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Chevron 7 locke 03-31-2009 08:28 PM

Virus problems with Vista.
Hey Guys,

My computer has tracking cokies on it. And I have been led to believe I may have Conficker and a few other viruses on it.

The only Anti-Virus systems I have are Windows Defender and AVG anti-virus, and neither of them seem to be able to get rid of the tracking cookies. It catches them and then throws them in the virus vault, but then when I scan the computer again, the tracking cookies are still on my computer.

Any help would be appreciated.

Q 04-01-2009 01:02 AM

AVG's not a bad antivirus. Has it picked up any viruses? If not, then I wouldn't worry about it.

Windows Defender is not enough (not even close), as you have found out. I still use it, but I consider it to be little better than worthless. Don't worry, though, because here are a few free programs that can remove those cookies and can help keep new ones out.

1) SuperAntiSpyware:
My primary scanner. IMO, this is the best free antispyware scanner out there. It's interface isn't bloated, and the updates are still relatively compact, which is important to me, because I'm still stuck with dialup. :swear:

2) Ad-Aware:
My backup scanner. It's gotten a bit too bloated for my taste (SE was so much better :(), but I still use its scanner from time to time as a backup for SuperAntiSpyware's. There are times when it detects stuff that SuperAntiSpyware misses.

*You will only need to update these scanners with new definitions right before you use them to scan your computer, which should be about once a week. Of course you're going to want to update them and scan your computer immediately after installation as well. Don't be surprised if/when they find a ton of spyware/malware on their first scan.

Passive Protection (makes your browser(s) reject spyware cookies and other malware):
1) Spybot-Search&Destroy:
This one is well-known and has become an almost-universal standard. It has a scanner, but you won't have to use it very often. Basically, you'll only have to use the scanner when you first install Spybot-S&D and then only after major updates when it suggests it. The most important part of this software is the immunization that it gives to your browser(s).

2) SpywareBlaster:
Doesn't have a scanner, but it basically does the same thing as Spybot-S&D in providing immunization for your browser(s). I've always used both and they have never conflicted with each other.

*You should check for updates (you'll have to do it manually) for these 2 programs every 3 days to keep their immunization databases up to date. They won't block all of the spyware/malware (nothing does), so it's still a good idea to use the scanners once a week.

This should help you out a lot. Just remember to keep everything up to date and scan once a week and you'll be fine. :)

Astrotoy7 04-01-2009 09:07 AM

malware comes in all shapes and forms nowdays. Q's suggestions are a great place to start.

AVG seems pretty good from most reports. I use avast myself, and have never had any issues. Im not a fan of windows defender personally.

Thinking about what got you those virii are important too. Our browsing habits earn us this malware and when we stray into teh shadier parts of the interwebs, the chances of it are much higher. I iften recommend the WOT(web of trust) extension in firefox, it often tells you if you are getting to places with dodgy certificates or where others have had trouble, by a simply colour coding system.

Good luck. Ive got a virus meself atm... but actually in me, not the compy :(

*blows nose, gets back under blankie*


Chevron 7 locke 04-01-2009 02:23 PM

Thanks Q. I hope that first one does the trick.

Q 04-01-2009 02:35 PM

You're welcome. :)

It works best when all 4 are used together.

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