what is the worst virus infection your pc has had

American Samoa
December 27, 2007 3:29pm CST
with all the worms and trojans and viruses out there, it made me wonder. how many people are actually struggling to rid their selves of the same viruses and what methods actually work. for a while now ive been working of freeing myself of the fujacks infection and im happy to say i've finally been able to disenfect my computer. ive tried everything from avg to kaspersky to norton, all of which helped a little, but in the end did not work. i then got a program from a friend of mines called iolo antivirus and it actually did the job. its part of a software bundle called system mechanic professional 7 and the program works great. so, what viruses are plagueing your computer? who knows, maybe someone here might have a solution for you :)
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13 responses
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
28 Dec 07
I was never badly infected, but I am extremely careful. I remember I had my browser hijacked once, but it was easy to fix - bur an annoyance until I fixed it :) I check every single thing even when it comes from friends, and my anti virus did catch some virus that were in email messages or in files that I downloaded but I never opened them so the virus was just there. I do not open .exe files even if they're emailed from someone I know. I don't really download things from the net, WHen I do download something I don't open it until I have checked it, I am careful with the sites I go,I don't allow things to run automatically if I don't know what they are or if they are not really necessary, I scan my computer regularly and ge all the updates from my antivirus. Nobody is free from catchy some nasty virus but being aware of what is there and how to protect our computer is very important.
• Slovenia
28 Dec 07
well im ok now, i have a good antivirus and all so i dont have any worries.... but my worst was a nightmare, i was battling it for days omg..... i was trying out some stuff with the firewall and stuff, and tried to open a file that was blocked by my previous antivirus, it was something i really wanted and i was too young to really know i shouldnt... lol well i managed to open it, then all my files were randomly deleted and my pc became very slow, i tried deleting the file and scanning with an antivirus and stuff, but it woulldnt go away, then one day it said i have some missing files in windows and that it cant load :((((
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@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
27 Dec 07
The one i remember the most is this virus that had a enter button that would pop up. It killed my windows and when u hit said enter button it installed more viruses and well i got a drive erase tool and wiped it clean twice and then installed linux cause I had already was tired of the viruses that are for windows thank god Linux is not as in as windows
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• United States
27 Dec 07
The worst virus infection I have ever had would be back when the blaster worm virus was still going around. You know, the virus that would shut down any windows XP system connected to the internet. It was pretty frustrating. All in all, I am glad that norton finally came out with a fix for it.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
28 Dec 07
I just got my computer back after it got infected with spyware. What should have been a 3 hour job, ended up turning into a weeklong nitemare. My computer was infected with so many viruses and spywares....more than this technician had ever seen. I was supposedly being protected by verizion security suite. The tech told me that verizon just does not work. He has seen more computers trusting that protection than any other. He put the norton antivirus on my computer and I have to go and purchase spyware protection. He said the spyware protection is even more important than the antivirus.
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• India
1 Jan 08
My PC has been infected by trojans it had given me great problem for several days my PC was not working properly then i got mcaffe it deleted all the virus form my computers
• India
30 Dec 07
My PC was infected with trojan and it had given many problem.But now I am that I had avast antivirus which delete virus from my computer.
@Stiletto (4597)
28 Dec 07
I'm not that technically minded so I don't know the names of all these viruses and things but the worst "attack" I sustained was a downloader trojan. I was surfing a traffic exchange, then the anti-virus warning popped up to let me know a trojan had been identified and then the next thing I knew my browser was hijacked. Then all this p0rn started downloading onto my pc!! It was a nightmare - took ages to sort and cost me a fortune. At the time I was using Norton (which I wouldn't recommend to anyone) but now I use AVG and I have to say I have never had any problems since switching to it.
@nickventere (1424)
• Zambia
28 Dec 07
I am a very ardent believer in "prevention is better than cure"and, wow, I have never suffered a virus threat to all my PCs, let alone network. Just not yet, perhaps. :)
@nokia6233 (937)
• India
28 Dec 07
its good that you have been able to get rid of your computer of a particular virus.... i too had a similar situation when i got infected by i think a malware....i tried macafee and others too...but it would not go away... then i tried installing NOD32 antivirus and to my surprise the malware was completley gone and could not be traced back...
• Philippines
28 Dec 07
trojan.what we do is we reformat the computer
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
28 Dec 07
For someone who has been operating PCs for 10 years now, I must say I've not had any bad experiences with viruses. All these years, I've only used Norton Antivirus software on my computers, and I usually update the virus signature files diligently at least few times a month. That does not mean that I do not end up with viruses in my PCs. In fact, I do have my share of viruses, and some of these Norton have failed to get rid of even after detection. I usually let the viruses sit in my computer, and (touch wood) they have not caused any harm to my system. I reckon most of these viruses are dormant ones, or they only spring to life under certain conditions. Every few years, I will either change a new harddisk or reformat it and reload the entire system again, so that gets rid of viruses inherent in my system that I have not removed previously. Nowadays, I am more worried about spyware and keyloggers than viruses, because I believe these can cause more harm and are more malicious. I always make sure that I use the on-screen keyboard when I need to key in sensitive information like bank IDs and passwords for my internet-banking accounts. I've not had any trouble with my accounts being breached by keeping to this practice.
@santuccie (3376)
• United States
28 Dec 07
We don't have malware problems on our machines, and Gizmo himself gave me URLs to 9 hostile sites for testing before he introduced my blog/site in the 150th TechSupportAlert newsletter. My solution works for Windows XP and 2000: http://invincible-windows.blogspot.com/