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Old 07-14-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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What is the virus called? Maybe we can kill it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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I don't know if the fellow even told DH what it was. He had two programs and neither one of them would touch it. Thanks for the offer, tho.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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A program can't always get rid of a virus. It could reside Java, so the only way to remove it is to uninstall Java. Of course, if you need it, you can always download another copy.

Also, there could be pieces of it in the registry.

But, if you don't know what it's called, and if those two programs couldn't get rid of it, I'd suggest Hijack This. Download that, see if there are any updates, and then run it. Make a copy of the results (there's a feature where it will create a log) and copy paste that into a special site, where there are people who deal with that kind of stuff all the time. That is just one of several such sites.

And, by the way, if you decide to download Hijack This, first create a folder on your desktop. Call it "Hijack This" or whatever, and make that the target of your download. And, if you run the program, make sure all unnecessary programs are closed.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:00 PM
 
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The good news is we weren't hacked into, but we did pick up some kind of nasty virus. Hubby's been wanting a new computer, so it looks like we'll be getting one now. The repair guy said neither of his programs could kill the virus. So be careful out there.

I think we've learned our lesson - run the anti-virus program often.

Thanks again for your thoughts.
Are you getting a new computer or are you just reinstalling Windows?
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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There are a number of companies that drop scary pop-ups on your screen claiming to have found a myriad of problems and give you a link to get their scanning software. If you download their software it dumps a bunch of spyware and malware on your computer, finds it, then tells you to buy their product to get rid of it.

One of the worst is Smitfraud, but I've seen some others lately.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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I wouldn't get a new computer just because of a bad virus. I think reinstalling windows is enough unless you just want a new computer.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:38 PM
 
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We were offered the option of re-installation, but since the machine is a good 7 years old, it's definitely time to retire it. Hubby's been looking for an excuse to replace it for a couple of years now. Hey! I just had a thought - maybe he installed the virus himself! Wait'll I get back home..........
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:04 PM
 
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We were offered the option of re-installation, but since the machine is a good 7 years old, it's definitely time to retire it. Hubby's been looking for an excuse to replace it for a couple of years now. Hey! I just had a thought - maybe he installed the virus himself! Wait'll I get back home..........
Heck. Get him a nice one.

Vigor Gaming Computer: The Gaming PC with Extreme Vigor™

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Of course if you really want to spend money:

http://vigorgaming.com/product/rigs-colossus.html (broken link)
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:00 AM
 
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OMG, Tek! What're you trying to do to me??? LOL

I like that...STARTING at $6649. That's the price without the hard drive, right?? And here I thought you liked me!
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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If you get a new computer, you'll still have to have some protection for it. Otherwise you have a good chance of getting infected, again.
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