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Drive by downloads

Drive-by downloads are downloads of software, adware, or malware that is either authorized by the user without understanding the consequences or downloaded without the knowledge of the user. This can occur by visiting nefarious websites, clicking on links in email, or clicking on a pop-up ad. Often times drive-by downloads are spyware, viruses or other malware. Pop-up windows can be deceptively designed to mimic computer error messages that trick users into downloading the software by clicking the “ok” button. Drive-by downloads have historically been known for taking advantage of the Windows metafile vulnerability. Even though security warning messages may pop up on sites before software is downloaded, the name of the software is often vague and the site may provide the visitor with no information as to what or how many software programs will be installed. Some sites can install up to 10 different programs on a user’s machine with just one click of the “yes” button. Drive-by downloads can install various software types that are supposed to be “helpful” to the user: toolbars, browser and desktop modifications, windows dialog box advertisements, and pop-up advertisements. It should be noted that not all drive-by downloads contain malware, some simply contain adware; but often the site or the pop-up windows do not give consumers the information they need to make an informed decision about whether or not to download software.

 

How to run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in safe mode
  1. Turn computer off
  2. Repeatedly tap the F8 key as the computer boots
  3. When menu appears, select Safe Mode with Networking
  4. (Note that Safe Mode with Networking has limited functionallity, and resources but has access to the internet)
  5. Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program
  6. Select the Update tab and Check for Updates
  7. When updates are completed, check again, until you have the latest
  8. Select Scanner tab and Perform full scan
  9. After scan completes, follow directions and reboot if needed
  10. If this does not work properly, you need to contact a professional

 

How to run your Anti-Virus (any that you have) in safe mode
  1. Turn computer off
  2. Repeatedly tap the F8 key as the computer boots
  3. When menu appears, select Safe Mode with Networking
  4. (Note that Safe Mode with Networking has limited functionallity, and resources but has access to the internet)
  5. Open your Anti-Virus program
  6. Make sure you check for any updates that may be available
  7. When updates are completed, check again, until you have the latest
  8. Start your scan
  9. After scan completes, follow directions and reboot if needed
  10. If this does not work properly, you need to contact a professional

 

Another good FREE tool to use to clean your computer is SUPERAntiSpyware

http://www.superantispyware.com/

Run this in Safe Mode With Networking, if you wish.
Make sure to update before running, also.

 

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