Mum’s PC had a virus

Just back from another sortie into the Scottish Borders, to wish my Uncle Lewis a happy birthday and to run some AntiVirus and AntiSpyware software on her PC, thanks to Blake’s comment earlier this week.

I ran both PC Tools’ Spyware Doctor and AdAware SE, but they both reported absolutely no spyware at all on Mum’s PC. So, to be on the safe side, I ran Norton AntiVirus 2004. It reported 3 infected files, all with ‘download.adware’.

I left Norton to scan while Jane and I drove back to Edinburgh. Mum phoned us as we were pulling up outside the house to report the findings, and I talked her through the offending files deletions. I wait to see if it has restored the ability to uninstall applications from Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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