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#1 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

 I have AVG but this Vista total security is telling me my computer is infected, when I scan it says I have to pay to remove the viruses.
I am scanning with AVG what else should I do Help!?

#2 Posted by fox01313 (5061 posts) -

Been happy with Avast! on it's free antivirus though I tend to not to go to many of the sites that infect pcs so hard to tell how well it works.

#3 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

This vista tool? Did it pop up when you went to a site? 
 
 
Get "Malwarebytes" Its great 

#4 Posted by DystopiaX (5293 posts) -

Can't really help you, the one good thing about Comcast internet is that it lets me put Norton antivirus on up to 5 PCs, so I get it for free.

#5 Posted by monstersnsoup (80 posts) -

Avast! is pretty good

#6 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man: Yeah, I was watching the Cleveland show.
#7 Posted by goodwood (600 posts) -

Vista total security is a scam and is not actually an anti virus program. I have always liked using Microsoft Security Essentials, its good for being free.

#8 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@big_jon said:
" @The_Laughing_Man: Yeah, I was watching the Cleveland show. "
Did it come up like a pop up? Or was it YOUR vista thing. Cause lots of fake scanners will pop up in a window. 
#9 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

Definitely AVAST.

#10 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man said:

" @big_jon said:

" @The_Laughing_Man: Yeah, I was watching the Cleveland show. "
Did it come up like a pop up? Or was it YOUR vista thing. Cause lots of fake scanners will pop up in a window.  "
It is running on my start bar but I can't find it in my programs.
#11 Posted by Wes (258 posts) -

 I haven't needed an anti-virus program in years. I've found the best anti-virus is to be smart when browsing online. And ignore pop-ups.

#12 Posted by Vinny_Says (5686 posts) -
@big_jon: Vista Security is a virus, how are you using internet? That virus usually jacks your browser. I had to format my HDD to get rid of it. Most free antivirus programs will only scan for the problem and not fix it....
#13 Posted by Potter9156 (940 posts) -

Been using Avira. It works.

#14 Posted by Surkov (991 posts) -

AVAST 

#15 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@big_jon said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:

" @big_jon said:

" @The_Laughing_Man: Yeah, I was watching the Cleveland show. "
Did it come up like a pop up? Or was it YOUR vista thing. Cause lots of fake scanners will pop up in a window.  "
It is running on my start bar but I can't find it in my programs. "
Use Malwarebytes and remove it. Its a virus. 
#16 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -
@blacklabeldomm said:
" @big_jon: Vista Security is a virus, how are you using internet? That virus usually jacks your browser. I had to format my HDD to get rid of it. Most free antivirus programs will only scan for the problem and not fix it.... "
I am searching around for fixes for it now.
 
Oh and I hit start as apposed to open, it made stuff work...
#17 Posted by august (3827 posts) -

I've switched over to Linux for everything that isn't games. Works pretty well.

#18 Posted by YetiAntics (1489 posts) -

Recently been using Avast! ever since Comodo bugged out on me. 
Comodo told me Giant Bomb had malicious code every time i visited... 
 
So yeah, Avast. Try it.

#19 Posted by Skytylz (4029 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials, it's one of the reasons vista and 7 are so expensive.  It's the best free one I've ever used.

#20 Posted by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -

The best free anti virus is common sense. If that isn't an option then AVG has always done the job.

#21 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

Thanks duders you have saved my computer from evil Viruses.

#22 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -
@crusader8463 said:
" The best free anti virus is common sense. If that isn't an option then AVG has always done the job. "
 If only it were all that simple eh?
#23 Edited by B0nd07 (1697 posts) -
@big_jon: Vista Total Security is malware; part of a family that imitates real anti-virus software and scam unsuspecting people out of their money.  They can be difficult to remove, but there are several sites with step-by-step instructions.  Malwarebytes, as suggested by The_Laughing_Man, should be able to remove it though, so give that a try.
 
Once you have it removed, I'd also suggest going with Avast.  You might also look into Adblock Plus if you're using Firefox or (I think) Chrome (make sure you use one of its supplied subscriptions).  Use those, and general browsing sense, and you should be safe.
#24 Posted by Karmum (11517 posts) -

Not saying AVG is the best but I've used it for several years now and it's alright. I used AVAST for awhile and I found it to be better than AVG.
 
Why I switched back is beyond me...

#25 Posted by sneakysnake128 (186 posts) -

Avira and Avast! are the best choices. However, I suggest Avast! because it doesn't have Avira's annoying popups and is the prettiest AV in terms of interface. 

#26 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

trendmicro.com/housecall 

#27 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty good. 

#28 Posted by sneakysnake128 (186 posts) -

AVG used to be the top choice of 2005-2008 but in the meantime it has grown to be slow, large, and clunky (the opinion of the majority as well as mine). 

