Help with virus notices!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by glennnn, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. glennnn

    glennnn Earl

    This is my first time on this forum. Be gentle. I'm not very computer savvy.

    I apologize up front, because I am sure this has been discussed ad infinitum here, but I have very little technical skill and any simple suggestions, instructions or reference to previous threads will be greatly appreciated.

    My computer is an Ellipses notebook. I keep getting "emergency" messages that my computer is "28%" infected with viruses from porn sites I have visited and I have 2 or 3 minutes to install XYZ before my sim card and all data is corrupted. I understand what malware is, but don't really know what I need and what is a scam. Are there one or two aps I should install for protection? What do you suggest?

    Thanks!
     
  2. wisconsinguy

    wisconsinguy Baron

    To go along with the question Glennn has, I get those as well, and recently an audio that I could not X out and continuously cycled. I had to shut down/restart. I also get the pop ups adds when checking out other sites such as medical sites, health sites. These also will occasionally freeze up the screen and I have to start out at ground zero. I do have my pop up blocker on. Thanks, WG2
     
  3. latbear4blk

    latbear4blk Count

    I'm not specialist, but it sounds like you do not have an antivirus software. Big mistake, specially if you are surfing porn sites.
    You probably got a harmless program smuggle red into your system to push you to purchase some bogus antivirus. Buy a good antivirus and clean your computer.
     
  4. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

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  5. sync

    sync Count

    Definitely get something. In addition to Norton I have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit Premium, and CCleaner. No paranoia here. :rolleyes:
     
  6. deej

    deej Administrator

    Kaspersky is as good as any. The important thing is to get SOMETHING immediately and let it keep itself updated!

    Note that environments are not all created equal. What works well for some (Kaspersky) is known to conflict with some ISPs. If it turns out you're one of those, there are other trusted sources. Just come back here and ask. You won't actually know if this applies to you until you've tried it.

    One other mistake I've seen from novices is thinking "if one is good I'll get several different ones". Don't do it. They just clobber each other. Pick a horse and stick with just that one.
     
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  7. glennnn

    glennnn Earl

    Done. Once again you come to my aid!
    Now I just have to EASILY install it!

    THANKS, EVERYONE
     
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  8. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    I tried to get by with one of the free ones for awhile, but eventually discovered that you get what you pay for. :(
     
  9. latbear4blk

    latbear4blk Count

    The one I like is System Mechanic Professional. It is not known, but I've been using it for almost 4 years now and my PC is clean and working fast. It is not only antivirus and malware but also a performance enhancer.
    Before SMP I had Norton and McAfee, they failed to protect my system and my PCgot major infections.
     
  10. sync

    sync Count

    Oh, No! :eek:
     
  11. wisconsinguy

    wisconsinguy Baron

    Thanks everyone for their input. Just installed Kaspersky. Got my fingers crossed!!!
     
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  12. deej

    deej Administrator

    They all have upswings and downswings. ALL OF THEM.

    It's a tough business to be in because of the constant threat from zero-day exploits. Some viruses are mutating and spreading faster than the A/V vendors can update their virus definitions. You best defense, frankly, is BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU CLICK ON.
     
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