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July 31st, 2007, 11:57 PM #1Question for a friend (Virus Deletion)
A friend (who is not a member here) uses McAffee for anti-virus protection.
A jerky friend of hers came over to her apartment and used her computer to view porn. Now my friend is pretty sure that she has a virus on her computer.
The McAffee apparently didn't protect her system or delete the virus.
Please give me advice so I can tell my friend how to delete her "porno related virus."
Do Porno sites usually give people viruses or spyware (and I know no one here views porn, so any answer most likely will come from aggregate studies of viruses and spyware).
Maybe it would help if she described what now happens with her computer.
I've summed up everything she told me.
Thanks in advance.
(P.S. I've already said that she should "drop" the jerky person who dared to view the porn)
Thanks, Rematt, for your great suggestions below.
Last edited by Rhia7; August 1st, 2007 at 12:17 AM.
August 1st, 2007, 12:15 AM #2
Yeah, yeah. I have a friend...sounds like me talking to my therapist.
Why does your friend "think" she has a virus. Is there something that seems strange on her system? The reason I ask if because specific symptoms can help track down the problem. And was her McAfee up to date?
In the meantime she can run a couple of online scans to see if they pick up something that McAfee missed.
I would also recommend downloading and running a copy of Spybot Search & Destroy http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html.
Another essential tool is HijackThis http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/p...php#hijackthis. HijackThis does require some knowledge of your operating environment, but even without specific knowledge of he environment you can sometimes spot things that "aren't quite right". Make sure your friend sets HijackThis' configuration to backup changes so that she can undo if necessary.
Hope this helps and tell your friend to stay away from the beefcake.
-rematt"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." - Richard Nixon
August 1st, 2007, 12:19 AM #3
For anti-virus it's hard to beat AVG, you can download a free non-commercial version at http://free.grisoft.com/ .
They have a version with spyware detection as well for about $50 but I've never used it as I have search and destroy, http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html , for that. (S&D should be handled with care as misuse could really screw up the computer.
August 1st, 2007, 12:23 AM #4
Thanks to rematt & Knight01 for their great suggestions.
Knight, I installed the free version of AVG in my parents' computer.
I'll pass on the additional info to my girlfriend. Thanks
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