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BeyondtheVeil
31-03-2010, 07:24
I have had two attempts {last night/early this morning and today}while being on this site at having a virus try to automatically download something to my computer. We have a good security program that requires a code that has prevented it from happening. I am just wanting to know if you are aware of it.


Thanks! :)
BeyondtheVeil

Solandia
31-03-2010, 11:33
Hi BeyondtheVeil, thanks for the report. What page on Aeclectic were you looking at when you got the virus alert?

~ Solandia

BeyondtheVeil
31-03-2010, 14:18
It was on the New Members and answering PMs.

Grizabella
01-04-2010, 12:08
Oh great! I've been in new members and PM's both but didn't have any virus report but I just use the Avast free version. I do try to keep it updated, though. Do I have cause to worry?

BeyondtheVeil
01-04-2010, 12:10
Oh great! I've been in new members and PM's both but didn't have any virus report but I just use the Avast free version. I do try to keep it updated, though. Do I have cause to worry?

It hasn't done it today.. so maybe it is gone? Just don't click on any things that pop up. Try to Alt F4 it closed. Or control Shift Esc.

Solandia
01-04-2010, 15:59
It's unlikely that the virus alert was due to Aeclectic itself, but it's always a good idea to be careful about links that lead off-site.

Ashtaroot
01-04-2010, 16:02
It happened to me also for the last 2 days everytime I get on AT i get it and my FW blocks it I meant to say something too but it did not happen today yet.
I don't remember the page I was on probably one of the threads

canid
01-04-2010, 21:53
I'm always getting infected & think I am now because I can't print from any programs, just PDFs & the test page. I don't think it's from here, it's probably from all that porn I've been reading...

Emily
02-04-2010, 00:53
I think something is going round the net - Hubby had to take his laptop in yesterday because of something that got installed, he didn't install it. It was a fake anti-virus programme, kept trying to change the registry on his laptop, take him online, throwing alerts left right and centre - took the shop almost a day to get it off. They said that Norton's wasn't as good as its supposed to be.

This morning my google search was being re-directed to a couple of other search sites - one was called myshovel, I searched out and found it was spyware - Norton was running on both my and hubby's machine and didn't pick or recognise either. I had to download AVG Free and ran that and it picked up this trojan/spyware that was on mine and I deleted it off.

Then just to cap things off, my son has just managed to pick some kind of virus up too - Norton stopped that but by then I'd had enough - I downloaded AVG onto son's laptop, ran that scan and left it on. I've took Norton's off his. We'll see how he gets on with AVG and next time I'll buy the software instead of having the free one.

I've kept the Norton's on mine and hubby's laptops but I don't think I'll be renewing the license.

If you think you have something on your pc, disable your anti-virus programme then download AVG, let it install - it will tell you about the conflict with your anti-virus but let it install anyway, just don't run the two programmes at the same time. Let AVG optimize then scan. It took me about an hour. But when I was finished I uninstalled AVG, first I deleted the trojan from the virus vault then uninstalled AVG - it uninstalled cleanly then I went back to Nortons - mainly because I still have nearly 10 months of the license to run :( or I wouldn't be using it.

If I have to do this again, then I won't be using Nortons again. It should have picked up this trojan and it didn't, yet a free little anti-virus programme found it.

gregory
02-04-2010, 01:42
Neither AVG nor AdAware has complained to me about this site. Then again - my connection here is so slow that maybe it gave up trying to infect me...;)

Mozilla's site alert hasn't said a word, either.

BeyondtheVeil
02-04-2010, 02:43
I'm always getting infected & think I am now because I can't print from any programs, just PDFs & the test page. I don't think it's from here, it's probably from all that porn I've been reading...


:bugeyed: :laugh: You are hilarious! Hmm.. maybe that is what happened to me too? :D Just joking! LOL

BeyondtheVeil
02-04-2010, 03:09
Neither AVG nor AdAware has complained to me about this site. Then again - my connection here is so slow that maybe it gave up trying to infect me...;)

Mozilla's site alert hasn't said a word, either.


It isn't that a warning was sent saying that the computer was infected. I was saying that when I came onto THIS site, that a virus "was trying to download" something to my computer. It did not succeed because of the safeguards set up by my partner. That is why there is no virus on the computer, thank God. So.. it isn't that a virus is on my computer. The virus was trying to download, so no virus will show up on any software. {If that makes sense}. I was saying that a virus was trying to download while I was on this site. I was giving a warning. It is definitely from AT as I haven't been on any other board in over a month. I was hoping that by warning people.. they could protect their computer from getting it taken over. I also did not get a warning from our virus protection software because it didn't get to download. I don't have a virus on my computer. I had 2 attempts, while on AT, of a virus trying to download from some popups. Luckily, it didn't succeed. I was just trying to make aware of the situation so that it doesn't infect other people's computers. I just thought a friendly heads-up was appropriate. I know that I would appreciate knowing about any possible viruses. My partner said it would be from this site... not my computer... so that is why I was letting Tech support know. I thought they would want to check into it to protect their members and visitors.


BeyondtheVeil

BeyondtheVeil
02-04-2010, 03:11
Then again - my connection here is so slow that maybe it gave up trying to infect me...;)




:laugh: I was hoping that the pop ups stopped because of the frustration it was having not being able to download to our computer! lol After a couple of days and posting here... it hasn't happened again. Hopefully it is gone! :)

BeyondtheVeil
02-04-2010, 03:13
It's unlikely that the virus alert was due to Aeclectic itself, but it's always a good idea to be careful about links that lead off-site.

