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#1 Bacon1498

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 08:53 AM

Hey everyone, I'm not exactly sure how this happened but I got a virus that locked up my computer and said it could be unlocks only by paying. So I did research and to get it off it said I had to restore my computer to an earlier date (which I did) then download an anti virus program. I don't know if that is necessary and if it is, which is a good one to use? Please help soon, thank you :D
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 09:16 AM

Update: the reset worked and the computer is now fine, just not sure if I need any additional protection like the sites advertised.
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:53 AM

You "should" be fine... But do a backup of everything important anyways(you should do that regularly anyways ;) )

 

Get a trusted free anti-virus (like AVG) and scan anything you download....

 

The rest is just common sense... Don't click on banner ads, don't open questionable emails, etc...



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 01:57 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials is a great tool to have installed on your computer.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 02:48 PM

Here is some great advice stop going to shady porn sites


Stop worrying about how you look, and start worrying about how you play. Get out on the field and play paintball the best you can, not stand at home in front of a mirror trying to figure out if your jersey matches your eyes.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:34 PM

Here is some great advice stop going to shady porn sites

 

Porn viruses are the worst type.



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:21 PM

I have used kaspersky labs and currently have trend micro titanium. Both worked great. 


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:38 PM

Get a Mac. They do not get viruses because there are 0 viruses out for the Mac as of right now.

By the way, I would highly suggest getting anything such as AVG. I had a computer I bought brand new and treated perfectly. Never opened shady emails, websites, banners, etc. I had AVG, TITANIAM, and Security Scan or something like that. Now here I am 3 years later with a Mac because that computer was so infested with viruses that it was impossible to fix
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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:05 PM

Get a Mac. They do not get viruses because there are 0 viruses out for the Mac as of right now.

By the way, I would highly suggest getting anything such as AVG. I had a computer I bought brand new and treated perfectly. Never opened shady emails, websites, banners, etc. I had AVG, TITANIAM, and Security Scan or something like that. Now here I am 3 years later with a Mac because that computer was so infested with viruses that it was impossible to fix

There is no way you can get a virus without doing something stupid. Getting a Mac isn't a way to get around computer viruses , using common sense is...

 

Source: Someone hasn't gotten a computer virus in 7 years...


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:25 PM

Get a Mac. They do not get viruses because there are 0 viruses out for the Mac as of right now.

By the way, I would highly suggest getting anything such as AVG. I had a computer I bought brand new and treated perfectly. Never opened shady emails, websites, banners, etc. I had AVG, TITANIAM, and Security Scan or something like that. Now here I am 3 years later with a Mac because that computer was so infested with viruses that it was impossible to fix

 

Yes Macs get viruses. And now that macs are becoming more and more popular, people will start creating more and more viruses for them. The same goes with Linux. Macs are not impervious to viruses. I haven't had issues with viruses in over a decade, and I'm on a PC all day every day, because I know what types of websites to avoid, and I know to scan my computer fairly often with Microsoft Security Essentials, Malware Bytes and Spybot. Those three programs keep me quite safe and I don't have to worry about being infected.

 

If you're computer was so infested that it was impossible to fix then you screwed up somewhere.

 

Besides, I like being able to upgrade my PC when I need to, instead of having to buy a whole new computer.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 06:37 AM

Get a Mac. They do not get viruses because there are 0 viruses out for the Mac as of right now.

By the way, I would highly suggest getting anything such as AVG. I had a computer I bought brand new and treated perfectly. Never opened shady emails, websites, banners, etc. I had AVG, TITANIAM, and Security Scan or something like that. Now here I am 3 years later with a Mac because that computer was so infested with viruses that it was impossible to fix

 

You are sort of right. Mac users are such a small part of the user base so there is little to no point to develop a virus for OS X. But that doesn't mean they don't exsist and you should still be catious. I have only used Windows my whole life and the viruses i've gotten was my own fault. Downloading from shady sites and .exe's disguised as music. So as long as you don't use programs you can't aboslutely trust (a quick google search will give you all the info you need).

 

I prefer Security essentials over other free anitvirus programs becuase it doesn't bother you with asking if you would like to upgrade to the paid version.