#29 Posted by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -
@big_jon: My vote goes to Avast! It doesn't bother me and does its job in the background. I've never had a problem.
#30 Posted by august (3827 posts) -
@B0nd07: NoScript is pretty essential too, probably more important from a security standpoint than adblock.
#31 Edited by Rockanomics (1150 posts) -

Malwarebytes, it's not passive (which I prefer, no resource hogging) but it'll get rid of anything.

#32 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

AVG is good, that Vista Tool pop up is fake.

#33 Posted by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -
@big_jon said:
" @crusader8463 said:
" The best free anti virus is common sense. If that isn't an option then AVG has always done the job. "
 If only it were all that simple eh? "
Actually it is that simple.  
  • If you download any movies, or porn, make sure the file extension is not a .exe instead of whatever it's supposed to be. 
  • Find a couple main stream porn sites and stay away from the seedy ones. If you got some off beat fetishes then there sadly is not much you can do, as they are the sites that tend to target people the most since no one wants to warn people away from some leather, BDSM, strap-on, shemale fetish site since that would mean admitting you are into something kinky.
  • Never open email from people you don't know. 
  • No matter how good it sounds, the pill will not make your penis and or boobs bigger. Don't open it.
  • Your World of Warcaft account is fine. You are not in trouble, you are not being accused of being a gold farmer, your account was not high jacked and you don't need to log in to verify some thing.
  • Make two email accounts. Use the dummy account for EVERYTHING but the most important sites like banking sites, job related stuff, MMO accounts etc.. That way you just use the dummy account for every other site on the internet, since now a days ever dam site requires you to sign up for some kind of account.
  • If you pirate software or games then it's basically a crap shoot. You just need to learn what up loaders you can trust and what ones not to, but even then there is always the chance of getting something.
 
That's about it. I just follow those rules and use common sense like knowing that if something is too good to be true then it is, and I have never had a virus problem. I just keep AVG on and do a full scan every month or two because I'm paranoid, but I get nothing every time. 
 
I'm not being snarky or condescending when I say that common sense is the best Anti Virus. As long as you use common sense, don't open email from people you don't know, and stay away from seedy porn/torrent/crack sites then chances are you will never get a virus.
#34 Posted by Marz (5642 posts) -

The free microsoft security essentials isn't that terrible.   I'd give it a whirl.

#35 Posted by skywing (1153 posts) -

MSE for windows is pretty good also avast is good. 
Both are free (assuming you are using a microsoft OS)

#36 Edited by Savv (75 posts) -
#37 Posted by benpicko (1997 posts) -
@big_jon said:
"  I have AVG but this Vista total security is telling me my computer is infected, when I scan it says I have to pay to remove the viruses. I am scanning with AVG what else should I do Help!? "
Get rKill to stop the malware process, then run Malwarebytes Anti Malware and it'll get rid of it.
#38 Posted by Daveyo520 (6652 posts) -

I have been using AVG forever and have not had a problem with it.

#39 Posted by Hunkulese (2642 posts) -

Microsoft Security Essentials is great now. It's better than any antivirus program I've paid for and I've yet to have something fuck up because I was using it.

#40 Posted by WickedFather (1730 posts) -

Moved from AVG to Avira because AVG is an annoying hog especially on startup.

#41 Posted by iWonder (454 posts) -

Avast and AVG are both pretty competent, but Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty damned efficient and runs startlingly well considering it's free. I've been using it for a few months and have yet to have even a single problem.

#42 Posted by DetectiveSpecial (464 posts) -

I also am going to espouse the benefits of Microsoft Security Essentials. I have idea why it seems to be a secret - it is the best, least memory intensive anti-virus around. Provided you paid for Windows, it is free.  
It is, in fact, one of the few advantages of using Windows. 

#43 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -
@crusader8463 said:

" @big_jon said:

" @crusader8463 said:
" The best free anti virus is common sense. If that isn't an option then AVG has always done the job. "
 If only it were all that simple eh? "
Actually it is that simple.  
  • If you download any movies, or porn, make sure the file extension is not a .exe instead of whatever it's supposed to be. 
  • Find a couple main stream porn sites and stay away from the seedy ones. If you got some off beat fetishes then there sadly is not much you can do, as they are the sites that tend to target people the most since no one wants to warn people away from some leather, BDSM, strap-on, shemale fetish site since that would mean admitting you are into something kinky.
  • Never open email from people you don't know. 
  • No matter how good it sounds, the pill will not make your penis and or boobs bigger. Don't open it.
  • Your World of Warcaft account is fine. You are not in trouble, you are not being accused of being a gold farmer, your account was not high jacked and you don't need to log in to verify some thing.
  • Make two email accounts. Use the dummy account for EVERYTHING but the most important sites like banking sites, job related stuff, MMO accounts etc.. That way you just use the dummy account for every other site on the internet, since now a days ever dam site requires you to sign up for some kind of account.
  • If you pirate software or games then it's basically a crap shoot. You just need to learn what up loaders you can trust and what ones not to, but even then there is always the chance of getting something.
 
