ok....my apologies to all involved here.
I had a major dummy spit when I saw the result of the first scan...
I then read some more, and cleared the browsers cache thinking that would solve the problem.
The second scan is every bit as bad as the first......and the third is not much better.
I am still carrying around some of the 'windows mentality' where if one sees a handful of results like that...it is panic stations. I do not visit the sort of web sites that usually 'hand out' crap like that....nor do I download untested/unverified programs etc that may carry a "load" with them. It has become my habit to try very hard to only download from the repository for the time being...as I understand that is as safe as it can get. This is partly to "de windows" myself...basically forcing myself to stop looking for the easy way out, and learning just what Linux can do all on its own....without intervention from 3rd party sites etc
So I am still a bit mystified. I am having trouble getting my head around it all.
I had a look at Sophos's site...free download....specifically for Linux......490MB....!...seriously ??.....half a gb for a 'basic' av program.
The reason I am chasing av stuff for linux is not because I have any real fears for the security or safety of this OS. It is done purely out of interest in learning just how linux ticks....how it interacts with the 'malware' etc etc which is forever present in the internet/computer world.....and a serious curiosity as to just how long it may take for the nasty effects and money gathering to start in the linux world.
So when all the4 nasties presented themselves in a scan.....I immediately went into 'windows mode'.....swore terribly.....and started to list mentally the steps necessary to combat this. lets fac e it....I have done just that for many people on this forum so I am more than capable to do it for myself.
A litttle while later....the dummy spit subsided.....and I thought....hang about...my pc shows absolutely no signs of infection....no increased 'activity'....cpu etc etc....no slow downs....no bizarre behaviour...no programs failing to open etc etc etc.......so what the **** is going on here ?
The rest is history....cleaned browser....(used bleachbit and ubuntu tweak)....ran another scan....blah blah blah.....
@pcpunk.......you did not lead me astray....this all about my inability to understand the nature of the beast
@NickAu....yes...I tried the whole rigmarole in Wine....and came away less then impressed. I also tried Crossover (free trial)....sent a help message to their 'help' desk only to be told they could not find a download for the necessary .dll which is missing, and to go find it myself ! The 'weak moment' in which I installed wine and crossover has been dealt with......they are gone, never to return.
I will ramble more later
Condobloke ...Outback Australian fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3 EXCLUSIVELY.
“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."
It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy