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    help with virus detection

    this is where my story begins. i was on Google one day when i get this message coming up saying, 'your search look like it was done by a virus'. all i said was, 'yeah right, virus, Linux, no chance'. i thought that this must be a one off problem with Google, anyway i did a lot more searches and they all did the same thing. i even restarted my computer to try and get rid of this problem but that did absolutely bull...... by this time i was getting very peeved so i decided to get a virus detector.

    i was searching this forum for a answer to my problem and the one virus detector that was being mention quite often is the clam anti virus program. i thought i might as well install it so i did so but there was a problem with my install. i cant remember what it was as it was as this was quite some time ago. anyway i searched the web for more anti virus programs and found avg Linux.

    i know windows (touch wood) has avg and it works quite well on that so i decided that i will get it. it (unlike clam) installed perfectly but when i did the virus check it cam up with the error that i could not access all the files and the files it did access it found no virus in. how do i allow avg to have administrator rights as my guess is that the virus is hidding some where in the folders it cannot access.

    i will also point out that i did use this panda virus checker about nine months ago and that was rubbish as well. so i would suggest not suggesting it to me.

    Anyway please may you help me with my problem as it is very annoying not being able to search for anything.

    -josh

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    Re: help with virus detection

    Off hand, I'd say start AVG on the terminal with "sudo".

    If you can't find anything with AVG, I'd start removing any downloaded toolbars and addons on your browser.

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    Re: help with virus detection

    ah that might be it, well its gone now that ive reinstalled ubuntu but for later reference thanks.

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    Re: help with virus detection

    Quote Originally Posted by Periswell View Post
    this is where my story begins. i was on Google one day when i get this message coming up saying, 'your search look like it was done by a virus'. all i said was, 'yeah right, virus, Linux, no chance'. i thought that this must be a one off problem with Google, anyway i did a lot more searches and they all did the same thing. i even restarted my computer to try and get rid of this problem but that did absolutely bull...... by this time i was getting very peeved so i decided to get a virus detector.
    What came up and what happened? I fail to comprehend...

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    Re: help with virus detection

    you didn't have a virus, it sounds like google's problem
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    Re: help with virus detection

    Quote Originally Posted by Periswell View Post
    this is where my story begins. i was on Google one day when i get this message coming up saying, 'your search look like it was done by a virus'. all i said was, 'yeah right, virus, Linux, no chance'. i thought that this must be a one off problem with Google, anyway i did a lot more searches and they all did the same thing. i even restarted my computer to try and get rid of this problem but that did absolutely bull...... by this time i was getting very peeved so i decided to get a virus detector.

    i was searching this forum for a answer to my problem and the one virus detector that was being mention quite often is the clam anti virus program. i thought i might as well install it so i did so but there was a problem with my install. i cant remember what it was as it was as this was quite some time ago. anyway i searched the web for more anti virus programs and found avg Linux.

    i know windows (touch wood) has avg and it works quite well on that so i decided that i will get it. it (unlike clam) installed perfectly but when i did the virus check it cam up with the error that i could not access all the files and the files it did access it found no virus in. how do i allow avg to have administrator rights as my guess is that the virus is hidding some where in the folders it cannot access.

    i will also point out that i did use this panda virus checker about nine months ago and that was rubbish as well. so i would suggest not suggesting it to me.

    Anyway please may you help me with my problem as it is very annoying not being able to search for anything.

    -josh
    Depending on your type of search, and how often you are searching for particular things, Google will give a message like that. In the past several viruses have used Google to search out email addresses. I don't the exact criteria for what will trigger such a message, but its probably something you don't need to worry about.

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    Re: help with virus detection

    Google Groups will certainly give you a message like that if you access it too fast; at one company where I worked there was one externally-visible IP address for a couple of hundred employees so if several people tried to read groups at the same time, the server would see multiple accesses per second from the same IP address and start whining.

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    Re: help with virus detection

    Often it is just your search terms.

    Try thinking outside the box if you get a "you look like a virus" message from Google. I've experienced those before and it has never been due to a malicious force guiding my searches.
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