loose all or most of the files I have stored on it.  I do back up everything, but I still don't want him to destroy the main hard drive.  What can I do so that he is still able to get on, play his games, download his applications, and Skype with his friends, but not be able to wipe out my important files?

Answer:Dad Wants to Protect Computer From Son!!

Seems you don't want to change anything. If you allow him to still do all that.
In that case the only solution is for him to have his own computer.

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Recently, I found a good ways to protect my computer. I used to only use anti-virus software before, but now I found use system recovery software combined with anti-virus software is really good, like dual fail-safe to protect computer. I have chosen eTrust EZ Antivirus and EAZFIX to protect my computer. How about yours?

Answer:How To Protect Computer

Hello iou, on my windows box i use AVG free edition, ZoneAlarm internet security suite, Spybot s&d (tea timer), windows defender, adaware personal and when i need to, filemon,packetmon and pstools. Those plus a linux box with snort,ethereal and squid for when times get tough although i run snort and ethereal on windows as well. Oh and i run rootkitrevealer every so often as well.
Cheers, Lucent.

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Hi, I'm new to this service and I have come here to find answers to the confusing issue that is computer security! I have a basic understanding of computers but answers in layman's terms would be appreciated.
I have a few questions, but the basic gist is this - What combination of (free) software do I need in order to keep my computer protected against everything bad (malware, viruses, annoying toolbars etc.), and also to keep it running at its best?
I have a Windows 7 laptop and currently use the following software:
Windows Essentials
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Free Windows Registry Repair
CCleaner (just downloaded)
Revo Uninstaller
I recently encountered an annoying toolbar search thing called "claro search" or something and had great difficulty removing it from my computer. Is this classed as "malware"?
Do I need anti-malware AND anti-virus (WSE) software, in fact, what is the difference? My computer started to behave strangely and running slugishly after my encounter with this claro thing and I found that Malwarebytes seemed to do a better job of getting rid of it than WSE.
I also have this annoying thing called "EasyLife" which, for the most part, I seem to have removed it but on Firefox the little search bar in the top right corner still says EasyLife and I can't seem to get rid of it! I use Chrome so it doesn't bother me too much but I'm concerned that it is still on my computer somewhere.
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Answer:How do I protect my computer?!

With Windows 7
Antivirus - MSE or Avast (make sure the other is uninstalled properly as only one antivirus should be used
Antimalware - Malwarebytes free - (scan weekly)
You can also use SpywareBlaster as a blocker
Be careful of registry cleaners as they can often cause more problems than they will solve the only one I would recommend is built into CCleaner which is very good for clearing out rubbish and deleting internet history.

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is there any software or any windows apps that would protect my computer from anyone using a jumpdrive or any other storage device and getting personal information from my usb ports and is there a way it would alert my by email or any other way that someone tried.
thanks
eroc
 

Answer:how do i protect my computer

Well, if someone has access to your computer....someone has access to your computer.
So assuming access, what would stop somebody from burning a DVD of your data instead? or using a network to usb converter and getting in that way or....
The only solution then is to encrypt your data when you are away. Something like truecrypt lets you do that--when you are there and signed in all your data is there and available, when you sign out, its encrypted so well that it doesn't even show up anywhere in the computer if that's the way you want it.

Someone could then take your whole computer and work on it with every cracking/recovery piece of software out there and your data is still safe, every port bombproof.
 

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Hi!

I have a HP Computer. It came with Windows Live One Care witch I find fantastic. I would like some help with some of the best program protection possible to help keep my computer away from risk. Such as:

Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Extra Protection, Virus Vault, Scanning ECT.

I am not too good with computers, the whole protection thing, so some help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Answer:Best way to Protect a Computer?

