Last night my laptop got a virus. I have Webroot anti-virus software. How did this sneak by? The laptop starts up fine but when I try any application, I get an "official" warning from the FBI that I have pirated software on my computer and I need to send them $200 to get it off my permanent record. If I wasn't so p!ssed, I'd laugh
So off my laptop goes to the laptop doctor tonight. I'll be incommunicado for a few days. Behave yourselves while I am gone.
|Good grief. Get a mac. A Big Mac. With fries. Or an onion loaf.|
|No, that's a newer virus. Just read about it a few days ago.|
It takes time for the anti-virus software makers to come up with a fix for all the new threats.
|I won't say get a Mac, but I will suggest you use Fire Fox with the WebOfTrust addon. It's tells you when you're about to hit a website that is deemed unsafe. Also, I'll suggest you be a lot more careful of forwarding those funny little emails and accepting the same. They're riddled with crap that will kill your computer. Basically, exercise computer and internet common sense.|
As for antivirus protection, I use avast and haven't had an issue since I made that switch. They have a free version, but pay the $49 for the full version, it's worth it. AVG is also a good free package and they too have an affordable paid version that does more. Both of these do auto-updates as often as several times daily to keep up on new attack issues.
|Vance, I do not forward or open "funny little emails." I only open emails from people I know. I go only to trusted websites. What is FireFox? A browser? Mark, thanks for the info on this being a new virus. I'll look into additional virus protection software.|
Paula O. wrote:
Vance, I do not forward or open "funny little emails." I only open emails from people I know. I go only to trusted websites. What is FireFox? A browser? Mark, thanks for the info on this being a new virus. I'll look into additional virus protection software.
Paula, I in no way meant to insult you with regards to the forwarding comment. It's just that in my job, IT and network security, once is all it takes and usually the person in question either denies it totally or says it was the first time they did it. So I'm just going from track history. Sorry. If you're already practicing the basics as I mentioned, you're already leap and bounds ahead of most. If you're going to look at virus protection software, the two I mentioned have kept me and everyone I've steered to them safe for years.
FireFox is a browser that is built on being the best in terms of security. Add to that all the add-ons that you can use, it makes it nearly unbeatable. The WebOfTrust addon is the only one I use and it works great Go to http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ to download for free. I've been using this since version 1.1 and now they're up to 15.0.1. FireFox is updated regularly to try to stay ahead of security threats and have a pretty good history of that. If you want any help with the add-ons, don't hesitate to ask...
|Vance, no offense taken. I'm a librarian and I've been Interneting since the days of FTP and PINE. I'm always extremely careful about where I go on my home laptop. I was actually on Google when this SOB hit last night.|
What's weird is that a message popped up from Webroot saying "<name I don't remember> is trying to access your computer. Do you want it?" I clicked NO but it came anyway. So what good is protection software if you tell it no and it still happens??????
Can I run 2 protection softwares? I have Webroot already--will I screw anything up if I add avast or AVG? I was using AVG last time a virus hit.
|For what it's worth, I now use Firefox (was on IE). That helped. Also, I have Trend Micro for my computer's protection. It is very quick to notify me of potential threats, and screens websites even TOO tightly at times!|
My IT brother-in-law recommended it. And seeing he has to fix any issues I have...it's in his best interest to give good advice
|Paula, I actually use the free AVG AND Avast at the same time. I've had great success with this setup. I will say that neither Norton or McAfee play well with others at all. I refuse to use either as they both usually have such big background programs running, that slows you computer down as much as a virus.|
|I have avoided viruses for years with nothing more than the standard windows security stuff. I use chrome (that's an internet browser and it's pretty good at stopping popups and always lets me know if the internet wants me to download something) , I don't go to websites that look shady, I only open the obviously not nice emails on my phone because it won't hurt the phone (I like to laugh about inheriting a million dollars from the prince of arhbulahdanaquop) and I've been doing just fine so far.|
I have avoided viruses for years with nothing more than the standard windows security stuff. I use chrome (that's an internet browser and it's pretty good at stopping popups and always lets me know if the internet wants me to download something) , I don't go to websites that look shady, I only open the obviously not nice emails on my phone because it won't hurt the phone (I like to laugh about inheriting a million dollars from the prince of arhbulahdanaquop) and I've been doing just fine so far.
I had too until about one month ago.
I was doing some research on dog breeds for a friend and went to a breed website. I was asked if I wanted to download something and I said no. However something downloaded anyway and I got all sorts of weird repeat messages and a request to pay microsoft for some software that I was using.
I googled it and it came up as a new virus and there were instructions on how to get rid of it. Wayne had to do it for me it was quite complicated and I was well and truly grumpy by then.
I have Kaspersky antivirus protection but it didn't catch this one. Most likely because it was so new.
|My laptop is with the Geek Squad. I found directions for removing the virus and it was far too complex for me, who knows nothing. The geek (and I say that nicely) said this virus is so new that a lot of anti-virus software isn't catching it. The thing is, I go ONLY to a handful of sites that I've gone to forever (here, and 2 horse BBs). I never open attachments or go to shady sites. I guess this new virus is really infective.|
|I have used Trend micro and AVG and gotten viruses while running both,|
nothing is going to catch everything (even if it is and old virus). While
both do auto update I like avg much better.
Never click yes OR no when something like that pops up. That may be what
started the whole thing. I average a computer TOTAL WIPE about every
10-11 months because of viruses. I almost never get email I'm not expecting
and I visit only a few sites. My son, however, does occasionally use my laptop
at the kitchen table to visit youtube. I am 98% certain that is where my last
few viruses have come from - so beware of that too!
|The Geek Squad did a less than 24 hour turn around. I'm back, baby! (Butterstotch, pop quiz. What Seinfeld is that from?????)|
Paula O. wrote:
I'm back, baby! (Butterstotch, pop quiz. What Seinfeld is that from?????)
I think I know the answer to this but I won't say.
|Even macs get viruses! They just diagnose and remove them on their own and then tell you about it later. Mine told me the other day that it had just found and removed a virus. I have a Mac only because I suck at computers and killed 2 p.c.s before the computer guy I deal with suggested making the switch, macs aren't perfect though (my macbook is in macstore right now for a keyboard issue) no computer is perfect. You have to pick a computer that works for you |
I agree Firefox is great, I don't know if you can get safari for windows but safari is also great. And firefox is free I believe.Check your browser's security settings, secure browsing can be a pain but it helps. Also see if you can set up a firewall (I don't know how to do this but I am toldnitnis important). Sometimes you can do everything and still end up with viruses. I work for a big organization with big fancy security measures and we still had several virus issues last year. Good luck!
|You can get safari for windows, but I don't really like it.|
I have a Mac and a PC and I prefer PC.
|Mark, I don't know if Butters will check this thread, so what's your episode guess?|
|I was thinking The Fatigues where Frank Costanza agrees to cook for the Jewish singles event. No doubt the line was used in more than episode!|
You're right about that line being used more than once in different episodes by different characters.
In The Melon, George was having...........difficulties in the bedroom. He ate a piece of the melon, proclaimed that it was like a shot of vitamin B-12, yelled "I'm back, baby!", and ran off to his girlfriend's house.
|For some reason I was thinking the "Summer of George" episode (if that's the title), but I know it under up with him in a body cast. Maybe it was near the beginning if it was even in the episode at all.|
|George may have also said it in the episode where he was doing & saying the opposite; when he scored with Victoria and then she got him the job with the Yankees.|
|Last week I was downloading an update for Adobe and now my laptop can't start Windows. I tried safe mode, normal mode and still nothing Any helpful hints?|
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