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by csquare6 / February 1, 2009 3:15 AM PST

Hey Everyone,
I have a question about using McAfee Security Suite and other security software. I am currently using the McAfee Security Suite and I also have downloaded Malwarebytes. When I run Malwarebytes, it picks up 9 or 10 virus programs on my computer. McAfee runs daily yet it has not picked these invasions up. Should I download another security program to run along with McAfee? I am a newbie here and I am very concerned about these virus programs on my computer. I use windows XP with the service pac 3.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Maybe they are not a virus?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2009 3:48 AM PST
In reply to: Security Software

Years ago when spyware was just getting started I was lucky to be at a trade show and cornered a real Symantec employee (now they employ stunt people and models.)

Me: "Why doesn't Norton detect spyware?"
Syguy: "It's not a virus."

Me: "Thanks!"

The message was loud and clear what was going on.
Bob

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Maybe they are not a virus?
by csquare6 / February 1, 2009 4:00 AM PST

Ok, remember, I am new here. So, if it isn't a virus or spyware, what is it? What should I do to work on this? I should say that lately, when my McAfee runs a scan, sometimes I get this Your Computer is Not Protected notice. It says click Fix. When I click Fix it will run and then it may say McAfee could not fix the problem. Then, out of the blue, the green, your computer is protected page comes on.

I don't really understand all of this. I just don't want anything to happen to my computer. I should say that I have 2 computers, one is a desktop and the other is the laptop. The wireless connection is connected through the desktop.

I am getting the same message on the desktop. Thanks for your help.

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It is malware or spyware
by Donna Buenaventura / February 1, 2009 5:15 AM PST

Virus is not spyware.
Spyware is not a virus.
Trojan is not virus nor spyware.
Malware is mixed of several types.

What you should do is what you've done. By installing additional scanner. Update all the tools including Windows. Regularly scan the system using those tools.

Please note: No single scanner will detect all.

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Is it malware or spyware
by csquare6 / February 1, 2009 5:23 AM PST

Thank you. Your advice is clear and I do understand it. I wanted to ask you if you think I need to get something else to try to backup the McAfee program?

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Try antivir or avast
by Donna Buenaventura / February 1, 2009 5:30 AM PST

If you are not confident in using or not happy with McAfee software, try to use one of these as your anti-virus program:

Antivir - http://www.download.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10322935.html
Avast - http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-2239_4-10019223.html

The above are freeware.

Note: Please uninstall Mcafee using the removal tool made by them. You can get from http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100507
Or just download it right away: http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe

If you plan to install McAfee again, ensure that you have your license key stored in safe place BEFORE uninstalling it.

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Try antivir or avast
by csquare6 / February 1, 2009 5:56 AM PST
In reply to: Try antivir or avast

Thanks for your time and advice. I will consider changing my protection program.

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(NT) You're welcome. We're happy to help :)
by Donna Buenaventura / February 1, 2009 6:05 AM PST
In reply to: Try antivir or avast
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One of the wishes that came true
by Donna Buenaventura / February 1, 2009 5:11 AM PST

I also remember wishing upon a star way back then, that I wish: AV vendors include spyware detections.

They did but did not wish them to have security centers Grin

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