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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2011, 02:50:18 PM »
Great.  Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2011, 09:05:39 AM »
I run IOBIT Security 360, Superantispyware, Ccleaner, MalwareBytes and Advance System Care. No problems that I know of. I also have older copies of CookieWall and POW! that still work just fine.

I use the same programs on my laptop machine.
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2011, 07:00:43 PM »
Well, gang, my McAfee runs out Tuesday.  I damned sure don't want to renew with them, as when I updated last year, almost immediately afterwards my computer slowed down immensely. 

Could someone help me out with suggestions?  I seem to remember that a couple of members here have favorites.
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2011, 07:03:22 PM »
Well, gang, my McAfee runs out Tuesday.  I damned sure don't want to renew with them, as when I updated last year, almost immediately afterwards my computer slowed down immensely. 

Could someone help me out with suggestions?  I seem to remember that a couple of members here have favorites.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2011, 07:20:21 PM »
I switched all of our computers over to Microsoft Security Essentials last November or so.  So far I'm very happy with it.  Make sure you d/l it from Microsoft if you get it though.  There is a fake out there.

It's very user friendly, small and will allow you to work while it scans the machine.  There's a youtube video or two on it ... oh and it is free.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2011, 07:44:05 PM »
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #31 on: May 01, 2011, 07:47:37 PM »
well I have Norton and never a problem. this years version also scans facebook as well.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2011, 06:07:26 PM »
I'll second Chris' recommendation. Norton is OK, but it has its flaws, mainly that it is a resource hog and wants to own your computer.
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #33 on: May 22, 2011, 09:29:39 AM »
New malware tricks users into thinking hard drive failure is imminent


More of the same garbage from spammers and thieves.
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #34 on: May 22, 2011, 09:53:14 AM »
Thanks for the heads up, Chris !!
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #35 on: May 22, 2011, 10:08:26 AM »
New malware tricks users into thinking hard drive failure is imminent


More of the same garbage from spammers and thieves.

download our free version to scan your PC....then

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=algWjS2yiyE[/youtube]


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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #36 on: May 22, 2011, 10:47:25 AM »
I just saw this and will try  your tricks Thor






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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #37 on: May 22, 2011, 08:09:07 PM »
I agree with Thor. But I gotta say that that just Malwarebytes and Spybot do about 99% of what I need to fix others pcs. But you gotta keep these free apps up to date especially spybot as it wont update itself. And then 'immunize'. The pay for v. of malwarebytes will protect very well and update itself. It really does help protect people 'from themselves'.

Personally I usually avoid antivirus apps like the plague on my own machines, but I dont recommend that for customers. I hate em cause they slow me down too much ... plus I can tell when something is trying to attack or attach itself to my system. And some antiviruses are extremely proprietorial (like Norton). Of course my method involves taking the customers pc 'off line' and scanning them after slaving them to different machine. Unfortunately most people cant or wouldnt know how to do that for themselves. But these 2, (malwarebytes and spybot) are a great combo, if I had to choose 2.

Once in a while I need something else (on customers pcs) to clean them but that is only in extreme circumstances. This is when the hdd cannot for whatever reason be removed from the host machine and the infection is so bad that you cannot access or do anything from the desktop. But that is another discussion.

In the meantime I usually just install a free antivirus (MS Security Essentials or Avast or AVG depending on the circumstances) and spybot with instructions after the infected machine has been cleaned. As for the 'pay for' Antiviruses, I guess I do sort of lean towards Kaspersky a bit.
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2012, 12:22:25 PM »
Got a problem. My Avast isn't working. Just got on the computer this morning, and tried to work it a little bit. Tried to turn it on. Nothing. Tried to re-install from the linky on page one. Nothing. Tried to go into my control panel, and turn it on, but the message says "File System Shield Provider Not Found." Very important I have this, IMO, and I don't believe I did anything to turn the shields off, or it itself. Help!

Should I just uninstall, and get one of the other computer protection programs suggested in this thread, or what? I'm kinda worried. Avast! has been pretty good to me thus far, but it seems a bit effed up now...

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2012, 12:24:26 PM »
Have you tried repairing it from the Add/Remove Program list or downloading an updated copy (I use download.com).
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2012, 12:50:36 PM »
Yes. Both have been tried. Still same problems.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #41 on: January 25, 2012, 01:03:51 PM »
Rev, do you have Malwarebytes?  If so have you ran it?  If not I would recommend you go get it and run a scan.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2012, 01:46:34 PM »
Doing it now. I just had a thought though. I remember downloading Avast last year. Could the term be up or something? Would that possibly be a reason it isn't working like it should?

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2012, 01:48:54 PM »
Doing it now. I just had a thought though. I remember downloading Avast last year. Could the term be up or something? Would that possibly be a reason it isn't working like it should?

I suspect that is the problem......when I installed it I noticed that it was a 12-month free trial.  I therefore assume that to get another year, you have to uninstall it and start over.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #44 on: January 25, 2012, 01:56:18 PM »
Doing it now. I just had a thought though. I remember downloading Avast last year. Could the term be up or something? Would that possibly be a reason it isn't working like it should?
Not unless you paid for something extra.  I'm not even sure what File System Shield is.  I never looked that closely.
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2012, 01:59:33 PM »
Well, I've got Malwarebytes now, and am  scanning for problems. Therefore, I feel I should uninstall Avast, and maybe try it again later.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #46 on: January 25, 2012, 02:01:18 PM »
Not unless you paid for something extra.  I'm not even sure what File System Shield is.  I never looked that closely.

If you open Avast!, on the left you will see a series of tabs.....one of these is for the system shields, which scan all of the files going in our out of the system.  The default is "on".

As I mentioned upthread, I think Avast! is a 12-month free trial..........he'll have to uninstall it, and download and install it again perhaps.

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #47 on: January 25, 2012, 03:18:17 PM »
Oh great, this might not have been the issue. There was an error creating the setup log while trying to re-install Avast. Hmmm. I'm going to keep trying things but as least I am protected with Malwarebytes...

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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
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Re: Virus & Malware Removal
« Reply #49 on: January 26, 2012, 12:59:18 PM »
Will do when I get to reinstalling Avast. Not for nothin' but life has become the 6th circle of hell around here. All I really need to say at this point...

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