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#1 jaf72

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 03:55 PM

I'm a little bit worried.

I've just booted up my laptop and a little icon has appeared from something called 'Windows Defender'. It's telling me that it's been 5 days since I last scanned my computer and it is asking that I perform a scan.

I did a bit of searching on Google and it seems that people have been infected by a virus when they are asked to do a scan by Windows Defender. But I have also read that Microsoft have a genuine protection program called Windows Defender, so I'm a bit confused as to which one I have.

The icon is a grey brick wall with an exclamation mark in an orange circle in front of it.

My laptop runs Windows Vista Basic and I am currently using AVG Free 8.5 to do a complete scan of my computer.

I'll be grateful for any help you can give.

PS. As I was typing this, the program began a scan. Should I get it to stop?

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#2 jaf72

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 05:34 PM

The scan's just finished. It says that no malware was found.

I dug a bit deeper on the internet and the version that popped up seemed to be consistent with the one on Microsoft's website.

Sorry for posting this topic. I was just a bit worried.

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:46 PM

Glad to hear it. The Fake one looks like and is named Windows PC Defender

If yoiu like to run a good tool that is a compliment to your security.??.

Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1
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MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:29 AM

FYI: The version of Windows Defender included with all versions of Windows 7 and Vista is part of the operating system.
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