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28 August 2008 13:22 Post ID: #215891
GeroniMO
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windows has just informed me that my spyware and malware thing is out of date and when i select pdate is says some chit about no definitions being available

anyone know what the hell that means

cheers
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28 August 2008 13:28 Post ID: #215900 - in reply to #215891
Andover_Lion
What operating system and antivirus are you using.


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28 August 2008 13:36 Post ID: #215902 - in reply to #215891
GeroniMO
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antivirus is avg

operating sytem i believe is windows vista if my idea of what an operating system is, is correct
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28 August 2008 13:42 Post ID: #215907 - in reply to #215891
MOjo
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Malware - Any software designed to do something that the user would not wish it to do, hasn't asked it to do, and often has no knowledge of until it's too late. Types of malware include backdoor, virus, worm, Trojan horse.

Malware typically affects the system on which it is run, e.g. by deleting or corrupting files on the local disks. Since Internet connections became common, malware has increasingly targets remote systems. An early example was malware consisting of a malicious e-mail attachment that targeted security flaws in Microsoft Outlook (the most common e-mail client) to send itself to all the user's contacts. A more recent kind of malware "recruits" the infected computer to become part of a botnet consisting of thousands of infected computers that can then be remotely controlled and used to launch DDoS attacks. (so in effect you could be a transitional stage for a porn site and not even know it!)

Spyware - Information is sent via the Internet to a server somewhere, normally as a hidden side effect of using a program. Gathering this information may benefit the user indirectly, e.g. by helping to improve the software he is using. It may be collected for advertising purposes or, worst of all, to steal security information such as passwords to online accounts or credit card details.

Spyware may be installed along with other software or as the result of a virus infection. There are many tools available to locate and remove various forms of spyware from a computer.

Some HTTP cookies could be considered as spyware as their use is generally not made explicit to users. It is however possible to disallow them, either totally or individually, and some are actually useful, e.g. recording the fact that a user has logged in.

Basically the name says it all - its either a programme or a cookie (small bit of code) that feeds back info on your browsing habits or buying habits (that's how Amazon can make suggestions to you - based on perevious things that you've looked at and not actually purchased)

The first one needs sorting, the second can be benign but it can also be aggressive (in other words ) cause you a great deal of problems - personally I'd get some software on board and irradicate it - I use one of the Nuker programmes that I got on line from the states- deals with everything and is normally updated once a month (or earlier) cost me I think abobut £15 for 3 years cover

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28 August 2008 13:49 Post ID: #215915 - in reply to #215907
GeroniMO
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its my windows defender definitions that are out of date so am tryig to download the latest update now

god i hate computers i am such a wally when it comes to this sort of thing
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28 August 2008 13:59 Post ID: #215919 - in reply to #215915
Andover_Lion
I've got Windows Vista and it has a problem running with AVG which I use as well. Even though I had AVG installed and up to date the Windows Security Centre kept saying I had no Antivirus installed.

What you need is for the Windows Firewall to be turned on with automatic Windows updates on as well. Check to see if your AVG is up to date.

If you keep getting alerts that you've got no malware/antivirus protection, you might have to do what I did, and check the box on the Windows Security Centre, that you'll monitor it yourself.
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28 August 2008 14:23 Post ID: #215939 - in reply to #215891
Supreme MO
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Use Linux.
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28 August 2008 18:58 Post ID: #216114 - in reply to #215891
MOjo
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THe product I use is Spyware Nuker XT - don't know if it'll google?
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28 August 2008 21:39 Post ID: #216165 - in reply to #215891
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Make sure if you take it to PC world you dont get caught out like Gary Glitter..........tee hee !!!
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28 August 2008 21:42 Post ID: #216167 - in reply to #216165
GeroniMO
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ha ha its ok but i use my flatmates laptop for that sort of thing
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28 August 2008 21:43 Post ID: #216169 - in reply to #215891
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Good for you McC thats what I like a person with common sense !!!
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21 July 2010 13:01 Post ID: #580032 - in reply to #215891
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Against spyware and malware you need to use a strong security software. I use Kaspersky and I'm satisfied with it's performance, I recommend it yo you, you will sure like it.http://www.trustdownload.com/Antivirus-and-Spyware-Cleaners/Antivirus/Kaspersky-Internet-Security-7.0.html
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08 July 2017 06:41 Post ID: #1542344 - in reply to #215939
Legend MO
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Brockers - 28/8/2008 14:23

Use Linux.


I installed Ubuntu 16.4 on my laptop it's a Linux build way better than windows no viruses and no malware has a software store where most of the apps are free and you can do everything you do on Windows also Ubuntu is open source which is free

Plenty of info on line on how to install it,it takes around 30 mins
All you need is a usb stick
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