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How protected is your Computer???

My Story!!!

I thought my computer was safe.

I have had McAfee's Full protection suite on my computer since its purchase 5 years ago.

While monitoring an NT program this week, my computer suddenly shutdown, rebooted twice, then my external drive began chattering.

I knew I was in trouble. I yanked the data cable off the back of the external drive.

I then got a popup warning my computer had been compromised and that it would download the fix.

A down load window opened on its own and began importing data.

I killed the download. 10 seconds later it repeated. I killed it again. After 4 or 5 times, I removed the internet cable from the back of my computer.

The trojan program sat on my screen in a download loop waiting for its download to finish.

I ran McAfee's full scan and it detected NO PROBLEMS !!!!

I made a few calls and was told I needed to run spyware on my PC.

I had to stop the Trojan before I could do anything else.

I opened the task manager and selected processes.

I slid my mouse repeatedly over the trojan popup.

The trojan began nipping bits of CPU time and I spotted it. (Bravidx.exe)

I selected it and clicked end task. The trojan program disappeared off my computer screen.

I reconnected the internet cable and everything remained quiet.

I got online and I wasn't in the mood to do comparison shopping.

I selected and downloaded STOPzilla. I ran it on my computer over and over again.

Each time it found more problems. Euck !!!!

The fourth time, it ran clean. Total problems found and removed = 262 !!!!

Deleted all my old backups, made new ones.

RJay


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I then got a popup warning my computer had been compromised and that it would download the fix.

Sounds like that message itself is just malware/trojan to begin with. There is no such real Windows warning message to do with being "compromised" and unlikely McAfee would need to download anything to "fix" something. McAfee should quarantine and prevent the application from running, it wouldn't need to download something to do that.

Run Malware Bytes to do a malware scan:
Malwarebytes.org

I can't stand McAfee or Norton, so if it were me, I would uninstall that and install something else. I use NOD32 personally.

Also, make sure you don't use Internet Explorer. You need to use FireFox and keep it up-to-date with security patches (it will prompt to do so automatically).

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Firewall: Zonearlam "Free Edition"
Virus: Antivir "Personal Edition"
Spybot Search and Destroy for Spyware
CCleaner for Registry, Browser Cache ...

I do not use commerical products, they work together with the spys and trojans ... so the can make money with their software ...

Go with a Box into the net (mean ubuntu in xp/vista) and use a share folder or samba file server ...


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I run my Windows XP on APPLE Mac (using VMware Fusion). To ensure stronger protection against viruses, malware, etc, I still have AVIRA Premium Security Suite (very good antivirus/spyware software).

As for browser, I use Safari browser (Windows version); the latest Version 4 is a beauty and it is free. Please, use it. IE sucks.

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I can't stand McAfee or Norton, so if it were me, I would uninstall that and install something else. I use NOD32 personally.

Another vote for NOD32. I have it on all the computers in my family and we've never had one virus or trojan. Well worth it and it's the fastest virus program there is.

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We had a thunderstorm the other day and lightning struck somewhere nearby. I saw a spark shoot from my laptop and now it won't turn on. My desktop's internet hardware is broken. I had all equipment plugged into surge protectors with the exception of my modem and router, which I thought were connected to a surge protector. I wasn't on a wireless network. How do we protect ourselves from events like this besides checking to make sure no one's tampered with the surge protectors or going wireless? Are surge protectors a real safeguard?

I would recommend Mozy for backing up your computer but the jury is still out. My experience is that the backup takes FOREVER.

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Probably the best surge protector you can have is to install a surge protector with a ground on your house. You can have this installed through your electric company or have a electrician come out to install. Definitely worth the money.

If an electrician does the job you'll pay for his time plus the parts. If the electric company does the job then they'll probably install it for free and charge you a monthly fee of something like $5 a month.

If you are in an area that has allot of lightening strikes then you might consider having a ground array installed with the surge protector.

-Rich

fyi - All houses should already have a ground. Maybe there's an issue with the ground on your house. I'm not sure but I think the electric company can come and check it for free.

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I highly recommend a UPS for your PC, Router, Cable Modem, and Monitor. Everything else should bypass the UPS such as Speakers with Amps and printers. Buy one big enough to handle the wattage of your PC power supply and other devices that might be connected.

-Rich

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I highly recommend a UPS for your PC, Router, Cable Modem, and Monitor. Everything else should bypass the UPS such as Speakers with Amps and printers. Buy one big enough to handle the wattage of your PC power supply and other devices that might be connected.

-Rich

Rich, thanks for the recommendations. What is a UPS?

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Electrical surge


Hi guys,

If you live in an area where there is frequent lightning strikes ( here where I live in Florida -
alot!), you might want to look into replacing that $ 25-00 surge protector you bought at the
local hardware shop. Check this out http://www.zerosurge.com I know it seems expensive ( 2pt of profit) but well worth it.

It lets through no surge. Read up about the details of
how their product works compared to the usual sure protectors. Take it from a high voltage
electrical engineer - if you can afford it this might just be the way to go to get rid of surges.
I know I am getting one.....

my five and a half cents

Take care
Mick

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