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XP 2011 security virus

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#1 songlady


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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:40 AM

Hello - I am a brand new user and stumbled on this site while trying to find info on removing the XP 2011 security virus.

First off, I am not an IT person nor do I have a computer background or training - everything I know (which is pretty basic) I learned from the IT guys at our office, and I really know only enough to be dangerous :) On Saturday night I was on my home computer on Facebook, when I suddenly got an error message telling me I was infected with a dangerous virus and I needed to download a program to fix it. I was very leery of this, especially as they wanted me to purchase something, so I tried just closing out the window. For the next 30 minutes I struggled to get out of there, but was redirected everytime to their stupid ad. I abandoned the computer and went to my husband's laptop, and started searching - immediately I found this site with instructions on how to remove the virus. I downloaded the links to solve this to a disk and tried to run it on my infected PC, but it did not help at all. Finally, in desperation I ran a System Restore to about 2 weeks back, and the problem does seem to be temporarily gone.

I worry though, after reading these posts, that it is still lurking somewhere in the innards I don't understand, and plotting more evil. I ran Malwarebytes, and it only found 3 infections, which I removed. Is there any way to tell - other than a fresh attack - if I have removed this thing? Thanks for any assistance - great site!

I should add - while on Facebook, I was not doing anything out of the ordinary, nor did I click on anything thing other than friends walls. Not sure where this thing came from...

Edited by songlady, 31 May 2011 - 09:43 AM.

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