Have you guys ever been hit with anything ? If you have, what were the symptoms and how did you go about fixing your system? I'm just trying to get information for when or if this happens again. I've always been under the impression that once you're infected, especially at the registry level, wiping everything clean is the only way to go...What do you guys say?
I'm too cheap to pay a monthly subscription for antivirus/firewall updates. I'm glad Microsoft came up with Security Essentials. So often times, whatever bundled security suite I had would expire after some time. Then if I get hit, I just backup my stuff and do a factory reset and I get to restart my trial again
Sometimes, just rolling back to previous state using System Restore would do the job fine. But if not, might as well start over with a reformat. I hardly find those fixes provided by Norton, McAfee, etc to be useful at all. They're kinda like band-aids, they'll probably get rid of the offending infection but the damage has been done already.
The things that I have been hit with are:
Some weird crap installed in Program Files, Windows, or System folders that refused to be uninstalled or deleted
Some weird file that replicates itself
Computer slowing down due to too many bogus processes
Restarting every x minutes (sometimes with countdown timer)
Windows Infected with trojans, viruses, and spyware? Installing (without permission) "Windows Antispyware" for you now!
And oftentimes it happen when I'm not even in the scary part of the netborhood. At one point, I actually got infected by LAFToys.com. =\
Now that I think about it, alot of the times that I have been infected were from looking up a site through a search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc). Oftentimes when you want get a question answered, or looking up general search terms, you'll get sites that look
as if it does pertain to your search but are totally suspicious sites; on the first pages no less. I don't trust some of the sponsored links on top or on the side of the listings either, though nowadays I think they (Google, MS, Yahoo...) gotten stricter with the sponsors.
Edited by shiroikaze, 09 May 2010 - 12:32 PM.