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I downloaded a program containing a virus that is quickly killing

I downloaded a program from the internet and my computer started acting and freezing up within 2 mins., I ran my shell extension scan on the file and my antivirus program says that it is unable to repair or remove the infection. Help! Please. What do I do, besides be 1,000,000,000 more careful .
Can u suggest what I can do to fix it?

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    Have you updated the Anti virus to the latest update? Which one are you using?

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It sounds like you got a dose of WINAntivirus Pro 2009, really nasty spyware. If that is the case, reformatting the system is almost a given.

You can try programs like Ad-Aware and Spybot search and destroy but some of these new ones are just way too time intensive to fully remove

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Why the computer freeze?


You might have some viruses and malware.

Start your PC and press F8 several times until the boot menu comes up. Then select "Safe Mode with Networking". Now get some or ALL of the FREE programs below.

Download, Install and Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
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When Installing choose the non-pro version.

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If you have an outdated Anti-virus program then Download, Install and Run Avira Anti-Virus:
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Make sure to select ALL of the "threat categories" when you install or configure Avira...

You should be in pretty good shape if you run and install all of these programs.

Jun 27, 2012 | Lenovo 3000 Y410 Laptop

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What is a Virus and how do I know if I have one ?


There are some obvious symptoms that your computer will develop when it gets infected with a virus. But the first thing I have to mention is that if you had a decent antivirus program installed on your computer you would not have a problem. The virus programs now days are fantastic in crushing any chances of a viruses infecting your computer.

What is a virus?
A virus is a small program that gets into your computer undetected in order to cause havoc. This small software program has either been developed because the author enjoys causing disasters for other people or sometimes for monetary gains. Sometimes a virus is packaged in a file that is called a trojan virus. It is disguised as something else, and once it has gained access to your computer it then releases its intent.

How does a virus get onto my computer?
The people that develop these viruses are constantly finding new ways to infiltrate your computer. When one door shuts, another one opens for them. However the most common ways to get a virus on your computer is through the internet. You might download a file that contains a virus, or maybe you might open an email that has one attached to it. Sometimes even visiting a bad website can infect your computer. The worst one of all, however, is when people download illegal cracked software. This software has usually been taken apart and repackaged with a few extras attached. Maybe you download music or videos from the internet. How do you know you are actually downloading the file you intended to. The file may be named to deceive you, and once you open it you will release the virus.

How do I know if I have a virus or not?
If your computer has been infected with a virus you will quickly see odd signs that it exists. Weird things start happening that you cannot explain. Files might move around, odd error messages may appear, programs might start to fail. For example if your virus scanner program stops working then it could have been disabled by a virus. With all this action taking place in the background your computer will also start to run slow and seem like it is busy all the time.
When browsing the internet you might find that you will not able to visits the pages that you choose. You will be redirected to different websites. You computer might also be sending emails to everyone in your contact list without you knowing.

What can a virus do to my computer hardware components?
People think that a virus simply attacks the file systems of your computer, however this is not true. Some viruses are designed to damaged computer hardware components until they are ruined completely.
Many people will argue that a virus only infects software, however all hardware is controlled by various types of software. Infact the entire computer is controlled by BIOS which is software. BIOS controls the temperature of the motherboard. What if a viruses only purpose was to change the temperature control on your motherboard. The motherboard would overheat and fry itself.
In the old days viruses used to be developed to set the read speed of a floppy disk drive to speeds beyond its capability. The Floppy disk drive would overheat and fry from being overworked. Now days Windows Vista has a service called Superfetch that searches your hard drive, finds out what you use the most, and makes it available for you.. If you made a virus to control Superfetch, we could have a serious problem. Most Vista users already have Superfetch disabled on their computer. A virus could enable it, tell it all files are important, keep it searching non stop, and fry your hard drive that way. Now I can here someone saying "yeah right, not with all the security we have around today". Well you should never underestimate these guys who develop viruses. They can work around anything.

What should I do if I get a virus?
If you suspect that your computer has a virus, scan your computer asap with an antivirus program. If you do not have one or yours is not working, download another one, or get a free scan using the free online virus scanners, such as :-
Symantec Security Check :-
http://security.norton.com/sscv6/WelcomePage.asp
or
Kaspersky lab :-
http://www.kaspersky.com/scanforvirus

There is no guarantee that these free scanners will cure your computer but they might just confirm the fact that you actually have a virus.
If you find viruses but cannot remove them you will need to take your computer to a professional before you lose everything. Another option is to format your computer which means you loose all the files on it and re-install a fresh copy of the operating system. You can backup your files first, but please be aware that they might be infected with a virus also.
If you have scanned your computer, found viruses, and successfully deleted them, then now is the time to buy a decent program that will stop this from happening again.
Do not continue to use the computer without taking action because the longer you leave it the further the virus can spread.
What file types commonly contain viruses when you download them?
Lets face it, downloading is a dangerous business, especially when you have important files stored on your computer. Any file you download can contain a virus. My rule for downloading is to ask myself "Do I know and trust this website I am about to download from?"

