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    Default Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert

    I'm a bit freaked out because I don't know if the trojan got into my computer or not; I tried to open Lainey's thesuperficial.com and this happened:









    Even after I noticed the typo, I was so uncertain. A zip file downloaded into my downloads file, but I swear I don't remember giving permission for Google Chrome to download anything! What made it worse was that when I tried to close the window or use the back button, a separate window would pop up and threaten that my system would crash; I began to cry! How did a virus know what my browser was doing?

    Then I realised that this computer doesn't even have Microsoft Security Essentials yet, and I did a google search. Then I went into the downloads folder, deleted the new zip file; and I emptied the rubbish bin.

    But now I'm not sure if I got it. There was no "defender", "antispy" or "tmp" in my 'roaming files' folder. Would deleting the zip folder (and never executing it) have protected my computer from infection? I'm running AVG-Free now, and I'll run MalwareBytes next; will that be enough?
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    That should be enough Kat. AVG and a maleware software should find the little bugger.

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    Thank you CornFlake! I'll try to calm down now
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    Yeah, malwarebytes is pretty frickin' good when it comes to detecting stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    Yeah, malwarebytes is pretty frickin' good when it comes to detecting stuff.
    It just finished (1hr 40 mins) and said it didn't find anything. Now I've calmed down a bit, I feel pissed that Google Chrome has some sort of weakness that allowed this trojan into my computer. Like I said, I couldn't hit back or close the browser without warnings popping up, so I'm blaming Chrome for this Bastards.
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    There was some malware going around a few years ago that infested people's PC's with popups. Often, the problem with eradicating the malware is that it can get into areas like Windows Registry, or into privileged folders where the only way you can get to their hiding places (where they leave code that lets them reinstall themselves) is to log into your computer at the Administrator level, and in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

    Aside from popups, definitely be on the lookout for your PC acting suddenly sluggish - which would mean that some kind of unwanted executable file is running in the background and taking up valuable CPU cycles.

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    I dread the day I have to figure out what this "safe mode" thingy is people keep mentioning. /whimper
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    This is the kind of virus/malware that hopes you're stupid enough to open files and let it 'scan' you computer (i.e. install the actual virus/malware/other malicious code).


    Safe mode is nothing scary. It's just starting up the computer with only the essential windows files, which allows you to delete stuff without other things getting in the way. "This file is in use!", "Access denied!",things viruses do to keep you from deleting them.


    If you ever encounter problems you think might be a virus, I suggest you download and install a tool called 'Hijack this'. This tool can do 2 things: Scn and log, or scan and fix. It's pretty foolproof. You can just scan and save the logfile, and show it to a computer nerd. This logfile lists every single thing installed and running on your computer, both visible and invisible. An expert can recognize any malicious software and tell you how to delete it.


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    FWIW, because in all honesty, I don't understand computers. I like them to work, and work fast. I'm not going to lie, I do get giddy, if I do get porn pop-ups, because I see it as free porn, but that is neither here nor there.

    Anyhoo, I read, that if you X close things like that, that it can install that shit anyways. So, if those things pop-up, I ctrl/alt/delete, to get my task manager up, click the applications tab, and close it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoogsBun View Post
    I'm not going to lie, I do get giddy, if I do get porn pop-ups, because I see it as free porn, but that is neither here nor there.
    SMH

    Right. Task manager. Thanks.
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    ^I thought you were considering getting a Mac? You wouldn't have all this stress.
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    I hesitated when I saw the price tag; now I'm getting it in November as a bday pressie from my dad and stepmom.

    Sorry -Bonus Mom.
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