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Last response: in Windows 7
January 15, 2010 4:37:20 AM

a program on my computer says i have a virus and it will cost me fifty dollars to have it removed.
is there a remedy

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a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2010 5:21:07 AM

Assuming you weren't born yesterday, install an anti virus software and run it.
January 15, 2010 5:21:56 AM

Need more information. What program? What virus?

What antivirus are you running now?

Did you google the virus name to see what others said about it?

Many of the "<Program name> has detected the <virus name> " are scams.

Google is your friend.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2010 5:33:48 AM

The program telling you this IS the bloody virus..

Install Microsoft Security Essentials or AVG Free. Both work well and are 100% free.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2010 6:07:31 AM


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January 15, 2010 1:54:17 PM

Hah, you got ransomewared. Yeah, get rid of that thing ASAP. If it's simple enough you should be able to easily remove it with Microsoft Security Essentials, the free version of avira (I recommend it :D  ), or the free version of bitdefender.
a b $ Windows 7
January 16, 2010 3:32:05 AM

The others are right, but let me be a little more precise. This stuff is known as Scareware. It finds a security hole in your PC, installs itself, and then pops up saying it has found viruses. (Some other variants that I've seen involve fairly simple webpage redirects that show you a picture that imitates the XP My Computer screen and names your drives "173 viruses", etc. Then it shows an information popup alerting you that the scan has found all these viruses, go to this website to clean them up.) It tells you to buy a program to remove it. If you take the bait, the crooks get your money, the popups go away (at least for a time), and the "antivirus" you just bought is sometimes malicious software itself, e.g., a keylogger to steal your passwords. If you have the webpage variant, all you have to do is close that tab. If it's the kind that actually installs itself on your PC, then you will need an antivirus or antispyware program to remove it.
a b $ Windows 7
January 16, 2010 11:14:37 AM

try searching your PC for "PAV.EXE" delete it :) 
a b 8 Security
a b è Antivirus
a c 372 $ Windows 7
January 19, 2010 1:04:24 AM

run malewarebytes in safe mode!
January 19, 2010 4:15:01 AM

another supporter for AVG...does the job using minimal resource
January 26, 2010 12:47:21 AM

Best answer selected by tjbutler.