View Full Version : So how did I get infected in the first place?

2005-11-08, 17:37
Watch what you download and where from. If you insist on using a P2P program, please read File Sharing, otherwise known as Peer To Peer. (P2P) (http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=282)

It's important to always keep current with the latest security fixes from Microsoft. UPDATED WINDOWS (http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=425)


Usually one can have more than one anti-spyware, anti-malware type programs installed without issue, although one may decide to choose one resident real time protection.

The same does not apply to firewalls and anti-virus programs.

Rule of thumb is one firewall and one anti virus program installed to avoid conflicts, loss of program efficiency and system lock up due to both software products attempting to access the same files at the same time.

An Anti-Virus product is a necessity. It's a good idea to set these to receive automatic updates so you are always as fully protected as possible from the newest virus threats. Microsoft Security Essentials (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx) is also an option.

If a personal computer is infected you may post Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) and aswMBR logs in the Malware Removal Forum (http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=22) to receive free assistance from our volunteer analysts.
Please see the FAQ first: "BEFORE You POST"(Please read this Procedure Before Requesting Assistance) (http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=288)

Happy safe computing!!

2006-04-28, 19:03
14 ways to get Infected without trying

A little bit of humour but also based on fact. ;)

1) Look for cracks, subdivided in illegal software and .....

2) Practice unsafe hex, browse the web for free pOrn

3) Look for software that adds smileys to your posts, mail etc

4) Look for kewl skins, screensavers etc

5) Look for spyware removers, concentrate on the kind that makes you pay before it removes anything

6) Install a P2P program and repeat all of the above

7) You always want the best; use p2p to download anti-virus/firewall software.

8) Do NOT pay for anything, the internet is a place where you can steal anything from everyone without even saying as much as thank you

9) Don't have/use/update antivirus/security software

10) Look for pokergames, slotmachines and other gambling outfits

11) Look for ringtones and other stuff to bling your phone

12) Click on those unexpected links and attachments in email, because you're curious...

13) Do loan your laptop to the next door neighbour for the weekend and give him your Admin account login so he can get his project done with no hassles

14) Let the Babysitter use your laptop for 'schoolwork'

Thanks to Metallica for most of those and CalamityJane, bitman, Lonny, shelf life. :D:

2008-11-06, 03:47
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2009-02-01, 17:30
When installing new software or updates be watchful for the inclusion of toolbars or other software. This includes browsers and add-ons which change your default homepage and/or search engine. Such may recommend fake updates and install unwanted programs without your knowledge.

Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) and avoid clicking through in a hurry without looking for pre-checked boxes. Or you may end up with an unwanted program, one that could be time consuming to remove.

Choose a custom install if offered so one can opt-out of any unwanted third party software or additions. Some users may find the offers useful but make sure you know what you are agreeing to.