Help! I keep getting a virus alert pop up and I don't know what to do!

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  1. Nell Rose profile image88
    Nell Roseposted 12 years ago

    Can someone that knows about computers please help me before i go completely insane and throw the pc out of the window! for some stupid pathetic greedy reason, I keep getting a pop up that says windows security alert come up on my computer when I turn it on, and then it sends my computer mad! google opens up about 10 times and the most annoying thing about it is that there is a box that comes up in the middle of the screen that won't go away however hard I try. eventually it said buy this virus scanner for 49 dollars!!! so it is trying to make me buy one, by making out I got a virus!! or is it a virus in itself? I have no idea how to stop this, can anybody help me get my pc back before i go grey and turn into a jibbering wreck? thanks I only just managed to get on here, two hours after tackling the stupid thing! HELP

    1. profile image49
      SrChasJCposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You can try and run Malwarebytes, but may be a problem if too bad off. I have a quick list to keeping your computer virus free (for free), if you ever do get it off. Enjoy: … -free.aspx

  2. jondav profile image75
    jondavposted 12 years ago

    you have a virus - If you have a virus checker use it but don't open internet explorer. It's not actually a windows programme, but the virus looks like one and tries to get you to buy some rubbish software to fix it.

    Use spybot or similar to get rid of it.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yep - I had one about a year ago, insisting that I buy their spyware product.  Try as I might I couldn't get rid of it, but finally found a free program that did the job.  If you can figure out the name (maybe look at what's running?) google for that - that's how I found my shareware.  Good luck!

  3. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 12 years ago

    I agree with Jondav. Some malicious programs make it difficult for anti-virus/anti-spyware programs to run on your computer and get rid of the malware, so there are situations where the only solution is to wipe out everything and do a clean install of the OS. Whatever you do, be prepared to spend some time on this to be sure you have a clean and safe computer.

  4. jondav profile image75
    jondavposted 12 years ago

    I believe you have the win32 virus - superantivirus is free and will remove it easily. I'd suggest that if you can now get onto the internet quickly download and run it.

  5. jondav profile image75
    jondavposted 12 years ago
  6. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    If you know its name, and it'll be on the 'alert box' that appears, just do a search on your hard drive for it and rename it. That renders it harmless.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Not, at least, for the one I had.  It turned out it was installed in 1/2 a dozen different places and would always just re-install everywhere I took it off or renamed it.

      I never did find ALL the places it was installed - it took dedicated software.  What Jondav says sounds right, though that's not the identical one that I had

  7. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    My ex-husband had one onhis computer a ouple of years back. It looked like an AVG alert; in fact he thought it was AVG and clicked through it, but that only took him to a site asking for his credit card details to pay for it. That was naughty. I searched for it, found it (there was more than one entry), renamed it and it died a death.
    The I updated his AV and ran it. Sorted it all out anyway smile

  8. jondav profile image75
    jondavposted 12 years ago

    Thats cos it installs itself in 'hidden' files. They are a bugger to remove manually.

    To be honest i had a similar virus not long ago and got rid of it manually, but i stumbled across superantivirus and used it to remove a similar nasty from the mother in laws laptop without problem.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, they can be ugly to remove manually.  I'm not very computer literate, but I had instructions from on line.  Changed the registry, used command prompt for disk drive work, spent a month of time and got nowhere until I got the software.  Just couldn't find it all and all my work was promptly undone every time.

  9. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 12 years ago

    These viruses will hide themselves in more than just folders, they will dig depe in to your registry, add themselves in to the code of normal applications and more.

    I would definately get a legitimate antivirus scanner, and not do any onlien banking or online pruchases until the virus is gone.

    Also try lavasofts adaware.

  10. Nell Rose profile image88
    Nell Roseposted 12 years ago

    Hi, guys, thanks for the answers, I am still trying desperately as nothing seems to be working, so i will go have another go, wish me luck and thanks

    1. Nell Rose profile image88
      Nell Roseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I did it!!! I couldn't get the virus scans to work on any of the free ones because the virus kept stopping me, so out of desperation, I found a site to help me just saying 'i have a computer virus' and I found and there was a forum where someone had asked about it, and underneath the person that answered, he had put some links to click on, and he also said make sure you do it a couple of times because the virus will try and trick you by saying it won't work, so I did it, and it went in about five seconds! yeah! so if you get this trouble, go to! thanks again

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hey, that's great to hear, and I bet I bookmark that site - thanks!

