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Trojan attack

May 15th, 2006 · No Comments · Eduspaces

I have just spent the whole weekend trying to clean a new PC of various spys,  malware, viruses etc. The worst one kept hijacking my browser home page so it went to a site selling antispy software. It also produced false Windows security messages and even changed my desktop image to one that looks like a blue screen of death. I also got advert windows popping up even when not on-line. All invited me to download software of one sort or another. Windows Defender found nothing. Spy Doctor (a PCtools product and highly rated) found 81 infections but wants a credit card number to register and clean. For obvious reasons I am not keen to enter my cared number.  Adaware found nothing, nor did Spybot, recommended on teh MS Windows security site. Windows firewall couldn’t spot a trojan if it was made of wood and was pushed in by 100 sweaty soldiers. However Prevx did find it and has cleaned sucessfully. It is free for 28 days. I think I will probably buy this in due course. I have also installed the free basic version of ZoneAlarm, recommended by my computer services people (as was Adaware). Very effective but not easy to use for a non-techy like me. I may be blocking stuff I shouldn’t.

 Any advice would be gratefully received. Any recommendations of antispyware, firewalls, security strategies etc? I think UNIX is probably not an option for me for the above reasons of non-techyness.


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