Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stupid Trojan Spyshredder

Here I sit, laptop in my lap, watching my antivirus run.  Somehow this machine has had a Trojan virus installed.

Unless my PC is down, or I'm on the road, the laptop is mostly used by others:  Cliff, the Grandson, and the granddaughters.

I'm inclined to think Cliff accidentally clicked on something to install it.  He's not computer savvy, and if you've ever gone mouseless on a laptop, you know it's easy to click something without intending to.

Here's what would happen.  Someone would turn on the computer and a program would popup on the screen and begin scanning, listing all sorts of evil things it was finding on the hard drive.  If I wanted rid of them, I'd have to buy their upgrade and they'd clean things up.  The only way we found to stop this unwanted visitor was to use ctrl/alt/del.  After that, I'd go to start, programs, and there would be spyshredder.  When I clicked on it, there was an uninstall option, and I'd click that.  There'd be a message that the program had been removed, and I'd rejoice.

Next time somebody would turn on the laptop, there it was again.

For some reason, my AVG antivirus was having problems with finding it, but today it's done its job.  It's still scanning, but is informing me that it has Spyshredder by the nose. 

Ah, it's done, and says the problem is "healed".  I'll run Spybot Search and Destroy now, and hopefully be done with this mess.

Wish me luck.  I won't know for sure if everything's fixed until I reboot.


madcobug said...

Good luck to you. Helen

marainey1 said...

I know you have to be very careful what you click on for sure.  I'm the only one using this computer and feel pretty secure, but crazy things can happen.  Hope you got it fixed .  Thankfully you knew what to do.  I'd be calling my son that's my computer tech had it been me. 'On Ya' - ma

geocachelinda66 said...

Good luck, my computer got a virus and crashed on me once.  Luckily system restore worked and I installed an antivirus that I thought I already had.

redpoppy007 said...

Spy Dr.  is wonderful to keep out virus and trojans.

helmswondermom said...

I hope you got rid of it.  And I will certainly keep my eyes open for that Spyshredder!

suzypwr said...

Good luck! No one likes intruders!


siennastarr said...

I had a spyware program stick a virus on my computer, just to get me to buy their product!!  I had to reinstall Norton (I had been negilent and hadn't purchased it for a while), and then I finally got rid of it!  It was a pain in my rear!  I constantly had balloons popping up telling me I had a virus!  

Hope you got rid of it!


breakaway1968 said...

That's Windows for easy to get a virus.   I like to run Adaware  I believe that's what it's called...and it catches any of the ads you don't want popping up in the screen...that way no one can accidentally click on one. U maybe have already  heard of it... It's free and it's hubby takes care of all the school districts computers (hundreds) and it works great.  He would eventually love to get rid of Windows completely because the few computers left running Windows are the only ones he has any problems with.  The problem is, some of the programs they run, ONLY use windows.  Hope that you get everything fixed and back online without that nasty virus!  

fowfies said...

Now isnt that something else, having to have YOUR virus scanner get rid of another virus scanner! Who'd of thunk it??

gen0507 said...

Hope everything works out.