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Questions and answers related to viruses, spyware, bots, rootkits and other nasties that can infect or wreak havoc with you computer.
Adware "cws,googlems,3" is apparently a false positive report in some old versions of Pest Patrol. You might want to update the program.
Rootkits are definitely dangerous and immediate steps need to be taken to clean this machine.
It's no surprise to hear about malware coming from overseas... This is nothing new and certainly nothing newsworthy. As always, good internet safety is the cure for this sort of rumor.
Files cannot be checked for viruses before being downloaded, but there are precautions you can and should take.
Viruses and other malware often work in part by making changes to your registry, so it's tempting to think that's all that needs to be restored. It's not.
Paying someone to remove a virus may be okay depending on how you found that person. If they found you... don't!
It's tempting to think more is better for anti-spyware and anti-virus software and firewalls. In reality too many can cause trouble.
Theoretically it's possible for your camera's memory card to transmit a virus to another PC or camera, but the chances of that happening are very rare.
Computer viruses spread in different ways. A firewall is very important but some computer viruses can spread on your local network if they make it across.
Once your machine is infected with malware, it isn't your machine any more: it belongs to the person who is controlling the malware... and they could be doing anything.
Cameras are not likely to themselves be infected by a virus, but without care they can act as carriers, transferring viruses from computer to computer.
Software firewalls and other security packages can definitely help keep things more secure, but they can also add their own level of confusion as well.
If your computer is not physically secure, it is very possible for someone to install something unwanted on your machine even when you're not logged in.
Surprizingly, certain viruses can make costly long-distance calls using your computer. The best prevention is keeping your machine safe from viruses.
A dictionary attacks is a common brute force way of achieving a goal. The goal of a dictionary attack might range from compromising your system to simply sending spam.
Apple computer viruses do exist, just not in large numbers... yet. Don't let a false sense of security get you into trouble.
There are a couple resources to help get rid of the 'keenval' trojan: downloader.keenval.B
There are a couple things to investigate if your computer is trying to automatically send emails.
Viruses seem to come at us from all directions, and lately that includes websites. We'll look at how this happens and what you need to do to stay safe.
Botnets seem to be everywhere, and have become the single greatest source of spam and other malware transmission. Is it hopeless? Not at all.
Anti-malware tools need to be run frequently enough, and be kept updated to keep you safe. I'll look at what to consider when configuring protection.
Once your machine is infected, it's impossible to know that it's been completely cleaned. I'll look at the options, both ideal and practical.
If your computer is not completely restored... then you haven't removed the virus! I suggest a thorough course of action.
Mysearch.com is apparently spyware that's very difficult to get rid of.
Recovering from a bad virus infection isn't always easy, but there are some things to try before drastic measures need to be taken.
Once a keylogger has control of your machine, it is very difficult to remove completely. Trying to do it without reformatting might be a long road.
It's hard to run an anti-virus scan if you can't boot from the hard drive. To run an anti-virus or other scan, you'll need to take some special steps to boot from something else.
Once your machine is infected, system backups are likely to include the infection as well. I'll look at what steps to take when that happens.
Malware and virus detectors can show false positives for good products. Both software manufacturers and consumers need to know why and how this happens.
Unwanted and even malicious tools can be downloaded along with free or upgraded software. Time to run some anti-malware tools.
Weatherbug is adware, but not spyware. It can be removed fairly easily from your system.
If you're infected with malware you should run an updated anti-spyware scan, and make sure you keep that tool running and updated and regularly.
When installing anti-malware tools on your machine makes things worse, it's one hint that there may already be a deeper problem.
I'd start with Malwarebytes. But then, I'd be very careful moving forward to pay attention to what's being downloaded and what is being installed on your machine.
Sometimes critical parts of applications like Internet Explorer go missing. It's often the result of spyware.
Phishing is an epidemic. Legitimate looking emails asking for sensitive information are often bogus. Phishing is on the rise, and you need to be aware.
Sometimes it might seem like everything's infected, but with a few steps and preparation you can work, surf and use the internet safely.
There's a lot of spam flying around, and much of it might claim to be from you. It's not. Whether you have a bot infection is a different questions.
Internet Safety is difficult, yet critical. Here are the eight key steps to internet safety - steps to keep your computer safe on the internet.
Those names are just enough "off" to be suspicious. Internet Explorer might be blocking it for a very good reason!
Depending on where you're downloading your music files from, you may or may not be downloading a virus instead.
You need to be careful when using more than one anti-spyware tool. Used improperly more than one tool can cause conflicts.
A pop-up message that says you may have a virus may, or may not be legitimate. Anti-virus companies don't make viruses, but virus makers do try to look like anti-virus companies.
The "hosts" file can be used for good or evil. Anti-malware programs may use it to block things, and malware may use it to block anti-malware.
We'll try a bootable malware CD. But in situations like this, where malware has gotten itself so entrenched into the system, sometimes, reinstalling is the most pragmatic answer.
It's very likely that a pop-up got a toe-hold into your system and you'll need to take some steps against possible lingering malware.
There's no one answer as to what to do if your computer is infested, but my own personal experience may give you some guidance.
Computer viruses are a fact of modern life. Anti-virus software is required; both it and the database that it uses should be kept up-to-date.
eAcceleration is adware, but it is supposedly easy to remove.
BullsEye Network is adware, and should be removed with a spyware removal tool.
A zero day attack is very simple: it's exploitation of a vulnerability before there's a fix for that vulnerability. We'll look at what that means.
A 'DSO exploit' is a bug in IE that might possibly allow untrusted software to run. Make sure you're up-to-date and you should be safe.
Malware has come a long, long way since its origination as a benign joke or proof-of-concept. Today most malware all boils down to someone, somewhere, making money.
While there are no "best" pop-up blockers or other anti-virus/spyware software, having something reputable in place is better than nothing at all.
Windows Defender is an anti-spyware tool. Security Essentials is both an anti-virus and anti-spyware tool. You'll want both functions, but not both programs on your machine.
We hear about Trojan horses, viruses, and worms, but what do they mean? They're loosely related types of malware with different ways to cause trouble.
Malware terminology has become more confusing over time. Definitions for anti-virus, anti-spyware and internet security are unclear and inconsistent.
If you're not protected by a firewall or have other measures in place, you can be reinfected by a virus within seconds of connecting to the internet.
Software designed to help in the battle against spam may take its expiration date seriously. Perhaps you should to.
A computer locked by cyber cops means a virus is on your machine. In this case it's ransomware and specific steps need to be taken to free the computer.
Unexpected browser redirection is often the result of malware - usually malware on your machine, but occasionally a problem with the site.
A computer that has suffered from a virus needs a thorough cleaning to be sure all symptoms of the virus are gone. It would have been nice to have an image backup...
Msgms.exe is part of the agobot worm, and needs to be removed using your anti-virus scanner.