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Old 18-01-2013, 21:24
PaulM1983
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Right, so I download torrents (yes, yes it's very bad) and I've had no problems for many years. Tonight though, my internet browsers decided that I was downloading no more.

I use Chrome, and when I click to download the torrent file, it automatically opens through my torrent client. Usually. Now though, I see the torrent file downloading at the bottom of my window then it says Virus Detected. When I go into my Downloads in Chrome it says Anti-Virus software detected a virus.

Now this is nonsense, because I've disabled every piece of anti-virus and firewall that I have, so there is absolutely nothing running on my pc at the moment. I've also tried it through Internet Explorer and get the same deal.

Anyone know what's up with that? It's driving me loopy so any advice or help would be hugely appreciated.
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Old 18-01-2013, 21:25
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screenshot please.
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Old 18-01-2013, 21:42
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Its what keeps me in a job of sorts...people...piracy and not understanding the basics

So you've disabled all your firewalls/anti viruses, thats like pulling off a condom and carrying on shagging a known HIV positive prostitute.....

You need to understand the difference between browsers/torrent clients/file types etc, are you downloading .torrent or .magnet files or something else as theres a myriad of questions
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Old 18-01-2013, 22:00
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Yup, scary.

The OP is looking at 'scare ware', which might be harmless popups or a real infection.

It's time to turn your antivirus back on, and also to download Malwarebytes to do a scan.
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Old 18-01-2013, 22:01
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This is why im asking for a screenshot. It'll be much easier to tell
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Old 19-01-2013, 14:55
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Just to clarify, I turned off the antivirus and firewall for 5 minutes to see what the story was. I also scanned with Malwarebytes and got nothing. The antivirus scans also brought back nothing at all.

It was obviously an infection of some sort though, because it wasn't anything to do with the .torrent files, it affected everything I tried to download from any internet browser. Every file was automatically stopped, and the browsers download bars and download folders were telling me there were viruses detected in every file.

Did a full system restore and it's all fine now. Thank christ for external hard drives.

Thanks for the replies though. Had I not sorted it with a restore, I would have posted screenshots. Maxatoria in particular, thanks for your extremely condescending reply, which was undoubtedly the rudest. I think the 2nd paragraph of my post makes it fairly clear I know the difference between a browser and a torrent client.

Anyway, the thread can be deleted now if anyone can do that for me. Thanks.
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