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Offline hoosier

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Malware Attacks That Freeze Your Screen
« on: Feb 13, 2016, 08:45 PM »


Like I suppose everyone, I get the occasional mal-ware that says my computer is in dire need of help, etc.,etc.

Usually this type of attack freezes my screen and I can't get out of it's clutches. Nor will it let me re-boot in the normal way.

Until today I've always merely shut-off the power to my computer at my surge protection box, then re-started.

This time however I decided to run a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan instead. The scan result said 17 unwanted items had been found, but when I clicked on "Finish", the number of unwanted items began spinning like a utility meter, eventually reaching 2,272 items! The program then apparently removed all these items and all seems well.

I just wonder how it is possible that the unwanted items number should get so high? Also, is the Anti-Malware scan the best first choice to escape from this sort of attack?

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Re: Malware Attacks That Freeze Your Screen
« Reply #1 on: Feb 13, 2016, 09:01 PM »
Malware typically replicates within your system, which explains the big number.

As for Malwarebytes, I believe it's the best free malware scan available. I have a 2-year subscription that provides real-time protection. I also use Firefox with the WOT (Web of Trust) extension, which greatly reduces exposure to bad sites. I find WOT to be an invaluable tool.

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Re: Malware Attacks That Freeze Your Screen
« Reply #2 on: Feb 14, 2016, 07:33 AM »
To add to the list, I too use WOT and  Anti-malwarebytes.  I have also found a program named Junkware Removal Tool very helpful.
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Re: Malware Attacks That Freeze Your Screen
« Reply #3 on: Feb 15, 2016, 01:57 PM »
Funny. I've been computing like mad for years and I cannot recall the last time I had any kind of malware. I only know it's close to 20 years.

To protect my computers that are connected to the internet 24/7 I only use Windows Defender and Malwarebytes. For my FF browser, I use WOT. That's it.

I also use CCleaner to keep my systems tidy, but it is NOT an anti-malware program.

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Re: Malware Attacks That Freeze Your Screen
« Reply #4 on: Feb 15, 2016, 02:04 PM »
I use whatever comes with Windows. For 7, it's MSSE. For 10, it's Defender (essentially the same program). On my patrol car's Win 7 laptop (which is connected 24/7), it has no antivirus at all.

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Re: Malware Attacks That Freeze Your Screen
« Reply #5 on: Feb 15, 2016, 02:13 PM »
I had a nasty last week, took over Chrome and produced messages relating to Ad Blocker on a couple of different sites.  Anti-malware didn't see it on two different runs.  I tried AwCleaner, which IMO is difficult to use.  Then I ran the Junkware Removal Tool and it nailed it.  But it was the first I've had in a couple years, and I couldn't figure out where it came from or what it was.
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