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    I have Norton, but it ran out last week and I can't afford to renew it until payday, so the definitions won't be up-to-date. However today I got a virus somehow, and I don't know how to get rid of it. It does things like when I load up the internet, a homepage "Virus Heat" comes up, and it's added a "Security Toolbar", as well as two flashy items in my system tray, and continuous pop ups. All of this is telling my that I have a virus and need to download their software to get rid of it, but cleary this is not the case, and the thing telling me to do all of this is actually a virus itself, and is just trying to get me to download more crappy virus things.

    I have done a full system scan but Norton hasn't noticed anything, but this may be because it isn't up-to-date. Does anyone have a way that I can get rid of this virus, for free, and without resetting my whole laptop? I remember reading somewhere a while ago about some really good anti-virus software that is free to download from the internet, and doesn't **** up your pc, but I can't find it now, and I don't want to just search the internet and download something without recommendation from anyone, as I don't want any more viruses on here!

    Also, if I save my college work onto my memory stick now, will it infect my memory stick? This may be a really stupid question, but I don't know.

    So any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    download AVG.
    its awesome at getting rid of viruses.
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    What to do:

    Google AVG Virus checker, and download the free version.
    Google AVG Anti rootkit, and download the free version.
    Google AVG Anti spyware, and download the free version.

    Disconnect from the Internet, un-install Norton (It's a commercial waste of time), and install those 3 items.

    Do a full deep scan with each of the above applications, and let it do it's thing.

    Make sure you plug in every USB key you have, so that's included in the scan. Everything should be ok from there, and make sure you scan at least once every week, and let it update itself.

    Good luck.
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    You don't think Norton is good? So would you advise against renewing my subscription then? And is this free AVG thing better?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by pcok)
    You don't think Norton is good? So would you advise against renewing my subscription then? And is this free AVG thing better?

    Thanks
    are you taking the biscuit :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Dac.)
    are you taking the biscuit :rolleyes:
    Lol no, we have always had it so just seems normal to me. I didn't realise it was crap or whatever.
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    (Original post by pcok)
    You don't think Norton is good? So would you advise against renewing my subscription then? And is this free AVG thing better?

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    The reason why many people still use it is down to big stores giving it discounted when a new computer is bought or it's always installed as trial on a new computer.

    AVG is a free virus checker, along with other things, and it's better than Norton in many ways. Norton is probably the worst of them all; it does commercial things - reports keygens and pirated software as virus, and misses out on the smaller hacker exploits.

    AVG being free, and not as commercial, doesn't bother with cracked software, and always has the latest updates.
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    (Original post by pcok)
    You don't think Norton is good? So would you advise against renewing my subscription then? And is this free AVG thing better?

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    Norton is the spawn of satan of the anti-virus world. It hogs your processing power (so you machine will slug around a tad), it's poorly built and it's database of viri is poor.

    Sophus or AVG all the way.
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    Yes, I garuantee you, Norton is a waste of money. As are most commercial anti virus packages. Free things are not always worse. Infact there's plenty of free software available which is far better than programs you would pay for. AVG has a "pro" version which costs, though the only difference between this and the free version is support and other bits of software bundled in like a firewall.

    So yeah, download:

    AVG Free Edition

    And either the programs listed in Simon's post or Spybot Search and Destroy is a very nice little tool for getting rid of and protecting yourself against spyware.
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    (Original post by Kyoujin)
    And either the programs listed in Simon's post or Spybot Search and Destroy is a very nice little tool for getting rid of and protecting yourself against spyware.
    Only problem I've got with Spybot is that you can't set it to auto update/scan.
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    Thanks for all of this advice, I'm downloading AVG anti virus, anti-rootkit and anti-spyware right now. Should I get rid of Norton before I install all of this or after? Or doesn't it make a difference?
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    Download them all, don't install them yet.

    Disconnect from the internet, remove Norton - might take a while, reboot, and then install all the AVG stuff.
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    (Original post by SimonSingh)
    Download them all, don't install them yet.

    Disconnect from the internet, remove Norton - might take a while, reboot, and then install all the AVG stuff.
    Thanks I've done this. It has found two viruses, what should I do? If I delete the files that they are in, won't I lose those files too? One of them is in C:\WINDOWS\System32 so I can't get rid of that can I? They are in the Virus Vault atm, so I have the options to just leave them there, delete the files or restore the files. Which should I do?
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    pcok I had the EXACT same thing happen to me yesterday, weird, ey?

    Did AVG get rid of it? I only have the Free Anti-Virus version...

    Is zlob.downloader.vdt still on your comp?
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    (Original post by pcok)
    Thanks I've done this. It has found two viruses, what should I do? If I delete the files that they are in, won't I lose those files too? One of them is in C:\WINDOWS\System32 so I can't get rid of that can I? They are in the Virus Vault atm, so I have the options to just leave them there, delete the files or restore the files. Which should I do?
    Try to heal the files.
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    pcok I had the EXACT same thing happen to me yesterday, weird, ey?

    Did AVG get rid of it? I only have the Free Anti-Virus version...

    Is zlob.downloader.vdt still on your comp?
    Yeah it is wierd. But yeah it totally got rid of it, did exactly what SimonSingh and the others told me to do and it's totally perfect now. I thought it was all virused and that but it seems it was just spyware! But yeah AVG did the trick; I have the free Anti-Virus, free Anti-Spyware and free Anti-Rootkit and they're all great. Just run a full scan with each one and "heal" any viruses or spyware

    Oh and no that zlob thing isn't still on mine, everything's gone completely.
    (Original post by SimonSingh)
    Try to heal the files.
    Thanks mate, that's completely sorted my laptop. I'll def rep you tomorrow, or in 45mins if I'm still online & remember lol.
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    All good dude. Just remember to scan everything regulary.

    The Anti Virus will scan every morning at 7 or 8am, and then Spyware/RootKit scan every Sunday.
 
 
 
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