Found 12th Sep 2009
Something has just flashed up on my computer allegedly from windows that says I have trojans (?) on my systen that need to be removed but it says the publisher can not be verified when I try to open it and are you sure you want to run this software soft_136s1.exe when I try to open? Is this real?

Also chances are my computer does need to be cleaned - I seem to have picked up some bugs - any idea what I can run to get rid of this stuff?

Thanks

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Use your AV to run a virus scan

do not run any program if you are unsure about what it does....especially if it ends in .EXE and even more importantly if it "flashed" up....

use your AV like other reply states...let the AV pick up and deal with anything....:)

Original Poster

apparently I have n't got any! great. My friend says it can be purchased on line - any suggestions about what type to buy? Thanks

]AVG....

Probably best to download a firewall too. ]Zonealarm

AVG, Avast etc all free for a reason....LIMITED PROTECTION.

if you really value your computer, pay for something decent like Eset products, Kaspersky, Trend Micro products etc.

why would any company make a free AV?
why? in the hope that you'll be impressed by it and pay for the full version that offers more.

if free AVs were where all the gold in the world was, why would the companies making them need to make a paid for version?

trust me, after working with Windows PCs for over 10 years, free antivirus software is crap.
its only very basic protection that needs to be used inconjunction with a load of other progs too.
so make your own choices.
1 software that covers everything, made by the one vendor, or 5-6 all using more system resources while all running at the same time.

slackrat77;6278129

AVG, Avast etc all free for a reason....LIMITED PROTECTION.if you really … AVG, Avast etc all free for a reason....LIMITED PROTECTION.if you really value your computer, pay for something decent like Eset products, Kaspersky, Trend Micro products etc.why would any company make a free AV?why? in the hope that you'll be impressed by it and pay for the full version that offers more.if free AVs were where all the gold in the world was, why would the companies making them need to make a paid for version?trust me, after working with Windows PCs for over 10 years, free antivirus software is crap.its only very basic protection that needs to be used inconjunction with a load of other progs too.so make your own choices.1 software that covers everything, made by the one vendor, or 5-6 all using more system resources while all running at the same time.



trust me after working with PCs for over 20yrs most paid for virus protection is crap as well
but hey if av software is any good why wouldn't the company offer a free limited version to home users?
this is where they may discourage piracy, increase sales from word of mouth, encourage use to be transferred to a "commercial" sale and also limit the spread of infections and gather info at the same time. so there's four good reasons.
Your analogy does hold up in other areas though after all MS give free versions of windows and office to students lol

If this popped up whilst you were browsing the internet

DO NOT RUN IT MAN. AT ALL, DON'T EVEN CLICK X ON IT. Press CTRL, ALT & DELETE, then select the popup on task manager, and click 'end task'.

From experience, they now make popups that say 'You have 2,385 trojans - would you care to run a virus check?' and try and disguise it like genuine software that you already have pre-installed. If you haven't run a trojan check, then there's no reason for this to appear. It must be a popup trying to give you a virus.

I hope you haven't tried to run it mate, .exe's are lethal.

maddogb;6278204

trust me after working with PCs for over 20yrs most paid for virus … trust me after working with PCs for over 20yrs most paid for virus protection is crap as wellbut hey if av software is any good why wouldn't the company offer a free limited version to home users? this is where they may discourage piracy, increase sales from word of mouth, encourage use to be transferred to a "commercial" sale and also limit the spread of infections and gather info at the same time. so there's four good reasons.Your analogy does hold up in other areas though after all MS give free versions of windows and office to students lol



well i guess use of software is still down to personal opinion. there definitely are a lot of paid for internet security softwares that just arent worth the bother with and some that arent even that different to the free version. Avast being one of them.

i think a lot of time, the free versions are so limited that they don't cover enough, but hey its free, whaddya want? and the premium versions come over as bloated and instrusive.

tonyg1962;6277397

Download and run Malwarebyteshttp://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam-download.php



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Get that running and you'll save a small puppy in Mongolia.

ChipSticks;6278815

+ 34978234694535426Get that running and you'll save a small puppy in … + 34978234694535426Get that running and you'll save a small puppy in Mongolia.



very true it is good, but remember the free version does not give any resident protection so use of another av package is also req'd

Original Poster

maddogb;6279093

very true it is good, but remember the free version does not give any … very true it is good, but remember the free version does not give any resident protection so use of another av package is also req'd



what does resident protection mean please?

fairy;6283538

what does resident protection mean please?



it means the software "stays" running all the time to try and catch any virus before it activates and eliminate it at that point
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