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Should i be worried

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by buggi, 4 May 2008.

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  1. Has my Computer got a virus

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  2. Is it a con to get me to pay £50

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  1. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    Well, reading the Dream Girl thread i got a bit curious and decided to look up Cherokee. Then my computer crashed!!!! and when i logged back on there was some antispy software thing come up (winreanimator), which I ran and it told me i had 39 viruses, 34 of which are critical and i should "register now" (only £49.95!!!) to get rid of them as my computer could be subject to system crashes (amongst a list of other things)

    ... since which time my computer had shut down of its own accord another two times.

    so...

    (a) has my computer really got a virus???

    (:angry: is this just a con to get me to pay 50 quid.
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    It's a con, I've had loads of these.

    Assuming you have anti-virus software run it just to make sure. if you haven't, there is plenty of free stuff such as AVG or Avast which will do a good job.
     
  3. Sounds like a con to me.

    You could down load a free piece of software to check if you are ok. I'm using AVAST.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    the shutting down bit is a bit worrying.

    As Joe said, if you have no antivirus software download AVG and run that. You should get ad-aware as well while you're at it.

    And it's not a bad thing to install the Google toolbar. This will stop your pop-ups.
     
  5. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    a) Probably

    :angry: Definitely

    Reinstall windows, making sure you completely format the hard drive in the process, then install AVG, switch the windows firewall on and do windows update as soon as possible.
     
  7. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Don't forget you will need to back up of all your personal files before formatting the drive or you will lose everything.:angry:
     
  8. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I know it costs money but I find Norton worth the costs and it helps to keep away most of the troubles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    What are you running?
    Vista works with Norton and AVG.
    AOL works with McAfee only.
    McAfee does not work with Vista.

    I use an old desktop to install my AOL with McAfee and WinXP to get my broadband running. I then run AVG on my Vista laptop and access my internet on Internet Explorer and get my AOL emails online.

    I think you do need to virus check your pc but AVG will do and it is free.
     
  10. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I have been running AOL with Norton for two years with no problems. I think there may have been compatibility problems a good while back, but that seems to have been sorted.
     
  11. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Oh yes it does. I'm running it on here.


    Buggi, while it may come down to having to reformat your hard-drive, this isn't necessarily the case. You're better off trying the simple solutions first as described. Only if these don't work should you go down the road of a reformat.
     
  12. Rab

    Rab Über Member

    Sorry to hijack this thread

    My mcafee subscription has just expired, I was thinking of installing AVG, do I need to do anything other than uninstall Mcafee (i.e I don't need to reformat hardrive and reinstall windows etc)

    Is AVG as good as mcafee? or...is it better?
     
  13. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    Buggi, you should be very, very worried. I'll pop aroud and hold your hand until it's all sorted;)
     
  14. Desert Orchid

    Desert Orchid Senior Member

    Location:
    Ibiza of the North
    Rab, no need to format or reinstall.
    is Avg better? well it's free and does a good job for most peoples needs.
    of equal importance is a firewall, zone alarm is also free and recommended,
    of the anti spyware progs adaware and spybot search and destroy are good and free.
    as most malicious stuff is written to attack / exploit Windoze it might be useful to use Firefox as a browser, thunderbird for mail and videolan to play all your videos and music.
     
  15. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Sorry dude!