My HTC One Android phone has somehow become infected with a Facebook app again. I want to delete it permanently, completely and forever. It wont let me, I've checked the forums and googled around. When I drag the icon into 'remove' or 'un-intsall ' it just wont. It doesnt show up in my list of Apps in the App manager menu... its like voodoo...Gah! Is there a way or is Facebook like forever, like Orwell's canonical Boot?
posted by evil_esto
on Dec 30, 2013 -
I have a Samsung NC20 laptop that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It runs Windows XP and has some sort of malware, IRP Hook, that AVG has found but cannot remove. In addition, it runs significantly slower than I would like, and cannot play most videos at all--the sound plays fine, but the image just staggers and jumps. [more inside]
posted by Slinga
on Nov 15, 2013 -
I did a bad bad thing and it should be a rather simple to correct it but sadly, I've never understood how Time Machine works. [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8
on Sep 25, 2013 -
My computer has been redirecting me to snap.do.feed for about the past 2 months. I've only just found out this is malware. Please could you advise me on what to do? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl
on Sep 22, 2013 -
Every once in a while I'm called upon to help a family member or coworker who has gotten a virus or malware on their computer. I generally just have the virus/malware program get rid of the offending files using its default method, and almost always when I run another scan it comes up clean. But when I research the specific files to find out what they do, I find posts detailing multi-step processes using multiple programs to completely remove the infection.
So I have to wonder, is letting the virus/malware program that detects the bad files take care of them really enough to secure the computer system, presuming that subsequent scans come up clean?
posted by Starling
on Aug 26, 2013 -
Today, my bank's fraud detection department gave me a call - apparently, somebody had attempted to use my debit card for a purchase in Colombia. I live in London, UK. This is an annoyance, but it's particularly worrying because something similar happened less than two months ago - they called me up and said that although my card hadn't been used, they had information that it may be compromised. The card that was used in Colombia today was the replacement, which I've had for only a few weeks.
My money is safe and my card has been cancelled (again). But my main concern is HOW this has happened - keylogger? Dubious, but legit-seeming site? Compromised wifi? And how do I keep myself safe in future? [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul
on May 5, 2013 -
A few minutes ago, my macbook pro (OSX 10.6.8) played what I think was the Skype incoming call chime. I didn't think Skype was running, and as I was Cmd-Tabbing through applications to see if I'd accidentally left Skype turned on, the webcam light briefly flashed. Skype wasn't running, but I double-checked by starting Activity Monitor, and didn't see any processes with Skype in the name.
I'm not totally sure it was the skype chime, because I don't use skype often. I do have google chat running in gmail with video chat enabled, but there were no visible notifications in the gmail window. I suppose it could've been a deceptive flash ad in a browser tab, but it's the webcam light that creeps me out. Any ideas what might have happened? Should I find a malware scanner? Is that even a thing? The last ask.metafilter match for "osx malware" is almost 2 years old.
posted by moonmilk
on Mar 14, 2013 -
Open source software is considered trustworthy because anyone can validate the source code and hold the developer accountable. Usually developers will also make compiled binaries available for convenience. How can we know that these binaries are compiled from the same
source code the developer published, and not a malicious variant of it? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis
on Feb 26, 2013 -
I leave for a two week stay in China (Beijing), on Friday. I would like to take a laptop with me. I have heard however, that there is a significant risk of becoming infected with malware or spyware. Is this true? I will not have the laptop on me at all times. [more inside]
posted by oddman
on Feb 25, 2013 -
Can anyone help me with a malware problem in system 7, possibly related to a recent ransomware attack? [more inside]
posted by Huplescat
on Jan 30, 2013 -
Mom was clickjacked on Facebook. The fake "video" is embarrassing, NSFW, and clearly spam. But she can't see it on her timeline or in her news feed in order to remove it herself. How do we remove it so it doesn't show up in all her friends' newsfeeds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 6, 2012 -
I was browsing reddit on my Android tablet and had opened a number of tabs in the background in Chrome; I noticed that one of them had downloaded an .apk file (333s111.apk, the only other reference to which is here
I didn't run the .apk and deleted it straight away via the File Manager. I didn't see any evidence that it installed itself, or did anything malicious, and I don't have that option that allows non-Market apps to install themselves turned on. [more inside]
posted by alby
on Nov 10, 2012 -
Help removing a particularly stubborn piece of Malware. It's appears to be a rootkit that causes a Firefox redirect.(details inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle
on Jun 22, 2012 -
My Mac has become a host for infected Windows office documents. I have hundreds of Office documents with other people's Windows viruses on them. Help! [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel
on Jan 11, 2012 -
My computer was just infected with the JS/blacoleRef.Q trojan. Microsoft Security Essentials was able to flag and quarantine the infection and allow me to download and install the latest malware definitions, (mpam-fe.exe), disconnect from the web and do a full system scan.
