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January 19, 2011 8:10 PM   Subscribe

Somehow got the virus Security Shield on my computer. How should I remove it? (not sure what to trust from Google)
posted by leedly to Technology (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Came here to suggest bleepingcomputer as well, but I've been beaten too it.

In any case, nthing.
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:14 PM on January 19, 2011

deezil's profile page is my first stop for any virus/malware issue.
posted by mlis at 8:23 PM on January 19, 2011 [6 favorites]

I'm running Malwarebytes' right now - thanks for the prompt response!

MLIS - Thanks for the link, looks like a great resource. Perhaps it's finally time to stop procrastinating on computer safety???
posted by leedly at 8:30 PM on January 19, 2011

If you haven't done so already, I highly reccommend ponying up for the paid version of Malwarebytes.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:21 AM on January 20, 2011

Just a heads up-
MWB will make it go away for now, but it won't be gone. Depending on the variant it's a particularly nasty rootkit that you may have had lying dormant for quite a long time, slowly infecting key system files and wrapping itself through your system like a cancerous tumor.

BleepingComputer will have the best guide, but if you don't know what you're doing, a nuke from orbit will be your best bet.

(HitmanPro will also be your friend in this endeavor, once you manage to stop the process long enough to attack it.)
posted by TomMelee at 5:32 PM on January 20, 2011

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