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Windows 7: Alureon and my broken laptop

30 Mar 2013   #141
SarahCali

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ah, fantastic - YES will create Windiws repair disk. Anything for peace of mind!

My question about backing up wasn't to do with the virus, actually - I meant the method. Simply using Windiws Backup is OK? I was unsure, and earlier post said it wasn't good.

Am I now being too cheeky with questions, time for me to shut up? Thank you so much, again, for your help, and your patience.


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30 Mar 2013   #142
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

There are Windows backup and there is others like online that you will have to pay a monthly fee . Windows backup should be fine . Hopefully you are backing up to an external not an internal device.
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30 Mar 2013   #143
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sorry, but I have to disagree with Vista King. The Windows backup facilities have been historically very flaky. For data backup I recommend a simple Copy/Paste action or use this (link below). Then you know at least what you have done and don't look into a black box.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

For system backup I suggest the free Macrium inmaging program. Here is a tutorial I made:

Imaging with free Macrium
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30 Mar 2013   #144
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you're going to use Chrome, look at the settings and be careful about 'bundled' toolbars that will redirect your browser.

Click the 3 horizontal lines in the right corner icon on browser toolbar

Select Settings:
1. Select Basics ->Manage Search engines
2. Remove unnecessary search engines from list
3. Go back to settings. On Startup choose open blank page ( you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
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30 Mar 2013   #145
SarahCali

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
If you're going to use Chrome, look at the settings and be careful about 'bundled' toolbars that will redirect your browser.
Thank you, I will. Toolbars can be problematic, I'm learning?

Am I misunderstanding, or is Chrome not necessarily recommended? I prefer it just from habit, and it's simplicity - but I'm finding I'm incredibly nervous that this is all going to happen again (and the Redirect Virus, last time, only affected Chrome - my other browsers were OK). I don't think I can face a 3rd virus to be honest, I'll do whatever is recommended to best protect myself.

And thank you, all of you. So grateful for the forum.
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30 Mar 2013   #146
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Sarah ,

Think this way just cause it happened in Chrome doesn't mean it won't happen on IE or Firefox . Yes you don't need toolbars .
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30 Mar 2013   #147
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Sarah, the problem as VistaKing explained is that you can pick this up off any browser. I've been using Chrome for a while now and have never had problems. The basic rule is be ultra-cautious about what you click and what you install.

I would also suggest you consider imaging your system once you have it where you want it in a clean state - this is probably the best thing you can do from a protection standpoint. I use the free version of Macrium Reflect for that:

Imaging with free Macrium

If you don't want to physically install the software, you can run it from a standalone USB thumbdrive. All you need is the WinPE version - you can create it from an installed version of Macrium, but it requires a very large download. Alternatively, you can use this version I created which saves you the trouble of creating it (write it to USB to create and restore images):

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6gV...it?usp=sharing

Regards,
Golden
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30 Mar 2013   #148
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

SarahCali,

In one of the reports you provided, there were some Java entries.
It is subject to vulnerabilities, and malware capitalizes on that.

To check where you stand in that area, please download Security Check:
http://screen317.spywareinfoforum.org/SecurityCheck.exe
Save to the Desktop.

Double-click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions (on the black screen).
When done, a Notepad document opens automatically: checkup.txt

Please post the contents of checkup.txt in your reply.
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30 Mar 2013   #149
SarahCali

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yessir (that's an awesome dog, btw!), run and file attached


Attached Files
File Type: txt checkup.txt (970 Bytes, 4 views)
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30 Mar 2013   #150
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Your java program is not up to date .

Note   Note
Current version is Java 7 Update 17


Java 7 Update 17 Download below

download
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