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Help Me Keep My New PC Happy, Healthy and Safe From Harm

I've very recently (ie yesterday) got myself a brand new desktop PC! I would really like your advice on the best ways to keep it running at its best, protected from the nasty things that lurk on the internet (virii, malware, spyware etc) and set up to get the most out of our blossoming relationship... The machine runs on Windows 8. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jun 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Recommended security/AV software for windows 8?

What is the current state of the art / recommended best bet in security and anti-virus software for Windows 8? Paid options are on the table. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on May 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Help with stubborn malware redirect.

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 - 17 answers

Deleting search data

How do I delete the shopping and search data from my Apple MacBook? [more inside]
posted by birdwatcher on Dec 14, 2011 - 8 answers

How to get rid of phishing software?

Is someone scamming me? [Mac spyware filter] [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Sep 13, 2011 - 15 answers

PC trojan

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 - 6 answers

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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 - 14 answers

I'm keeping these Windows closed, getting bars installed

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 - 21 answers

How to get rid of malware on an external drive?

What's the best way to target malware/spyware when it's on an external drive? [more inside]
posted by lemniskate on May 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Anti-Malware for the Mac OSX?

Do good anti-malware tools exist for Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on May 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Yahoo Toolbar Redirect: Is it the router?

Do Cisco/Linksys routers sometimes redirect you to a Yahoo Toolbar download page when you try to go to Google, and if so how do they get away with it? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Mar 25, 2011 - 10 answers

What is "drv.mv" on a Windows computer?

What is "drv.mv" on a Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

NoScript failed me and left: what do I do now?

How paranoid should I be about my Windows XP Pro machine after hitting a dodgy site with Firefox 3.6, scanning with Microsoft Security Essentials, updating NoScript, scanning with MSE again, and finally using Windows to restore to yesterday's restore point, about 18 hours before hitting that site? Firefox is now missing NoScript completely, but it's been installed for weeks and surely should have been here yesterday morning. Has there been a known issue with NoScript, or am I just a special (and dim) snowflake? [more inside]
posted by The True Wheel on Nov 26, 2010 - 14 answers

How is spyware formed? How computor get varus?

Why do people create and use viruses/spyware/malware? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Nov 23, 2010 - 13 answers

I have an internet-STD. Help me find the cure.

I have picked up a virus of some sort that is redirecting me to other websites in Chrome. How do I get rid of this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Firefox homepage/keyword hijacked. How do I rescue?

My firefox homepage and keyword.URL have been hijacked by "eSnips". It's incredibly persistent and resists all attempts to change. How do I kick its ass? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Nov 11, 2010 - 11 answers

Fragging Smart Defragmenter

malwarefilter: How can I get rid of "Smart Defragmenter"? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 30, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me kill this autoexecuting at start script!

Is there a way to trace down where a script is attempting to start from on Windows XP? I had a bit of a drive-by download happen, and I mostly removed the infestation with some antispyware tools. However I manually deleted one file before getting the tools to do their work, and so some remnant of the startup process is trying to start this 36525.js script [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I protect my flash drive from malware?

Can I use a flash drive to transfer files from university computer labs to my home computer without picking up nasty malware? I will often need to work on a number of 25-30 MB spreadsheets, both at home and in university computer labs, and I'm inclined to use a flash drive to transport the files. Because of download quotas, Dropbox might not work too well for me. Can I transport the files via flash drive while maintaining a reasonable level of security? If you use a flash drive on common use computers often, what's your method? Have you had security issues in the past? Thank you.
posted by surenoproblem on Apr 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Infected! win32/fakespypro

How do I manually remove win32/fakespypro (showed up from a link someone sent) from my Vista system? I googled,with no luck from any reliable sources. I have four antivirus pgms installed, they keep removing it but it comes back. I now have DOS issues, no internet, cannot execute most pgms.. I managed to get regedit up but cannot find the keywords to fix it. Oddly enough, my restore disk became full at the same time. Where are the entries in the registry?
posted by ~Sushma~ on Apr 25, 2010 - 15 answers

Malware pretending to be User Account Control aieee

My computer (XP SP2) is infected with malware that pretends to be User Account Control. Help! [more inside]
posted by Praxis on Apr 14, 2010 - 32 answers

Printing Coupons

My Mom wants to download and print coupons. I went as far as downloading the couponprinter software from the net and Comodo warned against it. Is this a safe application? It is a form of spyware in that it collects data, though relying on your agreeing to it. I’m not a computer-talented person, but I know enough to have installed security software for her and to be wary.
posted by mightshould on Mar 22, 2010 - 11 answers

What they heck is Tukan?

Periodically, when booting my wife's XP laptop, an application called Tukan launches. I can't figure out what it is or how it is spawned. [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime on Feb 7, 2010 - 13 answers

things to do in phoenix when your computer is dead

I'm looking for a reputable computer repair shop in the Phoenix, AZ area. I lent my Compaq laptop (running vista) out to a friend and now it's totally owned by virii, and I don't have the time, patience, wherewithal to fix this level of problem. Is there a good, independent (not Best Buy) place in town to get this looked at and potentially fixed for a reasonable price? Again, I'm not interested in fixing it myself, I'd rather pay someone else to be frustrated for me.
posted by chlorus on Jan 25, 2010 - 10 answers

The only scary tweets were in Hitchcock's "The Birds"

Where can I find accurate and qualitative data about risks of using social networking tools? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent on Jan 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Stuck in Adware Hall of Mirrors, Please Help

Another malware/adware problem - and this one is blocking me from getting to sites that might help. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Computer is melting down!