  11. Nell Rose profile image88
    Nell Roseposted 12 years ago

    HI, it didn't work! I have a virus going mad on my computer and I have no idea how to stop it! I thought it had worked but I just came on here, and it didn't work, all the virus has done is just hitting my google bar etc. I have no idea what to do, so as I said you can't download a spyware or virus scanner it won't let me! HELP1

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      Website Examinerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Please see my first post above, that was what I was trying to warn about. Part of the problem is that some malware downloads other types of malware, suddenly you have several things running on your computer all at once.

      1. Nell Rose profile image88
        Nell Roseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hi, thanks again, I know it sounds stupid but I know I need to get it back to 'factory settings' which I have done before a few months ago, the trouble is, It won't let me do it, unless I have just forgotten what to do, any ideas? sorry for sounding dumb! thanks

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          Website Examinerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Don't worry, I want to help. If you have a recovery disk, you can back up your important data. Then afterwards, you can reinstall the operating system by following the instructions on the recovery disk / manual that came with your computer. This will create an OS that was exactly as when you purchased the computer.

          Afterwards, you must reinstall programs. And you will need to carefully scan your data for infected files before using any of your files again.

          Of course, there are companies like the Geek Squad that may be able to assist. They may end up doing the same thing, though.

          1. Nell Rose profile image88
            Nell Roseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Hi, thanks I will give it another try, thanks for your help, wish me luck! thanks

            1. profile image0
              Website Examinerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Best of luck to you!

  12. Nell Rose profile image88
    Nell Roseposted 12 years ago

    Hi, just come back to say thanks for all the help, I tried everything and it was a nightmare! eventually I found wikipedia spyware and I downloaded and paid for spyhunter 4. it is now working at last. but it was pure luck I found it. thanks again for all your help.

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      jtexasposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Next time try malware bites its a free program and seems to clean up the nastys that ask for you to buy software .

  13. KCC Big Country profile image82
    KCC Big Countryposted 12 years ago

    Just got my computer out of the shop this afternoon.  $70 at the shop fixed mine.  We had a nasty virus this go around.  We've been able to kick it before, but not this time.  I had to get professional help.

  14. Richieb799 profile image70
    Richieb799posted 12 years ago

    I had this virus, it was horrid, I had to reinstall windows because it kept burrowing, luckily after I reinstalled a fresh copy my dad gave me norton 360

  15. climberjames profile image56
    climberjamesposted 12 years ago

    I was in a similar situation until I installed and ran 'Spybot Search and Destroy', Google it, it's free smile

  16. xboxps3wow profile image39
    xboxps3wowposted 12 years ago

    malwarebytes... <------ best free tool to get rid of all that nasty stuff.

  17. earnestshub profile image85
    earnestshubposted 12 years ago has all the best virus killers in their freeware section. smile

  18. birellar profile image60
    birellarposted 12 years ago

    Virus comes via internet downloading software, so be very careful about it because it can corrupt your system and you can get loss your important data. You just need to install anti virus which can prevent you from it. like symantac best one for me.

  19. Golf Swing King profile image53
    Golf Swing Kingposted 12 years ago

    Boot into safe mode, install malwarebytes ( and run that and remove anything it finds.

  20. Infotech1 profile image60
    Infotech1posted 12 years ago Hey Nell Rose, I read your post regarding the problems you're having with a computer virus. I've been there and I've had to learn to resolve the problem. It inspired me to create a site that would help others who need software, information or an application that can keep their computer healthy. Even if you just want to learn more about what programs do what to protect your system, it's definitely worth a look. I also update new products all of the time so there's always something new to discover. Copy and paste in your browser: dotmatrixcomputerrepair ,
    Thanks and enjoy the day. smile


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