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..thanks for letting us know Fishy...I've heard that's a b***er to get rid of... or at least it's complicated but can be done if you know what you're doing...
incidentally... I got rid of Java on both my pc's a while ago as I found it was not needed - I got fed up with keep popping up telling me to update latest version... I don't think you need Java unless you're into gaming or somesuch... otherwise you can safely get rid... made no difference to my computing at all...
I've recently started getting annoying pop ups including some purporting to be from Google Chrome telling me to update my settings - I've been into Google Chrome via their website rather than via a pop up and refreshed all my settings - it seems to have sorted things .... so far ....
Don't just use Spybot to remove Win32, you need to do more than that. We had this and Spybot claimed to have removed it, but when I ran it again, there it was.
Google it and follow the instructions on Malaware site.
Malwarebytes anti-malware (MBAM) is probably the best bet for cleaning-up a multiple infection.
A lot of these nasties now enter via infected adverts (which can appear even on legitimate web sites) so ad-blockers are a must. If using IE9 or above, be sure to use the built-in Tracking Protection List (TPL) feature with a suitable adblock TPL. See this Microsoft information:
Easylist used here. No ads, no tracking, no problems!
The same thing has happened to me - it was very authentic and I installed in. I still have problems - just about to install Malwarebytes. Thank you very much for the advice.
Fingers crossed it is fixed.
Have reported it to the web team. I am normally so computer savvy too but guess there is a first time for everything.
Yes it seems to have done the trick. I had uninstalled the programs manually but today my computer kept asking me to put my usernames and passwords in again so I guess some junk or corruption was still left. Malwarebytes seems to have done the trick.
Glad that seems to have sorted it for you both - I use it at work all the time (usually when one of their children has "borrowed" a colleague's laptop!)
When you do a full clean-up it will remove cookies which may contain usernames/passwords for some of the sites you visit which is why you had to put them in again hogweed.
I agree with salino, too - use add/remove programs to uninstall Java as it's not often used these days. If you find something stops working after doing that you can always easily download and install it again.
Just remember that MB is a short term freeby and if you want it to remain on your machine and working, you have to buy the full program.
I keep Spybot on and that clears most things out. I also have a background program called Scotty from WinPatrol (Google it for the Website). This prevents anything from altering your computer without your permission.
I had to keep putting in usernames and passwords before I ran the Malwarebyte program. It looked as though the programs the fake Java installed corrupted the password file.
The free version of MBAM is completely free forever. However, you have to make sure that during the installation you uncheck the trial option. These days even Adobe try and install unwanted stuff (like browser toolbars and Chrome) unless you untick boxes during the installation. It's a bit sneaky but is now standard behaviour it seems.
..it's good to know that there is something out there that deals with it...thank you... although I have paid for security suite..which ought to.... but even so, this can always be used as an additional backup I think, as it doesn't conflict....working as it does in a different way... I have read that the latest version 2.2, seems to be causing some people problems... and they prefer the earlier one....
Check in your google chrome settings that you don't have any extensions/plugins/addons (whatever google calls them) which have installed themselves. I had this problem with mine and no matter how many times you got rid of them they kept coming back. Stopped using it in the end as was getting ads spammed everywhere
Just had that virus try to hijack me again. It comes up with something like 'an outdated version of Java has been detected on your browser.Click here to install latest version'.
Anyone reading this who hasn't yet been hijacked,please keep an eye out.
I checked this out with a member of our technical team who assured me that any virus/malware won't have been transmitted via this site. We have robust security measures in place, and if we were the target of any dubious activity our filters would pick it up. It's well worth installing security software to ensure that you use the internet safely. You can set up regular, automated scans to detect any potentially harmful code that has been downloaded onto your machine.
Thanks for raising the issue.
Daniel HaynesEditor, gardenersworld.com