Fixing Common Windows HACKS/VIRUSES

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Seeing that you can’t check your email is very irritating,because you got a bug on your windows platform.  Don’t worry, and stay away from those ANTI-VIRUS software at the moment, because inside the hacker world, there is common ways they mostly use.  Either it being “Fbi Internet Scam” or “Fake Website”, these all are simple to fix in under 30 minutes with full “safe mode” access.  Simply follow this guide to get you back in stable condition.


 

 Starting:

Please note, you must have administrator privileges to fix these issues.  I assume you are not on a companies’ computer getting bugs, but if so contact your IT Specialist. Also, print this webpage off if you are using this on the machine with issues.

For the security of the wanted fulfillment of this procedure, we recommend being in safe mode with networking, if possible.

Viruses:

Most people install that software and rapidly click “agree” or “next”, without seeing what else is being installed, or sometimes a piece of software installs a virus or bug into your APPDATA folder. These are easy to fix, without any anti-virus.  Depending on what type of virus it is, and how you got it is a key to removing it.  Hopefully, it is a piece of software which you can just uninstall, in safe-mode, via the control panel.  Press the Windows Key and type “uninstall” and choose “Change or remove a program”. Click “Installed On” to make it decreasing order. Uninstall everything that “smells fishy”, if you know what I mean.  Now, don’t get mad if it does not work. We are not done yet. Navigate to your User’s APPDATA folder.

C:\Users\[Username]\AppData

There are three folders: Local, LocalLow, and Roaming. Search through all three folders for any software, either “.bat” or “.exe” file extensions. Most of the time, the virus is put inside the Local folder and is an “.exe” in a strange name.  Just delete the file and empty the recycle bin.  If these steps did not work, use an ANTI-VIRUS software, that is paid-for, because most free-ware ANTI-VIRUS software is a virus itself.

Scam Websites/DNS Hijacking:

If you get bing.com when typing google.com, this is a domain server hijack. Most likely it is your local HOST file, unless your Internet Service Provider, also known as ISP, has blocked the website. Two common ways a hacker would have done this is modifying your HOST file, or changing your DNS server. Resetting the host file is simple,  just navigate to:

“C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc”

and open up the HOST file in any text editor running in administrator mode. Then delete all the content in the file and re-save it. If it is empty, or doesn’t work, it is your DNS.  To fix this, go to:

“Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections”

and right click your network adapter and choose properties. Then click “Internet Protocol Version 4”.

please note: as of July 2014, most DNS servers are IPV4, if you are viewing 20 years later, please select IPV6 or the latest version.

If you find, that “USE the following DNS server addresses” is chosen,  choose “obtain automatically”, and you should be all good. These two methods work 99.96% the time if it is your computer only.


These are two easy fixes for not using ANTI-VIRUS software. If you have any questions, please post them below and I will help you as soon as possible.

 

 

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  1. Andrei Telteu June 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Useful post.
    And about viruses you can open task manager and check if there are processes like 1B.exe, 2Z.exe, or something like dasndsfkvm.exe and do what you can to eliminate those processes.
    And you can open MSCONFIG (press windows button + R then type msconfig and press enter) and check out Startup tab to make sure that there is no viruses that starts automatically.

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