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    i was at a friends where a normal... non tech person was using a laptop... he was trying to find where to buy something fairly specific and using the IE address bar as a google box... it kept using some random search for what was inputted and not 20 sec after i stopped watching him try to find whatever he was looking for... the computer came down with a virus (that stupid win antivi 2009 360 something) and it restarted on the spot... loading windows and a fake virus scan saying you have a bajillion viruses... pay me 50 dolla to rid them.... and you could do nothing else... locking out CMD, task manager, and anything else remotely useful for ridding viruses.......what gets me is i have NEVER had a virus... EVER.... this will be the 7th computer i have had to rid the stupid virus of this month.....



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    Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

    Originally posted by Tonk View Post
    i was at a friends where a normal... non tech person was using a laptop... he was trying to find where to buy something fairly specific and using the IE address bar as a google box... it kept using some random search for what was inputted and not 20 sec after i stopped watching him try to find whatever he was looking for... the computer came down with a virus (that stupid win antivi 2009 360 something) and it restarted on the spot... loading windows and a fake virus scan saying you have a bajillion viruses... pay me 50 dolla to rid them.... and you could do nothing else... locking out CMD, task manager, and anything else remotely useful for ridding viruses.......what gets me is i have NEVER had a virus... EVER.... this will be the 7th computer i have had to rid the stupid virus of this month.....



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    I hear you. I really do. People these days are a little dense when it comes to safe browsing. Oh well, all the more money for the smart ones. :row__593:
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      Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

      that virus seems to be going around alot. Like you i have not gotten it, but have had to remove it. Most times its just completely easier to format and start over. And when you got local shops charging 50bucks or more to remove a virus im getting lots of phone calls.
      that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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      • #4
        Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

        Did the guy not have any virus protection (scanner and resident agent) installed?
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        • #5
          Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

          Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
          Did the guy not have any virus protection (scanner and resident agent) installed?
          this virus shows up as a pop up...and before you can tell them NO..they have clickd on it and they are freaking out becuase they think they have viruses...
          that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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          • #6
            Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

            I have had on virus EVER, and I gave it to myself on purpose...

            I have had a lot of piddly things, but nothing that gave me any fits...

            I take that back... I reformatted my computer the day blaster came out, and spent the whole day thinking my hardware was bad, till I hopped on a friends computer to do some research, and found out how to fix it.
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            • #7
              Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

              I got the same popup a couple days ago and thought WDF. I actualy had to go into defender twice to check that it was BS. I guess thinking back the flashing warning should of been a tip off.
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              • #8
                Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                I get half a dozen of these across my desk every week. It's become a pretty routine infection in quite a short period of time.
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                • #9
                  Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                  Got this on my work laptop this week. The nasty part is I don't have many permissions to fix it myself. I have to send it off to our admins. Teh ****teh.

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                    Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                    I had to remove this virus from 2 computers so far. The first time it took me forever to figure it out but the second time came a little easier. Both my mother-in-law and her sister click on everything that happens to pop up on their screen which leads them to almost always having infections. As much as I tell them to not do that or to READ what they are clicking on it never helps. I think they know I will always "FIX" their computer for FREE!!
                    I just reformatted and reinstalled XP on my wifes Aunts computer Tuesday, I told her then this was going to be the last time cause it is almost every 4-6 weeks she has so much going on with her computer from virus's or trojans. She lets every Tom, Dick, Harry, Sue, Sally, and Jane get on her computer that I told her maybe they need to start working on it for her.
                    I have never had a virus on any of my computers either. Even using IE for as long as I have and hearing so many people complain that IE is a sure fire way of getting one. Any browser is going ot allow a virus on the computer with the wrong user on the computer. Wife's Aunt is prime example, I put FF on her computer in hopes it would help her out....WRONG. Funny thing about her is she asked me to put a password on her computer the time I worked on it before the last time and guess what, that was useless, everybody in the county I believe had the password.

                    All i can say is some people should have a permit in order ot own and operate a computer.

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                    • #11
                      Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                      I don't think this virus has infected any of the PCs here yet. I strictly warn my siblings and parents not to click on any pop-ups but instead of close them.

                      Luckily, I use Avast so the pop-up's attempt at imitating a resident AV agent's warning pop-up fails to trick me into clicking it (since it looks different).
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                      • #12
                        Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                        The next time you clean someone's machine with a reinstall, give them a regular user account and do NOT give them the Administrator password. Lock it down tight like a corporate box. No user software installation allowed. The worst they can do is mess up their own account. And you can blow that away next time and give them a new account, like "TyphoidMary".
                        Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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                        • #13
                          Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                          Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                          Did the guy not have any virus protection (scanner and resident agent) installed?
                          its not a virus, but a popup that fakes a scan saying rediculous amounts of viruses on c drive d drive cd drive (lol)... with a REPAIR button.... when you click the repair button... thats the link that initiates the virus....
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                          • #14
                            Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                            Originally posted by Tonk View Post
                            its not a virus, but a popup that fakes a scan saying rediculous amounts of viruses on c drive d drive cd drive (lol)... with a REPAIR button.... when you click the repair button... thats the link that initiates the virus....
                            It is a virus. The infection that generates that popup is a virus. Clicking on the repair button just makes it worse.

                            The better ones actually remap the cancel and the X button on the initial web browser popup to also install the virus, so no matter what you click you're infected. It's fun times. Most of them are pretty easy to take care of though.
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                              Re: its amazing how normal people can find viruses

                              I agree about not letting family members have admin accounts. Another option is to only let them use a VM and keep a copy. Then if anything happens they are sandboxed and it's a simple matter to delete the VM and copy over the backup. Less than a minute to be back up and running.
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