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Windows 7: Random Adobe update led to Microsoft SE disabled; infected?!

11 Jul 2012   #51
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
I meant to mention the favorites thing in my last post. You can 'export' favorites from the old profile and 'import' them in, but you deleted your account before i was aware you wanted to keep them. I should have known to warn you before you deleted your profile, and for that, I am deeply sorry. You no longer have any favorites

to convert video, you might find a useful program here: Video Converters - CNET Download.com

It is really strange that a virus keeps somehow popping up even after full scans with all of those anti-malware programs you had installed. I'd be weary in case somehow it infected the new install. Do a full scan again to check for it.
Yeah I do; I got it before I deleted Windows.old. I've been grabbing my anti-virus/malware stuff back, so I'll do a full scan afterwards. Just wanted to ask; please link me the trusted site of Adobe Flash, so I can get Flash, please?

BTW, I also had Windows Movie Maker, not Live Movie Maker though; how can I get that?

ANd not just vids, or even music files, but files in general like documents from wps to notepad (without the encpyted looking text that results from that). Etc

UPDATE: Did Malwarebytes; no virus/malware found.


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11 Jul 2012   #52
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

I don't think I know a windows movie maker aside from the live version. And not sure what you're asking here:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BinkerNate View Post
not just vids, or even music files, but files in general like documents from wps to notepad (without the encpyted looking text that results from that). Etc
import IE9 favorites: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...ernet-Explorer
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11 Jul 2012   #53
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This is a free little program I use and it has always worked for me.
FileHippo.com Update Checker - FileHippo.com

This is my way of thinking if it was my computer.
You did several security scans on the Old System and still had problems. So everything from the Old Windows is suspect. That includes anything you stored one external media from the Old Windows, CD's/DVD's/Backup Hard Drives ect.
Keeping in mind if you know the date you got infected,(which is not always easy to find out) then anything before that date you put to storage most likely is safe. Take your time and do a little research what happened when and then you have to decide. I also try to keep in mind that the people that create these bad things are very good at it. There are virus that infect everything from Windows and the programs in it, routers, motherboard bios, some printers that have memory ect.
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11 Jul 2012   #54
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

[QUOTE=DustSailor]import IE9 favorites: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Import-or-export-favorites-in-Internet-Explorer[/QUOTE]


Hmm, it's not doing it. It says it has to be a valid file name; well a folder as the link would work, right?



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
And not sure what you're asking here:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BinkerNate View Post
not just vids, or even music files, but files in general like documents from wps to notepad (without the encpyted looking text that results from that). Etc

Well, before all this happened, every file I had showed the type in its name (.avi, .txt, etc) and now it doesn't. I didn't know if that meant I couldn't change if I retyped the file name.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This is a free little program I use and it has always worked for me.
FileHippo.com Update Checker - FileHippo.com

This is my way of thinking if it was my computer.
You did several security scans on the Old System and still had problems. So everything from the Old Windows is suspect. That includes anything you stored one external media from the Old Windows, CD's/DVD's/Backup Hard Drives ect.
Keeping in mind if you know the date you got infected,(which is not always easy to find out) then anything before that date you put to storage most likely is safe. Take your time and do a little research what happened when and then you have to decide. I also try to keep in mind that the people that create these bad things are very good at it. There are virus that infect everything from Windows and the programs in it, routers, motherboard bios, some printers that have memory ect.
Thanks for the heads up on FileHippo.

After I got hit, I didn't dl anything after that. So, anything before it was most likely fine. I still think it was that Adobe message that was actually a sake that gave me the virus. I was at a site, and a message stated that "would you let adobe access to your computer", normal message, right?So, I did. Then, a thought hit me on the logo that wasn't quite right, and the dl that started which I stopped in a panic, then I realized something was wrong.

That's what I think, anyway.
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11 Jul 2012   #55
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

show file name extensions: Show or hide file name extensions

If you want to add a site you are at to your favorites, click the star and click 'add to favorites'. Otherwise I'm not entirely sure what is wrong. Perhaps you have the wrong exported file and it wont allow you to import it?

You can turn on automatic driver installation through windows if you don't want to download anything extra: Drivers - Turn Off Automatic Driver Installation
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11 Jul 2012   #56
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

On or off? Because that link you gave me, I just clicked and saved it as "Never install driver software from Windows Update"
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11 Jul 2012   #57
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Lol the link just shows you where it is located. You decide if it is on or off, up to you mate.

This would probably have been a better tutorial: Device Installation Settings - created by Brink
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11 Jul 2012   #58
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

Better question: which is safer?
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11 Jul 2012   #59
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Which, between windows downloads and the aforementioned program? I would think that any safety concern is minimum to none between windows and the program. The program probably updates more than windows would update, as windows only would provide drivers. But if you are able to keep your programs updated on your own, you won't need to install extra software. If not, I would install it. I personally do not know how well that program functions but I've seen it recommended more than once.
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11 Jul 2012   #60
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

Okay, thanks.

I guess that's it, then. I'll keep my virus scans updated and running, even while I'm getting my programs back. Thank you guys for all of your help, and of course if something happens I'll probably post here or PM you guys (unless if its a different matter, of course).

And with that, this thread is solved.
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