Hi Mathieu19,

I have heard of 'Windows Live One Care', although I do not use it myself and therefore cannot offer you an opinion on it. What I do use on my system is 'Kaspersky Internet Security 2009', 'Spybot S&D' and 'Ad-Aware' (links given below). I also use 'Windows Defender'.
Antivirus Software: Kaspersky Lab - Protection Against Malware and Cybercrime
The home of Spybot-S&D!
Ad-Aware @ Lavasoft - The Original Anti-Spyware Company - Lavasoft

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Ok, I give up on Norton 2008. It would never install correctly, messed up IE, slowed everything down. I spent hours on live chat with Norton and it still isn't fixed. I read the thread about Norton posted previously. Seems I have all those problems too.

What do I need to protect my computer? Firewall, anti-virus, anything else? Make it simple please as I am not that computer literate.

Thanks.
 

Answer:what do I need to protect my computer?

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I don't think that I have any antivirus anything on my computer. I did a scan on this thing called Panda I believe but couldn't fix anything due to my lack of knowledge on fixing computers via programs. A friend recommended me here and I thought I would give it a shot. I need to fix the problems because Panda said I had 600+ virus' and some kind of toolkit on my computer. Thank you in advance

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:18:50 PM, on 5/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Ideazon\Zboard Software\Driver\ZboardTray.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\program files\powerstrip\pstrip.exe
C:\Program Files\Picasa2\PicasaMediaDetector.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Sony\SONICS~1\SsAAD.exe
C:\Program Files\Ideazon\Zboard Software\Driver\Zboard.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winssnotify.exe
C:\FRAPS\FRAPS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exe
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Answer:Just need to protect computer

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I am a new member and I hope someone can help me. I want to protect my computer from someone stealing my personal information by inserting a jumpdrive or any other storage device in my usb ports. Is there a program that I could get or is it in my windows allready that would help me do that? and is there a way I can get alerted by email or something else that would let me now if someone was trying to insert a jumpdrive in my usb ports.
thanks
eroc

Answer:how do i protect my computer

First, why would anyone with a USB drive be using your computer? Is it a public machine, an office machine, or a laptop that you often leave running where other people are? If it's your ordinary home office, USB drive file stealers probably aren't your biggest issue. PC's in public areas it may be a bigger issue.

There are programs that allow you to lock down your PC to prevent people from using USB drives. A quick google search turns up this:

prevent usb drives - Google Search

Here's a Microsoft article describing how to lock down your external drives and ports:

HOWTO: Use Group Policy to disable USB, CD-ROM, Floppy Disk and LS-120 drivers

Here's an article on Digg on the subject

Digg - Simple hack to disable USB drives in XP - Perfect for public machines

Here's a registry hack that should do the trick

Registry Hack to Disable Writing to USB Drives :: the How-To Geek

There's probably a million more articles, but try out some of those. It looks like you'll need to edit the Registry. To open Registry Editor, go to Start -> Run and type "regedit" and hit OK. You can now edit the Registry, but be careful in there! A bad edit in the Registry can cause your computer to malfunction or not boot.

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Answer:Freeware for protect your computer.

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Hi

I am not sure where to post this, bu I think this place would be suitable.

Other than antivirus programs like MBAM, Superantispyware, what else can one do to protect the computer?

I ran antivirus like AVG and then its clean. I run online scanner too. But surely there must be other ways to look after your computer? What can I do to make it "clean"?

Also, What harm is there in not removing internet temporary files, history, etc.?

Thank you!

Answer:Ways to protect your computer

To be honest with you, I think the average end user really only needs some very basic protection. A decent AV product and MBAM plus firewall. Most infections are, it's my experience, user-initiated. In otherwords, it's something you clicked on. The best defense for the average person is to simply be careful what you do and where you go. Anything else, like adding ZoneAlarm or using the Spybot Tea Timer, tends to be more than the average user needs or wants. Now if you're securing your business, or something like that, there are LOTS of things you could/should do. But that's just my opinion.

