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My computer is infected with Scare Wear, whatever the hell that it is. What do I do?

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Grabbed from the net:

-Remain calm: don't start clicking "yes," or "no" or "cancel" (the malicious script is likely to try to run no matter which you choose).

-When in doubt, close it out: The safest (albeit somewhat extreme) route is to kill the browser process altogether. To do this, press ctrl+alt+delete to launch the Windows Task Manager, then select the process for the browser you are using (e.g., iexplore.exe, firefox.exe) and terminate that process.

-Run an anti-virus scan: Sometimes, a scareware attack is accompanied by a Trojan horse that tries to install other, more malicious intruders, such as keystroke logging programs. It's a good idea at this time to run an anti-virus scan on your system (you do have up-to-date anti-virus software installed, don't you?)

-Consider a second opinion: If you notice things still aren't right with your system, and you see strange messages warning you about security threats, download and install one (or both) of the following tools: Malwarebytes' Antimalware, and Superantispyware. I've found that these programs are almost always able to root out invaders left behind by scareware attacks. If you find that you cannot visit these sites, it may be because the malware is blocking access to security Web sites. Try downloading the installer file on another machine, and then copy the files to a removable media (CD-Rom, thumb/USB drive) and bring them over to the sickened machine.

If you still need help, consult a forum: Computer help forums such as and DSLReports' Security Cleanup forum can be a lifesaver (BleepingComputer often has step-by-step instructions for removing specific scareware threats, such as this one designed to help victims of PolicePro, the rogue anti-virus product du jour). Just make sure to read all of the instructions at those sites before posting a request for help, otherwise your request may be ignored.

2nd malwarebytes.

Good luck hon! I was where you were a few months back!

I was where poor wee luvmasx1 was, too, in July 2010--I had to take my computer to the geek squad and have it reformatted. Thank god I'd done a backup on an outside harddrive a day or two before it happened!

Unfortunately, I did all the wrong things. Fortunately, Staples was able to fix it, without losing any of my files and add ons. It cost me $150 bucks and a hell of a lot of embarrassment, but it's fixed.

Erm, yeah, it cost me about as much, but I wasn't embarrassed--it happens to EVERYONE. I got ESET Smart Security in addition to the SuperantiSpyware I already had, so I'm a little better protected.

I have Norton 360. The tech at Staples told me that it's very good, just make sure to keep up with the live updates, which I'm doing. I just felt so dumb about the whole thing, ya know? Plus, after a day and half without my computer, I was going absolutely nuts!

Hope you are reading this soon and can let us know you & your computer survived this!

And I'm back. It only cost me $150, but I'm back!

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