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I gave this a bit of a try, you have to use a USB stick, or CD/DVD to burn this onto. You can also get an ISO which is nice as well. It was roughly 200MB to download inside of the program.

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It wasn't a case of hopefully someone will get their computer infected soon, that is a certainty. It is more a case of hopefully they will bring it to me to sort out.

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The immediate download is not much more than a download manager:

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with some added logic. It won't run, for example on Windows Server, otherwise it allows you to choose between burning a CD, copying to a blank USB drive or burning an ISO file.

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Finally got a chance to try this tonight. A neighbour popped up on Facebook chat asking for help because her laptop was claiming to be infected, and she couldn't get on the internet any more.

I told her to bring it over, sure enough it was infected, with a rogue anti-virus, I think it was called Windows 7 Anti-Virus or something like that.

It wouldn't let me run MBAM, so rather than mess around trying things, I downloaded Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta , booted from it and it found 3 severe/high alert threats that it dealt with.

Once it restarted I installed MBAM, SAS and avast using a cd that I burnt in May, so it has old definitions on it, but they still found a lot things to delete.

Tomorrow I will connect it to the internet, update the definitions and then scan again.

The main thing is though, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta got me to a stage that the computer was more usable.

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A neighbour popped up on Facebook chat asking for help because her laptop was claiming to be infected, and she couldn't get on the internet any more.

Does this seem a bit strange to anyone else? Mindboggling! :o

Nice to know it has positive results. I'm really proud of how Microsoft is getting involved and taking quality strides in PC security. :)

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A neighbour popped up on Facebook chat asking for help because her laptop was claiming to be infected, and she couldn't get on the internet any more.

Does this seem a bit strange to anyone else? Mindboggling! :o

Is it strange?

It happens to me all the time with loads of people asking for help on Facebook.

She is actually a regular too, and one of the only ones that I don't charge to get it sorted. She is a single mum in her thirties with 5 kids, her husband died about 3 or 4 years ago, I just don't have the heart to charge her.

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Just making a bit of fun of the fact she messaged you on Facebook saying she couldn't get on the Internet anymore. But to use Facebook surely you'd need Internet. :P

A very bad joke, I'm sorry! Forgive me! :D

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... sure enough it was infected, with a rogue anti-virus, ...

Seems to be everywhere, now. Probably because they each make about $24,000,000 per year selling this fraudulent stuff.

Glad to read that the MSSS caught it, because they can be difficult to get a grip on when they disable the EXE file association in the Registry.

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Just making a bit of fun of the fact she messaged you on Facebook saying she couldn't get on the Internet anymore. But to use Facebook surely you'd need Internet. :P

A very bad joke, I'm sorry! Forgive me! :D

Sorry, it was late, I always tend to get carried away and stay up late when working on a computer because I like to get them back to the owner as soon as possible.

If I had waited until today to read your post I would of got the joke.

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Is it strange?

It happens to me all the time ...

Now that the penny has finally dropped, your earlier reply seems even funnier :lol:

Reminds me of The IT Crowd

I've also seen it before, people reporting on forums that they can't access the Internet. :huh:

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