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Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge; it has also come to include programs that engage in various kinds of electronic fraud. Anti-spyware is software that removes or blocks that software; some common vendors include Malwarebytes, McAfee, Spybot-Search and Destroy, Ad-Aware and BitDefender.

What are software errors / malware / virus / spyware

 you have
read about in reviews
experienced while troubleshooting  smart tv

I tried googling
smart tv virus

I am looking to learn
maybe there is a lynda.com or youtube course

this is an interesting subject to me and I would like to learn more

a best answer would be a list of problems
My Os is win 10 pro 64 bit.  I had earlier on login problems where I was not able to login with my usual password into my pc and since the login user was my email, I had to use a laptop to get into the account and reset the password.
And now I see the screen called Charity Engine Desktop, the graphics is attached.  Please advise what is this up to.  I have Avast virus and also Malwarebytes.  Nearly one or the other run a scan, and sometimes detects  something that is deleted.  Thank u
Here is the link that was clicked: hxxps://u4598270.ct.sendgrid.net/wf/click?upn=lW1VP1LR5tC56CEqULIupHriUjWhteqHFxNYJUg-2Fm4qWeRnSTvmYIf0LN8rF0ZSx2i-2FNqtPk3lUkQ9cm8hMC1fzPVx-2FewVME6Zr7GZsJwDDbIP8txHn-2FP3fAiPry0aAI_rdnj-2FJA4mNfAG-2BjZraaM4yJcBsIo3HDuTPqz7-2F8BMCdcLT5kR2If4XO3NBE49v2ve0PMWymjse-2BXWhMN-2FWMYHOkUyvrbvEFk-2FCs3MrpNiFyBYLd-2FkYJEVEoBcOSR7Eh83U-2BrjWOddZDIOt04iOmw-2BdCSTtaCY9Yr3j4OLbEcpBo6BDyIMzIPjhdC3eFBUaif5rnib32EBrrq-2FH3NKlX1e4vI7fgEa6HC0OwDVQDwMpoRAKppZ6PbOARVbGXG6Mzs - the tt have been replaced with xx in hxxps:

What I have done:

-rebooted all servers that were connected by share drive.
-changed users password in AD
- ran the following: adwcleaner, JRT, malwarebytes anti-malware, eset anti-virus, mcafee rootkit remover, Kaspersky tdsskiller, ccleaner - all came back clear.
-changed user logon hours to hours when in office
- in AD allow login to only application servers

Can anyone tell me what that site downloads? Is there a way to be sure the system is clean or do I need to reformat?
I've been tasked to help recover data from a Windows 10 PC where an elderly user allowed remote access to a scammer.

So far I've had the owner of the machine turn off the machine and reset his important passwords from another machine.

I'm planning to reinstall Windows on it from scratch.

Before I do that, I'm planning to try to recover personal data. I suppose there is a chance some or all of it has been encrypted with a bitlocker type tool, or at least some files are likely to be infected. I intend to get access to the files by booting up with a Linux Mint live DVD, since I'm familiar with Mint.

Q1. Is it going to be reasonably safe to start the PC up without running Windows and try to boot up from DVD (or maybe USB) into Linux Mint?

Q2. I think this machine predates secure boot technology, but I'm not sure what the implications of that are, other than that there is a risk the boot loader has been replaced perhaps? How would I deal with this?

Q3. Would it be safe to add the HDD into my own machine (which is dual boot Windows 10/Linux Mint machine, though I'd use Mint) and access the data that way, provided that I don't open any files? That would probably be quicker than a Mint live DVD. Obviously I wouldn't boot from the compromised disk.

why do windows updates come with ms office updates

will these updates actually update the office software

what if office software is older or not valid or not renewed

I think same thing happens with 'blue e' browsers

but chrome. I need to click update on the chrome software

I think this is a security question because I do not think the software is improved; only the security patched
I am not looking to solve one virus I am looking to learn THEORY

windows 10

Can I find
spyware, keylogger, trojan, virus,
in services, or task manager

could some be hidden
I'm trying to figure out what keeps on waking up my external USB drives. I've added them to the excluded list in Windows Defender but using Process Monitor I see entries like this attributed to the MsMpEng.exe process:

Desired Access: Read Attributes, Disposition: Open, Options: Open For Backup, Open Requiring Oplock, Attributes: n/a, ShareMode: Read, Write, Delete, AllocationSize: n/a, OpenResult: Opened


Control: 0x902eb (Device:0x9 Function:186 Method: 3)

Why is Defender still accessing the drives?  This is on a Windows 8.1 Pro machine
Beside  knowb4.com, kindly suggest 2 more good ransomware simulators for Windows?
The ransim I got from knowb4 give different results when run multiple times
against a product  enSilo on Win 7

Does company below provide one such good product?

Knowb4 has a ransomware simulator but when our enSilo vendor ran it several times
against enSilo, it gives a range of ratings from 2 to 10 (out of perfect 10): enSilo says the
simulator is 'inconsistent' or is it the behavioral aspects of enSilo that's inconsistent ?

When we test against our McAfee AV, we need to get McAfee to block creations of
80+ extensions/files that ransomwares are known to create to get a score of 10/10.

Against Malwarebytes trial copy (with realtime/on-access feature on), the score is
consistently 4/10.

