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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #120 on: April 08, 2008, 08:57:04 pm »
I use AVG on all of our home machines, and apart from delaying start up when there's an update, it works just fine and you don't notice it. It checks your incoming email for viruses aswell.

The next question is, what's Spybot Search and Destroy like?

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #121 on: April 09, 2008, 09:36:46 am »
Also, be aware that Norton 2008 requires a minimum of 256Mb of RAM on your pc. If your pc is more than a couple of years old, it is unlikely to have this. I fell foul of this and my pc ground to a complete halt. Viruses, spyware, phishing, ad trackers etc etc are getting ever more sophisticated and require ever more robust defence. It is this thatis taking more and more memory from pc's, a right pain, but so are the nutters that are sending out these SPAM emails with virus trojans attached. Some free so called anti virus software is in itself adding to the problem for users, so be careful what you use in the belief you are saving money. A hacker getting access to your pc and stealing your ID and money can cost a lot more.
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #122 on: April 09, 2008, 11:27:10 am »
Ferdie you are completely correct in what you say, however AVG is a good product and users should have no qualms in relying on it for basic virus protection, as long as, like any other AV product, the definitions are kept up to date.

The worst type of free "antivirus" products are those bits of malware that pop up, unsolicited, claiming a "virus" exists, but if you pay to download some dubious bit of a program it will magically "clean" your PC. In reality these are only cleaning the message and do absolutrely nothing to protect your PC.

If you do buy or even use free software, ALWAYS download it from the publisher's website yourself, a copy that a friend of a friend says he downloaded has no guarantees it is what it says it is or has not been tamprered with. NEVER download unsolicited software onto your PC, a common trick is for rogue websites to offer things like toolbars, screensavers or smileys or some "must have" utility. These are almost always full of nasties - why would they be offered so freely otherwise ?

It all boils down to common sense, run AV software, Windows Defender is a pretty good defence against spyware, restrict your Windows account to have less than administrative privileges, don't install unknown software, use a hardware and software firewall, dont visit dodgy websites (porn and sites offering free commercial software are just two examples), take regular backups,  etc etc

AV software is just one defence, like the airbag in your car you may never need it , hopefully your driving has kept you away from the accident in the first place.
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #123 on: April 13, 2008, 07:20:36 pm »
Sasquartch - what about when a pop-up appears saying, "There is an update available for your HP product". Is this safe to click, please?
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #124 on: April 13, 2008, 07:23:38 pm »
If you have a HP product installed such as a printer or scanner then it's likely to be OK. However it's always possible that a piece of malware is masquerading as something legitimate.

You can always say 'No' in any doubt and download any drivers yourself by going to the HP website.

 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #125 on: April 14, 2008, 05:55:38 pm »
Thank you again, Sasquartch.  If they are just offering an update, should I go on the website and download the latest driver to get this update?  They seem to be updating about twice a week.  Maybe it's best to wait and check every month or so?  Then I wont be clicking on any malware.

Could I ask another question, please?  My Toshiba laptop has something called Toshiba Flashcards.  I don't want it and I'm sure it slows things down, but I can't see how to delete it or stop it opening.  When I get the opportunity to close it down, I get the "not responding" message.

When do you start charging for techie advice?   :)
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #126 on: April 15, 2008, 09:22:55 am »
If your HP products are working OK then it's not essential to update drivers, unlike Windows updates for example they are rarely security related. Check once in a while but twice a week seems unnecessary.

Toshiba Flashcards is just a piece of Toshiba 'value-added' software that ships with your laptop.

It isn't essential to run this assuming you don't need the functionality it offers so can be removed if desired, it can probably be uninstalled in the usual way from Control Panel. I've never seen it personally, I think it is specific to Toshiba tablet computers so can't say if it uses resources and impacts performance. If it's not in Control Panel there will be an option somewhere to disable it. Otherwise it might be part of a package called something like 'Toshiba Value Added Package' or the like.

Without looking at it I can't say for sure as I've never seen it before but I'm sure it can be easily done.

As far as charging....all advice given on this forum is free  :)  If you need in depth help I am available at reasonable rates, instant messenger me if required.

 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #127 on: August 26, 2008, 06:13:03 am »
Hi,

My antivirus programme blocked a high-risk virus this morning called antivir 64. I clicked on a link in a news alert email from a usually reliable source, and a large warning notice came up urging me to download some antivirus software. Lucklily, my exisiting antivirus warned me and dealt with the threat.

