Computer Help

So my computer got infected with a nasty virus. I have been running Norton several times for full system scans and each time it comes up with something new. I have even uninstalled a new program that got installed. But it looks like it hasn’t solved the issue. When I surf the web a popup ad will come up and reduce my computer to snail-like speed. After the New Year I must have my computer up and functional. I would like to just throw money at this problem and get it solved once and for all. What advice does anyone have on achieving this? Should I take the entire desktop PC to a repairman. Or have someone fix it remotely?

Install AVG, reboot into Safe Mode and run Norton and AVG

Is AVG really that good?

We had two computers with a virus recently, I think I heard someone call it a Norton 2009? They had similar pop-up symptoms, trojans etc. Virus scans would not run to completion and they would not boot in safe mode. I would go with the advice of anyone with a screen name that includes comp-sci, but for what it is worth… we had a pro on site for a day or so and he was coming up blank. We decided it was best to send him home, partition the drive, load windows XP fresh, then fill in from there. Had to load drivers, windows updates, office, firefox, etc, and then finally copy documents back from the back-up drive… Sounds a bit extreme, I suppose it was a last resort. It took a few hours, but wow, when it was done they ran like they just came out of the box and there was no worries that anything was left behind. …then we decided to stop downloading porn so they should be good for a few months.

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slouiscar Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > We had two computers with a virus recently, I > think I heard someone call it a Norton 2009? > > They had similar pop-up symptoms, trojans etc. > Virus scans would not run to completion and they > would not boot in safe mode. > > I would go with the advice of anyone with a screen > name that includes comp-sci, but for what it is > worth… we had a pro on site for a day or so and > he was coming up blank. We decided it was best to > send him home, partition the drive, load windows > XP fresh, then fill in from there. Had to load > drivers, windows updates, office, firefox, etc, > and then finally copy documents back from the > back-up drive… > > Sounds a bit extreme, I suppose it was a last > resort. It took a few hours, but wow, when it was > done they ran like they just came out of the box > and there was no worries that anything was left > behind. > > …then we decided to stop downloading porn so > they should be good for a few months. I have 3 hard drive in my computer, I created a back-up folder for re-installing window XP. After few practices, I can get everything wiped out and back to running normal in 20 minutes. Nowdays, I don’t bother with Anit-virus program, I just re-formate my C-drive and reinstall window XP every 2-3 month. I agree, the machine runs like a dream at first, then all my porn f everything up again.

I have AVG and ZoneAlarm and my comp runs as smooth as Madoff return curve

So CSK I should use this AVG in safemode? If that doesn’t work could you suggest someone who could assist me? And whats this about re-installing windows XP? I don’t know where to even begin with attempting that.

I have found this site / forum useful whenever I have come up against problems on my computers due to spyware, virus, malware, etc. etc. they might take a little bit of time, but they do the job well. http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/ To help get things started, you might want to install HijackThis! (latest version), run this, and paste the output on the forum message.

I just bought a MacBook Pro. It runs great. If you can get a reinstall of windows down to 20 or 30 min, that sounds like the thing to do. Running Norton tends to take that long at least. I didn’t know that Scottrade gets you free McAfee; that sounds like a good deal.

comp_sci_kid Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Install AVG, reboot into Safe Mode and run Norton > and AVG Comp, I am almost illeterate when it comes to how to remove viruses and spyware, but all the “experts” I’ve spoken to have always told me to only have one anti-virus installed in my computer. As such, they made me remove my Norton program and install the AVG program.

thepinkman Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I would like to just throw money at > this problem and get it solved once and for all. > What advice does anyone have on achieving this? Thats how I usually fix my computer as well. The best way is to go to the bank and get a wad of $20s and come back and make it rain on the poor infected chap - these computers usually feel better and clean up their act after that…

^hahh, that is how they cure AIDS in one of the episode in Southpark.

bchadwick Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I just bought a MacBook Pro. It runs great. > > If you can get a reinstall of windows down to 20 > or 30 min, that sounds like the thing to do. > Running Norton tends to take that long at least. > > I didn’t know that Scottrade gets you free McAfee; > that sounds like a good deal. Reinstalling windows on the MacBook is actually even easier because BootCamp just lets you wipe out the whole partition and then recreate it with Windows. The problem isn’t XP; it’s all the other stuff. Putting on all my programming language stuff takes me hours and even then I have significant problems to solve. I stay away from websites that would have any chance of infecting my machine.

Don’t download free porn! But seriously, you don’t have a virus. You have some form of mall-ware or spy-ware. Norton especially and McAfee as well are pretty much useless when it comes to actually getting rid of these guys. Often times, you will need to go into certain directories and manually delete out the .dll that it is cloning itself into. Norton is probably catching a cookie or something like that and deleting it (which is nearly useless) but you can at least use that to identify the name of the program running on your computer. Google that name and you will find plenty of posts on how to remove. I have a pretty good free program that I use, but it’s on my computer at home and I can’t remember the name of it. There is, our course, always tabula rasa method

Interesting… I use Parallels on Mac to do my windows work. I realize that this is a nice system, because Mac does not have quite so many viruses attacking it (I’m surprised that by now people haven’t been targeting Mac more - it’s been long enough). The fact is that I only go into windows when I absolutely need to, and I don’t visit suspicious sites when I’m doing it. So I *think* my windows stuff is relatively good. If I visit any kind of dangerous site, it’s usually with my Mac rather than Windows… not a perfect defense, but better than nothing.

eire1130 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Don’t download free porn! > > But seriously, you don’t have a virus. You have > some form of mall-ware or spy-ware. Norton > especially and McAfee as well are pretty much > useless when it comes to actually getting rid of > these guys. Often times, you will need to go into > certain directories and manually delete out the > .dll that it is cloning itself into. > > Norton is probably catching a cookie or something > like that and deleting it (which is nearly > useless) but you can at least use that to identify > the name of the program running on your computer. > Google that name and you will find plenty of posts > on how to remove. > > I have a pretty good free program that I use, but > it’s on my computer at home and I can’t remember > the name of it. > > There is, our course, always tabula rasa method Could you post the program here later tonight? CSK would this AVG do the trick in removing this spy ware?

try running spybot and ad-aware, they work pretty well in getting rid of spyware and mallware. You can download spybot and ad-aware personal for free.

AVG is no good nowadays. Antivir is better. Also, there are other forums besides this one that will be better help. You would post a hijack this log.

thepinkman Wrote: > > Could you post the program here later tonight? > CSK would this AVG do the trick in removing this > spy ware? SUPER anti-spyware 4.22.1014