Overrun by malware / viruses. Anti-virus programs won't work, system restore is blocked, files are being damaged - I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Dec 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Why is Windows XP freezing and refusing to shut down?

Windows XP freezes, audio has disappeared and returned, system hangs on shutdown...my PC has suddenly taken a turn for the worse, and nothing I've tried seems to be helping. So...help? [more inside]
posted by ZsigE on Dec 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Tricky trojan?

Please help me get rid of this annoying virus/spyware infection on my laptop [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Nov 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Deleting Doubleclick.net spyware

removing spyware called Doubleclick.net [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Nov 19, 2009 - 7 answers

nytimes spyware

What's up with the NY Times trying to install spyware? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Sep 13, 2009 - 43 answers

What on earth did I do to my laptop?

My laptop hasn't been the same since blitzing some particularly nasty malware. What on earth did I do? [more inside]
posted by nostrich on Aug 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Free/low-cost virus protection for Windows?

I just got a raging beast of a new laptop. Runs Left 4 Dead like a dream. Problem: I've been in Mac-world for 7 years. Now that I'm back in Windows Land, I gotta be careful. What's the best free/low-cost/open-source spyware/malware/virus protection around? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Aug 19, 2009 - 24 answers

How to withhold virus infections (of the computer variety) from the ones you love?

Suggestions for cleaning a virus-infected Windows machine appearing in a non-administrator account without resort to (1) the administrator account or (2) a nuke and re-install? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Jul 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Botched Spyware install prevents removal by spyware tools

Zejesago! Everytime I open a new program, I get an error window that reads "app.exe - Bad Image" with a dialog text of "The application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\system32\zejesago.dll" is not a valid window image. [more inside]
posted by sleslie on May 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Virus-free or virus hiding: is my computer Conficked or just fine?

On or around April 1, my computer caught something that caused havoc with my antivirus programs but now everything seems fine--this can't be correct? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Apr 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Eerie coincidence, or does bigfoot...er...OS X malware actually exist?

Fraudulent Skype transactions: eerie coincidence, malware, or something else? [more inside]
posted by jferg on Mar 31, 2009 - 3 answers

While I appreciate the irony..

I've been attacked by some malware called "Spyware Protect 2009". Have you guys seen this before? Screenshot and symptoms inside - hoping someone can help me kill this thing. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Mar 26, 2009 - 22 answers

Comcast cable internet hacked?

I'm asking this for a friend. He's been using Comcast cable internet for at least a year now, and as of tonight he cannot access any websites (on either his PC or ipod), and is redirected to the following URL: actsvr.comcastonline.com/nocache/realactsvr.html [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Mar 24, 2009 - 19 answers

Blanking Applications

Basic applications on my computer seem to be temporarily "blanking out" on me. Especially noticeable when I'm typing. What might be causing it and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo on Feb 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Digital Immunodeficiency Disorder?

My laptop's been infected by something that is interfering with all the usual solutions. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 25, 2009 - 30 answers

Make the adware stop.

My google search results are redirecting me to certain sites (see 'more inside') due to adware/spyware that AdAware and Norton can't find. It's intermittent, and happening to both Firefox, IE, AND Chrome, although Chrome is choosing to simply not load the pages and gives me error messages. I can't google a solution because of the redirecting problem. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 10, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me rid my computer of clutter for faster performance.

Help me rid my computer of clutter for faster performance. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 9, 2009 - 15 answers

How to get rid of computer viruses?

Infected computer needs help! [more inside]
posted by melgy on Nov 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Pleas Please Me

I need security software that blocks specific programs from using the internet. ZoneAlarm does this well, but it does not do this completely. Help? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser on Nov 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Which anti-spyware and anti-virus programs are best at detecting and removing spyware and viruses respectively and why?

Which anti-spyware and anti-virus programs are best at detecting and removing spyware and viruses respectively and why? [more inside]
posted by Fluffy654 on Oct 7, 2008 - 12 answers

Webmail can get hosed too?

Is there a nastyware lurking in this computer? Strange Yahoo! Mail contact list kidnapping observed... [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Aug 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Badware (or why I can't get to Gmail.)

I have some sort of malware on my Dell that constantly redirects me away from where I desire to go. Specifically, it seems to prevent Gmail from working. Also prevents any major search site from loading. Always redirects to some idiotic ad site. [more inside]
posted by Arquimedez Pozo on Jul 20, 2008 - 18 answers

What is this mysterious process that hijacked my shortcut?

What is this mysterious process that hijacked my shortcut? I was using Photoshop CS2 and entered the shortcut key for "Save for Web" (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S) and instead of getting the Save for Web dialog, a very minimalist login box appeared. Intrigued, I brought up the Task manager, right-clicked on the "Login" entry in the list, and selected "Go To Process." The process turned out to be C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\vidifker.exe. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Jun 4, 2008 - 9 answers

What has hijacked Firefox?

My Dell Win XP laptop caught some kind of infection via Limewire which blocks Firefox from loading and produces contast popup ads via IE. I never use IE. I've removed Firefox and redownloaded it. Still doesn't load. I've run Ad-Aware, RegScrub, and every other spyware program I know about. What happened, and how do I fix it?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on May 18, 2008 - 12 answers

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