[lcfbtech] Re: Question about PC Security

  • From: Scott Blanks <scott_blanks@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lcfbtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lcfbtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:49:47 -0500


The bottom of the main screen  should display the date/time of the last scan 
completed. You may need to select the history button or tab before locating the 
date/time info. To access details of a scan, there is a specific folder 
location containing log files which can be opened in notepad. Go to:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Microsoft Antimalware\Support

I haven't viewed these files of late, so can't speak to their clarity. If you 
have questions about any part of the language you encounter, let us know.

Scott Blanks
Director of Rehabilitation Services
Lions Center for the Blind
Ph: 510-450-1580 Ext. 263
Fx: 510-654-3603
E: scott_blanks@xxxxxxxxxxxx
2115 Broadway 

Oakland, CA 94612

-----Original Message-----
From: lcfbtech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:lcfbtech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Lori Castner
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 9:17 AM
To: lcfbtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [lcfbtech] Re: Question about PC Security

Hi, Scott,

I did run the full scan with security essentials.  When the scan finished, I
pressed the Home button and the speech said "You are protected".  the speech
did not read "no threats found" as in Windows XP. Is there a way to read the
results of previous scans?
When my computer unexpectedly shut down I received a message from Windows
when I restarted the system, not from Security Essentials.



-----Original Message-----
From: lcfbtech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:lcfbtech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Scott Blanks
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 8:18 AM
To: lcfbtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [lcfbtech] Re: Question about PC Security

Hi Lori,

My gut reaction is to say that you are in the clear. Having received a clean
bill of health from both Security Essentials and Malware Bites, I think
you've performed due diligence. When your computer unexpectedly shut down,
do you know which program informed you about the "unauthorized shutdown?"
Was it a general Windows message that came up upon restarting, or was it
generated by Security Essentials?
If you still feel uncertain about the security of your system, you can run a
complete scan using security essentials. The default scan is a quick scan.
To do this, open security essentials from the start menu or from within the
system tray. Once the program has focus, use tab to locate a set of radio
buttons which will offer you the choices of quick, complete, and custom. Use
up/down arrow to locate complete, then tab to and select the scan button.
Let us know how you fare, or if we can help further.


On 7/19/12, Lori Castner <loralee.castner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> This is a very quiet list, but I have a question and hope to receive 
> some input.
> I have a PC which runs Windows 7.
> About a month ago, I received an email from UPS which turned out to be 
> spam.
> Because I was expecting an important package shipped by UPS I acted 
> hastily and clicked on the link in the email which said "contact us".  
> This link took me to the UPS website. I did not open the attached supposed
> When I phoned UPS they knew nothing about the email.
> The next day I received a second similar email and phoned UPS again.  
> The agent advised me to forward the emails to fraud.UPS.com.
> Because I had clicked on a link in the first email, I ran a complete 
> virus scan with Microsoft Security essentials and received the status 
> "proptected".
> Several weeks later, my computer suddenly shut down and restarted with 
> the message that an unauthorized shut down had occurred.
> Someone advised me to install "malwarebytes". I installed the free 
> program and scanned the computer; no threats were found.
> Everything seems fine.  Yesterday I ran malwarebytes again with the 
> latest updates and no threats were found.  The same with another full 
> scan with Microsoft Security Essentials. I hear the wstatus 
> "protected", but I do not hear the message "no threats found" as I used to
with Windows XP.
> I still feel anxious because I have read stories of "Trojan horses" 
> lurking and not being seen by virus protection programs; one person 
> said that they had to run their computer in "safe mode" to detect the
> Do you think that I am in fact safe or should I take additional 
> actions to check my computer and if so what actions?
> I do shop a lot online and so am concerned.
> Lori C.

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