Rickroll virus/trojan

I downloaded a video on my Vista.

It looked like an MP4 file but was actually an .exe that rickrolled me playing the Rick Astley song.

Is this also a virus/trojan?

And which software is best to scan my Vista?
 
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richc46

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I would use any standard anti virus. Personally, I use Microsoft Security Essentials.
Download and scan with malwarebyes.
Then use the free one scan online eset scanner. If these are clear you are safe.
If it were me however, I would also use a system restore from a week before you became infected.
Virus cannot get into restore points, but the virus can be on your stuff, which is not changed by restore
Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET
I would do all of the above. Now all that being said, if it were really the rickroll virus, it is harmless. It is a prank to piddle you off and guess what, it seems to work. We cannot be sure, however, what it was.
 

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Thanks,

it looks like all my browsers home pages were changed to Start Page. I will do what you wrote and am also following instructions I found here Remove Trojan.StartPage virus (Removal Guide)

whatever happened, it deleted my Vietnamese-English dictionary and may have deletd some other things.

thank you again.


Welcome
I would use any standard anti virus. Personally, I use Microsoft Security Essentials.
Download and scan with malwarebyes.
Then use the free one scan online eset scanner. If these are clear you are safe.
If it were me however, I would also use a system restore from a week before you became infected.
Virus cannot get into restore points, but the virus can be on your stuff, which is not changed by restore
Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET
I would do all of the above. Now all that being said, if it were really the rickroll virus, it is harmless. It is a prank to piddle you off and guess what, it seems to work. We cannot be sure, however, what it was.
 

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