Here are a few examples of common files that could contain viruses :-
EXE FILE: If you download a program or anything that requires an install file then it will be an .exe file. When you press on it to install to your computer you could be releasing a virus.
ZIP FILE: People download zip files from the internet that contain any other file type and you will not see it's contents until you open it. A zip file might have an exe file in it.
SCR FILE: Free screensavers for your computer. They always have something bad in them. Sometimes adware or viruses.
DOC FILE: A Microsoft word document can contain macros and small scripts that are viruses.

If you haven't got antivirus software installed on your computer, then refer to : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/49500 for Microsoft recommended antivirus softwares.

REMEMBER : PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

on Oct 04, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Everytime I try and download on MP3 Rocket, it freezes then kills my internet..


There are some services that will start when you move to a download action. It will take full memory of your pc and will end in a restart or crash.

goto task manager and identify the service which is using highest memory. After that open services.msc and kill the tast.

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Need a reg key for regzooka


What Are Registry Errors & How Do You Fix Them?
The Windows registry acts much like a brain. It is responsible for storing certain information required for all your programs to turn on and function. Registry errors can be problematic, but they are usually no more than a nuisance. With the right knowledge and tools, these problems can be repaired quickly and easily.


Registry Errors and their Causes
Errors often are caused by unnecessary or errant files on your computer system. For example, installing an application leaves a registry entry that allows the program to work. This can cause problems to the registry on startup. Similarly, if you remove a program incorrectly, it essentially leaves a trace of itself behind. Certain malicious programs, such as viruses and spyware, are sometimes designed to cause registry errors that are difficult to repair.


Diagnosis
Computers are complicated machines, and just because your computer is not running well does not mean the problem is in the registry. Knowing the symptoms is crucial to understanding registry errors. Check your computer's overall performance. If the computer seems to be running significantly slower than usual, sits suspended with little activity or frequently freezes up, there is a good chance your registry is to blame. Also, you may notice that it takes a long time to start, or in the most extreme case, will not start at all. Listen for a beeping noise when you shut down your system, because this often indicates a hacker or virus affecting the machine.

Registry Cleaning Tools
Unless you are a professional, it is not recommended that you try to fix your registry manually. Luckily, there are many user friendly programs designed to resolve registry issues. They work much like an anti-virus program, scanning your registry for errors and fixing them. Software Industry Report recommends RegZooka, Registry Easy and RegCure as its top choice.

Prevention
Logically, the best way to fix a problem is to prevent it from happening. Ken Smith has a few tips for reducing the chance of registry errors. First, make sure you correctly uninstall unused programs. This means you should either use the uninstall tool provided with the application or the Add/Remove Programs tool in the Control Panel section of Windows. Second, run regular virus checks and keep an eye out for harmful programs. Third, do not illegally download copyrighted programs or games from dangerous websites. These applications often contain viruses that could damage your registry.

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My screensaver stops running. It will freeze for seconds or minutes, then start again. I've tried changing screensavers to no avail. I also get the popup that says This program is not responding frequently...


Many fancy screen savers on the internet contain Viruses that cause inconveniences like frozen screens. It is highly recommended on top priority that you should obtain a good Antivirus update it and scan your computer thoroughly other wise this frozen screen situation is bound to get worse.
If you want a free antivirus please download AVG from the following URL.

http://free.avg.com/ww-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free


Good Luck!

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My acer aspire 5740 with windows 7,freezes everytime i connect to the internet.pls help asap.


If your computer or laptop freezes on a regular basis, chances are it has acquired a virus or a series of viruses.

Press "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" when your computer is frozen. This will launch a Windows Security window.

Hit "Shut Down..click on the "up" arrow beside a red button located at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Select "Restart." Wait until Windows finishes the rebooting process.

Launch your web browser and install an antivirus program. AVG, Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky are all reputable makers of antivirus software and downloads

Restart your system after you have finished installing the antivirus program.

Launch the program and run a complete virus scan. Wait until your antivirus program completes the task and detects the virus infection. Follow its prompts to remove the virus.

Run virus scans at least twice a week. This will prevent your computer from getting another virus that causes problems such as the screen freezing.




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Download Kaspersky to kill virus. I search the web every day and download lots of viruses. The only thing that i download that realy kills viruses is Kaspersky internet security Program.

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I recommend you get an anti virus I recommend Avast since is the only one that actually works and then try to update your internet explorer again.

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u can do one thing . if u r system is infected by virus, some unknown programs are running in background. kill that process through task-manager. just check how much CPU is used by that program and f it is using more kill it. then download avast 4.8 pro from avast.com and clean it.

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Have you added a program or hardware just before it started freezing. How long has this been going on?
God Bless Greg

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