I Fixed A Desktop Computer With Over 68,000 Viruses

United States
July 18, 2008 2:03am CST
For over 10 years in the computer industry I managed to remove over 68,000 infected viruses on a computer. Thanks to programs such as AVG Free Edition it has done me a good job to take care of those issues. If you wonder how a person got this much viruses well one this person did a lot of downloading of things she didn't need. It's the typical person who doesn't realize what they are doing so they use programs like LimeWire to download anything they want such as music and don't realize they are also downloading infections that will literally corrupt and damage a person's computer. A lot of these viruses that I cleaned up were compressed in a zip file and about 400 infected that were corrupting and slowing down her system. Of course not counting the numerous issues with the spyware that was cleaned up also. It would have been easy to tell the client she needed to format and reinstall Windows XP on there, but for one she didn't have the original Windows XP CD when she bought the laptop. Of course I wouldn't have gone my way to install an illegal copy -- No way and no how! The good thing though is she was welling to pay the amount and time to fix that computer because she uses it on a daily basis and didn't want to risk the fact of losing her files or didn't want to consider backing up God knows how many data information she got on there. So it took me a good few hours for $300. You can't beat that for an offer and the lady was happy to find out the computer is in good condition -- which it is. So now I can go down in history and know I was one of the guys that cleaned out close to 70,000 viruses in just a few hours.
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21 responses
@coolmailraj (2461)
• India
18 Jul 08
Hi. I have dealt with a few hundreds myself but 68K is a big number. After having so many infections, how come the system was still running. Whatever, good job done buddy and I believe if it was all using AVG then you are paid well for it.
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@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
18 Jul 08
I wouldn't have wasted my time removing viruses.The best and the most easy way to remove large quantities of virus is to format the hard disk and reinstall the operating system
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Yeah that's what I told her, but where money comes in and she wants the viruses removed and most of them were compressed, it paid off to have them removed. She didn't have the operating system to begin with, the computer was bought OEM installed based. I know what you're saying so it's nothing new to me.
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• United States
20 Jul 08
Reformatting for some is a deadly word. If she uses that computer for work and has important documents she doesn't want deleted, reformatting really isn't an option. But she should have taken the time to protect those files by keeping them backed up somewhere, especially if she'd put her computer in jeopardy by doing such irresponsible downloading.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
19 Jul 08
When I got my computer fixed recently, he did it with a AVG Free Edition as well, and so far so good. Stuff cropped up, but it seems to take care of it.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
Wow that is alot of viruses. It's awesome that you have been in the computer dustry like you have. I do have a question for you this AVG free addition you talk about what kind of program is it? I don't know if you have heard of this system but it's what I bought for $58.00 called Registry Smart it scans the following and repairs anything wrong it finds: Active X, OLE, and COM, Add/Remove Programs, Application Paths, Fonts, Shared Files, Help Files, Start Up Items, System services, Drivers, Files Associations, Sound, User Settings, History/MRU Lists, Invalid Shortcuts. I have had this system for 3 months now and I like it alot. I would like to know your opinion on this for I don't do downloading of things. I do this site play on Club Pogo, and do my surveys that come to me in my e-mail and none of those believe in spamming. I did have an issue the other morning where my Mac Afee was saying I had problems with my internet files and e-mail but after going in and running registry smart and Mac Afee between the both I don't know what or how it corrected itself. I have Comcast and MacAfee security came with it. I decided to add the Registry Smart a short time later do you think it's to much? Any suggestions on any of this?
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@lixiaos (18)
• China
18 Jul 08
so many virus that i almost can't trust the antivirus software. I use ghost software reinstall winXP regularly, and i believe perhaps it is the only way to keep my PC clean and run quickly.
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@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
That is tremendous. Having seen and captured more or less 70,000 viruses is a cool thing. Downloading is indeed harmful at times. We should be prudent enough to see to it that we are downloading the right things and not those bugs and other harmful things.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
Wow you can buy a UMPC for that amount she paid you. Good job.
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@darksorrow (4671)
• Bangladesh
18 Jul 08
Well congratulations on cleaning that much virus in a couple of hours. I also had such kind of record. But i can not give you the total estimate. Because it took me 3 times to clean those viruses. The fool who was using internet did not use a anti virus or any security software. He learned how to install windows & setup network. He did that & did not installed any security software. So he got viruses on his computer. Now he is facing many problems so he called me. I found out that there was no security software installed on his computer. Then i installed Norton & started checkup. It got over 38000 different viruses only in C:\ drive. But before completing the scan the computer restarted. So i started the scan again. But again it restarted. Then i installed a fresh copy of windows & started scan & left his house. I don't know how many viruses norton found later.
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@gtdonna (1740)
21 Jul 08
WOW! Thats a whole lot but I have seen people with tons of virus on their computer but yet they swear that Norton Anit virus was running so the ocmputer should not have had a problem.
@littleowl (7157)
19 Jul 08
Hi Darkangel Well now I know who to come to if I get something wrong with my laptop that was brilliant...you must know something about anti-viruses then to be able to do that especially for the length of time you have been doing computers-I have a windows XP and windows vista laptops which do you think is the best or are they the same??? littleowl
@douchrti (176)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Jeez, was she using any AntiVirus, AntiSpyware or even a Firewall? I already know the answer, thats how I get most of my customers too. Whats sad to see is the amount of return customers. Great job guy, take the rest of the day off.
@alpha7 (1910)
• France
19 Jul 08
Bravo!
• India
19 Jul 08
Oh!Thats quite a big figure.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Jul 08
hi darkangel you are so right AVG free 8 is the best, I have not had any better with norton or mcafee ireally likeAVG so much 'it keeps my computer freee of viruses and it does a great job doing it so am really happy with my AVG.darkangel you are like my son he is a computernerd and he does all my repair so I am so lucky that I have built in help with no charge. he works daily as a computer programmer but he can also do the same things you do and has on my compute when I had nortons. nortons managaged to let a virus get into my computer and almost destroy it, my son had to unvirus my machine using his machine to do it. no more nortons for me.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Congratulations on fixing her computer. That is a ton of viruses and am surprised that she did not realize something was wrong with her computer after doing so many downloads. Thank goodness for antivirus programs as well as having knowledge of removing viruses from a computer. I would have just reformatted the hard drive as it would have saved time. Hopefully she learned her lesson and will not do so much downloading or be careful where she gets her downloads from. Glad that you made some money for the time you spent cleaning the computer.
• United States
18 Jul 08
You know what you're doing and are an expert. So, you deserve the money for your expertise. I'm happy that you got the job done. That's a real record!
• India
18 Jul 08
Hi friend, Its great that you have removed virus from a computer.I really appreciate the work you have done.But i am surprised to see how the computer sustain with virus all over. Have a nice day.
• India
18 Jul 08
Hey that is great to know that your patiance has worked for you. the credit goes to you and AVG
@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
18 Jul 08
darkangel, you are a HERO in my book. it must have been now like she has a new computer !
• India
18 Jul 08
Hi frind,68,000 virus on a computer its so sad.How can you get so much virus ? which antivirus software you used to remove so much virus. I think your whole computer was consist of virus. How did u know that you have virus and you should check it now .seriously this is the first time i have heard so much virus in a single computer. Anyway you have done good job for that lady.