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Windows 7: S.M.A.R.T. HDD Program: Who Are These Jokers ?

04 Apr 2012   #31

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

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Neither MSE nor any good AV can protect against persistent ignorance toward computer security, but the good point to take home here is layers of security. It's pretty much a necessity anymore.
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No software catches 100% of all threats either, so that's another reason to layer your protection. Many people on these boards, myself included, feel perfectly comfortable with MSE as the active scanner, and Malwarebytes as the passive scanner.
Absolutely agree.

The reason I posted was that I was somewhat surprised that SUPER was the one that performed best in this case. I know these rogue malware items are certainly prevalent enough these days to have caught the attention of MSE and Malwarebytes.
I am not surprised, unfortunately. I have been trying out many of the big name antivirus and security programs, and I have had the same experience with all but one with fakerean and fakehdd threats. I don't want to promote any of them since that is against the rules, so I will leave that one nameless, but it seems that fakerean and fakehdd viruses are not supported by the companies. I contacted one said company yesterday and said I had gotten the fakehdd virus and their software did not stop it, but their scan removed the virus. I told them that my system was still in such disarray that I could not log into Windows. I asked what they could do to resolve the problem. I was told to contact Microsoft as it was now a Windows problem... SMH.

This is one of the companies that has been around the longest and may even be the longest standing consumer security software company... Hard to understand how security software companies do not provide support for virus induced Windows issues. I'm just glad that I have enough knowledge about these fake "buy this software to fix this problem" threats that I can remove it and get the system back up and running by some icacls commands and attrib commands in the command line. Most people do not have that luxury and will likely spend hundreds of dollars to get their problem fixed or find us on the forums to help them do it.

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04 Apr 2012   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
I think it's time to sit back and let the OP digest his options.
Where's the fun in that? I kid, I kid.
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04 Apr 2012   #33

windows 7 Professional

i still think, although longer, this method is the easiest for a broad spectrum of people at once. as stated, different people have different setups which can make it hard to do simple things like pull a hard drive, add another, etc. this is completely software based and aslong as you have the space on your hdd, you should have no troubles doing it...

1. download sys internals
2. use process explorer from sysint, to delete anything using excessive memory with a random numeric value
3. search for you browser in the start menu, because things are hidden it wont show up unless searched or if you view hidden files
4. download loaris trojan remover, and malwarebytes
5. run malwarebytes first, then run loaris trojan remover
6. run unhide.exe, OR what i would recomend is to open elevated command prompt, and type in "attrib /d /s -h [directory name]" if that doesnt work try -h -s instead of just -h
7. reset your background
8. right click on start menu, properties, customize, and place everything back in your start menu
9. refil task bar... tada

i also use security essentials, and i would do this after all these steps to run one final check of your machine before rebooting and finalizing most of these settings

edit: incase you are wondering why i chose sys internals, this virus prevents you from using task manager, also you may find you like sys internals more. the latest stable release on msdn should work nicely
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04 Apr 2012   #34

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I also didn't mention one of the biggest reasons why a drive pull is a valid option. If you've ever had to clean the fake AV variants, you can't run any programs, as all .exes are blocked. The system is held hostage, preventing you from any type of troubleshooting from within the OS. You are either taking a chance on an AV boot disc, or pulling the drive.
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04 Apr 2012   #35

7 Ultimate x64/7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
I don't think anyone can factually state what is or isn't easier for an individual. Person of type X isn't more or less likely to have knowledge of how to do Y or Z. Knowledge, or lack thereof, in computers comes in all shapes and sizes. It's going to be up to individual to determine what is easier for them based on their situation and level of knowledge.
Which is basically what I have been trying to say; the "best" solution is the solution that the OP can use to eliminate his/her problem.
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My main point here is that I try my best to tailor my advice to the experience level of the OP, and the alternatives with which the OP can be comfortable.
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I think it's time to sit back and let the OP digest his options.
Evidently that's what he's been doing since post #7.
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Any simpler way than pulling the internal HD ?

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