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Old 05-15-2015, 04:15 PM
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My boyfriend is at it again with infecting his computer. I don't really want to start a whole new thread about it, I just have a couple questions.

I just want to know if anyone has heard of a browser hijacker or virus that displays an eyeball in the search bar. Googling has only found something called Eye Perform which sounds suspicious but I'm not sure if it's what he's seeing.

Also, has anyone used something called Spyware Blaster? My googling for an answer came up with a page that recommended it for preventing infections. It has a decent rating on C-net and I am hoping it might help keep him from getting re-infected but his problem is he falls for stupid stuff and clicks on it and even most antivirus programs can't protect you when you agree to install crap.

Or do you have any other recommendations for something to prevent infections? For the record he had AVG installed and ad block plus installed in firefox, neither prevented him getting infected and whatever it is disabled them.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:09 PM
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SpywareBlaster is a good tool to add to your security arsenal, but it is not a comprehensive anti-malware program. It downloads a list of known malware websites and programs and puts it in your restricted websites list so it prevents downloads from those URLs. It gets updated once a month, which must be done manually unless you pay the $14.95 for autoupdate.

If you are going to pay for protection, consider MalwareBytes Premium, $24.95 per year which covers up to 3 PCs. It targets common adware and spyware before it can install itself. MalwareBytes also offers a realtime anti-exploit program that plugs security holes in your browser that may let spyware install itself.

Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet that can protect a PC from all threats. The belt and suspenders approach, utilizing several compatible security programs yields the best results, IMHO.
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:40 PM
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BEST way is to stay off of the net with all but chromebook

there's almost no memory to invade. Linux based, there's very little malware, etc, written for it. doing a "powerwash" resets the computer to factory new status, but saves your files and favorites. I used to have problems every week, having to have 2-3 laptops just to keep ONE working. Now, with my little chromebook, I have no pc problems at all.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:40 PM
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u know what works a LOT better, guys? Just dont go on the net with anything but a chromebook. It's basically Linux, never has a problem, it's GOT no computing capability and nobody writes much in the way of bad stuff for it. :-) $150 at wally's. do a simple, one button 'powerwash" now and then, and that resets the netbook to factory specs, but won't delete your favorites or your docs. I've had no problems now in 6 months with it and I had NOTHING BUT trouble with several laptops before that.
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Old 07-01-2015, 06:20 AM
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My boyfriend is at it again with infecting his computer. I don't really want to start a whole new thread about it, I just have a couple questions.

I just want to know if anyone has heard of a browser hijacker or virus that displays an eyeball in the search bar. Googling has only found something called Eye Perform which sounds suspicious but I'm not sure if it's what he's seeing.
Sounds like it's malware called Navidad. Except that in this case it's working.
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:11 PM
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Install Adblock Plus and Privacy Badger.

https://adblockplus.org/

https://www.eff.org/privacybadger

Nuff said.

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Old 05-01-2016, 11:54 AM
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I have

1) Malwarebytes

2) Superantispyware

3) Sandboxie

4) Ccleaner
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Old 05-01-2016, 11:55 AM
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Install Adblock Plus

https://adblockplus.org/
Installed. But do these programs slow down the computer?
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Old 11-03-2016, 02:05 AM
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Installed. But do these programs slow down the computer?
No, adblock plus won't effect performance at all.
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Old 11-17-2016, 05:04 PM
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No, adblock plus won't effect performance at all.
That is incorrect.
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:30 AM
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I have Adblock, CCleaner, Avast & still got something ~have to remove everything,
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Do any of these things work against the recent attacks last week?
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There have been some recent questions about Kaspersky because of some association with the Russian government:
http://www.latimes.com/business/tech...918-story.html
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:00 PM
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There have been some recent questions about Kaspersky because of some association with the Russian government:
http://www.latimes.com/business/tech...918-story.html
In my humble opinion Kaspersky is the best I've had. Certainly beats McAfee and Norton.
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Old 10-22-2017, 02:49 PM
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I don't have much money for personal use. My purchased windows 10 laptop with Windows Security Centre (former Windows Security Essentials and Windows Defender). It's free from Microsoft. That's good for me.
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:09 PM
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I have Kaspersky and have had it for years. It runs a quick scan every day. Do I still need, for example, Malwarebytes, and other anti-malware software?
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Old 11-28-2017, 05:34 AM
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Many people skip the safe mode scan.... Don't!
The nastiest virii tend to hide in the boot sections or as rookits attached to processes. The only way to remove many of these is a scan in safe mode
Instead, suggest some tools to avoid hacking
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:04 PM
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Instead, suggest some tools to avoid hacking
You cant avoid it you can make it difficult , make sure there is nothing of real value but at some stage you will get hacked. Might already have been and probably by a bot here a really good ol read on it @)!& is at the bottom of the post https://hostingfacts.com/internet-facts-stats-2016/
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:14 PM
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Or do you have any other recommendations for something to prevent infections?
Firstly, forbid your boyfriend from clicking about on porn sites while using your computer. He'll kick and scream, while vociferously denying that he has anything to do with pronography of any kind. He is, of course, lying.

