Fighting a Virus

For the second time in two years, Malwarebytes has saved my computer from a virus attack.  Over the last week every Google search result was redirected to other web sites.  I ran scans by 3 other anti-virus programs, while they identified a collection of viruses – none were able to get to the root cause.  The kicker this time was that the virus program blocked access to the Malwarebytes web site and even prevented the installed anti-virus program from contacting the parent company for updated files.  The final solution was to download a fresh install on a virus free computer & run the install from a thumb drive.  One fast scan & the problem files were found and deleted.  Makes me wonder how McAffe and the like stay in business when their offerings are so ineffective.

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  1. #1 by Pete on January 10, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    The virus makers can be wrong a million times… but they only have to be right once. The anti-virus makers have to be right all the time. The number of new malware programs in the last two years is greater than the number of all previous years of malware. Think about that. Its an enormous problem. If it wasn’t profitable it wouldn’t be so but there are countries which safe harbor the people making them.

    I hope you get your machine fixed and that you aren’t hit again. It really sucks. I spent a month this summer recovering my own machine.

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