Greetings, You Have A Virus. Viruses, trojans, spyware...the arch enemy of computer users and the prize of hackers. In this post I am going to list the most easiest ways to get rid of those pests forever, but first of all, a small checklist: -Do you have any antivirus software installed? I recommend Avast -Do you have a firewall installed? I recommend ZoneAlarm -Do you have automatic updates enabled or do you install updates regularly? Now, if you have answered yes to all of those you may proceed to scan your computer, I recommend you to download one or more of these tools. Malwarebytes - Download Spybot: Search & Destroy - Download SuperAntiSpyware - Download Do a full scan with them. If anything is found, delete them and restart your computer immediately. If that didn't work, keep reading. Look at your processes .You can view your processes by starting Task Manager and clicking the "Processes" tab. We are basically looking for any suspicious process that indicates an infection. Non-suspicious processes taskhost.exe csrss.exe nvvsvc.exe winlogon.exe svchost.exe explorer.exe If you find any process that you don't know about, multiple of the same process or a process with an unusual name/description, you may right- click >> end process. Note that it is not uncommon for there to be several svchost.exe processes. Look for active connections Go Start>Run>cmd and type netstat - wait till it lists all connections. You should see many 127.0.0 connections as well as your ip connections on the Local Address tab. They are fine. If you look under Foreign Address and find your ip, there should be "xxx.xxx.xxx.xx:80" They are fine too. That 80 is a port number, and it shows up when your internet is on. If there is many non-80 or 25 ports, close ALL programs FULLY and do this scan again. Also, look for any suspicious or unknown IP address. Retype netstat, if it is still there then it MAY be a rat or keylogger. Don't worry we will fix it. Disable the startup of a virus Go Start>run>msconfig. Then go to "startup" tab and try to find a suspicious application there. If you see something like "server.exe" uncheck it! Now the rat / keylogger wont start when the computer boots up next time. How to prevent getting a virus Download Sandboxie and run all suspicious files in it, check how many processes pops up (Sandboxie Control). Don't download everything you see and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Good luck! Damien.
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