If you're truly interested about eliminating spyware and malware from your life forever, consider wiping out whatever Windows version you're using and installing Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Shelling out your hard-earned money for some sort of antivirus software is a terrible idea, as it in no way guarantees your safety while lulling you into a false sense of security. These companies also gather your personal information and can themselves be hacked.
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:51 PM
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ATF Cleaner
Note: Run this first to clean out all temporary files. This will greatly reduce scan time.
Would you advice me to download it if I have CCleaner already?
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Old 03-15-2018, 11:49 AM
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1) It is never too redundant to point out that the best and first line of defense is an educated and judicious user.
2) Keep your antivirus/malware software updated at all times.
3) Beware of email attachments and links!
4) If you get any popups telling you that you have a virus and to click "here" for help, DON'T. That IS the virus.
5) If your computer and its contents are at all important to you, do NOT let your children use it. Trust me, if I wanted to sabotage the
Russian computer infrastructure, I wouldn't use the CIA. I'd send an 8th grade class over there on a field trip instead.
6) Employ the X-Files philosophy: "Assume nothing; trust no one."
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Old 05-22-2018, 10:52 AM
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If you are going to work and do a lot of browsing on the Internet, the first thing you need to learn is how to take care of your computer.

It is far better that you take the trouble to look after your computer regularly, rather than have it freeze or crash when you lose everything on it, at which time you'll have to pay out a lot to have it fixed.

Here are some tips to prevent disasters:

1) Set your virus checker to update itself automatically. This way, it is always updated with the latest protection.

2) Scan your computer daily when you finish working on it.

3) If on a certain day you happen to download many pages, software, programs, zipped files, exe files, etc., immediately after downloading everything, scan your computer. This way, just in case a virus existed in anything you downloaded, you will catch it in time before it infects your entire Hard Drive.

4) Use your online scanner to scan your computer once a week.

5) Use your adware/spyware checker once a week.

6) Do not open any attachments in emails from people you do not know.

7) Do not open any attachments even from people you do know, if you are not expecting anything from them.

8) A virus could replicate itself to everyone on the address book and send itself out by email, without the owner even knowing this has been done.

9) Do not download free music on the Internet - these free sites are always infected.

10) Do not download any free games from the Internet.

11) Adult sites are particularly prone to viruses.

12) Back up all your data on a daily basis. Use floppy disks, flash drives, memory sticks, zip disks, CD-Roms, etc.

13) Print out contracts, payment forms, agreements and all legal documents and file them away in a ring-binder.

14) Try not to keep anything to do with your finances, payment details, payment processor passwords, credit card details, etc. on your computer.

15) A hacker could easily access all these details, if they are anywhere on your computer.
Sadly, despite all these precautions your computer might still get infected, as the people who invent these malicious programs are getting even sneakier.

When this happens, the easiest way to rid your computer of a virus is by rebooting your computer. This is not as difficult as it may sound, and if you learn how to do this yourself you could save yourself hundreds of dollars in repair bills.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:20 AM
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14) Try not to keep anything to do with your finances, payment details, payment processor passwords, credit card details, etc. on your computer.
This would render your computer pretty useless if you can't use your credit cards to make purchases, or check banking information.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:17 PM
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When this happens, the easiest way to rid your computer of a virus is by rebooting your computer. This is not as difficult as it may sound, and if you learn how to do this yourself you could save yourself hundreds of dollars in repair bills.
You clearly mean something more than just restarting, right?
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:36 PM
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I suspect he means something more along the lines of re-installing the OS. Which, yes, if you had the foresight to make a re-install/recovery flash drive AND didn't lose it, or bought your computer so long ago that it came with actual OS installation CDs, and you kept regular backups of your data that are time stamped so you can retrieve a backup that is prior to the infection, you can simply reinstall the OS and copy over your backup.

Not a lot of home computer users do that, though.
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