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woke up this morning

have a virus on my computer.

funny little bugger.

likes to open up browsers to websites like, "porn.com" or "viagra.com"

oh, have used antivirus programs before, but this one, will not allow me to install or use any new ones.

the file aawtray.exe is infected. do you (I) want to activate your antivirus software now?


try to update my windows malware protection

"do you want to use this program?"


"consent.exe has been corrupted.

do you want to activate your antivirus software now?"

fuck you.


merry christmas

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Yeah... Virus scanners only really work if you keep them running all the time and up-to-date. Otherwise you are basically hooped...


That or you can buy a mac... which is only better because there isn't a large enough user base for virus writers to care. (Well that's not totally true, but the debate really belongs in another place).


That being said, you might be SOL. You might be-able to find a special purpose removal tool on anti-virus suppliers website (they sometimes do those up).

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That is true.


I was thinking more of one of those one shot solutions designed to remove a specific virus. http://www.symantec.com/norton/security_re...lorer/index.jsp Might be a good place to start if you can figure out what you have. They have removal instructions (which often rely on you having Norton, but you might be able to just insert you're preferred anti-virus program instead).

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There are a number of malware cleaners out there that may help, but if you search for some of the symptoms and process names you may find a pecifically targeted fix. They don't always work, but it's worth a shot.


The best tool ever is HijackThis, which is free and currently owned by Trend Micro....but it's extremely dangerous in the hands of most people. Scans with this thing turn up a ton of results, most of which are totally legitimate. In my experience, removing everything HijackThis finds tends to cripple or destroy operating systems outright.

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