I found the following out about the virus:

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Antivir64 (Antivir 64) is another August release of misleading applications, marketed as antispyware. Remove Antivir64 in order to ensure your computer security is maintained. Some experts also has blamed this malware in spying and recommended to abstain from sending any confidential data in the Internet, i.e. they are alerting users there is a risk that such confidential data as credit card details, logins and passwords may be stolen by hackers.


Beware and make sure your antivirus is up to date.

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #128 on: August 26, 2008, 08:04:14 am »
Spoke to a pal on the train this morning who had read this post and said he keeps getting pop up warnings about this.

Do any of our IT forum members know of a reliable removal tool for Antivir 64? I have a feeling he may have downloaded it.

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #129 on: August 26, 2008, 11:16:10 am »
There's plenty of references to it if you google for it.

One reference that might be worth following up is at http://forums.vnunet.com/thread.jspa?messageID=1106512

Usual warnings apply - always make sure your important data is backed up (always, not just when you are about to fix something) just in case something goes wrong. These days an external USB hard drive can be obtained for 50 quid so no excuse not to back up.
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #130 on: August 26, 2008, 11:23:32 am »

Usual warnings apply - always make sure your important data is backed up (always, not just when you are about to fix something) just in case something goes wrong. These days an external USB hard drive can be obtained for 50 quid so no excuse not to back up.


Thanks for that. I guess you also need to be careful about downloading what are claimed to be solutions to rid yourself of such a virus as they, too, could be malicious links to infect your machine.

Do you know where the most reliable removal tools are usually found?

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #131 on: January 24, 2009, 02:04:47 pm »
Is a new worldwide computer virus anything to worry about?

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20090119/tuk-computer-worm-goes-out-of-control-45dbed5.html
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #132 on: January 24, 2009, 03:46:26 pm »
As long as you have kept up to date with all the Windows Updates you should be OK. If you have more than one computer on your home network it is important to make sure they are ALL patched up to date.
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #133 on: January 27, 2009, 11:43:24 pm »
The particular problem with this worm is that it has the ability to in effect 'hide' or 'hibernate' in any memory stick or drive and even after the mainframe system has been 'cleaned' if the infected drive or stick is reconnected to the mainframe it will reinfect all over again. This is why there are so many systems affected. Microsoft and the main anti virus software providers are very confident that their fixes and patches will resolve the issue, but my personal experience of this is that it isn't working. Sadly the 'nerds' who create such viruses get a huge kick out of creating this mayhem and are virtually impossible to track down. Also, just like a real virus mutating, these individuals have released new 'strains' of the same virus which are not picked up except by the very latest updates of anti virus software, so even if you've cleaned up the original version, subsequent 'strains' may still gain access. It's a 'cat and mouse game' for the likes of Symantec and McAfee to keep 1 step ahead of the virus creators.

Good luck anyone who has been affected, or should that be infected!
 

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #134 on: November 24, 2010, 04:10:08 pm »
My brother who lives in Cumbria has passed this on to me.  It was sent by Cumbria police but could apply anywhere.

Re: E Mail scam relating to tax refunds

Cumbria Police and H M Revenue and Customs (HMRC) would like to alert Cumbria residents to bogus e-mails relating to tax refunds. Recipients are informed that they are eligible to receive a refund, and are asked to click on a link to process the claim. HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or ask you to disclose
personal or payment information by email. The link has nothing to do with HMRC but will take you to a Phishing site where personal details are obtained for illegal purposes.

HMRC would like all recipients of scam letters to forward them to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk where they have a team trying to trace the sender. Further advice and information on this and other scams be obtained by
visiting http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/index.htm

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Re: Virus & spyware issues
« Reply #135 on: November 25, 2010, 08:42:10 am »
I always try to assimilate these emails to real world situations.

If a man in a suit comes up to me in the street and says fill in this form for a tax rebate I would refuse-I think we all would.

if a guy in the street comes up to me and says put this computer programme on your pc I would refuse.

I trade professionally on ebay and treat selling and buying on ebay like I would any trade at a market or boot fair-its no different.

All the dangers of the real world are present on the web but I think, we as users assume the web attaches some kind of validity to requests made through it.

think of it as a virtual street/boot fair and I think your life will improve.

happy surfing

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