Solved has youtube really destructive viruses???

October 28, 2015 at 06:07:00
Specs: Windows 8.1, intel core CPU i5 4200 1.60Hz/4gigs
parents r on my back that my comp has troubles because i watch youtube. is that true?can a virus mess with BIOS and startup?

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#1
October 28, 2015 at 08:10:31
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Initialy I would have said no; but the way things are these days...it would appear that it is possible.

Have look at the hits here, and you'll see the how and why etc....?

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=viruses...

General advice: never install " anything" downloaded from the web - using the automatic install option - which is the default. "Always" use the custom/manual option.Using custom/manual allows you to check what will be installed. Carefully look for and uncheck and pre checked boxes - which would otherwise allow a whole mess of unwanted stuff to go in along with the actual item you really want. Many sites bundle junk, make changes to your settings, browser etc. when you use the automatic install option; so - again - always use the manual/custom route.

Regularly run ccleaner (it's free) to clear junk from places various. regularly scan your system both with your anti-virus, and an on-line free version. Trend Housecall is one on-line freebie, and there are others too.

I'm on an iPad just now and it's a bit of a PAI (when using an iPad) to hunt for the actual links to ccleaner and other useful free cleaniut utilities, and freebie on-line scans.

But likely others here will drop in and take you further on...


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#2
October 28, 2015 at 10:32:40
thx i just wanted proof from you so my parent wont be on my back

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#3
October 28, 2015 at 18:11:21
Best to use Firefox browser with adblock plus add-on. That way you get no YouTube adverts, which are a likely way in for viruses.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
October 29, 2015 at 00:34:29
Yes i have that turned on on firefox

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#5
October 29, 2015 at 09:12:14
Is mbam ok for an antivir? My parents dont allow me to download/have more than 2 antivirs with the exeption of windows defender

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#6
October 29, 2015 at 09:26:40
You should never have two or more anti-virus programs running together in the background. They will check each other and cause problems. That includes Windows Defender on Win 8.1. Decide which one you want and stick with it.

You can have as many anti-virus/malware programs as you wish to run on demand when you wish to double check the system or fix a virus that has crept through. If you just want to check the system these three freebies are a good start (they each look for different things):

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
Download the free version.
Install and Run the program but before doing its Scan go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a checkmark in "Scan for rootkits". Quarantine anything it finds.

Any or all three can be removed when they have done their job if you so wish.

EDIT:
I see CCleaner is mentioned in the previous link. If you want it here is the link:
https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/d...
This is not for removing malware or viruses but for cleaning up the system. However, if you think you've just picked up some "nasty" then running it immediately might remove it from Temporary Internet Files. You would still have to run further checks though.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#7
October 29, 2015 at 10:33:47
Yeah... I had a problem with avg in the past.a virus anihalated the avg and i can't uninstaill the avg. It's just there, taking up space. Tell me if i can do anything.

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#8
October 29, 2015 at 10:36:12
I have this weird automatic thing that keeps avg and windows defender off even if i manually start it

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#9
October 29, 2015 at 15:49:42
The problem with uninstalling virus checkers is that they should be disabled first. Assuming you tried to uninstall it from the Control Panel then use this:
http://www.avg.com/gb-en/utilities
Make sure you use 32 bit or 64 bit as appropriate.

EDIT:
Re #8 Not understood. What weird automatic thing do you mean and what is it you are manually starting?

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#10
October 30, 2015 at 03:59:54
#8 is just that i cant start windows def.

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#11
October 30, 2015 at 08:11:41
Malware can attempt to stop or disable virus checkers including Windows Defender. It would be worth running the three freebies I suggested, in the order given. Ensure that MalwareBytes checks for rootkits, as mentioned. These are simply for a one time check.

If you still can't start Windows Defender after that we'll see if we can fix it. Otherwise use a free virus checker instead, such as Avast or Bitdefender.

You have not told us what troubles you are having, only a broad mention of BIOS and startup. Do you want us to help fix the computer or were you simply looking for an answer to the question in your original post?

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#12
October 30, 2015 at 08:32:52
I fixed it by instailling win 10 just now

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#13
October 30, 2015 at 08:37:46
Maybe it wasn't a virus then. If it is a virus then it is unlikely that upgrading to Windows 10 will not have removed it. The programs in #6 will help determine that if you wish to run them.

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