Another computer was used to go online and research JS/blacoleRef.Q. This trojan was described as not being removable by (most?) anti virus programs. The registry changes that were expected from this infection were not present. A change in a quarantined Firefox file located in my Application Data file had been removed.
This system was infected when I clicked on a photograph while doing a Google Image search for plumbing fittings.
How can I find if this trojan is still present and active in my system?
How, if it is still active in the system, can it be removed? I am very uncomfortable about making changes in my registry. I am also uncomfortable with making random selections of malware removal tools on the web.
posted by Raybun
on Dec 31, 2011 -
What do I *really* need to do in order to keep my computer reasonably save from malware and intrusions? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo
on Dec 10, 2011 -
Remote offline malware scan; What would be the best tool / technique to complete such a scan correctly & completely? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex
on Oct 20, 2011 -
Is this a real Google-thing or some kind of malware scam? Google search suddenly isn't working for me, sometimes. [more inside]
posted by Corvid
on Sep 24, 2011 -
I hate intrusive facebook
. My favorite facebook blocker
is 3 versions of firefox behind and doesn't appear to be actively updated anymore. What's more, with the latest redesign, FB has a new social plugin thing on other sites that I can't figure out how to block. What's the best way to keep facebook and its assorted APIs, plugins, sniffers, trackers and malware on its own damn webpage?
posted by T.D. Strange
on Sep 22, 2011 -
How is my child's Gmail account being used to send spam to his contacts? There has, according to Gmail's Activity Information, been no access from any IP address not known to me. [more inside]
posted by MarkWBennett
on Sep 12, 2011 -
I ran the Yahoo spyware scan yesterday on my PC on impulse and after it ran the quick version, it recommended a full scan, which I ran. It found two "objects" of a trojan named Kollah. [more inside]
posted by longsleeves
on Jul 10, 2011 -
My PC is running slow. So I went to ProcessLibrary.com to check the programs running in task manager. I've also got Malwarebytes and AVG Anti-Virus running. But these programs aren't impenetrable. Consequently, I've learned there are many legitimate programs that have double identities. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Windows XP. I can't get my Date/Time dialog to popup when clicking the clock, nor the video card/monitor properties to pop up (when right clicking desktop and choosing "properties"). I also have auto updates not being allowed to be turned on (or rather, the service is on, but in the control panel it says it can't be turned on). I think i got hit w/something a while back, but everything I've done to fix it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by symbioid
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Is this malware, and what do I do to handle this?? Long, convoluted problem inside. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc
on Jun 15, 2011 -
Windows XP is denying access to EFS encrypted files for seemingly no reason. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Bangaioh
on Jun 9, 2011 -
Please tell what I can do to be safer while surfing the Internet. I barely escaped a virus I got while surfing with the latest version of Firefox on a completely updated and patched Windows XP machine. [more inside]
posted by 14580
on Jun 8, 2011 -
My networked work PC was infected with what appears to be XP Shield. Questions about this specific piece of malware... [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zira
on May 26, 2011 -
I got a new Windows machine. It's been a while since I used Windows (never Windows 7). What do I, as someone paranoid about viruses and malware, need to download and set up in order to be 99.99% sure that nothing untoward happens to my machine? [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on May 25, 2011 -
After 10 years of being blasé about downloading dodgy stuff from wherever I pleased, I've just messed up my computer in a single mouse click. It won't start up now, even in safe mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on Apr 16, 2011 -