Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My computer is the land of Troy

...at least it seems like it what with all the Trojan viruses that this new virus scan I downloaded found. Along with those, it found rootkits and cookies. In total, there were a total of 357 dangerous objects. Problem is, though, that these cannot be fixed by the removal program.

*SIGH* I guess I'll just have to pack it up and take it to computer geek to get it all cleaned, or find a better virus removal program? Any suggestions other than Ad-Aware, Norton, AVG, or House Cleaner?

5 comments:

FishHawk said...

I have been very happy with BitDefender for around 2 years now. It is relatively cheap at around $29.95 a year, and it blocked a ton of viruses that were lurking around a lot of Entrecard blogs a few months ago. A pop-up notice would display whenever it did. I also have the free Ad-Aware program installed, but it seems to be better at removing nosey cookies than anything really dangerous. Of course, I could just be happily ignorant of what is really going on with my computer. By the way, I don't know what program you ran, but some of them actually install viruses, and with it finding so many infections when your computer appeared to be running okay, I would be wary.

http://www.bitdefender.com/

FishHawk said...

P.S.: If you haven't tried it already, I would highly recommend giving Trend-Micro's Housecall a try. It is free, and it found a bunch of stuff that Norton let get through when I was running their anti-virus program several years ago. I even used Trend-Micro's antivirus program for 2 years, and I was very happy with it. Then their prices got to be a little too much.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

FishHawk said...

If it was a Vista Guardian 2010 anti-virus scan, I just got hit with the same thing, and it is indeed a fake anti-virus program that is a virus itself. I don't think it actually got downloaded onto my computer. For I did not do anything but close the window after seeing that it said that my computer had 25 critical infections. I then ran my BitDefender scan, which showed nothing, and I deleted the cookies and temporary folders in IE8, which is what I was using at the time. So far, none of the pop-ups that go along with the fake program have popped up since then, and I guess it's a wait and see thing now.

Mystery Man said...

thanks for all the comments man...the housecall scan is the one that found all the trojans, but couldn't repair them. neverh eard of vistaguardian, bu ill stay away from it. there are enoguh viruses on here as it is...lol

seriously, though, after i ran the scane and rebooted, it seems to be running faster, so it must have done some good

FishHawk said...

I am sure you can get better advice than from me. For I am about as technically-challenged as anyone could possibly be, but it sounds like you may need to do a complete system debug and reinstall. I had to do that twice on our old computer after attempting to manually remove an infected file. We were running Windows Me at the time, and the Dell people talked me through it over the phone.

In case you are curious, both times were after Trend-Micro's Housecall found a serious virus, but could not remove it. When I went to try to manually delete the file, it spread its venom through the system. Thankfully, I was able to copy most of my uninfected important files to a CD-R before that became impossible. Ironically, I cannot access the back-ups that I made on those CD-R's and CD-RW's now. For the CD/DVD R/RW drive on our new computer cannot read them--despite having just a newer version of the same Roxio software. Nice.