August 26th, 2004, 03:07 PM
Can somebody help me to find out how to get rid of viruses. are there any recomendation of websites? I would also like to find out how to trace where they came from, so I can find out who put it on my machine.
August 26th, 2004, 03:36 PM
There are plenty of Anti-Virus software application's out there available for download. For a nice free web virus scan, try trend micro's housecall (http://housecall.trendmicro.com/). As for where they came from and who put them on your machine, that put is pretty hard to determine. Chances are it was a random person who just wanted to cause harm on someone's machine.
August 26th, 2004, 03:48 PM
If it is a virus, worm or trojan the chances are that nobody actually put it on your machine other than yourself, through having weak security.
You should have up to date:
And use scanners for Adware and Spyware.
Your operating system should be up to date with the latest patches.
Can you tell us:
1. What is your operating system.
2. What is your antivirus.
3. What is your firewall.
4. Do you have an Adware scanner.
5. Do you have a Spyware scanner.
6. What e-mail system are you using.
7. How do you connect to the internet (dial-up modem/DSL/Cable)?
As Spyder has suggested,, a lot of this stuff is launched onto the internet like a "fire and forget" missile and you are not the particular target.
August 26th, 2004, 04:01 PM
Ahh, better way of putting it old friend To add to what nihil said, 9 out of 10 cases you are NOT the particular target but rather the finding of a particular scan or just an IP popped out. No one really target's an individual usually unless it's for some special reason (political motivation, corporate gain, etc etc).
a lot of this stuff is launched onto the internet like a "fire and forget" missile and you are not the particular target.