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So, I reinstalled Windows XP onto a very old laptop that was wiped completely before due to a virus. But my mom's still paranoid that the virus is still there, and gave me a big lecture about not using it for the internet, not using it for disks, not using it for flash drives, etc.

 

I don't think she knows how viruses work, but does she have a point at all?

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Leafblower29

So, I reinstalled Windows XP onto a very old laptop that was wiped completely before due to a virus. But my mom's still paranoid that the virus is still there, and gave me a big lecture about not using it for the internet, not using it for disks, not using it for flash drives, etc.

 

I don't think she knows how viruses work, but does she have a point at all?

Unless it's in the BIOS or somehow survived a format, it won't be there. However, you should know that XP is swiss cheese compared to modern Windows, and it probably has a NSA backdoor like the newer Windows OSes. Also most viruses are from misspelled websites, emails, or porn sites gone wild.

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So, I reinstalled Windows XP onto a very old laptop that was wiped completely before due to a virus. But my mom's still paranoid that the virus is still there, and gave me a big lecture about not using it for the internet, not using it for disks, not using it for flash drives, etc.

 

I don't think she knows how viruses work, but does she have a point at all?

Unless it's in the BIOS or somehow survived a format, it won't be there. However, you should know that XP is swiss cheese compared to modern Windows, and it probably has a NSA backdoor like the newer Windows OSes. Also most viruses are from misspelled websites, emails, or porn sites gone wild.

 

Well it's a good thing I pretty much only use it for novel-writing, then.

 

It's a real shame though... I loved XP, lots of good memories there. I even made my Windows 8 have as close to an XP start menu as I could manage (custom buttons in Classic Shell, small taskbar, blue). Doesn't bring back compatibility for older programs, though :(

 

But, if it's truly done for, what would your recommendations be for legacy hardware?

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Virtual machines, there are many different programs for it.

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You can use XP or 98 in a VM for older programs, but for older hardware I recommend Linux or WinFLP.

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Superchops

So I have a malware situation, sorta. 

First I noticed my browser redirecting me to "gstatic.com" or something, which I identified as malware and deleted. The article I used as a guide recommended Spyhunter 4, incase the malware installed some spyware in the process. So I downloaded this and ran a scan, and it told me that I have 43 dangerous files, including:

  • Funmoods (toolbar)
  • Tuvaro (toolbar)
  • Babylon (search engine)

and some other stuff I don't remember. 

So I looked up some guides to try and remove these programs. The guides I found made me go inside the Registry Editor to find some code that the programs may have left behind, but despite my best efforts and a ton of Ctrl + F, I couldn't find anything. I also ran some scans with Avast and Malwarebytes and neither of them found anything suspicious. Which makes ME suspicious. Basically it seems like either a) the spyware programs are deeply hidden into my computer or b ) my copy of Spyhunter is a fake. I'm inclined to believe the latter to be honest.

Do you guys have any clue as to what might be going on? I'd appreciate any help you can give, I'm very confused here.

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1 hour ago, Superchops said:

So I have a malware situation, sorta. 

First I noticed my browser redirecting me to "gstatic.com" or something, which I identified as malware and deleted. The article I used as a guide recommended Spyhunter 4, incase the malware installed some spyware in the process. So I downloaded this and ran a scan, and it told me that I have 43 dangerous files, including:

  • Funmoods (toolbar)
  • Tuvaro (toolbar)
  • Babylon (search engine)

and some other stuff I don't remember. 

So I looked up some guides to try and remove these programs. The guides I found made me go inside the Registry Editor to find some code that the programs may have left behind, but despite my best efforts and a ton of Ctrl + F, I couldn't find anything. I also ran some scans with Avast and Malwarebytes and neither of them found anything suspicious. Which makes ME suspicious. Basically it seems like either a) the spyware programs are deeply hidden into my computer or b ) my copy of Spyhunter is a fake. I'm inclined to believe the latter to be honest.

Do you guys have any clue as to what might be going on? I'd appreciate any help you can give, I'm very confused here.

Best advice I can give you would be as opposed to Spyhunter, use Spybot, Search and Destroy. It's regarded as the gold standard in anti-spyware software.

What confuses me is that gstatic.com is a domain owned by Google for content delivery purposes. The domain itself is clean, but I could imagine malware designed to send you to an ad delivered from there to artificially inflate its hits ergo its ad revenue.

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