How do I turn on virus protection?

By joannemaria1741
Sep 29, 2009
  1. I have only had my laptop a short while and a friend of mine installed avg free for me.The past week or so there has been a sheild with a cross in it and when i go to security settings and click on malware it is saying my avg reports that my virus protection is off but windows defender is on.I clicked defender and it says i also need another virus protection but when i try to turn avg on it goes straight back to security settings.Also on sunday i couldn't get on the internet or my msn so on monday i had to delete me as the administrator and re-create a new user was this a virus?Can anyone help me sort this out please?
  2. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    Sounds like spyware. There's an 8 step malware removal document at this site (I don't have the link handy, so you'll have to look it up.) Follow those and post any logs.

    -- Andy
  3. joannemaria1741

    joannemaria1741 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Virus protection

    TO ALMCNEIL, if i do the 8 step guide that u suggested do i need to delete anything or save anything before i do this and will this also give me the malware protection i need and will everything be ok once i have done this?Thanks for your time,Joanne
  4. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    It's always a good idea to backup your files before attempting any kind of spyware/virus removal. Often, but not always, the techniques save the installation and your files are safe.

    Yes, backup your personal files as a precaution.

    -- Andy
  5. joannemaria1741

    joannemaria1741 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Virus protection

    TO ALMCNEIL, AGAIN!! sorry about asking yet another question but i went away and ate my tea, then i went to check my security before i started the 8 step you told me about and my malware was now turned on but i know that tomorrow it will be off again so can you tell me whats going on.As you have probably guessed i am a complete beginner with computers so i dont have a clue.Than.ks again for all your patience and time on this matter.Joanne. P.S The sheild has also gone and my laptop turned itself off when i was looking at your reply last time so is this a virus or someone hacking me?Thanks
  6. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    it can be both
  7. joannemaria1741

    joannemaria1741 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Virus protection

    TO JAWSHH,thank you for your reply but have you any ideas about what i should do as i haven't got a clue.
  8. joannemaria1741

    joannemaria1741 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Hi can any1 help me out there,i am new to computers and i think i have a virus because my malware keeps turning itself off as when i went to sleep last night it was back on and now its off again.Can i download another free one without turning anything off as not sure how to do it or can any1 give me any tips on how to turn it back on as when i try it goes off every time.PLEASE HELP ME SOME1!!!THANKS JOANNE
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Download and install free Avast antivirus, and Advanced SystemCare free
  10. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Please stop starting new threads for this. This is the 5th one, Run this:

    I am going to request that the moderator remove the others. Take you time and look over what the board has to offer.

    EDIT: You have 5 threads on this. It is apparent that you are not subscribing to the thread. Please keep all your questions and answers in this thread.
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,028   +613

    @joannemaria1741 - Instead of opening new threads, reply to this existing discussion using the "Post Reply" button.

    Also please read our posting guidelines so you can remain in good standing:

    @Bobbye - You can also use the "report bad post" links to contact moderators in a two-click affair. Thanks.
  12. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Thanks Julio- didn't realize that function could be used for this problem.
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