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Security alert

by sarrest / January 12, 2015 2:19 AM PST

My current virus protection (McAfee) will be expiring soon. I have been trying to download various virus, malware, Trojan etc programs to try as a replacement. Each time I attempt to download, I receive a message that reads, " Your current security settings will not allow this file to be downloaded." I have not changed ANY settings on my computer, and even tried to restore to an earlier time with the same results. I do not know how to proceed. Any help?

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Clarification Request
Why are you trying to download virus and malware?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 2:32 AM PST
In reply to: Security alert

Most of us will never purposely download a Trojan because the latest bad things sometimes can do deep damage.
Bob

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Why
by sarrest / January 12, 2015 3:05 AM PST

SUPPOSE I should have included the words "security, detection and removal" in my question to clarify it for those who could not deduce this from reading the question. After all, no one would purposely download any harmful programs.......DUH!

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Why I asked.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 3:10 AM PST
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Some have installed antivirus suites then go searching for virus and trojans to test their selection. I can't guess if you were one of those that wanted to test or forgot to include a few words.

There are reviews of the free and paid antivirus suites but here's the big news. WE continue to be the best defense. All the antivirus suites will not stop you from installing bad software.
Bob

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Why I asked
by sarrest / January 12, 2015 3:20 AM PST
In reply to: Why I asked.

I did not install any software. I believe I may have an infected laptop, and in trying to download any programs for virus, Trojan, malware infection detection/removal, I receive the security alert mentioned in the original post.

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Grif has a post about this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 3:28 AM PST
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Answer
How long until
by itsdigger / January 12, 2015 3:22 AM PST
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McAfee expires ? Some of these AV programs lock your computer down and won't allow you to do anything until you renew .

Digger

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How long
by sarrest / January 12, 2015 3:31 AM PST
In reply to: How long until

The subscription expires in 85 days. I have run virus scans with the installed McAfee program, and it detects nothing. The performance of my laptop ( Dell studio xps w/i5 processor ) has decreased dramatically all of a sudden and this leads me to believe it is somehow infected. I have also run scans using Malware Anti Malware program and it detects not problems.

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OK, there's the symptom.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 3:35 AM PST
In reply to: Security alert

Now that we have Grif's advice the old slowdown complaint isn't always caused by a virus/trojan/malware. Grif's advice will usually find those things but if we say were running Torrents then it will go slower.

Other tests?

Try a new Windows user account.
Bob

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