Discussion in 'Off Topic Area' started by Anth, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. hux

    hux ya, whatever.

    just a suggestion - sometimes a hardware failure can mask itself as something else - especially when it only exhibits itself after a reboot. I was just wondering if the reboot was the significant event and AVG just happened to be the reason for the reboot...AVG could be the problem, sure, but like a lot of others I have run it on a couple hundred machines around here with absolutely no problem whatsoever, and I would wonder what it could have done to prevent booting even into safe mode. I don't think AVG does any partition level monitoring?

    anyways - what app do you use in the studio? just curious.
  2. dbmasters

    dbmasters Valued Member

    I did a complete hardware diagnostic, nothing suspicous there, it reboots itself as soon as AVG starts to load itself up into the taskbar...why it reboots in safemode I am not sure, and won't find out...time for a reimage. I intentionally keep only system and apps on the C: drive, anything else on other drives, so it makes for pretty painless reimaging...
  3. hux

    hux ya, whatever.

    I gotcha. Guilty, your honor! :)

    I dunno, mebbe it was a corrupted download or something. Weird.
  4. dbmasters

    dbmasters Valued Member

    Yeah, might be...I'll never know, reimaging scheduled for this weekend...if I can stay out of the gym long enough...I did 4 hours last night...I'm dead on my feet today.
  5. fugepilot

    fugepilot New Member

    Good informative thread - even though I was expecting Bird Flu stuff (in the computing forum?, yeah I know :bang: ).

    Anyway, I'm cowering (with Yoda? :D ) behind Sophos and Zonealarm Pro: I also run Spywarekiller, Counterspy and the System Mechanic Spyware program - all updated before I hit the net.

    Paranoid?...certianly given online banking. :eek:
  6. Durkhrod Chogori

    Durkhrod Chogori Valued Member

    Not so much about what kind of configuration you do with your PC or how well it is updated but where do you go to (i.e. porn) and what do you open (infected .exe or rar files in various forms: e-mail, P2P...).

    Please just use your bloody common sense and you'll never get infected, I can assure you that. The only real threats for people with common sense is SPYWARE.

    Here's a good guide of how to prevent spyware when doing random web surfing:

    1. For Win XP users:

    2. For overall Win users:

    A more general guide is this one:

    Which is more applicable to those who are a bit more paranoid. :)

    Good luck.

  7. KickChick

    KickChick Valued Member

    New virus trying to ruin your Christmas

    Recently a new virus dubbed "Backdoor.Win32.MSNMaker.ab" (and also known under the name of "Troj/MSNMk-C"), has been spreading through Windows Live Messenger. Once your PC is infected it will spread itself to your buddies.

    Like almost all other virusses, it tries to trick you into clicking a malicious link.

    The message you will receive via Messenger is similar to "check :D http ://****. exe (it has been known to include other URLs as well!), and pretends to be a e-card coming from your buddy.

    Do not click the link !!!!!

    Merry Christmas!
  8. Power_plant

    Power_plant Valued Member

    Just some new info for you all:

    From article:

    Microsoft has just released its first computer virus alert of 2011.

    Rogue virus called ThinkPoint, known also by multiple aliases, including Red Cross Antivirus, Peak Protection 2010 and AntiSpy Safeguard. Cloaked in the guise of being part of Microsoft's "Security Essentials" in order to entice Windows users into downloading and installing a potentially harmful program.

    Information on removing viruses from pc world:

    The new 2011 free edition of AVG is out too.
  9. Late for dinner

    Late for dinner Valued Member

    Have not had a blue screen or any sort of malware/virus problem in almost 2 years...

    Linux (Ubuntu) makes computing so much more the experience it was meant to be :' )

  10. gorinnosho

    gorinnosho Kendo Addict

    I <3 my norton 360!!
  11. AnxietyCoachJoh

    AnxietyCoachJoh Valued Member

    Every Month there is a new virus that is produce, In my PC I use Deep freeze in my other partitions to protect my files :D
  12. aikiwolfie

    aikiwolfie ... Supporter

    I just use Linux. It's a lot simpler. I also find it some what ironic that a security vendor would have pop-up adds on their web site.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  13. aikiwolfie

    aikiwolfie ... Supporter

    Just had to clean a system with this nasty little bugger on it. It uses a link in the startup folder in the users own profile so it's not to hard to disable in the first place. The actual .exe file seems to be in the Appdata folder. Although so far as I can see Windows Vista doesn't like users looking in this folder. I used a live Ubuntu disk to get to it. You could probably use a Windows terminal. But I'm rusty on Windows commands.

    Both the link and the .exe file names started with 0.0 in the case I'm dealing with. But they could be random. So check the startup folder first for anything that looks odd. Then delete. If your using Ubuntu, Ubuntu will create a trash folder on the hard drive which will be something like .999. So if you delete something you need by mistake you should be able to recover.

    Any way delete those files and scan with Malwarebytes. Sees to clear out the infection.
  14. TheSource1969

    TheSource1969 Valued Member

    If you want to avoid getting malware and you're on windows I suggest you try sandboxie. If you run your browser from sandboxie you will prevent spyware and virus infection. Also it's a good idea to run a vpn service like hot spot hot shield so people can't see your ip.

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