Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

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Been using Mac and Linux for a few years and was just given a new computer  
with Windows 8 on it.  A few days after I started using it, I was told to u
pdate my McAfee security, I watched closely to make sure I wasnt being sold
 something or asked to agree to anything and it does seem that McAfee was p
re-installed.  I am aware of the scary stories out there about what McAfee  
does at the end of your year's subscription to ensure that you pay them a n
ew subscription fee.

Suddenly, MaAfee started warning me about some completely harmless site it  
has blocked, actually it was WNLY (CBS) in New York (risky connection block
ed 69.25.201.71).  McAfee told me to go to some site to check what it had b
locked. I did and everything it told me looked completely harmless. All it  
said was 'we think this is high risk'.  But mysteriously I have some additi
onal tool bar (mixidj or something??) which I didnt want or need or DEFINIT
ELY agree to!  And this being Chrome, I cant get rid of it easily, which is
 obnoxious.  And I am not completely convinced about the absolute invincibi
lity of McAfee because suddenly I got a pop up ad appearing its own window  
under whatever I was browsing. I do plan to get an updated HOSTS file from  
MVPS.ORG and figure out how to install it in Windows 8.  

I am suspicious now and want to know, is this McAfee trying to make itself  
look indispensable? Should I uninstall it or does it perform any useful pur
pose? I don't normally visit any dangerous sites but am aware that some sor
t of av may be necessary if malware has infiltrated some innocuous site. I  
dont want McAfee to make me neurotic about surfing the internet

Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

On Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:16:21 -0700 (PDT)

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If you can suffer along with it until it asks for money, I would do so.
Then, I would dump it and got a free AV with less obnoxious "features".

Until then, see about learning how to disable the most obnoxious
features.

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Yes, that is what I figured, along with a general 'watch to see if McAfee is hogging resources' which probably wont be an issue until Microsoft has installed its 832nd windowsupdate.

Still, seeing that auto-installed tool bar and the popup on a system which is only a few days old was annoying to a Linux user, to say the least!

Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

On 10/22/2013 11:44 AM, Hugo Ripanykhazov wrote:
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windowsupdate.

I would uninstall it, then run the removal tool:

http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS101331

Replace it with whatever. I personally find MSE adequate (especially  
when coupled with MBAM Pro). Others will insist that it is not.


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Install and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It should identify the  
toolbar as a PUP.

If that doesn't help, try AdwCleaner and/or JunkwareRemovalTool:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/junkware-removal-tool/

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Mark Warner
MEPIS Linux
Registered Linux User #415318
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Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

Incredibly, malwarebytes recognises this (as a PUP like you say) and removi
ng 204 entries!!!!!!!! doesnt do anything

Possibly because it has installed itself into every browser on my system an
d every time I open  a browser, it re-installs everything? Any way I am now
 running a deep scan to see if that does anything.

Plus, neither FF nor IE will now go into gmail!!!!!!  I get some arcane err
or message telling me that something is redirecting this URL in a way that  
wont complete. Removing all cookies doesnt solve this problem, it just reap
pears immediately as do the account cookies.

JESUS I am about to dump this mickey mouse OS and install Linuxmint! (excep
t that Mint now requires complete uninstalling and reinstalling every year  
to the new version, somewhat limiting its usefulness. AND mint doesn't like
 laptops and wont bring them out of suspend, so you have to turn off your w
hole computer every time you walk away from it)

Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

On 10/22/2013 2:11 PM, Hugo Ripanykhazov wrote:
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Try the other two programs I referred you to.

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problem, it just reappears immediately as do the account cookies.

That sounds like either a browser hijack or a proxy server has been set up.

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walk away from it)

If you decide to install Linux, you'll need to get into the bios/uefi,  
disable Secure Boot, and set it to legacy boot. Then you'll need to blow  
away the existing GPT partitioning and lay out your drive with an msdos  
partition table.

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Mark Warner
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 error message telling me that something is redirecting this URL  
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p.
xcept that Mint now requires complete uninstalling and  
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lness. AND mint doesn't like laptops and wont bring them out  
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OK Will try one of those two, thanks, - the deep scan found only 1 problem  
still there

Not sure about something setting up a proxy server while i wasnt looking as
 I dont get the error message in Chrome.  I wonder if I should install Spyb
ot or Multi-AV in Windows 8 to prevent these sorts of problems in future or
 isnt it as easy as that and do I have to go through the HIjackThis procedu
re?

Setting up linux mint has been VERY easy since version12. It installs a boo
t loader called GRUB which allows you to choose what to boot into thereafte
r. But thanks for the warning about enabling legacy in the BIOS

Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

On 10/22/2013 5:50 PM, Hugo Ripanykhazov wrote:
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Depending on the distro, you still may need to write a msdos partition  
table prior to laying out your partitions.

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Mark Warner
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Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

Here are some instructions I found somewhere: (NB They dont work and nor does removing the toolbar from extensions and dumping it in the trash!)

3. Delete Mixi Dj search engine  


Go to Google Chrome Settings, in "Search" zone, click Manage search engine.  

Select a default search engine of your choice (Yahoo, Google, Bing), and then delete Mixi Dj search engine from the list.  


4. The last step is to download a genuine antivirus AND antimalware program. Search for one that you like and when you install it remember to always keep it up to date.  


Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

Hugo Ripanykhazov has written on 10/22/2013 12:23 PM:
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Even better is to use programs that update themselves regularly. I use
Avast! and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and update every 4 hours.

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