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Yuck...
Noticed that for the last 2-3 days, I've been getting this weird pop-up window for "mrj", which doesn't open because I blocked access to it on my computer. So it tries to open, but can't.

Then I decided to check with my virus scan, because it must be a virus. Now, realize... my Norton is supposed to run every Friday, and make sure everything stays clean.

When I looked at it, it said... last full scan was... 8/17/05! Like... 3 months ago.

And me and the internet are pretty much like Brian & tricks... and it's just like I found out my condoms were defective.

It's scanning right now... at 33 35 threats found (and only 1 it could fix so far). Let's hope they are adware, and not the computer equivalent of herpes or AIDS. Since I just got this computer like... 4-5 months ago, after that virus ate the old one.

Shit.
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mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: November 20th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
you need more than just NORTON IMO. I use spybot search & destroy and spyware blaster in addition to my antivirus. You have to manually run them, but I do them every weekend. Getting ready to do them now as a matter of fact. They are free, you can google for themor check the downloads section of cnet.com

If I have a period where I do a lot of downloading then I willalso run a scan to see if anythig is trying ti piggyback it's way in.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 20th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to have both of them (a gift from a friend), but my old computer got eaten, and I don't have them on the new one.

I'm just gonna purchase them, though.

Hope the computer survives this. Christ, I feel stupid right now.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 20th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
And I'm an idiot. I just saw you posted they were free. I'll grab them after NOrton stops running.
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: November 20th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Just posted links for everything over at my LJ.
joesther From: joesther Date: November 20th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup. That's exactly what the computer techies did after my computer died a couple of weeks ago. They installed all those spyware blasters and I'm constantly running them (paranoid much?) and killing off anything that they find. They also gave me MS AntiSpyware (one you didn't mention) and it's found some files that the others haven't, so you might want to check it out as well.

Oh, and I'm not torrenting at all anymore. The lady at the computer tech shop practically threatened my life when I asked her if I could (in terms of computer safety). *meep* Just sayin'.
nerdanel From: nerdanel Date: November 20th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I think she's right. I had a separate, dedicated computer to torrent (and other forms of media management). You don't want to be doing that stuff on the same computer you need for serious work.
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: November 20th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
ad-aware
forgot that one. I have that as well & just finished running a scan.
Also free.
joesther From: joesther Date: November 20th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Have it. I've become totally paranoid about these scans. After shelling out nearly $500 to fix my computer, I think paranoia is pretty well called for.
sweetmadamblue From: sweetmadamblue Date: November 20th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Doll

I used to have Norton and they SUCKED! Why not try Trend Micro. They have a free "house call" virus scan AND a free for 30 days Spyware, Adware program. Try it.. They found things Norton didn't. So, give it a whirl.

Trend Micro
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: November 20th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
AVG is a great antivirus & it's free!
sweetmadamblue From: sweetmadamblue Date: November 20th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know a few large companies who use that program. I like Trend Micro and their spyware program monitors all the time. So, I know immediately when I stumble onto adware, spyware or coolwebsearch variants. I don't have to "remember" to scan..

Madam
iwantmygnr From: iwantmygnr Date: November 20th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
i get that exact same pop-up!! i've scanned and spywared and everything else i know to do but it keeps coming and i don't know where it's hiding on my computer. if you find it and get rid of it, please let me know so i can too!!!
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: November 20th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
download spybot & ad-aware
they will find it.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 20th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Spybot & ad-aware didn't find it. But a window popped up, and my... Norton? asked me if I wanted to let it in. Actually, I think it might have been another program, but I don't remember. I saw that the name was mrjj.exe... so I searched for it. Found it in hidden folders on my C drive. But I couldn't delete it, because it said access was denied.

So I went to my Task Manager (Alt-Ctrl-Delete), and saw "Process1" as the name, with the same icon as the mrjj.exe program. Used "End Task" on that. Then had to switch over to the other user on my computer, and do the same. Came back, did the "Search" for mrjj.exe again, and found it. Used "Open Folder Containing" (or somesuch label found on right-click on the icon) and then selected & deleted the program. Then emptied my Recycle Bin.

We'll see if that works. I searched for the program again - it wasn't found. But maybe it's a bastard that hides in the Restore System files, in which case I'll have to try to remember how to get rid of it. I've done it before... just don't remember how.

But at least now I have a number of good virus & spyware programs running - Spybot Search & Destroy, AdAware, Trend Micro... hope that helps keep me virus free in the future!

And here's hoping I don't have to post soon that that damn pop-up came back...
iwantmygnr From: iwantmygnr Date: December 6th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
haha i am just now getting this!! guess lj is finally gonna let us get our comments. i do have both of those and as she said it didn't get rid of it but i did what qafhappy did and got rid of it so it's all good. thanks!!
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: December 6th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome! And I love the animated version of your icon...
iwantmygnr From: iwantmygnr Date: December 6th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
And I love the animated version of your icon...



*gulp* yours is way better than mine!!!
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: December 6th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure they came from the same place!
iwantmygnr From: iwantmygnr Date: December 6th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL probably so!
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