It wasn't a link that led offsite. It looked like a real Microsoft update/protection pop up. It just popped up after clicking into the New Members board. It could have also been on another board here, but honestly I don't remember. I am kind of all over the AT boards. lol

BeyondtheVeil
02-04-2010, 03:14
It happened to me also for the last 2 days everytime I get on AT i get it and my FW blocks it I meant to say something too but it did not happen today yet.
I don't remember the page I was on probably one of the threads


Yes.. that sounds exactly what was happening to me.

BeyondtheVeil
02-04-2010, 03:15
I'm always getting infected & think I am now because I can't print from any programs, just PDFs & the test page.

Run your virus scan for the entire computer. Hopefully it will remove any viruses it finds.

BeyondtheVeil
02-04-2010, 03:32
I think something is going round the net - Hubby had to take his laptop in yesterday because of something that got installed, he didn't install it. It was a fake anti-virus programme, kept trying to change the registry on his laptop, take him online, throwing alerts left right and centre - took the shop almost a day to get it off. They said that Norton's wasn't as good as its supposed to be.

This morning my google search was being re-directed to a couple of other search sites - one was called myshovel, I searched out and found it was spyware - Norton was running on both my and hubby's machine and didn't pick or recognise either. I had to download AVG Free and ran that and it picked up this trojan/spyware that was on mine and I deleted it off.

Then just to cap things off, my son has just managed to pick some kind of virus up too - Norton stopped that but by then I'd had enough - I downloaded AVG onto son's laptop, ran that scan and left it on. I've took Norton's off his. We'll see how he gets on with AVG and next time I'll buy the software instead of having the free one.

I've kept the Norton's on mine and hubby's laptops but I don't think I'll be renewing the license.

If you think you have something on your pc, disable your anti-virus programme then download AVG, let it install - it will tell you about the conflict with your anti-virus but let it install anyway, just don't run the two programmes at the same time. Let AVG optimize then scan. It took me about an hour. But when I was finished I uninstalled AVG, first I deleted the trojan from the virus vault then uninstalled AVG - it uninstalled cleanly then I went back to Nortons - mainly because I still have nearly 10 months of the license to run :( or I wouldn't be using it.

If I have to do this again, then I won't be using Nortons again. It should have picked up this trojan and it didn't, yet a free little anti-virus programme found it.


We have the free one also. :) My partner is a computer programmer...so he finds and uses the best at the moment. {Or makes our own}. It is funny that FREE does seem to work best in this case. We also have other security measures to prevent unwanted downloading of viruses, etc. If we didn't have that in place.. I am pretty sure the computer would have a virus from these pop ups. If you can prevent anything from downloading to your computer automatically.. that would be another great way at prevention. I have no experience with computers {except email and chat boards :laugh:} but those seem to work for us.

I am so glad that you were able to get the Trojan off the computer.
Thanks for putting what helped you so that others may have ideas too! :heart:

BeyondtheVeil

Emily
02-04-2010, 07:45
I know, I found it a little ironic that AVG free managed to clean my pc when I pay for the most expensive Nortons and it takes a lot of memory up too.

I moved from McAfee for the same reason, I managed to pick something up really nasty and I used AVG free then, doing what I did today, downloading it then uninstalling when it had dealt with the virus. I should really have bought AVG then but went for Nortons instead because it had the back up facility.

AVG Free even has the little safe search facility now, checks the websites when you search, I had to tweak the settings a little for my son but he's keeping it on for now to see how it goes.

Astraea
02-04-2010, 08:39
For what it's worth, my PC became infested with viruses while I was still using Norton, and every tech I talked to (five in all) told me that AVG is the best antivirus/antispyware program going. One tech told me that Norton actually behaves like a virus on the computer, installing files all over the hard disk, taking up tons of memory, slowing down operations and even preventing legitimate programs from loading and/or opening - not to mention the fact that it allows many, many viruses and spyware to get through.

In order to get Norton completely off your computer, it isn't enough just to uninstall it - that still leaves files in places where you can't get at them. A separate utility has to be run in order to completely delete Norton. It's available through the Symantec site, but I don't know how to locate it there - I had to take my PC to the shop and have my hard disk completely cleaned of viruses and spyware, and I had them remove Norton at the same time.

I spent a fortune over the years keeping Norton updated, and in the end it almost wrecked my computer. This is my personal tale of woe - might not apply to anyone else, but thought I'd pass it along!

gregory
02-04-2010, 09:44
FWIW I had a similar experience with McAfee. UP WITH AVG ! (also AdAware which once picked up malware that EVERYTHING else missed. Well - to be fair AVG picked it up - but it reinstalled itself with every reboot and only AdAware put a stop to that.)

canid
02-04-2010, 09:55
I did hear last week that Facebook was a big culprit for bugs - especially those enticing (not) games & tests & such.

gregory
02-04-2010, 10:25
I did hear last week that Facebook was a big culprit for bugs - especially those enticing (not) games & tests & such.
Understatement of the millennium. Worse yet is Kazaa....

irisa
02-04-2010, 19:04
Avast (way better than AVG and free) and Ad-Aware don't complain for me here. But as well as the viruses roaming the net some anti-virus/anti-spyware can be a little over zealous too. I have a game launcher Ad-Aware insists is a trojan - I know it's not.

irisa :)