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Yesterday while watching a Deadmau5 video on YouTube I got a virus. I do not think I hit anything except the link to watch the video so I’m not sure how I actually got it.

So this brings me to my question.
What type of protections are needed on computers today when accessing the internet over a router? And any suggestions of free or inexpensive products to use.

My work laptop had all the general protections a large draconian corporation would have (McAfee and SafeGuard) and yet I still got the virus. I’m more concerned about protecting my desktops.

Thanks,
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials + Malwarebytes on all my computers.

My wife is careless when web browsing. Lots of Youtubes, Facebook, and various other websites. Picked up one virus plus various adwares in the last couple of months on her computer. But nothing so drastic that I had to do a major restore.
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Noscript and adblock plugins for your browser. Read about how to set up and use adblock.

How do you know you got it from the video?
    
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How do you know you got it from the video?
It was the only thing i was on that day besides my school website. I also googled "Youtube virus" and read other peoples posting of the same issues the virus caused me. The Youtube video i looked at had +6mil hits so i dont think everyone got it but im not sure where else it could have come from.
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It was the only thing i was on that day besides my school website. I also googled "Youtube virus" and read other peoples posting of the same issues the virus caused me. The Youtube video i looked at had +6mil hits so i dont think everyone got it but im not sure where else it could have come from.
Code on the page? Ads on the page?

Hard to say I guess. If it was a script or ad, you can fix that with adblock and noscript. If it was the video, you can't do anything about that besides not visit youtube.
    
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Code on the page? Ads on the page?

Hard to say I guess. If it was a script or ad, you can fix that with adblock and noscript. If it was the video, you can't do anything about that besides not visit youtube.
Yup since I started using Adblock, I never had a single virus for the last 3 years. btw, i'm using Avast and Malwarebytes.
    
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post #7 of 12
You definitely didn't get the virus from YouTube. YouTube doesn't have viral advertisements or harmful scripts, so you're not telling us something.

Either way, to prevent the latter.. In the future use Noscript. It's an addon for Firefox that blocks scripts from executing on a website unless you say so.
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I think he was talking about youpron instead of tube... Just admit it broski.
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Sounds like it might of been a script on the webpage that infected you with the virus. Over the last couple of years one of the most popular ways that viruses/malware has been spread is through xml scripting (which most websites use to pull ads from an ad agency)

One of the best ways to avoid this is using Noscript add on as well as adblock. The bad thing with this is legit sites such as OCN that use the ads to generate revenue to keep their websites open lose revenue when using these plugins.

As all AV's there can be some missed items as the bad people are always tweaking their products so they are not caught by AV's. Most of the baddies target super popular sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube to since they know they will get the highest possible traffic that they can infect.
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You definitely didn't get the virus from YouTube. YouTube doesn't have viral advertisements or harmful scripts, so you're not telling us something.
LoL nope i told you everything, honestly im not going to look at porn on my work laptop. Thats what the desktop is for
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