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Help! I think computer has a virus

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. I'm pretty sure my desktop computer has a virus. The computer is about a year old and Norton Anti-virus expired.
    The Internet is running very slow, so I think I have a virus.. as I have erased my cookie cache and all that other stuff. I have CC Cleaner and Ad-Ware on it and run those regularly, but I still think I have a virus or bug.
    What can I do?
    Can I download any free anti-virus software?
    Can I download any free scans that may detect and delete the virus or am I going to have take it to the shop?
    We did that with our last computer about three years ago and cost me about $160.
    Thoughts? Suggestions?
  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Avoid porn sites or buy a Mac.

  3. sostartled

    sostartled Member

    Malwarebytes helped my wife's computer.
  4. OTD

    OTD Active Member

  5. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Yea, AVG is as good as the big name guys.

    Our resident computer expert, Rosie, has also said this.
  6. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    But a flash drive (if you don't already have one), put everything you can't afford to lose on it and wipe your hard drive. Note, this only works if you have a restore disk and if you don't, call up your computer manufacturer and have them send one to you. It will likely cost you like $20, but it's better to have peace of mind and start from scratch than worry about losing personal information and/or acting too late and having the virus fry your system.
  7. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member


    "It can only be attributable to human error, Orville."
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  8. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    I would get a full rundown of everyone on there from Hi-jack this. Then, anything it raises questions about that you don't know what is, you delete AFTER you've looked up what it is to make sure you don't need it.
  9. No Macs...
    Porn ... well ... ... huh ... ... ... ummm, no macs.
  10. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    Has Rosie said anything about the free antivirus program Avast! ?
  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    AVG, for whatever reason, is not as good as it used to be.

    Try Avast!


  12. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Beat me to it!
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
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