Could I have a virus?

  justjill 18:30 07 Feb 2006


I have a Dell Dimension 9100 (only a few months old) and I've been running Avast antivirus, Spybot and AdAware. Today I clicked on a link in a reputable forum but when I did so, new IE browser windows just kept opening and the only way I could stop them was to turn the PC off at the wall. When I turned it back on the start menu wouldn't respond and I had to turn it off and on again. I ran an Avast scan which picked up no infected files but said there were 150 files (which all belong to Spybot and AdAware) which Avast said it could not scan because they were password protected. I don't remember password protecting these files. I'm just a bit worried because I've heard of these viruses which can disable your antivirus software.

Does it sound as if I've picked up a virus? And if so, what should I do now?

Many thanks.


  VoG II 18:33 07 Feb 2006

Download Ewido Anti-Malware trial version click here

When installing, under 'Additional Options' untick 'Install background guard' and 'Install scan via context menu'.

Launch Ewido by double clicking the icon on your desktop. The program will now go to the main screen. You will need to update Ewido to the latest definition files. On the left hand side of the main screen click update then click on Start Update.

Then select 'Settings'. Under the bottom section 'What to Scan?' make sure 'Scan every file' is ticked. Select 'OK' and you will return to scanning options. Click on Complete System Scan and the scan will begin. This scan can take quite a while to run.

While the scan is in progress, you will be prompted to clean the first infected file it finds. Choose 'Clean' (or 'Delete' if 'Clean' is not an option). Then put a tick next to 'Perform action on all infections'. Doing this enables the scan to proceed automatically until its completion. Click OK.

  justjill 07:09 08 Feb 2006

Many thanks :)

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