Flash 10 active-X came pre-installed on my laptop. The message warning me to upgrade, appeared to be directly from the site. It provided a link to upgrade, but I didn't use it, I just closed the window. The message telling me my pc was infected looked like an Internet Explorer window. I didn't click on any of the options it offered, fearing it was fake and may be a trap. Instead, I disconected my modem and performed the steps I mentioned above. Since the incedent I haven't noticed anything that would indicate my pc has a virus, but I thought it would be wise to ask people who know more about it.
Thank you for helping me
PS: I was denied access to the link you provided
Sorry the link was to a moderator private area . When adobe installs (maybe when it updates as well) you get the option to install Mcafee security scan. It is set as default to install. It should not install if you have mcafee Virusscan already. As you think you did notinstall/update it best to follow the below steps. set yopur firewall to a tighter blocking setting as well.
If you are worried re connecting to the net download the two free programs and stinger onto a usb stick on another PC and install from it.
Initially ensure your windows updates are upto date This is important.
Then try updating your dat files and rescan as a new 1 that covers the malware might be available. If that gives no joy then:---
Try scanning your PC with Virusscan in safe mode.i.e.
Tap F8 repeatedly while booting up. You'll get a boot screen with choices. Pick Safe Mode. Your PC will boot in a low resolution state as most processes wont be running.
Go to "My Computer" (XP) or "Computer" (Vista), right-click the hard drive and select "Scan" from the drop-down menu.
All you'll see is an extra taskbar icon which will show a progress report if you hover over it.
Then if the problem has not been solved
Download and run the Mcafee free stinger program
Set it to Report Mode (in Preferences) and post the logs of anything it detects.Run it in high sensitivity mode.
If things are still unstable or your want a second opinion then to be on the safe side scan with the free versions of these tools:
If malwarebytes was already installed and the virus could be protecting itself against it try this
In order to get Malwarebytes running, you'll need to rename the executable.. If Malwarebytes is already
installed, open the C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Antimalware folder, then rename the "mbam.exe" file
to something else, like "gogetum.com", then double click directly on the file to open the program.
After updating the program, Run a full system scan using Malwarebytes
Update both programs them before running them and let them clean anything they find. If they quarantine
a file or fails to remove a file try to get a copy of it and send it to Mcafee using the virus submission path described here.
You can also ask the Mcafee virus removal service to see if they can find anything. This is a fee payment service but can be refunded if nothing is detected.
I made sure Windows was up-to-date, ran a scan on my HDD in safe mode, and downloaded/ran the stinger prog. No items detected and my system is still stable. I'm satisfied my computer is clean.
Thank you for your help and for providing me with some peace of mind,