That's about it. I just follow those rules and use common sense like knowing that if something is too good to be true then it is, and I have never had a virus problem. I just keep AVG on and do a full scan every month or two because I'm paranoid, but I get nothing every time. 
 I'm not being snarky or condescending when I say that common sense is the best Anti Virus. As long as you use common sense, don't open email from people you don't know, and stay away from seedy porn/torrent/crack sites then chances are you will never get a virus. "
Well it was from watching a TV shack video, so as I said No it's not always simple.
#44 Posted by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -
@big_jon said:
" @crusader8463 said:

" @big_jon said:

" @crusader8463 said:
" The best free anti virus is common sense. If that isn't an option then AVG has always done the job. "
 If only it were all that simple eh? "
Actually it is that simple.  
  • If you download any movies, or porn, make sure the file extension is not a .exe instead of whatever it's supposed to be. 
  • Find a couple main stream porn sites and stay away from the seedy ones. If you got some off beat fetishes then there sadly is not much you can do, as they are the sites that tend to target people the most since no one wants to warn people away from some leather, BDSM, strap-on, shemale fetish site since that would mean admitting you are into something kinky.
  • Never open email from people you don't know. 
  • No matter how good it sounds, the pill will not make your penis and or boobs bigger. Don't open it.
  • Your World of Warcaft account is fine. You are not in trouble, you are not being accused of being a gold farmer, your account was not high jacked and you don't need to log in to verify some thing.
  • Make two email accounts. Use the dummy account for EVERYTHING but the most important sites like banking sites, job related stuff, MMO accounts etc.. That way you just use the dummy account for every other site on the internet, since now a days ever dam site requires you to sign up for some kind of account.
  • If you pirate software or games then it's basically a crap shoot. You just need to learn what up loaders you can trust and what ones not to, but even then there is always the chance of getting something.
 
That's about it. I just follow those rules and use common sense like knowing that if something is too good to be true then it is, and I have never had a virus problem. I just keep AVG on and do a full scan every month or two because I'm paranoid, but I get nothing every time. 
 I'm not being snarky or condescending when I say that common sense is the best Anti Virus. As long as you use common sense, don't open email from people you don't know, and stay away from seedy porn/torrent/crack sites then chances are you will never get a virus. "
Well it was from watching a TV shack video, so as I said No it's not always simple.     Now why don't you take your pretentious ass else where?  "
 
Christ all mighty calm down.  Do you often ask for help then insult the person when they try to help you?  
 
As I said, I was just giving some general advice that I have always used and has helped me to never have a problem. Preventing viruses from getting on your computer is better then trying to get rid of them once you got them. 
 
Some people...
#45 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2779 posts) -

Many years ago I used AVG then it got bloated so I switched to Avira and now I use MS Sexurity Essentials for the past year or so. All have served me well.
#46 Posted by afrofools (1313 posts) -

Put the highest rated security extensions on your browser, use common sense, don't do anything illegal, don't look up porn (if you have to use Incognito mode). That's what I do, and I use panda cloud antivirus because it stays completely out of your way once you install it (but it only detects a virus after your computer gets infected, which is kind of sucky, and it doesn't support Safe Mode). 
 
Use the basic shitty Windows Firewall, and never-ever put that Zone Alarm firewall on your computer because it is terrible. Also, don't open fishy emails if you use outlook or thunderbird or whatever else there is. Web-based email solutions seem to be safer, and have additional safe guards and crowd-sourced junk mail detection. Nowadays viruses aren't a problem unless you think you really are the 999,999,999 visitor of a website, any mac or linux users you may know who say that windows users always have to put up with viruses are wrong, and with the panda cloud you don't have to worry about definition updates so everything's cool. 
 
Bonus Tips: 

  • Some dodgy software will actually show up in task manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del), and you can Google the process name to check if it is normal or not. 
  • Programs that would like you to install additional crap to support them, don't install the crap, yahoo toolbar is a virus in my opinion. If you feel bad about not supporting the developer you are better off not installing the extra software.
#47 Posted by beej (1674 posts) -

siiigh, enjoy the hostage ware. In my opinion? Take the files you want, reformat the machine, be more careful in the future.

#48 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

MSE tops all standard AV tests. Avast is a good alternative. 

#49 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2712 posts) -

Avast. 
#50 Edited by mm665 (407 posts) -
@afrofools said:

" Put the highest rated security extensions on your browser, use common sense, don't do anything illegal, don't look up porn (if you have to use Incognito mode). "

F that,you could have just said don't use internet at all.
 
I've been using Avast for a long time and its pretty good.