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  • From: "Stephen Sadler" <>
  • To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] off topic: computer virus
  • Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:12:53 -0800



I haven’t had success with Malwarebytes; I believe there are some fake sites that a scam (as Ernest says and I agree with)/virus (I would call such programs a virus that also scams you) will point you to.  There seem to be some infected versions as well.   Running from safe mode is great advice. 


One problem with viruses is that some of them can disable existing antivirus software, at least until the software is updated.  I’ve liked Dr. Web Cure-It because it is tests extremely well, and has removed some very intransigent malware.  The free version does need to be manually updated.  AVG will update automatically and will scan your email for viruses.  I downloaded Avira so I could transfer it onto an another infected computer.  The virus there had disabled three other antivirus programs, and seemed to be hijacking another.  I leave one antimalware program resident (auto updating) but keep others at the ready.


Ernest, I think you’re spot-on.  I know there are other great antimalware programs.   I see the for-pay version of Superantispyware updates automatically, which I think is important.  I’ve tested it before, and it seems very good.  I began to be curious when beta testing Windows Defender and comparing it to other programs. 


~ Stephen


From: [] On Behalf Of Dan Nave
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 12:47 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] off topic: computer virus


I had what sounds like this exact problem. 

I downloaded a free program from the internet called Malwarebytes from the internet to get rid of it.

I had to run it from "Safe Mode" to finally get rid of the malware.


Ernest Plutko wrote:

Go to another computer and download program from SUPERANTISPYWARE
site onto a memory thumbnail.  Download program onto your computer
and run to remove.  It probably is not a virus but a scam to make
money.  Never ever reply to ANY ad that promises to clean your
computer.  Superantispyware is a free virus and malware remover that
works very well.  Update once a week to keep up with new problems
which usually come from China and Hungary.
---- Original Message ----
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] off topic: computer virus
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:49:53 -0600
I'm sorry to bother the group with this; but I've picked up a
computer virus that I had once before and someone helped me out.  I
thought I had saved that mail--but cannot locate.  I've got something
a virus that got through the Norton--it disguises itself with a
symbol just like Microsoft's security system--and keeps popping up
with dire warnings and then trys to get you to purchase
protection.....once before someone gave me very specific directions
on how to remove.  Can you help again????  "security breach!!!!" 
"system danger"
thanks a ton for any help.....right now it is even not allowing me to
do google searches...most sincerely  Michelle Horner
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