Scan your computer!

I wasn't able to post yesterday because I realized we had "something" on our computer that was preventing the Windows Updater to accept updates. Microsoft deployed their first 2009 Windows update and we received an error that the Updater was disabled. I attempted to manually accept the update without success - one of the Windows Services would not allow me to manually start it. After some web surfing, I had that "sinking suspicion" that we had a virus or a Trojan on the computer.

I downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program and proceeded to scan the entire hard drive and the external hard drive, with these results:

Fortunately, the Anti-Malware program also cleaned up the files, and I was able to restart the Windows service that had been giving me issues, and update the computer. The program from Malwarebytes was free and effective, so I suggest you give it a whirl, especially if (like me), don't use an Anti-virus on your PC (yeah, yeah, I'm in IT and I don't use an Anti-virus ...tsk, tsk - well, neither do the other IT folks I work with!).

Lee –   – (January 14, 2009 at 8:29 PM)  

Glad you got that all worked out! I use Trend Microsystems - their "housecall" program ... well, I did, then I switched to Mac. I have tried it twice and it takes 15 seconds to tell me there is no problem - better than an hour and a half to tell me I have ten :)

Sherry  – (January 15, 2009 at 1:37 AM)  

I am so glad to have an IT person say that they also tried malware. I decided to try the free program after reading some of the threads at SS. Nothing going on so far, thank goodness. Glad it was something that could be taken care of easily.

Traci  – (January 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM)  

We've used Malware before.. DH loads either that or the free AVG on all the computers at work so that's what we have at home. He doesn't like how the expensive name brand anti-viruses affect systems.

Which reminds me, I better let mine scan at home tonight before we go away for the weekend.

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