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:54 PM

Update: the reset worked and the computer is now fine, just not sure if I need any additional protection like the sites advertised.
Thanks :)

Depends on what operating system you are running. There are many different types of computer security. 

 

Get a Mac. They do not get viruses because there are 0 viruses out for the Mac as of right now.

By the way, I would highly suggest getting anything such as AVG. I had a computer I bought brand new and treated perfectly. Never opened shady emails, websites, banners, etc. I had AVG, TITANIAM, and Security Scan or something like that. Now here I am 3 years later with a Mac because that computer was so infested with viruses that it was impossible to fix

This is not true. But I will say that with a mac (like my current mac air). Actually with pretty much any apple product with apple care you get Pretty amazing customer service and a great warranty. the guys working at apple stores actually care and want to help you! For example I have been having problems with my iPhone 5s battery. Today I scheduled a appointment drove down to the apple store 2 hours later and they ran a battery test. The guys said that my Phone managed to pass the battery test by a few percent but they still replaced the battery free of charge anyway. Came back a hour later and my phone works amazing. I Love apple products. And they are  backed by a amazing company but That doesn't prevent Viruses in any regard.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 09:26 PM

If I was wrong about the Mac not getting viruses, I'm sorry. The people in the apple store said there were 0 viruses out for the Mac as of right now as well as best buy employees. If I mislead anybody, I am sorry
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Posted 12 October 2013 - 09:53 PM

If I was wrong about the Mac not getting viruses, I'm sorry. The people in the apple store said there were 0 viruses out for the Mac as of right now as well as best buy employees. If I mislead anybody, I am sorry

 

That's because they're sales people, their job is to tell you what they think it'll take to sell you a computer.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:32 AM

Mac has built in securities so updating is important. They are not invincible but Apple has always given more emphasis on security than Microsoft has. Also there are less viruses and such for Mac. Mac apps work more independently to each other than PCs which like to share files with each other, thus one app effecting the whole computer.

However Macs can be carries. They can unknownly house a virus and spread it.
Mac has built in securities so updating is important. They are not invincible but Apple has always given more emphasis on security than Microsoft has. Also there are less viruses and such for Mac. Mac apps work more independently to each other than PCs which like to share files with each other, thus one app effecting the whole computer.

However Macs can be carries. They can unknownly house a virus and spread it. So basically .... Mac comes with very good AV from factory.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 02:44 PM

Mac has built in securities so updating is important. They are not invincible but Apple has always given more emphasis on security than Microsoft has. Also there are less viruses and such for Mac. Mac apps work more independently to each other than PCs which like to share files with each other, thus one app effecting the whole computer.

However Macs can be carries. They can unknownly house a virus and spread it. So basically .... Mac comes with very good AV from factory.

 

Don't Macs also come from the factory set up with a user account already, and you have to specifically access the main administrator account purpose, whereas most Windows PCs come setup with only the Administrator account, which people then assume is a user account and use it as such? Thereby making it so much easier for a virus to implant itself into a system since it already has access to the full administrator account. Whereas, if people knew how to use a computer, and knew to setup a user account, instead of using the admin account as a user account, then it would be harder for a virus to implant itself and wreck a computer, since it doesn't have access to the full admin privileges.

 

Every computer I've ever owned has immediately been setup with a user account, and the admin account is only accessed when I need to install something and I trust the thing I'm installing. And I've never had any problems with a virus ever.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:23 PM

Use Malwarebytes, it's free and it works.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:49 AM

If your computer have virus then use a good antivirus software like avast. Do scanning all files. I am sure that your computer will be cleaned soon and you will not find any problem again.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:34 AM

If your computer have virus then use a good antivirus software like avast. Do scanning all files. I am sure that your computer will be cleaned soon and you will not find any problem again.

No, no ,no ,no. Please for the love of all that is technical don't use avast. It bothers you all the fucking time about scanning your computer and "upgrading" to the paid version. use something like Security Essential and Malware Bytes.


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:25 AM

download HijackThis, run in safe mode


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:56 PM

man a lot of people must go to some shady porn sites to get the old FBI locked your computer, pay to have it unlocked scam. stick to the known, and good porn sites. jeebus.


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