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Bloodhound virus & annoying Spyware & Addware

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Alex Wright, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Alex Wright

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    Hi all,

    I am being bombarded with popup ads, seeing new toolbars in my browser, and my home page keeps changing to unwanted destinations, it's all driving me mad. Apparantely my computer also has a bloodhound virus and my identity is under threat.

    How do I get rid of the above? I have lots of programmes that keep installing themselves on my computer offering free scans but I'm not interested in them I want something that's going to get rid of the virus, spam, adware and spyware for good.

    Please help.

    Alex
     
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  2. Boycie
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    Alex,

    Boot in to Safe Mode. Turn off System restore. Use your chosen Anti virus and Spyware tools to <do their best> and report back.

    Si
     
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  3. zxspectrum

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    Aye keep us informed of this one please, ive never heard of the bloodhound virus
     
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  4. zimbo
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    what antivirus and spyware tools you using btw?
     
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  5. Alex Wright

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    Hi Zimbo,

    I'm not to sure to be honest. I have no computer security literacy whatsoever. Unfortunately I'm at work at the moment and not at home on the computer with the virus.

    Will return soon with some news.

    Alex
     
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  6. Alex Wright

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  7. zimbo
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    if it does what it says i would try backup data and format... some viruses just dont clean properly and for crying out loud dont use Nortons ill bet my life on it that you will still have a problem with viruses once nortons says you clean...
     
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  8. Alex Wright

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    Zimbo now I'm really starting to panick.

    Can you tell me exactly what I should do when I get home and put it in layman's terms as I have no knowledge of computer security whatsoever.

    Alex
     
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  9. zimbo
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    so you dont know if you have an antivirus or not? well then you will have to download some trials of some tools to help... and not need to panic your machine might not be that bad and the link you gave us could just be blowing it out of the water....
     
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  10. Baba O'Riley

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    Anyone ever heard of this? I certainly haven't!
     
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  11. Alex Wright

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    My computer came with software called Madesafe Antivirus. Does this mean I'll not need to bother purchasing something like Norton and is this software able to delete a bloodhound virus?
     
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  12. zimbo
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    never heard of it to be honest.... are you updates ok? if so boot into safe mode (by pressing F8 before Windows boots up - so you will need to restart) and run a scan in safe mode.
     
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  13. Sparky
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    All of the above except I would try a system restore first to before the PC started playing up, do this in safe mode.

    If it doesnt help then disable sys restore and try a full system scan in safe mode. 8)
     
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  14. Alex Wright

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    Sorry Sparky,

    What do you mean when you say a full system scan? What exactly do I do After I restart my computer? Do I press F8 as it's reloading? Then is there an option to do a full system scan?

    Thanks

    Alex
     
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  15. Sparky
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    Press F8 just before the Windows splash screen appears,then select safe mode at menu that appears.

    When you log on to Windows select 'No' when Windows prompts you and this will start system restore. Select a suitable date before you started having virus problems.

    The system will restore.

    After an automatic restart log back into Windows, you will then get a message telling you if the restore was a success or not. If it was then check the PC is ok.

    If the PC is playing up start Windows in safe mode again and start your AV software, there should be an option for 'full system scan' in there. Do this and let the scan complete (this may take a while)

    Reboot.

    Log back into Windows and check the PC :biggrin
     
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  16. Alex Wright

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    And if the restore was a success then it means my PC is ok and virus free!!??
     
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  17. Sparky
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    Cant say for sure mate, you will have to test it :biggrin
     
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  18. Alex Wright

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    Well you've been a great help Sparky I'll let you know how I get on! :)
     
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  19. Sparky
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    Best of luck 8)
     
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  20. Alex Wright

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    Sparky my good man.

    Done what you said and everything now appears to be fine! Thanks for your help - I'll have to buy you a pint the next time I'm down in Scotland.

    Keep up the good work pal! :clap :clap

    Very grateful Alex.....
     
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