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Ok....

I got a phonecall today from my wife with the "your PC has just popped up a message that virus's have been found and it wont work".....

After 10mins of banging my head off my desk I told her to Ctl+Alt+Del and end task everything and then shut down and leave it for me.

Well..I have just spend the past 2 bloody hours of my time removing something which called itself "Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011", which blocked me from using internet, using orther AV software, and opening any .exe files.....fun..

My question, be it long winded..is; Is there any antivirus software that prevents this crap getting onto your PC? I currently have NOD32, and the free version of Malewarebytes.

I am dissapointed with NOD32, but Malewarebytes looks like its worth upgrading to the paid version.

What are your opinions?
Edited by djglenn - 4/27/11 at 12:03pm
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Malware Bytes PRO

Is the only one I know that can actually prevent these rogue AVs from getting their foot in the door.
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I would google the name of the virus and follow the directions for removing (files, registry keys).
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Download these from another computers, put them on a CD/DVD/USB Stick, and run them on the infected computer in safe mode without networking:
SUPERAntiSpyware Portable
Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Boot up regularly and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Change her AV to avast!

Have her switch to Google Chrome for web browsing. If she doesn't like ti alternatively install Mozilla Firefox

Install these addons:
Web of Trust (WOT)
AdBlock Plus with a subscription to Malware Domains

Change her DNS to NortonDNS
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Get out of that single users/admin account. Everything you click has admin rights to your system.
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Originally Posted by djglenn View Post
Ok....

I got a phonecall today from my wife with the "your PC has just popped up a message that virus's have been found and it wont work".....

After 10mins of banging my head off my desk I told her to Ctl+Alt+Del and end task everything and then shut down and leave it for me.

Well..I have just spend the past 2 bloody hours of my time removing something which called itself "Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011", which blocked me from using internet, using orther AV software, and opening any .exe files.....fun..

My question, be it long winded..is; Is there any antivirus software that prevents this crap getting onto your PC? I currently have NOD32, and the free version of Malewarebytes.

I am dissapointed with NOD32, but Malewarebytes looks like its worth upgrading to the paid version.

What are your opinions?
no av can stop those. Malware bytes pro couldn't even stop it nor would super antispyware unless you have the paid version maybe. But wot, and no script firefox extensions might save your life with the rogue security software.

You have nod on your system. Run its system inspector and see if there's anything out of place on your pc. Then hijack this. Run it post its log file here we can have a look if there's something still where it not suppose to be.

Download spyware blaster to protect your system and browser settings.
Then download Lsp fix to fix your winsock.
Edited by Spooony - 4/27/11 at 2:04pm
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MSE + common sense

Works for me, at least.
    
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Mse has a 70 percent detection rate with script malware its awful against the rogue malware. Worse than nod
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Thanks for the help guys much appreciated!

Purchased Malwarebytes pro, switched to Chrome with add-ons, and will switch back to avast!

I know nothing is full proof...just need it to be female friendly..

I am not trying to start a sexist flaming war btw
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Thanks for the help guys much appreciated!

Purchased Malwarebytes pro, switched to Chrome with add-ons, and will switch back to avast!

I know nothing is full proof...just need it to be female friendly..

I am not trying to start a sexist flaming war btw
create a limited users account for her. If she gets infected then it would contain the infection and can easily be removed via the admin account but you got to lock it up with a password just using it to install applications. Sure its a pain sometimes but it will save your data in the long run.

Use firefox with the following add ons

WOT
NO SCRIPT
AD BLOCK
LAST PASS
PANIC
Hide Bad
BETTER PRIVACY
Ghostery

Just those nothing else except a download manager like download them all.
Edited by Spooony - 4/28/11 at 11:52am
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