Ugh. Virus on computer.

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So there i was, just writing in a thread here and a screen pops up saying that my computer is infected.  Usually i am very suspicious unless it's my software.  But this window looked like a Windows window.  So I push the OK button and here it comes- a virus that acts like it's a virus removal tool.  It took me a couple days to get it figured out, but man...! 

Oh well.  I love to learn- and most times, it's not fun.

Used a malware removal tool to get rid of 11 infected files; computer runs faster too.  I think there were other files infected before the virus.

ok. i edited this to remove a thoughtless remark about "sharing."

john
 
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nicko

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 I don't believe there is anything we are running that would cause you to get a virus. I use the site everyday and have not had any issues.
 
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I wasn't implying a fault with the site; sorry if it read that way.  I was just writing in a thread when it happened.

john
 
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So there i was, just writing in a thread here and a screen pops up saying that my computer is infected.  Usually i am very suspicious unless it's my software.  But this window looked like a Windows window.  So I push the OK button and here it comes- a virus that acts like it's a virus removal tool.  It took me a couple days to get it figured out, but man...! 

Oh well.  I love to learn- and most times, it's not fun.

Used a malware removal tool to get rid of 11 infected files; computer runs faster too.  I think there were other files infected before the virus.

ok. i edited this to remove a thoughtless remark about "sharing."

john
If you install Linux you will probably never have to worry about a virus again /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
 
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As of last week, the issue is with the BANNER ADs on ChefTalk and many other websites.
The websites that host the banner ads are the ones causing this latest "fake virus removal tool" pop-ups.
Clicking anywhere on the popup will install malware on your computer. Some pop-ups also overlay an image on the "X" that normally closes a window and clicking this may also cause problems.
I experienced this on ChefTalk last week and so stayed off the forum until the issues sorted out.

If you do get a problem, you can try to run the free tool from http://www.malwarebytes.org/
 

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I got hit with virus a number of months ago and it was a monster to get rid of.  Some version of this virus will, once installed, actively seek out your antivirus and shut it down.  Now, when this pop up shows up, as I surf the web, I immediately shut down my computer without "closing" out the message.  Seems to stop it every time.  It's a bit labor intensive, but well worth not getting infected, which is much more labor intensive!
 
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I did that too Pete, until one time I responded too quickly.  It started downloading and that's how I got it.

Here's how I beat it:
Turn off the power- pull batt off of laptop; not nec in that order- just so computer turns off.
Restart and as soon as you see your wallpaper screen where your icons reside, hit ctrl alt delete keys all at once- this brings up task manager.  When task manager comes up I grab the box and move it to the left side of screen so that I can see the programs about to run.

The virus will come up in that box.  Highlight it and hit "end program"

With the virus program down, went online and downloaded the malwarebytes program that another just mentioned.

Ran the program and it took care of business.
 
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