My father just got his WinXP machine back from a local computer shop. They ran five programs on it, found some viruses and removed them. What programs would they use for this, and can I, a mere amateur, acquire them myself? [more inside]
posted by Rash
on Feb 21, 2014 -
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've got a lot of mixed information Googling about norovirus while working from home and entertaining a few previously ill but recovering and grumpy kids.
posted by tilde
on Nov 1, 2013 -
Setting up a new computer for my mother and stepfather I've accidentally installed a virus. After three hours of slogging through getting a new computer set up for them (why would we write down any of our passwords, the old now dead computer had them all saved) I tired and not paying attention downloaded Firefox for them. Problem: It wasn't from Mozilla, didn't realize until afterward that it was from something called ez-download. Internet says this is a Trojan. I've turned off the wifi and have windows defender running a scan. There is nothing on this computer from a software standpoint that needs to be saved. Computer didn't come with a windows8 disc but rather a partioned drive. If I run a reset to factory will that be easiest? Will it work? Halp!
posted by dismitree
on Sep 9, 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 -
Why does a person vomit on a schedule when they are sick? Like every 2 hours or something until it just stops? Or is this just me? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere
on Aug 15, 2013 -
Details aren't necessary except for sometimes when I have to sort clothes to be cleaned, I run into other people's garments that are soiled in some way. What's the likelihood that I am going to pick up anything unwanted as far as blood/fluid borne disease or any other nasties? My hands do not have any obvious sores or anything like that. This doesn't happen often and I thought I would ask here before I get too obsessive with my hand washing or badgering my doctor. Yes, I realize you may not be a doctor. Thanks in advance.
posted by Fukiyama
on Jul 30, 2013 -
Father-in-law's got hacked/virus. He's been sending out one-link emails to all his contacts. I went into his webmail for him and changed his password to something a little more secure - but his contacts aren't stored there (and neither's his sent mail), so it's got to be his machine, right? But I've done the full Deezil
and found absolutely nothing. Not a sausage.
So, where can this little nasty be hiding?
He's running 64-bit Windows 7 with an up-to-date Norton AV. His mail client is windows Live Mail.
posted by monkey closet
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I've started getting emails "from" people in my contacts list. The email is from their name, but with an email address that is not theirs and is different each time.
I have an address with a local internet provider, not gmail or yahoo.
Do I have a virus my antivirus hasn't caught? How can I fix it?
posted by summerstorm
on Jun 19, 2013 -
Using Gmail, I opened a strange message and now I'm worried it may have done something to my computer. Does this make sense? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street
on Mar 19, 2013 -
Is pityriasis rosea viral or autoimmune? Yes, I've googled and found the results unilluminating - hoping for an answer from someone with more direct experience.
posted by plinth
on Mar 16, 2013 -
I woke up with a stuffy, sneezey nose this morning. I fly across the country in four days to a conference I can't afford to miss. Is there anything I can do now to minimize the likelihood of making everyone else sick on my plane and at my conference? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Feb 22, 2013 -
This may end up in a story, it may not... But this occurred to me the other day. We all learned in school that viruses need a host, bacteria do not. Therefore if we all voluntarily quarantined ourselves for two weeks, how many potential viruses could we wipe out? [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi
on Feb 10, 2013 -
I assume the tools have changed in the past 5 years or so, despite Windows' better security, but back in my day it was Avira, Symantec and CCleaner. What's changed in the world of viruses and malware in the past 5 years, and how can I best impress the powers that be with thoroughness and efficiency? [more inside]
posted by hoborg
on Feb 8, 2013 -
Several weeks ago, I saw an intriguing quote about how if something spreads person to person, it's a virus or a bacteria, but if it's everywhere at once, it's a meme. I want to include the quote in my intro to epidemiology course but can't find it. Help? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead
on Feb 4, 2013 -
After running Avast, I discovered some infected Java files on my macbook (10.5.8). I deleted them in Avast, but how do I know if I've gotten rid of it all? Is it on my Time Machine back up? Do I need to change my passwords? Do I need to take this to a Genius Bar, or can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by min
on Jan 15, 2013 -
Someone I was in contact with on Christmas has just been diagnosed with shingles. There was skin to skin contact, although I didn't notice any sores (but I wasn't looking for them). I'm concerned that I could transmit the virus to others - particularly some young children, elderly, and otherwise immunocompromised people I would be seeing at another family gathering tomorrow. Should I quarantine myself for a bit? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44
on Dec 28, 2012 -
I went away for the weekend and when I returned this is what I get everytime I try to access the internet. Can't use google at all so IE is my only option. I'm freaking out a bit. I keep getting pop ups from "System Progressive Protection" that is trying to sell me stuff but I'm not buying into what I see as a scam. Every program I open is said to be infected. Everything was fine 3 days ago. It won't even let me Skype. Help, please
Ignore warnings and visit that site in the current state (not recommended). [more inside]
posted by Ohdemah
on Oct 11, 2012 -
Can you help me expand my “popular epidemiology” book collection by recommending books that are similar to The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
and the following titles? [more inside]
posted by pupus
on Aug 29, 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 -
We have some never-on-a-network PCs set up in a lab at work; all are running Windows Vista. We need a good way to keep up-to-date antivirus software on them without relying on an internet connection. [more inside]
posted by mimo
on Jun 21, 2012 -
I feel silly asking this, but... what are the signs that it's more than just a cold? Or, more to the point: antibiotics don't treat a virus. I realize this. What are the signs that it's something more than just a virus? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1
on Jun 12, 2012 -
Something is hijacking my Firefox and stealthily inserting ads into my Google SERPs (and god knows what else). How do I figure out where its coming from? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24
on Jun 3, 2012 -
I purchased some software recently from a company txf.express designed to help create an 8949 form for stock trades.
It seemed that it was improperly calculating a few numbers, and upon my questioning the software creator asked for my trading history to review the data and look for errors.
He then sent me a .piz file and asked that I rename it to a .zip file and open it for a properly functioning program.
My limited understanding is that " if you receive a piz file in an email and you are not familiar with the person who is sending it or are unsure of why they are sending it, do not change it to a zip file and try opening it. This could result in infecting your system with a computer virus."
Are their legitimate reasons why he should be sending a piz file and asking me to rename it?
posted by dougiedd
on Apr 11, 2012 -
So...I'm thinking my Mac has a virus. I have a Mac OS X 10.5.8. I keep running out of hard drive space and deleting files constantly, so I got Disk Inventory X to see where my space is. Turns out there is 20 GB of 130,000 text files on my computer in a hidden file marked "private". I can't see this "private" folder from the file manager...only from Disk Inventory X. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by HylandErickson
on Feb 26, 2012 -
How to detect virus on my blog, put up by my Mac, and appearing on PC of my readers. [more inside]
posted by Postroad
on Feb 2, 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 -
Does anybody have any ideas on a fix short of a re-installation of Windows? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv
on Dec 29, 2011 -