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Old 5th December 2009, 04:27 PM
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Last night my Fedora 11 (no Mircosoft stuff here) system popped up with "virus's detected" and listed 5 viruses while using Firefox It tried to remove them but the file won't associate with the correct file and I got a error message. something about setup-195 file not found, I closed it out and haven't seen it since. What virus program can i get to scan my system. thanks everyone Long live Linex, this works great
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Old 5th December 2009, 04:40 PM
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for as far i know there ar not excist linux virusses.

have you installed wine?

otherwise you may install clamav, and let clamav decide if you have a virus or not.

when did you see the message?? upon surfing the internet????
if so, ignore that crappy messages.

there are no virusses for linux, only for that crappy os called windows
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Old 5th December 2009, 05:14 PM
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What application did give that message? Fedora, as far as I know, has no applications that would check for a virus. However, there are web site that try to fool you by saying you have a virus, only to get you to install some obscure software.
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Old 5th December 2009, 05:52 PM
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I use f-prot
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Old 5th December 2009, 06:43 PM
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thanks all for your reply's. I'm using only Fedora 11 after this old xp machine died. A new hard drive and a friend who installed Fedora, I'm now a happy Linux user. I was surfing the net, with firefox, at a local TV station when this window popped up. Looking at it, I realize now that it was a windows based program like the one i had before in XP. It said i had 5 virus's, 3 of which are Trojoin Horses and that i should remove them now. When i tried to remove them the download then said it couldn't find the associated file?
I think CSchwangler may be right, it was likely a spy program that wanted me to install it, but my smart Fedora program seemed to stop it. At least for now.

thanks everyone...superfastbob
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Old 5th December 2009, 07:01 PM
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for as far i know there ar not excist linux virusses.

have you installed wine?

otherwise you may install clamav, and let clamav decide if you have a virus or not.

when did you see the message?? upon surfing the internet????
if so, ignore that crappy messages.

there are no virusses for linux, only for that crappy os called windows
Although there are not many, there are some in existence:

Kaiten - Linux.Backdoor.Kaiten trojan horse
Rexob - Linux.Backdoor.Rexob trojan

http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news...le.php/3601946
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Old 5th December 2009, 07:10 PM
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Last night my Fedora 11 (no Mircosoft stuff here) system popped up with "virus's detected" and listed 5 viruses while using Firefox It tried to remove them but the file won't associate with the correct file and I got a error message. something about setup-195 file not found, I closed it out and haven't seen it since. What virus program can i get to scan my system. thanks everyone Long live Linex, this works great
Please excuse my giggle. Okay, done.

What you likely found was a web page that distributes malware. I would suggest you install the "no script" firefox addon. This will block Javascript from running except when you allow it explicitly. It is annoying at first because you have to allow a lot of sites that you visit regularly. But in time, that problem goes away and only new sites become a problem. But you won't be seeing these deceptive hack attempts any longer. You will also find that you will see fewer advertisements on the sites you visit. If you find this appealing, then I also recommend installing the adblock plus addon.

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Old 6th December 2009, 01:52 AM
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erroneus: How do I install the "no script" addon to my firefox? thanks alot......
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Old 6th December 2009, 02:06 AM
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In Firefox, go to "Tools" > Addons and then enter "noscript" in the search dialog. I also recommend you install "adblock plus." Both are useful security enhancement tools. Noscript is particularly effective, but once again, you have to keep allowing things until you get through you main list of commonly visited sites. Among the things I don't allow are google or any advertising/tracking sites. I would also recommend disabling any visual or audible notifications that things are being blocked. Instead, you can look to a tiny icon in the status bar of Firefox to know if something is being blocked. Play around with it and it will work for you -- patience and persistence are required.
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Old 6th December 2009, 02:55 AM
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@superfastbob, yes, this will happen when one browses with Linux. Many sites install malware, spyware, and so on. It always amused me when visiting such a site, and getting the error that I can't have, for example, AntiVirus pro installed because it can't find the right file.

Makes me glad I'm not using Windows.

Which reminds me of a sweet grandmotherly type at my old job. I got a call from my boss, saying that he'd gotten a call from her and she had porn on her computer. After we made the typical male chauvinist jokes, I went to look--of course, what she'd seen was an announcement that she had porn on her computer and should download whatever to fix it now.

@erroenus, what show is that icon from? I thought I knew all the chanbara, and don't recognize it.
(Perhaps because it's small and my aging eyes can't recognize it.)
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Old 6th December 2009, 11:31 AM
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What show is the icon from? I don't follow. Do you mean my icon? That icon is ME. My picture. I just had the picture taken when I was in Japan... at Toei movie theme park.
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Old 6th December 2009, 01:57 PM
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Ah, I see. Yes, I meant your icon. Thanks for the response, and apologies to the original poster for going off topic.
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Old 6th December 2009, 07:16 PM
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Just ignore all those retarded messages: they're just pop-up windows designed to fool you into downloading malicious software.

I don't pay any attention to any of that BS, even when I'm running Windows, I totally ignore it.

I use NoScript on my Windows administrator account for extra piece of mind but it's too much of an inconvenience for normal use.

I don't like anti-virus software anyway, it's too much of a resource hog and offers little protection against zero day malware. The only AV I use on Windows is ClamWin because it doesn't have a real time scanner. Memory resident AV is totally over the top in my opinion, scanning every file you open is just a waste of time and slows your PC down, it's only necessary to scan downloads and removable media.

Guess what? I haven't had a single virus yet.

Another thing is if you're not running a real time AV scanner then you can be 100% sure that any pop-up boxes saying you have a virus on your computer are lying.
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