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#1 hoahao

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 11:47 AM

I got hijacked by the old "We're scanning your computer and you have viruses" trick.  Stopped me from opening MSE as well as my free versions of Malwarebytes and Emisoft.  I went into safe mode, ran emisoft, and got told by Emisoft it couldn't remove the virus, to go their web site  etc. I downloaded Defender Offline and rebooted using it and it has removed the invader. 

 

My question is that Defender has an option of updating when it is opened.  Does this mean I do not have to reburn a cd/dvd every time I wish to use it??  My first copy is dated May 6, my second is June 6, and I think they show the same download size which leads me to think there is no difference between the two.  I do use the update feature, and it does check and down load when I do.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 06:56 PM

My question is that Defender has an option of updating when it is opened.  Does this mean I do not have to reburn a cd/dvd every time I wish to use it??


Because new threats appear daily, it's important to always have the most up-to-date definitions installed in Windows Defender Offline. Armed with definition files...

Windows Defender Offline


I've used Windows Defender Offline before, can I re-use the CD or DVD that I created?

If you created a CD or DVD you shouldn't reuse it; it contains definitions to help it detect malware. Definitions are updated frequently so the definition files on the CD or DVD will be out of date. If you created a USB flash drive, you can reuse it. Windows Defender Offline will update the definitions when you rerun the wizard.

Windows Defender Offline: FAQs
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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:29 PM

Stopped me from opening MSE as well as my free versions of Malwarebytes and Emisoft

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Do you have Emisoft installed, or was this an Online scan that you were using ??

If it is a usual installed program, are you running MSE as well for your Antivirus program(s) ??

 

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:12 PM

Thanks for the replies.  I had read the FAQ and saw that, but with the "up date" button, it left me wondering.  Having to get a new download for all 290+ megabytes and the being able to "up date" seem strange.  I confuse easily.

 

I have MSE on all the time, or at least it says it is.  I have had the free versions of Malwarebytes and Emisoft on the computer for several years now.  They run only when I open them.  Both times I got the ransome ware, early May and early June, the bug immediately entered my computer from a forum website and tried to take over, running a "scan."  Could not open any anti virus.  Had to go to safe mode to down load Windows Defender both times.  While I was running Windows Defender the second time in June, I got a phone call from "Windows Security."  When I rather jocularly said "Oh really, what can I do for you" they hung up.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:13 PM

The update button is there for those who created a USB flash drive which can be reused. Windows Defender Offline will update the definitions when you rerun the wizard. They should have made that point more clear to the user.
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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:57 AM

Just a suggestion since You got hit twice already. Why not pay the one time fee for Malwarebytes Pro and use it's active protection in along with Your Antivirus?

 

I run both and some of the time Malwarebytes Pro catches and stops something and sometimes it is the Antivirus.

 

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:01 AM

I did.  It's caught one or two things since the Pro version was installed.



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 07:46 PM

If you are still picking up malware, you may want to read Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention of Malware Infection.
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:03 AM

I have read that posting Quietman, and have incorporated some things; most I don't practice anyway like file sharing.  I've picked up malware when hitting some long established  forums I have been to over the years.   Malwarebytes Pro has stoppped them before install on my computer. I assume that the sites themselves were temporarily infected.  When I get the notice from Mwarebytes Pro, I usually stay away for a day and things are normal when I go back.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:53 PM

Even legitimate websites can be the source of malware.

From this topic: How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected
 

At least one in 10 web pages are booby-trapped with malware...The tricks include hacking into a web server to plant malware, or planting it within third-party widgets or advertising...About eight out of every 10 Web browsers are vulnerable to attack by exploits...Even worse, about 30% of browser plug-ins are perpetually unpatched...

One in 10 web pages laced with malware

Mainstream Websites More Likely to Harbor Malware


...According to Ciscos annual 2013 Security Report internet users are 182 times more likely to get malware from clicking on online ads than visiting a porn site...

Clicking Online Ads More Likely To Deliver Malware Than Surfing Porn Sites
Cisco Annual Security Report: Threats Step Out of the Shadows

Hacking legit websites and ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users.
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