Do I have a virus?

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by jones, May 17, 2010.

  1. jones

    jones Guest

    Windows7 is the only operating sys installed.
    Several months ago, Windows boot manager started appearing at startup
    and after starting,
    when I clicked on start, I would get a small progress bar across the
    search area. After that the screen would go dark momentarily and then
    go back to normal. The same thing would happen again if I clicked on
    start. I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled win7. Everything
    was fine for several months and it is starting again. Should I have
    gone farther and repartitioned the HD? Any ideas? Do I have a
    virus? Has anyone heard of this? Thanks in advance, Jones.
     
    jones, May 17, 2010
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  2. From: "jones" <>

    | Windows7 is the only operating sys installed.
    | Several months ago, Windows boot manager started appearing at startup
    | and after starting,
    | when I clicked on start, I would get a small progress bar across the
    | search area. After that the screen would go dark momentarily and then
    | go back to normal. The same thing would happen again if I clicked on
    | start. I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled win7. Everything
    | was fine for several months and it is starting again. Should I have
    | gone farther and repartitioned the HD? Any ideas? Do I have a
    | virus? Has anyone heard of this? Thanks in advance, Jones.

    Please don't assume it is a virus. Most malware are not viruses and are trojans and thus
    non-viral malware.

    What you post does not sound like malware but something you are not used to in the Win7
    OS.

    What anti virus/anti malware do you have installed, besides Windows Defender ?
     
    David H. Lipman, May 17, 2010
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  3. jones

    jones Guest

    I use McAfee and it is updated on a regular basis. I ran a full scan
    when this was happening and it showed no problems.
    Afterwards, when I was sitting here thinking, the av program went red
    in several places, stating that I had lost protection and
    did I want it fixed. I clicked ok and then a message came up saying
    that it was unable to complete the job. But, the problem
    appears to have cleared up-for now. Hopefully, for good! I would
    like to understand what is going on and that is why I posted.
    It could be something that I am not used to in W7, that would be very
    interesting-especially after formatting the HD to get rid of it. :)
    Thanks again. Jones.
     
    jones, May 17, 2010
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  4. Try upgrading your video drivers.



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    I use McAfee and it is updated on a regular basis. I ran a full scan
    when this was happening and it showed no problems.
    Afterwards, when I was sitting here thinking, the av program went red
    in several places, stating that I had lost protection and
    did I want it fixed. I clicked ok and then a message came up saying
    that it was unable to complete the job. But, the problem
    appears to have cleared up-for now. Hopefully, for good! I would
    like to understand what is going on and that is why I posted.
    It could be something that I am not used to in W7, that would be very
    interesting-especially after formatting the HD to get rid of it. :)
    Thanks again. Jones.
     
    The Real Truth MVP, May 17, 2010
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  5. From: "jones" <>

    | I use McAfee and it is updated on a regular basis. I ran a full scan
    | when this was happening and it showed no problems.
    | Afterwards, when I was sitting here thinking, the av program went red
    | in several places, stating that I had lost protection and
    | did I want it fixed. I clicked ok and then a message came up saying
    | that it was unable to complete the job. But, the problem
    | appears to have cleared up-for now. Hopefully, for good! I would
    | like to understand what is going on and that is why I posted.
    | It could be something that I am not used to in W7, that would be very
    | interesting-especially after formatting the HD to get rid of it. :)
    | Thanks again. Jones.

    McAfee just isn't that good anymore and stating "the av program went red in several
    places, stating that I had lost protection and did I want it fixed" doesn'r really help.
    :-(

    Download, install, update and then execute, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam/program/mbam-setup.exe
     
    David H. Lipman, May 17, 2010
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  6. jones

    JD Guest

    The Real Truth MVP is not listed on the MVP list:

    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/


    The web page http://www.ms-mvp.org/ uses Godaddy's stealth
    frame-redirection to redirect you to:
    http://pcbutts1.com/downloads/tools/tools.htm


    Check out “pcbutts” using your favorite search engine.


    Can you really trust someone like this? Do you really want to follow his
    advice?
     
    JD, May 17, 2010
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  7. jones

    jones Guest

    I scanned my system with Malwarebytes' and nothing was found. Maybe
    McAfee fixed it. What I meant was regarding the red- the warning
    that I had
    lost protection, was written in red letters. The last time I had this
    problem there was no stopping it. I had to reinstall W7 to get it to
    stop. Thanks much,
    Jones.
     
    jones, May 17, 2010
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  8. From: "jones" <>

    | I scanned my system with Malwarebytes' and nothing was found. Maybe
    | McAfee fixed it. What I meant was regarding the red- the warning
    | that I had
    | lost protection, was written in red letters. The last time I had this
    | problem there was no stopping it. I had to reinstall W7 to get it to
    | stop. Thanks much,
    | Jones.

    Next time it happens, grab a screenshot. Post that screnshot to a web site and reply to
    this thread with a URL pointing to that screeshot.
     
    David H. Lipman, May 17, 2010
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