It appears I have it. Can a techie please tell me what to do in simple terms? I've been getting the error box since the weekend. I run Chrome on XP. Thanks!
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I recommend two shareware programs to combat this virus: Malwarebytes and RKill. RKill is a process-killing program that allows you to temporarily shut down any components of system-hijacking viruses, while Malwarebytes was the only antivirus program I tried that could kill all traces of the various viruses my machines have acquired. They are both free at the above links, though of course you can cough up a few bucks and reward these antivirus geeks for their hard work and purchase the retail versions.
Also: if the virus is interfering with installation/operation of the above programs, take a USB drive and go to a safe computer to download. Then try installing via the USB drive.
thanks, Mike. another question, if I may. It's annoying me, but what exactly is it doing to my puter? I haven't noticed anything at all wrong, except this popup once in a while.
There are more than a few viruses/trojans/worms that exploit Adobe Flash vulnerabilities, nana. The ones I have come across are mostly annoying and not deadly, but some (like Pasam) could leave your computer vulnerable to future external threats if the trojan is not not quarratined and the backdoor repaired. The one Adobe-related virus that hit one of my machines gave me irritating error messages and had some redirect scripts, but was otherwise benign.
Thanks again, I'll make time to take care of it. Is there any way to know how it got in? I never click links in emails, I go to here, Facebook, Imgur, Yahoomail, Gmail, The Weather Channel, and my credit union and that's about it. man, I really hate this shit. :)
I have heard that one version works through Word documents. I was convinced I got it on Yahoo! News, but it might have been that this was the first web page I clicked that needed Flash after I got it. I run into problems teaching online and running into crap my students have on their PCs that gets passed on to me, so I have unfortunately had to learn the hard way.
go here http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ download the appropriate house call 32 bit or 64 bit (if your not sure do 32 bit) before starting the scan check settings to make sure you do a full scan. They are one of the best anti virus companies in the world, and they offer this free remote scan, I run this at least once a month on all my computers (which all have anti virus programs running all the time but things still get missed) Housecall should be able to remove most found viruses, if not their data base can usually walk you through what needs to be done,
I've run Trendmicro AV-AS for 4 years, why didn't it stop this thing? Every time it runs a scan, I get a clean bill, including just 2 days ago. Thanks, guys, I'm on it. :)
No program is perfect, nana, and I recommend using multiple programs to protect your machine. I use Windows Defender for my day-to-day watchdog needs, and then Malwarebyte as either an occasional double-check or when I get an actual bug. Malwarebytes seems to find stuff other programs miss; I have tried Norton, AVG, WebRoot, and a few other antivirus programs, but Malwarebytes is king in my book.
Malwarebytes is especially good at getting rid of registry snippets that help a worm or trojan reboot after being deleted at the program level.