So based on the above, is is the simulator issue or enSilo

Does ransim simulator truly gives a good simulation of ALL & potential future
ransomwares attack simulation?
We were hit with a ransomware virus, we emailed the hacker asking how much it will cost to get the decryption keys. They asked how many computer were encrypted. With ransomware, would it have several different keys or should I just say one computer (instead of 6 that was actually encrypted). I would think the de-encryption tool they send would un-encrypt everything but was not sure or would there be a special key for each computer?
Please don't say don't pay the ransom, I totally understand and agree, but this company would likely go bankrupt if we don't get the files back. Thanks so much for your input.
need suggestions on how to get rid of some virus called: obsev.719 in my  win 7 pc.....thanks

Hello everyone. I seem to be have a virus/malware in my computer that keeps turning off my defenses before they have a chance to detect/delete the problem.

I have Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as security on my computer and when I try to run a scan on my computer to detect the virus the scan stops midway (for Windows Defender [W.D]) and says that it could not finish the process and that I should restart my computer to fix the problem. I've tried doing that and it doesn't fix the problem. When I run Malwarebytes it finishes the scan but it doesn't find the virus.

I know the virus is there because I had the very same issue a few months ago when I noticed my computer started acting up and it wouldn't let me finish the windows defender scan. I took a look into it and did all the basic stuff: run the scans on safe-mode with network on and off (virus would still stop the scan before it could finish), run task manager to see if I could find any odd programs running in the background, and eventually I ran Windows Defender Offline from an USB and it found 13 severe infections in my computer. After I found the infections and deleted them I realized that the virus had been preventing my computer and Windows Defender from updating for over a month and a half (even though the computer would show that the were no new updates available and W.D. would show that it was up to date and everything was "good").

Well now I'm having the same issue and I ran the Microsoft …
Have a Server 2008 vm that i migrated from 4.1 to 5.5 host and everything seemed to be fine,  thought we had a potential infection so we installed malwarebytes and it cleaned and required reboot, not upon reboot it just shows a black screen with a mouse cursor, none of the safe mode options seem to fix..kind of at a loss here.

once one of the workstation has a malware I use to run Combofix (win XT\7).
now as i so Combofix NOT support Win 10.

the workstation run with McAfee VirusScan + AntiSpyware 8.8.0

what is your suggestion\alternative ?

Can Webroot and Microsoft Security Essentials  run together without problems?

Would you compare Webroot to McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky and TrendMicro?  I find these AV's cause some issues that I never see when using Microsoft Security Essentials in addition to paid for version of Malwarebytes.  I'm just curious what your opinions are as I'm running into Webroot more and more.

Thank You!
I ran a Roguekiller scan and it detected some threat but I have no option of deleting it, even I select the list it still says not selected. see attached
What can we do to prevent a ransoneware infection, any apps we can installed?
Have a drive locked that the files are inaccessible.  Our tech indicated probable RW attack.  Please adive.  Thank you in advance.
We have two servers running enterprise console.  They manage three site between them.  I see sophos central is now an option.
Anyone migrated from enterprise to cloud?  Any issues, limitation etc?
Is their any other software beside pcanywhere which I can installed on my kids computer to monitor what websites they are going or any other activities. PCanywhere is easy to track that's why I just dont like that software.

I am setting up a new Dell box, everything was fine. Kaspersky was also installed on this box (via server push installation).  One of the software I installed (visual studio) was not working properly, so I did the system restore. After that, it went back to the default system anti virus (Mcafee) that came with the pc. I unstalled it again, and tried to remote install the kaspersky again. I am getting

computer is not available

Error. It looks like Kaspersky server can not see this pc.  I have run Mcafee and Kaspersky removal tool to make sure everything was clean.

Any ideas?  thanks
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

          I am having popup issues with Microsoft Edge.  For instance, each time I attempt to load the Middle Tennessee State University home page, the following happens:  I get a message at the bottom of the screen indicating Microsoft Edge blocked a pop-up from *.mtsu.edu.  If I attempt to select anything from their home page, an unknown window appears with the title of Windows 10 PC Repair with an option to download this utility.  Suspecting that this is actually malware, I naturally have not downloaded the utility.   Of technical interest, Google Chrome loads mtsu.edu without any popups or error messages.  The issues are only going on with Microsoft Edge.  

          In closing, I look forward to reviewing any suggestions for resolving the pop-up issues surround Microsoft Edge.  Thank you in advance for any attention given to this question.

Is anti virus/anti malware necessary on Windows mobile running 8.1 or 10?

Advice welcome!
I have a client whose computer, seemingly out of the blue, fan started running all the time. I had her run MBAM, SAS and CCleaner. We rebooted and viola! that resolved the issue.

It's been about 3 weeks and it has started again. She did the above as I did but the fan continues to run.

Any ideas of my next step?
We are asking EE what is their experience in web sites that does online scanning of apps that may be infected by spyware, viruses or malware.  

We have used VirusTotal but wanted to know how reliable is  this website and if there are similar sites with true reliability.

Thank you in advance.
We have installed in our computer, a Windows 10 Pro OS, Spybot-Search & Destroy, Malwarebytes, Comodo Internet Security (which has Anti-Virus) and SUPERAntiSpyware.  Afer installing them, all are in memory at every startup.  We noticed that now the computer startup is bit slower, so started removing from memory both Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware leaving only Spybot & Comodo in memory on online protection.

2 questions:
  • What is EE opinion when multi  Vulnerabilities installed and is there recommendations on which to leave in memory?
  • Also we have Windows Defender in our Windows 10, but it is off.  What is EE opinion in also including in our apps of Vulnerabilities apps installed?


Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge; it has also come to include programs that engage in various kinds of electronic fraud. Anti-spyware is software that removes or blocks that software; some common vendors include Malwarebytes, McAfee, Spybot-Search and Destroy, Ad-Aware and BitDefender.