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#1 lstarr

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:20 PM

I picked up something (virus, malware, whatever...I'm not sure) a couple of weeks ago and don't know how to fix such things. So I took my hard drive to a friend who ran a Malwarebytes scan (with the free version), which picked up several things, and he removed everything bad that the scan found.

I have since purchased the full version of Malwarebytes, which does real-time scanning (yes?), and I guess I'm just not familiar with how that will work.

1. For one thing, I'm not sure whether I ought to be using one browser over another (IE? Firefox? Chrome?). I know each tech-savvy person has his/her favorite, but is there one that seems to work better with Malwarebytes, or are they all compatible?
2. Will the real-time scanning actually block threats if/when they arise, or will I be informed that I need to run a scan if something is detected?

I apologize for my ignorance, and I appreciate very much any help that anyone can offer.

Thank you!

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 09:27 PM

:welcome:

1. Personally I'm against usage of IE as it's often exploited. I'd recommend Firefox or SRWare Iron(Chrome without the privacy invasion). :)

2. Yes. What other security are you running?

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:05 AM

[quote name='Buttons' timestamp='1302316060' post='413307']
:welcome:

Hi, Buttons. Thanks for responding so quickly!

1. Personally I'm against usage of IE as it's often exploited. I'd recommend Firefox or SRWare Iron(Chrome without the privacy invasion). :)

When you say "exploited," do you mean by virus-makers/installers? As in, they most often use IE to spread their evilness?

2. Yes. What other security are you running?

I'm not running any other active security. I usually use Firefox, which has its own little "Firefox prevented a popup from opening on this site" thing. Other than that, I have only the AVG free version, which I downloaded a few weeks ago when my friend tried to run me through a diagnostic over the phone. He had me reboot in safe mode, but when I ran the AVG scan there were a bunch of locked files it couldn't access.

If you want we can help verify you're clean for free.:) Just follow the instructions below.:)

I've run a couple of Quick Scans since I got my computer back about 10 days ago (and one full scan, I think), and Malwarebytes didn't find any infections, so I think at the moment, my computer is clean. I was just asking to see about preventing future infections.

Again, thanks for your help.


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Posted 09 April 2011 - 12:02 PM

[quote name='lstarr' timestamp='1302365119' post='413499']
[quote name='Buttons' timestamp='1302316060' post='413307']
1. Personally I'm against usage of IE as it's often exploited. I'd recommend Firefox or SRWare Iron(Chrome without the privacy invasion). :)
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When you say "exploited," do you mean by virus-makers/installers? As in, they most often use IE to spread their evilness?
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That's basically what he meant, yes. IE has relatively more security holes than other browsers (Firefox, Chrome, ...) for multiple reasons (e.g., ActiveX).

[quote name='lstarr' timestamp='1302365119' post='413499']
I'm not running any other active security. I usually use Firefox, which has its own little "Firefox prevented a popup from opening on this site" thing. Other than that, I have only the AVG free version, which I downloaded a few weeks ago when my friend tried to run me through a diagnostic over the phone. He had me reboot in safe mode, but when I ran the AVG scan there were a bunch of locked files it couldn't access.
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AVG is your active security. However, I wouldn't recommend it, especially since you're running the free version and have nothing to lose if you uninstall it. I recommend you get avast! free, as it has better detection rate and less false positives. For Firefox, I strongly recommend AdBlock Plus, in case you don't already have it.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 02:44 PM

AVG killed my home desktop/tower.

I removed it and put Avast! On there, I like the Boot time scan a lot. :)

Also, you should think about getting NoScript for Firefox, too. ;)
Some people are just ignorant.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 04:59 PM

For some users (e.g., me), NoScript is an absolute must. However, some don't have the patience for it. It's definitely worth a try nonetheless, if you've never used it.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:56 PM

NoScript is a great add-on and if you really want to try your patience also add Request Policy if for nothing else an eye opener of how many other networks and sites are linked directly to a page you're on.

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:22 AM

Thank you all for the responses and suggestions. I'll look into all of these various things. :)




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