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Why am I getting threats on my computer now?

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Xxandes, Mar 1, 2011.

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  1. Xxandes

    Xxandes Thread Starter

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    I have avast! Anti spyware.. well I had an outdated version about a month ago.. and up to that time, I never had a threat or virus... and now, since it told me to update to a newer version of avast! I'm getting threats! like I just picked up a trojen today. Why is it doing this, with the new and supposedly "better" version?
     
  2. bp936

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    The question is, did you ever update your old version daily? Maybe you had a Trojan already but didn't know about it, until you got the new and updated version.
     
  3. Xxandes

    Xxandes Thread Starter

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    well I guess thats very possible.. I never thought about that... but how long does it take the new version after downloaded and updated to pick up something?.. I have scanned a couple times since I updated avast!, and got know insight of a threat.
     
  4. marine81

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    good point
     
  5. bp936

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    To discover a new threat, it will takes as long as someone reports it to different virus sites and someone will come up with a remedy. Some are very fast. some take time.
    Just make sure you update often.
     
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    Download and save the free version of

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100

    SUPERAntiSpyware 4.49.0.1000

    then close all open windows first, then install them both, then restart the computer.

    After that's done, follow these instructions carefully and completely:

    Start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    Click "Updates(tab) - Check for Updates".

    When the definition files have updated, click "OK".

    Click "Scanner(tab) - Perform quick scan - Scan".

    If infections are found during the scan, the number of infections will be highlighted in red.

    When the scan is finished, click "Show Results".

    Make sure that everything is selected, then click "Remove Selected".

    If you're prompted to restart to finish the removal process, click "Yes".

    Start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware again.

    Click "Logs"(tab).

    Highlight the scan log entry, then click "Open".

    When the scan log appears in Notepad, copy-and-paste it here.

    Start SUPERAntiSpyware.

    Click "Check for Updates".

    When the definition files have updated, click "Close".

    Click "Scan your Computer - Perform Quick Scan - Next".

    If infections or problems are found during the scan, a list will appear.

    When the scan is finished and the scan summary window appears, click "OK".

    Make sure that everything in the list is selected, then click "Next".

    If you're prompted to restart to finish the removal process, click "Yes".

    Start SUPERAntiSpyware again.

    Click "Preferences - Statistics/Logs"(tab).

    Highlight the scan log entry, then click "View Log".

    When the scan log appears in Notepad, copy-and-paste it here.

    (Note: Do NOT use your computer during the scanning process)

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    If you use an outdated version of an antivirus program and don't keep its definition files up-to-date, it doesn't do much good to have it.

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  7. Xxandes

    Xxandes Thread Starter

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    Won't this new version interfere with the one I already have?
     
  8. dvk01

    dvk01 Derek Moderator Malware Specialist

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    what threats is avast finding
    the new version of Avast is full of false alarms due to increased sensitivity
    We can't tell whether ytheya re genuine detctions that need any actiion or are warnings of malicious activity or whther they are totally harmless things like cookies
    To be able to help post the log report Avast maade when it alerted you
     
  9. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    I personally have never used Alwil Avast 5, but if version 6 is having the false alarm problems that dvk01 advised of, I'd get rid of it and switch to Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657.0.

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  10. Xxandes

    Xxandes Thread Starter

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    I see.. so it could have been a false alarm.. thats good :)
     
  11. dvk01

    dvk01 Derek Moderator Malware Specialist

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    we can't tell until we see the report on what it found
    I do hear of a lot of false alarm reports but the new version also has far better website detctions so will detect & block exploits on web sites & it might well be that it was alerting you to
     
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