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I have picked up a virus on my laptop,and its killing me...

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yo

anyone able to help?

i have a dell inspiron 1501, windows vista laptop.

bought from dell online

(yes i know i should have bought a mac)

anyway, its always worked fine.

then, got a message on bebo, saying someone sent me a video to watch, clicked it, it didnt load, computer went mental and now i get popups every three seconds saying that i need to get internet software security etc.

see, i dont really know which popups are genuine and which ones are cons, some look like theyre my computer telling me what to do but then i look into them and they want me to sign up to dodgy looking security programs.

what should i do? anyone?

im going insane hearing about malware, spyware, virus remoival and system alerts, trojans etc.

if anyone here can help me to save me a bank breaking trip to pc world or any other tech company id be forever indebted.

x

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What anti-virus software do you have? The Macafee stuff that comes with Dell machines is crap. Download the free AVG software and get it to run a scan, hopefully it will pick up and get rid of whatever is causing the problem.

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AVG is pretty good and freeee.

There's hundreds of Bebo viruses just now. When you're in your Inbox... go into list mail too and delete everything that's in there. Just to make sure! :)

Don't click any messages that look like they wouldn't be sent from that particular friend! The same happened on facebook too!!

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There's also Avast, if you don't care for AVG. I'm basically opposed to buying virus software as it creates a market for viruses.

And don't buy a Mac unless you need Mac software. Trust me on this.

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Ide also recommend running Anti-Virus applications in Safe Mode.

Its more likely to kill the virus as it only uses essential system processes and the infected files can usually be cleaned etc in safe mode.

Also try some anti-spyware apps.

Google:

Malwarebytes

Ad-Aware

Spybot Search And Destroy

Hope this helps

Aaron

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I've had a few of those messaged on bebo. The giveaway was that mine happened to come from people I don't speak to a huge amount and the "you-tube" link was ropey. Usually it seems to be in the format of "Hey, what you doing in this vid?" sorta thing.

... I realise that wasn't much use to you but it serves as a warning to others.

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Try Facebook instead, it's marginally less shit.

I got the same on Facebook. But again as already said both the Facebook and Bebo messages came from people who wouldn't be sending me messages! Or if it was, it would have a better subject line than... WOWW etc etc.

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I've had a few of those messaged on bebo. The giveaway was that mine happened to come from people I don't speak to a huge amount and the "you-tube" link was ropey. Usually it seems to be in the format of "Hey, what you doing in this vid?" sorta thing.

... I realise that wasn't much use to you but it serves as a warning to others.

thats exactly how i picked it up - fucking bebo.

and yes Jan, it seems to have worked.

although internet explorer browser is still acting up.

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i got 12 of thoose bebo messages in about 5 minutes... the link looked dodgy so i just deleted them.

I would have thought you'd click them all since you're that fucking nuts...

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I would have thought you'd click them all since you're that fucking nuts...

you have a point, by jove.

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