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"Live Security Platinum" virus - Hijacked my entire laptop [So


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They are legit, just leftover backups of the registry and can do no harm and take up little space.

What about the desktop icons .. Do you know what they are ?
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The desktop icons that weren't there before include "Computer", "Danial" (My documents folder), and 4 thumbnails of album artwork from MP3 music files I have on my desktop.

I already have "Computer" and "Danial" (My documents folder) in my Stardock, so is it ok if i just delete them? including the 4 thumbnail album covers?
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Yes as the are just shortcuts

Or right click the desktop
Select personalize
Click desktop icons
And deselect from there


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The malware that hijacked my laptop, If I had turned on UAC, would it have been avoidable?
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It may have helped but nothing is certain
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Another thing, Windows updates for Vista does more damage than it does fix, is this true or just a myth?

I ask because a few years back, as I sent my HP laptop for repairs, the representative that was attending to me, told me that NOT updating with the Windows Updates was a better thing to do. I never really did much reasearch on what she said, but I kind of took her words, verbatim.
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That is the biggest heap of rubbish I have heard for a long time :lol:

MS does not release updates to break computers, they are system and security fixes. Failure to install the updates will render the system insecure and in some of the more severe instances unstable

So I highly recommend that all updates are installed when available, it is what I do and I never have any problems
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Sigh..... that probably explains why I had so many "hijacking" incidents :(

Anyways, I've update my Windows Updates (Last update was December of 2010), and there seems to be no further problems.

There is an optional update for "Microsoft Security Essentials" in the Windows Update pane. Should I go ahead and install this optional update?
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Security essentials is the Microsoft antivirus programme.. If you already have one then there is no need
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Ok, I'll go ahead and install it.

One final query, is this "Live Security Platinum" a brand new virus? Is that why it so easily infected my computer?
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It is a variation on all the other Rogue AV's they tend to change on an almost daily basis and are therefore difficult to detect
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

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