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Solutions: A safe place to get AntiMalware

I am trying to download Malwarebytes AntiMalware on my grandson's laptop. When I went to the CNET download sites, I got warnings that phishing and other types of infection resulted. I didn't feel confident trying to use any of the listed sites. Where can I go to safely download the software?

Use this special direct link: www.tinyurl.com/2fwj868. This will immediately initiate the download sequencing (asking if you want to download or run). You will not see a web page. The file downloaded will be a randomly generated name, but it is the free version of AntiMalware. The random name is used to fool any resident virus that may be looking to intercept a download of the known name.

Recently I decided to switch from Google to Bing. When I completed the switch, suddenly I was getting all kinds of ads. A malware search found 1,163 bugs, some trojans but the majority were pup.optional etc. Was it possible to have picked up that many when I switched?

Are you saying that you changed your default search engine from Google to Bing? Or did you switch from the Google toolbar to the Bing toolbar? If so, how do you know what it is you downloaded and installed? If it was changing your default search engine, I don't see how that would install unwanted malware. Chances are it was something that you downloaded and installed that had a hidden payload, or a veiled companion download of the PUP.Optional.Tarma.A. This is in the browser hijack family is included on many downloads. Some from formerly "safe" sites like CNET include it. So be very careful in whatever you download and read thoroughly what you're agreeing to before you click the install button of any software. Download and install MalwareBytes AntiMalware directly from www.tinyurl.com/2fwj868.

Is PC Cleaner a legitimate program?

People get upset when I comment on the legitimacy of their products, so let me put it this way: Do you want PC Cleaner on your PC? Absolutely not. Stay away from these types of third-party cure-all solutions.

I received a message, something like, "Adobe Flash player updates are available and depending on your settings you may have to temporarily disable your antivirus software." How can I avoid disabling my antivirus?

Don't ever disable your antivirus. I don't recall ever having to disable anything to install or update Adobe Flash. But if you need to update Flash, go directly to www.adobe.com and click Download, Adobe Flash Player, then download and install from there. Don't ever respond to any type of message telling you to update Flash. It's a common tactic of malevolent websites to get you to install a virus/malware disguised as Flash. Consider updating to Internet Explorer 10. A special Flash version is built in.

Send questions to personaltech@tampabay.com or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: A safe place to get AntiMalware 09/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 6:45pm]
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