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How many are to many

by ethellm / January 29, 2006 10:55 PM PST

I checked my moms puters virus Count & since 12-12-05 she has had 42. Is this a high number? My younger brother is always on it in what I consider "risky" sites.I have some protection but just once last week did it find one in a email. Otherwise in2 years Iv'e never had one. I'm afraid he'll ruin moms puter which I can't believe she bought.It is horrible slow now with all the things he has downloaded. She has XP & it's a Hp 2 Yr. old. I'm looking on here for help to speed it up.

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Hi ethellm
by roddy32 / January 30, 2006 12:58 AM PST
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42 viruses in 2 months? Yes, I would say that is high. ONE is too high. As far as cleaning up your mom's computer, we would need more information about what it is infected with for starters. If it is that slow, obviously all the malware has not been removed yet. You've also got to teach your brother safer computing habits or he'll get it infected again the next time he uses it after you spend days cleaning it up. Exactly what programs does she have on the computer now for viruses/sypware/adware/etc.?

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More protection if not present
by Willy / January 30, 2006 1:26 AM PST
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IMHO, even 1 is too many. Be thankful that whatever AV pgm. your Mom is using is doing its job or trying to. Yeah, it can be slowed down if things get too bogged with any malware. As you see, a manual cleaning is always welcomed plus you see what you're up against. Understand further, that some malware can return as its saved or stored in areas that aren't easily cleaned on a normal basis like the "Restore area" or pgms. relaunched as needed for some goodies but the malware is part of it. -OR- the goodie is decent but the "false postive or true postive" is low risk but never-the-less trips the AV pgm.. This alone makes sense to have an AV pgm. but also some spyware pgm. like SpyBot S&D or similar, a firewall, plus maybe an aggresive cleaner to help keep the registry in balance if alot of pgms. are loaded/unloaded. I'm sure your bother is taking chances, knowingly or unknowingly at sites that are iffy if not bad news, so beware and check more protection pgms. It would hurt to have an acct. only for your bother vs. using the Mom's acct. so at least you can blame who's at fault. Sad

tada -----Willy Happy

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Thanks Guys!!!
by ethellm / January 30, 2006 2:02 AM PST

I will be there later today and am going to run Belarc Advisor so I will have more info. But THANKS SOOO MUCH. Ta Ta For Now, Tracey

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Tracey, that will tell us what
by roddy32 / January 30, 2006 3:08 AM PST
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programs. It would also help if you can find out exactly what the computer is infected with so see if you can run an online scan also.
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

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Here's a Link to a Page With All You'll Need (Free or Trial)
by tobeach / January 30, 2006 2:16 PM PST
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