How did my computer get infected with this virus?

Computer viruses can come from many different sources. Generally, the virus will enter your computer without you installing it. Here are some possible sources

1. P2P Software – These networks allow you to share files with other people on the network. However, many people may be sharing infected files or may use false filenames to trick users into installing a virus. This tend to be the main source of viruses for most people.

2. Freeware or Shareware Software – There are many freeware software which you can download on the web which has hidden bugs in it. Sometimes they may have adware in it (creates ads on your computer), but sometimes they can have spyware or viruses in them.

3. Websites – There are certain websites which will transmit the virus to your computer. Try to surf only trusted websites. It is important to always double check before clicking on an unknown link.

The best way to avoid viruses is to avoid the sources above. The best way to prevent viruses is to use up to date antivirus and antispyware software.

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11 Responses to “How did my computer get infected with this virus?”

anymouse. lol August 1st, 2016 at 3:08 am

thanks for the help. i trust ur website and the rest of the internet should to!!!!!!

Burak Cinar December 14th, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Thank you for the advices. My antivirus prog. first find 3 files herss.exe and two dll files. I cleaned them, rearrange my registery but they created continuously, even I dun use any sharing softwares or surfing at the unsafe websites.
Then I found a new trojan file by chance on my plug-in hard drive: xmor.exe. I erase it and it’s autorun.inf file,too.
Now me and my pc, we are OK.

WHATEVEA January 25th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

I did no know how to remove freddy81.exe, im scared because avg did not alert me with this virus and i updated AVG 8.0 to it’s lastest, how can i remove it?

Robert Denis February 18th, 2017 at 12:45 am

Microsoft Security Essentials let this pass through to my computer

Richard March 1st, 2017 at 2:13 am

My computer was infected by AV.EXE and after running Norton and AdAware they didn’t find a problem.

I created another account and moved selected folders on to an external drive. I then deleted the account and it erased the problem. After running Norton and AdAware and Malwarebytes everything is running great.

jtech March 5th, 2017 at 1:30 am

I ran ERD commander’s system restore function it fixed the problem this is a virus that lives in the registry make reg back up when surfing shady sites

JFUNK April 13th, 2017 at 2:06 pm

This virus popped up on my machine last night after I plugged my iPhone in for a restore since my iPhone became bricked on Sunday. Is it possible my iPhone transferred this virus to my machine? My CPU was running fine and then I plugged in my iPhone, within a minute I had the fake alert pop ups all over my screen… too much of a coincidence?

Jess July 22nd, 2017 at 4:03 am

Hi
I ended up with Anitivirus GT on my computer from an unknown source. It’s a rogue antivirus program that kept sending me alerts telling me my computer was infected and to enter my credit catrd details to purchase the full version. I downloaded AVG free, which showed none of the viruses AVGT said I had. I couldnt delete the program files so running malwarebytes to fix it.

Dave04222 April 19th, 2017 at 1:00 am

AVG sucks, and so does MSSE. I got the “Windows Recovery” virus. I thought it was legit, but did some research first … AVG and MSSE suck!

Andrea April 24th, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Just got this Win 7 Home Security virus. I took lots of advice and couldn’t get my other computer to link up to the internet. Hijack This tried to get rid of a file called gly that had got into the appdata area, finally as a last resort I did a system restore and prayed hard.
Outcome system clean, precaution update spy ware install malware bytes incase it hits again.
As for how I got it, I am extremely cautious at where I go, I surf cautiously. my PC Tools Fire Wall is very good and stopping all things nasty heading to the computer but this little virus got past it.
Be careful out there.

Ichijo May 26th, 2017 at 6:23 am

Trusted sites are NOT to be trusted :p I got the Windows Vista Recovery malware/spyware from a news article on Yahoo! Be sure to keep up with the latest updates for microsoft because they put out products with security holes you could drive a mac truck through.

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