Your computer is infected...pop up, how do I get rid of it?

By frank_delessio ·
Hi, if anyone can help me, it'll be
much appreciated. I've been getting this
pop up from the X icon on the bottom right
side of my laptop, how do i get rid of this
annoying threat?

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Additional information needed

by Tig2 In reply to Your computer is infected ...

Frank- what "X" icon are you referring to?

How long have you had the problem? Have you downloaded anything recently? Have you run your AV? Are you behind a firewall?

I recall hearing about a download that appears to be an AV program but is itself viral. It could be something of that nature but without additional information, I would be guessing.

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Spyware Sherrif, or something like it.......

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Additional information ne ...

There are many variations of it, but in general it's called Spyware Sherrif or 180Solutions. One gets infected by clicking the YES or NO button on a popup window which is actually a JPG that activates the danged thing no matter where you click on the image. If you look close, the cursor changes to a hand no matter where you point on the image, so the entire thing is a link to install the critter. The only safe way out is to have clicked the X to close the window, but it's too late now.

These kinds of spyware/critter ware/malware (whatever you call them) are difficult to remove, often requiring editing the registry. You can visit Symantec or McAfee and find a list of all the damage they do and possibly reverse it all. In addition, they often have removal tools to help find all of the pieces to it.

But, if you're not very computer litterate, it is best if you take the computer to a professional to remove the critter for you.

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by Jaqui In reply to Your computer is infected ...

than install an os that doesn't have so much malware available for it. ]:)

in all seriousness, that sounds like you either need to run an antivirus / anti spyware / anti adware scan, or you need to wipe the drive and reinstall your os.

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When 'VirusProtectPro' reared its ugly head, . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Your computer is infected ...

The best way to kill it (assuming you hadn't left it too long!) was to use IMHO 'SpyHunter'. (No - Not the GAME!)

Interestingly, as far as I have found, ALL the free download sites now charge for this little gem. Kinda makes you wonder just where VirusProtectPro came from, eh?

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To remove the x mark

by lourdes_william86 In reply to Your computer is infected ...

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