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Freeware SpywareBlaster can prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted programs on your Windows PC.
Features:
•Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs.
•Block spying / tracking via cookies.
•Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted or dangerous web sites
SpywareBlaster adheres to following guiding principles of good security software:
1.Must not interfere with what you do
◦doesn't slow down web browsing
◦doesn't interfere with the "good side" of the web
◦doesn't slow down your computer
◦doesn't use up any memory or take any cpu
2. Must co-exist peacefully with other software
SpywareBlaster is built to work with any other software on your PC. You can add it as an additional, powerful layer of protection to whatever software you already have installed. In fact, SpywareBlaster's protection works well to augment nearly any combination of security and privacy tools, by focusing on prevention.
3. Must be simple to use, powerful, and effective
4. SpywareBlaster also provides protection for your favorite web browser(s).
Read SpywareBlaster review.

Answer:Protect your computer with SpywareBlaster

Thanks
I then installed on one of my PC's with XP's and all is OK
To Friends:
Be sure and disable protection then uninstall 4.1 version before install of 4.2. Do not install over current version ,per instructions on vendor website

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Hi,

I help fix friends computers when they get a virus etc. and want to be able to connect their computers to my home network while at the same time ring fencing their computer so that they can only access the internet (for updates and virus definitions).

I want to be able to prevent their machine from seeing and interacting with my computer and other "trusted" machines and devices on my network and I want all of my machines (Windows 8.1 and Windows 7) from having their media sharing services and shared folders etc. popping up in my machines.

I understand that I can setup VLAN's for this purpose but sadly my router Netgear DG834GT does not have VLANS.

Can anyone give me a pointer as to the best way to achieve this so I don't have to turn my computer off when I connect theirs. I would like it to be fairly seamless and not have to change the settings on my computers every time if possible.

Cheers
smip

Answer:How to protect computer from another one I attach to LAN

ps. Just to let you know I also have a stock Netgear DG834V3 router sitting around that I could utilize and do some sort of port forwarding. I'm not sure how this might work though.

Thanks

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What type of anti-virus/spyware/malware/adware/firewall systems do you guys reccomend? I'm restoring my computer because of a virus and a few other things, and I want to make sure its protected this time around. I heard the windows firewall isn't that great, and McAfee and those other anti-virus don't work that well. I would prefer all the things to be free :D

Answer:Okay, going to restore my computer, how should I protect it when its done?

Doing a system restore can re-infect your system. If you want to be completely clean, do a reinstall/reformat of your hard drive and OS.Anti-virus: Avira AntiVir free/personal EditionFirewall: Comodo (Note: If you choose to use the Comodo Firewall AND Avira Anti-virus, be sure to uncheck the box during Comodo's installation that will install Comodo's anti-virus software, as running 2 Anti-virus programs will cause issues)On demand scanners: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERantispywareOther protection: Spywareblaster

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i have windows xp osi think there's somebody hacking my computer. how can i make shure?and how can i feel safe?thank you

Answer:How can i protect my computer from hackers

You can see any attempts but im sure that you need a fixed ip address. You can check the event logs.Start, control panel,( in classic view) and Administrative Tools, event viewer.In the event viewer select serurity on the toll bar at the top click view and then filter and unselect success audit this will show all failed logins. after trying this post back and let me know what you find. in you double click on any failed audits and copy the description on here it would help.regardsDaniel

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Our computer runs on WindowsXP. We have several accounts for different members of the family. I hold the administrator account. The children are overusing the computer and my wife would like me to take control! How can I password protect the whole computer until they have done their homework/music practice etc?
 

Answer:password protect whole computer!

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Hi there, I recently purchased a brand new Sony Vaio laptop and as you can imagine I want to keep it in spanking good condition regarding how well it runs. Can some kind person recommend a list of programs that I can get for free which will help to do this? I dont really know the lingo but basically I think I need an antivirus, firewall, spyware detector, virus detector programs. Im a little concerned about compatability issues and so am seeking help as to what is the best combination of free programs.Please make suggestions (also if you think I have left out a program type then please mention that too).Thanks ever so kindly, F.T.

Answer:Best Ways To Protect My New Computer

No Free but sometimes old versions free that's What I am using and have done for some time. The first most important and is the above Get Acronis True Image and Create a Image of you C:\ Drive and any other drives you have these can be put on CDr or DVD depending on what burner you have

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Hi

I was infected before with this virus Cryptowall ... however I managed my self to restore my files and I reinstalled my pc ... I'm only Using Kespersky INTERNET security 2015

is there any tools or software that protect us from CRYPTO virus such as Cryptowall & cryptodefense and others ??
Thank you.
 

