Did i get a virus?

August 22, 2009 at 11:51:33
Specs: Windows Vista home premium
I was online searching on several sites when I got a odd pop up screen for a product called Virus Doctor that I couldn't get away from . It quickly makes a window in your browser saying that your computer is infected and wants you to install its application.
I closed the window, but did not press ok which was the ONLY option to choose.

I am running Avast and so far nothing. And I don't see anything new install on the computer from the start menu..so did I get this thing or not?

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August 22, 2009 at 11:58:29
Hello ylbug,

in fact it is possible to get infected even if you did not launched any file from the website(mainly by "pdf" exploit). If your computer was infected by virus, there wont be any new program installed in Start menu (this would be very obvious). Also some viruses are waiting several hours before they start to do they job on your computer. So its hard to say if you was infected by this virus. I would recommend you to run complete scan at this moment. If you will notice any suspicious activities on your computer later, come back here and let us know. We will send you some instructions how to create diagnostic log files etc.



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August 22, 2009 at 18:56:34
ylbug, the best way to close a nasty pop-up like that is to open task manager and shut it off in there.
You may want to try a bootscan with avast to see if the problem attached to your OS.
Here is how to set up a bootscan:

You may also want to update and run malwarebytes and remove all it finds just to be on the safe side..

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August 22, 2009 at 20:04:29
Thanks for the suggestions and help!

I did run a thorough scan and then a boot scan. (Thanks for the link I didn't know how to set it up.)

Nothing was found. But I will keep an eye open for any strange activity.

I didn't even think of the task manager since the pop-up wouldn't even let me hide it for a moment. I kinda freaked out. I had thought Firefox would block things like that but nothing is perfect.

I have a copy of Spybot search and destroy and spywareblaster will they work as well as malwarebytes?

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August 22, 2009 at 20:18:18
you can use them all with no confllicts.
Make sure you use the immunization in spybot S&D.

Another great free additive is winpatrol,
regulates things adding to your PC and also helps to disable start-up items etc.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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