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Windows 7: Virus Attack?

25 May 2010   #11
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Moochmaker View Post
I won't say what I was downloading, but it was definitely an unsafe site. I have a couple anti-virus programs, Free AVG and Malwarebytes. Neither are constantly checking the computer so it is possible for a virus to get through and take over. Any recommendations on better anti-virus software or should I just be more careful and stick with what I got?
I would suggest Hitman Pro which is a great free one for 30 days.
I think you may need it.
Also why not try Microsoft Security Essentials for FREE and let us know what you think. It is light weight and that is all I use.

Good luck.


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26 May 2010   #12
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

I think you should give Microsoft Security Essentials a try.

I had a worm & virus on my FD which was spreading at the school. I have McAfee on my new sys (opted for it over Norton because it was supposed to less of a system hog). Even though I noticed slightly strange behavior, several scans with McAfee didn't reveal anything. I finally D/L ed MSE and installed it despite warnings of running multiple AV's.

It caught the worm & virus on my FD. I was somewhat surprised, but not too much since not every AV catches every single one. MSE also seems to use a small amount of sys resources. I am presently running MSE on my sys right now & I see no noticeable degradation of performance.

It wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
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26 May 2010   #13
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
I would suggest Hitman Pro which is a great free one for 30 days.
I think it is worth mentioning that it is free to scan and if you need it to remove something you can activate the thirty day free trial.

You should use Norton. It is good.
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26 May 2010   #14
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
I think you should give Microsoft Security Essentials a try.

I had a worm & virus on my FD which was spreading at the school. I have McAfee on my new sys (opted for it over Norton because it was supposed to less of a system hog). Even though I noticed slightly strange behavior, several scans with McAfee didn't reveal anything. I finally D/L ed MSE and installed it despite warnings of running multiple AV's.

It caught the worm & virus on my FD. I was somewhat surprised, but not too much since not every AV catches every single one. MSE also seems to use a small amount of sys resources. I am presently running MSE on my sys right now & I see no noticeable degradation of performance.

It wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
Another satisfied MSE customer.
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26 May 2010   #15
Moochmaker

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Eh. Why not just try all of them? I put on MSE along with AVG and Malwarebytes still being there. I'll take a look at those other ones. Anyways, they all are pretty good, but shouldn't have to be used. The user is the first line of defense and I failed. As long as the program picks up the pieces afterward, that's all I need. This is the only time this has happened to me knowingly, I think. Again, thanks for the suggestions. I think the virus is off the computer now hopefully. If it isn't, it's at least not rearing its ugly head.
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27 May 2010   #16
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Norton offers an online scan for free, the nice part is it runs in it's own sandbox. And after the scan is done, once you click off, it disappears and doesn't leave any residuals. Here is the link, just follow the directions http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/h...&auth_status=0
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27 May 2010   #17
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Hey Mooch, don't feel too bad. Viruses and malware today is very crafty and if it even finds a pinhole, it'll get through. Nothing is 100% safe on the net.

AV's are only as good as the defs they have or the behavior they can detect. Once someone launches a new virus/worm/malware, those things are out there, with brand new code ready to grab anything until the AV companies or the Anti malware makers learn about them and can write code to counter it.

It really does make you wonder if some of these people that write this stuff put their efforts toward improving the software, where we would be now, computing wise.

Once you get all the pieces picked up, I would do some very deep scans to make sure nothing is left. All it takes is one piece of it left somewhere to "call for reinforcements" next time you hop on the web. I've seen it happen multiple times, most malware or viruses are crafted so that even partially deleted, they have the capability to reinstall themselves, usually quietly. I've taken a few of their codes apart and it's pretty scary.

Malwarebytes is a good scanner. So is MSE. If you go to the Norton site, that would be good too.
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