Answer:how to protect my computer from Cryptowall ?

Just watch out your mouse clicks There is no way after encryption of files.
Even a police department in USA, had to pay this money to decrypt their files
or you can use HitmanPro.Alert 3 with its new features (CryptoGuard feature is paid!) to get protected.
 

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Oh, I hope this is the right place.

I am giving my Compaq laptop to my sister in law.

I have cleaned up the hard drive as much as I could. I have installed a FREE antivirus program but now I need a FREE antimalware that will protect her computer. I assure you that she will not touch the program. Same thing for the antivirus program.

Is there anything out there that will protect her computer without her lifting a finger?

I am well protected here but she will not update, run scans or anything else.

For the record, she lives 3,000 miles away so I cannot run over to her house.

I know that this is asking a lot.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Trying to protect my sister in law's computer

It is almost impossible to protect a user from themselves.. With that being said, im sure you will get a flood of opinions as to which security you could try..
 

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I'm having the same problem. I've gone through the removal steps and here is my results after removal:
Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 21 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 2
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 8
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 5

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
c:\WINDOWS\system32\jevetedo.dll (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Delete on reboot.
c:\WINDOWS\system32\fiwobifi.dll (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\juhezugos (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Data: c:\windows\system32\jevetedo.dll -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Data: system32\jevetedo.dll -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
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Answer:PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM SPYWARE!, RED X

Hello,I have split your post to it's own topic.. Please do this next.Next run ATF and SAS:Note.. SAS doesn't open the registry hives for other user accounts on the system, so scans should be done from each user account.Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".From your regular user account..Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..DO NOT run yet.Open SUPER from icon and install and Update itUnder Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):Close browsers before scanning.Scan for tracking cookies.Terminate memory threats before quarantining.Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)Using the F8 MethodRestart your computer. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode. Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If ... Read more

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Hi there, i need some advice about securing my computer against a novice girlfriend who will be using it regularly from now on.
Im running XP behind a router with a hardware firewall, however i want to ensure that she cant download any nasties/trojans, install any programs or generally change anything at all.
I need to achieve this while still allowing her to download certain types of files (mp3, avi, etc) and still do her girly stuff on the net, facebook, windows messenger etc. Im forcing her to run in a non-admin account and use firefox, also have winpatrol installed along with avg antivirus, and using spybot hosts list.
Any suggestions as to some free software, or settings i ought to change within windows to avoid my computer getting rooted. I would try to educate her, but dont have the time!
 

Answer:Need to lockdown/protect computer

XP Home or Pro?
 

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I work for a company that does not want to pay for anything, let alone anti-virus or anti-spyware software. My work computer was attacked by malware last week, it hijacked my browser, stopped Outlook from functioning, disabled Task Manager and delted my System Restore points. I tried numerous fixes and scans, even went to the C:| prompt and deleted some of the corrupt files myself when the cleaner couldn't do it (until it corrupted the executable file for the prompt itself).

Anyway I finally found this site and it saved my computer! I followed Chaslang's READ ME FIRST malware removal instructions and my computer seems to be back to normal. The scans found A LOT of corrupt files, trojans, viruses, hijackers, so it was no easy feat. That was my overly long-winded THANK YOU Chaslang!!!

Now... how do I protect myself going forward? I see there is a post by Chaslang with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, and Firewall options but there seems to be a lot of overlap and numerous options. What is the best combination of FREE software that I can install? I am currently running a trial version of Trend Micro Internet Security but it will expire in a month (I downloaded it in one of my early attempts to remove the malware). I am also running the free version of Super Anti-Spyware but according to the post only the full version will protect me. Which I cannot buy because my company is too CHEAP to pay for it.

Also, I have a portable drive to transport files between work and ho... Read more

Answer:Thank You! and How do I Best Protect My Computer Going Forward?

