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Advice on adware/malware remover programs
N.Theknow

Posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:50 PM PDT by N. Theknow

Aw crap, new program loaded adware/malware program from Ads by Quiknowledge. What do FReepers recommend as removal/guard programs?


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1 posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:50 PM PDT by N. Theknow
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To: N. Theknow
http://malwaretips.com/blogs/ads-by-quiknowledge-removal/
2 posted on 03/28/2014 1:59:46 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: N. Theknow

Try Malwarebytes, and if that does not work, Microsoft Safety Scan. I have been able to get rid of most of these with one or the other.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 1:59:48 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: N. Theknow

Combofix will clean some of the most stubborn instances of malware.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 2:01:20 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: N. Theknow
'Superantispyware' is also good, in addition to Malwarebytes.

Download the free edition.

Be VERY careful when searching the Internet for virus removal programs.. Some of them contain malicious software that can really wreck your software. Go with referred programs, not 'one offs' you find from a search.

5 posted on 03/28/2014 2:04:59 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Another vote here for Malwarebytes. I am in the habit of making sure that is absolutely the first download on any mew PC.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 2:06:57 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: N. Theknow

First, never download a program that isn’t from a major supplier. I downloaded the top choice on a google search to convert youtube videos to MP3’s. It loaded Trojan.gen.2 into the operating system. That program hit several times a second. Norton would find a registry problem and “fix” it. I bought WinZip spyware removal and it would find a security disabler that Norton didn’t find. But it was all caused by this one file. It turns out Norton has a support group that cost me nothing. It took them two hours of remote access to clear out my machine. I highly recommend Norton. Then you’ll have to look for the support online. (My ISP provides Norton as part of their service. Yours probably does too, or something like it. Try there first.)


7 posted on 03/28/2014 2:10:14 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather
Did you eventually find a safe and effective way to convert youtube videos to MP3’s?
8 posted on 03/28/2014 2:15:17 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: N. Theknow

Doh! you should have used PC-Matic, now with “SuperShield”


9 posted on 03/28/2014 2:15:29 PM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: N. Theknow
First, dump Windows.
Second, get an Apple, even if it's a used one or a refurbished one, due to cost.
Third, if you must run Windows due to old programs, get Parallels.
Then finally, get Intego and if you must run Windows on a Mac, get Windows Protection (Panda) when you purchase Intego at the Intego site.
10 posted on 03/28/2014 2:16:47 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: N. Theknow

I had one of those a while back. It locked me up and popped up a window telling me the FBI had locked my files, but I could unlock it by either taking my computer to Walmart and paying $100 or entering my credit card number and paying online. It also “warned” me that attempting to unlock my computer any other way is a FELONY, and I would be subject to Federal prosecution if I did so. I have Mrs. Hugin set up as a separate user, (both of us admins) so I rebooted, logged in as her and everything worked on her account. So I deleted myself as a user, and set myself up with a slightly different name. No problems since, though I did lose all my saved files that weren’t backed up.

BTW, I have up to date Norton and it didn’t stop the attack.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 2:17:40 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Leaning Right

‘Did you eventually find a safe and effective way to convert youtube videos to MP3’s? “

No. I will never download another program that is not from a major publisher. I haven’t had a single issue since Norton fixed my machine and it operates MUCH better too.

I suppose I’d go to Best Buy and buy something. But NO freeware ever again.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 2:17:45 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: N. Theknow

Malware bytes. Excellent product and there is a fee version to try.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/


13 posted on 03/28/2014 2:18:19 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Yosemitest

yeah cause one must pay double for a mac because they are so cool


14 posted on 03/28/2014 2:22:43 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: N. Theknow

Tech Bookmark.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 2:23:25 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Hugin

Norton sucks, go with the free version of avast or avg


16 posted on 03/28/2014 2:23:44 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: N. Theknow

Google suggestions:

https://www.google.com/#q=remove+quiknowledge+ads


17 posted on 03/28/2014 2:28:08 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: driftdiver

18 posted on 03/28/2014 2:30:39 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

He installed it with software, which means he gave it permission. WHich means it wouldnt matter what OS.

And oh by the way, the mac OS has plenty of holes. ESPECIALLY when an admin presses the yes button.


19 posted on 03/28/2014 2:33:15 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I was also going to recommend Malwarebytes. http://www.cnet.com/ is a (mostly) good source for protection, and I have loved their free AdFender, but even they have some risky downloads.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 2:40:45 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thanks to everyone. Would have thanked sooner but was busy downloading, scanning and fixing computer.


21 posted on 03/28/2014 2:47:33 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: driftdiver

I’ve become a big fan of avast. Symantec is awful but McAfee is beyond that. Viper used to be good but I haven’t used it in years.


