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My computer is cured! Windows fixed it for me!

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#1 2leashes


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Posted 02 January 2009 - 07:50 PM

I can't believe it! After all that scanning with legitimate antivirus programs, Windows ended up fixing the problem itself! Prior to this I had been relucant about updating to Service Pack1 because I had heard there were issues with it. Well, it asked me again last night, so I said, "What the heck. My computer is already"sick"". So I updated. Took a long time, too! Then late last night (early, early AM) I was on Mozilla Firefox and all of a sudden my computer decided to shut down. It asked me if I wanted to save my work first. When I got up this morning, I noticed that Windows had done several security updates in the wee hours of the morning. And, the AOL window came up. So I figured I would log in even though that crazy rogue virus hadn't been allowing me to do anything up until then. Well, what a pleasant surprise! No more fake antivirus pop-ups! AND, the last websites I had been visiting before all this happened were still there right where I left them! Amazing!

Can anyone explain to me what Windows was able to do that the dedicated antivirus programs, as well as my McAfee couldn't do? Heck, if I had known this, I would have updated to the Service Pack1 a long time ago!!

Maybe others of you here who have these crazy viruses might want to try it. Or check Windows to see if it does security updates.

Hallelujiah! What a great way to start the new year! Thanks to all who have helped me here, too.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:05 AM

Whenever a security problem in its software is found, Microsoft will usually create a patch for it. After the patch is installed, attackers can't use the vulnerability to install malicious software on your computer. Keeping up-to-date with all these security patches (SP2, SP3) will help prevent malware from reinfecting your machine but it is not a cure all and if you still need a security toolkit to include anti-virus, anti-malware scanners and a firewall.

Using unpatched Windows systems on the Internet is a security risk to everyone. When there are insecure or infected computers connected to the Internet, malware spreads faster and more extensively, distributed denial-of-service attacks are easier to launch, spammers have more platforms from which to send e-mail and more machines become compromised.
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