I have moved your thread to the software forum where you will receive more opinions.
 

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Hi all,
I just logged in as admin, not ten mins ago, to find this waiting for me:

To help protect your computer, windows has closed this program.

Name : Generic Host Process For Win32 Services.

Publisher : Microsoft Corporation.

There is then an option to "close this message" which I did not choose.

Beneath that option is a line and beneath that line it states:

Data Execution Prevention Helps Protect Against damage from viruses and other security threats.
Then this part is a link to the help and support console, it asks: What should I do?

I clicked on the "What Should I Do" link and got this:

Understanding Data Execution Prevention
Data Execution Prevention (DEP) helps prevent damage from viruses and other security threats that attack by running (executing) malicious code from memory locations that only Windows and other programs should use. This type of threat causes damage by taking over one or more memory locations in use by a program. Then it spreads and harms other programs, files, and even your e-mail contacts.
Unlike a firewall or antivirus program, DEP does not help prevent harmful programs from being installed on your computer. Instead, it monitors your programs to determine if they use system memory safely. To do this, DEP software works alone or with compatible microprocessors to mark some memory locations as "non-executable". If a program tries to run code&#8212;malicious or not&#8212;from a protected location, DEP ... Read more

Answer:Solved: To help protect your computer?

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I have a fairly new laptop that I bought earlier this year. It's Windows 7. The make and model is specified in my signature. Oops, it's showing Vista. I need to edit that.

Yesterday and a few other times I have had friends ask me if I sent them a link and I replied with a resounding NO! and Don't click on the link. Is this called spoofing? Has someone harvested my email address?

I have 4 email addresses. I use Hotmail (now called Outlook), Yahoo, Gmail and Zoho.com. I use Zoho when I want to upload a resume to an employer that I do not know who or where they are located, for example on CraigsList.

I have had problems with tons and tons of spam in yahoo and now Gmail.

My question is this: How do I go about the tedious process of changing my passwords on every single website I am subscribed to, including this one. From what I understand, to have a strong password, it should be two words followed by a few numbers and maybe a symbol or two. And then change the passwords about every three months. I have had my email clients for several years and I have tons of bookmarks. I would need to go to each one and find the place to change the password and make note of it in my passwords file. Where should I keep my passwords since I won't remember any of them because you're not supposed to use the same passwords! Very frustrating.

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Answer:Best way to protect my computer on all levels?

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I've got an older laptop with limited memory and am currently running Norton (with an out of date subscription) to protect it. The problem, as you can imagine, is the computer is VERY slow at most points whether I'm opening files, programs, or on the web. I'm looking to get rid of it, but I still need the security it is supposed to provide. What tools (preferably free) could I use to get the job done. I'm not an expert with computers and my wife is on it a lot, so the solution needs to be as simple as possible...
 

Answer:How best and EASIEST to protect my computer?

"Norton (with an out of date subscription)" is completely useless.

Download AVG Free: http://free.grisoft.com . It uses very little memory and it's an overall good AV.
 

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Hello all. I'm Carl. I have stumbled on this website after being BURNED by a computer virus. A FAKE - Windows 7 Recovery. It looked like my computer hard drive was failing along with the RAM. A screen pops up from windows that says pay for the program to fix these problems. So out of desperation and frustration i said "well it might be cheaper to pay for this fix instead of buying a new computer." payment sent. $86 Almost instantly the computer goes back to normal. I'm happy. Not so fast! after talking with my wife and telling her all these problems and telling her i just dished out this money and the instant so called fix or repair, she tells me there is a good possibility that this problem was a virus looking like something legit from windows. Out of my idiocy i say "really?" Now i Google "windows 7 recovery scam" BAM! sure enough. i find a webpage telling me all about it. showing the same screen shots as what my computer looked like. all the same error codes. So the virus is still on my computer and the hacker now has my credit card info and money.
I don't know what to do! How do i rid my computer of this? Do i cancel my credit card? do i go pay for Norton 360? Please help. Thanx for reading.

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