22 posted on 03/28/2014 2:51:30 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: driftdiver
With a good operating system, it will warn you BEFORE it offers you the option to install a problem program.

Also, I've run Windows from 1981 up until 2010 and the whole time, my military friends were telling me that I'd be happier with a MAC.
Like all young G.I.s I thought cheaper was better.
Finally I decided to try it, and I wish I'd have done it when I first was told to.
Boy would I have saved money on security programs, firewalls, virus protection, 2-year updates to new versions of Windows.
What an idiot I was, to hold on to Windows.

Also a very dear friend of mine got a 4 year degree in computer Science, not Computer Information Systems, and she was shocked in the programmer differences between Windows, Linux, and Mac OS II.
She told me of the Windows Operating System and how it was full of holes, never finished, and always out to sell you a "fix" or a "Newer Version".
But stick to it, if you want to waste your time AND your money.
What's it to me?
I'm just trying to save you from the mistakes I made.
23 posted on 03/28/2014 3:00:17 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: N. Theknow

I use Webroot and recommend it. Haven’t had a problem since I’ve been using it for a few years now and it is good about warning me when I try to go to websites that may contain malware.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 3:04:38 PM PDT by gawatchman
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To: Gen.Blather
VLC is free and excellent. ( 331,635 Downloads this Week)

Software from sourceforge is trustworthy, open source and they don't tolerate BS.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/vlc/?source=directory


25 posted on 03/28/2014 3:10:43 PM PDT by 867V309 (Obammy = LIAR)
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Thanks, didn’t know that. I already have it.


26 posted on 03/28/2014 3:14:54 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Leaning Right
Did you eventually find a safe and effective way to convert youtube videos to MP3’s?

I'm sorry for the General's problems.

Since 2010 I've had excellent success with Pazera MP4 to MP3. Fast and accurate conversions.

Two more tricks:

Let MP3gain analyze and adjust mp3 files so that they have the same volume. Using since 2005.

Use MPtrim to trim dead air from the beginning or end of your tracks. Using since 2005.

All of this software is FREE.

27 posted on 03/28/2014 3:16:01 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: N. Theknow

Help out your fellow FReepers. Where did the “new program” that caused you problems come from?


28 posted on 03/28/2014 3:17:21 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: N. Theknow

Malwarebytes


29 posted on 03/28/2014 3:20:51 PM PDT by FXRP
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To: N. Theknow

Malwarebytes is the best.


30 posted on 03/28/2014 3:21:04 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: N. Theknow
If you try the suggestions in this thread and are still having problems, try AdwCleaner. More free software.
31 posted on 03/28/2014 3:22:11 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: upchuck
Thank you for your MP3 post! One of the problems I've had with my MP3 collection is all the different volume levels. It looks like MP3gain might solve that.

Thanks again.

32 posted on 03/28/2014 3:23:37 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Yosemitest

I have been working with computers since 1983. I have sold them, built them, written software for and networked them. I hated Apple. I considered it overpriced, non-compatible and people who used them were stupid.

Today, between myself and my company, I own 3 iMacs, 2 Mac Pros, two Macbooks, 4 iPads, 4 iPhones, two Mac Minis, and AppleTV.

I discovered that the price/performance difference between Mac and Windows was negligible. I also discovered that software for the Mac is generally MUCH cheaper, especially when it comes to networking and business software. We have no issues with viruses, malware, registry errors, defragmenting, or any of the other maintenance chores that are a part of using Windows in a business. We have had one hardware failure, a shared storage drive, and frankly we were overtaxing it and should have used a server.

So, to your question, what good anti-malware software would I recommend? I really couldn’t tell you, I stopped using that kind of software 6 years ago when I switched to Mac.


33 posted on 03/28/2014 3:35:47 PM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: Leaning Right

Regarding MP3gain...

Don’t be afraid of it. Any changes it makes can be undone.

I decided to make all my tracks have a gain of 80.0db. It’s been so long since I made that decision that I can’t remember why I decided that, but it’s worked.

Get all your tracks converted from mp4 to mp3 and stick them in a folder. Use “Open folder” in MP3gain. Do an analysis. Then set the gain to your preferred setting and click track gain to set the gain for all the tracks.

Easy and quick to use.


34 posted on 03/28/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: N. Theknow

I’ve used spybot on all my computers for over a decade, if that means anything


35 posted on 03/28/2014 3:42:35 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: N. Theknow

Malwarebytes.


36 posted on 03/28/2014 3:57:33 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Yosemitest
Boy would I have saved money on security programs, firewalls, virus protection, 2-year updates to new versions of Windows.

I have been using windows for about 20 years, and almost all that time on discarded computers from other people, and even from the alley, but I never had to pay for any security or upgrade, or anything of that sort.

I like using free security.

