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Old 04-27-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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I am writing this from my laptop. On Saturday, I believe that my desktop computer became infected with a virus from this website. The program is called "personal anti virus" and it has attached itself to my hard drive. I can't delete it or un-install it. It continually reminds me of many threats and directs me to download the program at a cost of $$$$, and wants my credit card info etc. It is a very convincing program, looks very much like any Microsoft or Windows program, but it does not have a copyright, or author, etc.
Has anyone had this problem and if so, what have you done to rectify it.
My computer seems to work OK, but it blocks certain websites after a few seconds. So, before I spend money at my local computer fix it place, I would like to know if anybody knows what to do.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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Google the site URL or any other ID you have for the virus. They often have solutions posted on line.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
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My virus scan is up to date and has not detected anything, yet.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:53 PM   #4
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:55 PM   #5
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i saw a similar message last night when i clicked on this site. I closed my internet explorer immediately. if anyone else sees it, don't click on any part of the window, just close your browser.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:11 PM   #6
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I had a pop-up last ran Malware and Symantic today with nothing noted.
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i saw a similar message last night when i clicked on this site. I closed my internet explorer immediately. if anyone else sees it, don't click on any part of the window, just close your browser.
Ditto for me. Same thing last night. I closed IE and re-entered the site without a problem-multiple times. Everything seems fine today. Maybe those of us that were affected could provide a few details for the site moderators so they can check it out if need be.

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Old 04-27-2009, 06:20 PM   #8
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Ditto for me. Same thing last night. I closed IE and re-entered the site without a problem-multiple times. Everything seems fine today. Maybe those of us that were affected could provide a few details for the site moderators so they can check it out if need be.

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Same here, it took some effort just shut down, it wouldnt let me shut the tab- closing the browser worked (I hope).
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Same here, it took some effort just shut down, it wouldnt let me shut the tab- closing the browser worked (I hope).
That reminds me---I need to run my anti-virus & spyware software. But I need to finish accessing all my online bank accounts first.........

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Just a heads up. I am not sure what this is, but is possibly some malware attached to an ad. If you see this again and can take a screen shot it would be helpful to know what ad is showing.

The forums proper is fairly bullet proof as far as viruses go, but third party content may not be.

These kinds of malware schemes are all over the net. If you see a pop up anytime you are browsing, do not click on it even to close it. Instead open your task manager and close the application that way and then run a virus scan. In the meantime, I've let the tech wonks know about this and will post any info they discover.
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I have seen these types of attacks before, but not on the forums. Not that it can't happen. One often seen attack is a pop up saying you have a virus and need help to get rid of it.
Do not try and close it by clicking on any of the tabs or buttons, Clicking anywhere on the pop-up will start it running.

The best way to close this is to perform a Control, Alt, Delete to bring up "Task Manager" under applications tab close your " Browser ". This will shut down the pop-up and your Browser.

This is the safest method of closing any suspicious pop-up or program.
Once you close it, then immediately run a virus/worm scan. Do not shut your computer down or do a restart before you perform the scan.
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Same thing happened to me on Sunday. I immediately disconnected my wireless router, ended Safari, and ran my Norton AV. Nothing there. I have had to fix my son's computer when they clicked on the site when it said "DANGER you are infected".

Took a couple of hours but I found directions on Norton's help board.
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Just a heads up. I am not sure what this is, but is possibly some malware attached to an ad.
That would be my (purely uneducated) guess.


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If you see this again and can take a screen shot it would be helpful to know what ad is showing.
Tried that, wouldn't work. Just got a warning from Avast.

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These kinds of malware schemes are all over the net. If you see a pop up anytime you are browsing, do not click on it even to close it.
Yikes! Very worrisome.

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Got it on my wife's pc last night on this site. I don't thing this thing shows up on scans. It does want to sell you some software you do not need.
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