37 posted on 03/28/2014 4:07:50 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: N. Theknow

Last week I had a fight with malware that my antivirus didn’t touch. The steps to remove it included digging in the registry and a lot of people said that this STILL didn’t work.

I backed up my important files on a thumbdrive and did a system restore. That corrupted OpenOffice and I had to do an uninstall/reinstall for that, then everything was alright again.


38 posted on 03/28/2014 4:28:29 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: N. Theknow

Computer technician here. Another vote for Malwarebytes to get rid of sudden, acute malware/virus attacks.

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

I use Ccleaner at work and at home to keep garbage files down to a minimum and to clean the registry. It is also a quick way to get to the programs list to uninstall stuff.

http://download.cnet.com/CCleaner/

Both programs above are on-demand programs. You need one more anti-virus program that runs at all times to act as a gatekeeper and turn away nasties before they infect you.

I use AVG at home, it’s minimally invasive and catches a LOT of stuff.

http://download.cnet.com/AVG-AntiVirus-Free-2014/3000-2239_4-10320142.html

These are pretty much all you need to keep your computer running clean and fast.

Never, NEVER go to PC-Matic or one of those other TV-advertised websites for virus protection.

Microsoft anti-virus products are generally too weak, ineffective, and are resource hogs anyway.

You will VERY occasionally need something stronger. Viruses called “rootkits” are extremely tough to get rid of. There’s a special tool for this kind of virus called TDSSKiller. It’s another on-demand program.

http://download.cnet.com/Kaspersky-TDSSKiller/3000-2239_4-75722087.html

Combofix is the equivalent of a nuke. You only want to use it as a last resort, when ALL of the above can’t kill the infection. It can seriously affect your computer’s operation if you’re not careful.

http://download.cnet.com/Combofix/3000-8022_4-75221073.html

All of the downloads above are absolutely free. MAKE SURE TO UNCHECK ANY BOXES DOWNLOADING OTHER PRODUCTS WHILE INSTALLING THE PROGRAMS! That’s how the pay for the programs, by allowing other companies to bundle their goofy toolbars and search engines in with the regular program installation.

There you go.


39 posted on 03/28/2014 4:57:21 PM PDT by angryoldfatman
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To: N. Theknow

Try “Avast” it’s free and it works’

www.avast.com


40 posted on 03/28/2014 5:15:48 PM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: N. Theknow

Hitman Pro was the only thing that worked when I got a “FBI Warning” ransomware worm. I run ESET, malwarebytes, and superantispyware too.


41 posted on 03/28/2014 7:03:29 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Hugin

Download Hitman Pro and install it... get yourself a thumbdrive and create a boot drive on it with Hitman... search Youtube there is a good walkthrough there with a guy with a European accent... it is the only thing I have used to get rid of these “FBI” ransomware worms.


42 posted on 03/28/2014 7:09:49 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: N. Theknow

bump...


43 posted on 03/28/2014 7:14:22 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Crusher138
Well, first, it's not my question.
It's N. Theknow's question.

Second, after 30 years of dealing with Window's problems, I haven't given up the crutch of a good security program.
Maybe I will over time.
But some of my comments have drawn "serious" blow-back.

But, I congratulate you on your confidence with Apple/Mac.
I'm getting there.
44 posted on 03/28/2014 8:05:08 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: ansel12

To each ... his own.


45 posted on 03/28/2014 8:06:51 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: N. Theknow

STOP, DO NOT JUST DOWNLOAD/INSTALL/RUN PROGRAMS PEOPLE SAY.

Combofix/SuperAntiSpyware are both very powerful programs that can damage your drive/files if you aren’t careful. If Malwarebytes or the other basic cleaners can’t handle it, Try Google searching your specific problem and use a guide from www.bleepingcomputer.com (is your best option), or majorgeek.com, or maybe 1-2 other guide sites.


46 posted on 03/28/2014 8:07:34 PM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: Yosemitest
Boy would I have saved money on security programs, firewalls, virus protection, 2-year updates to new versions of Windows. What an idiot I was, to hold on to Windows.

I just didn't see why you felt the need to pay for everything that was free, or how you found a way to pay to upgrade your OS every two years.

47 posted on 03/28/2014 8:12:30 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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Bookmark


48 posted on 03/28/2014 9:56:24 PM PDT by lysie
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To: upchuck

How do you convert acc to mp3?


49 posted on 03/28/2014 10:05:02 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Yosemitest

Yah... Apple computers are so secure you never have to run any antivirus or anti malware.

Botnets depend on this sort of arrogance. Apple computers are unix computers, and so 99+ percent of them worldwide are unpatched and running no anti malware apps because their owners don’t think they need to. Makes them just beautiful targets for Botnets. And nobody ever knows they were there.


50 posted on 03/28/2014 10:44:29 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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