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Lazlo

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Anti-Virus and Malware help
« on: Saturday 22 April 2006, 12:05:43 AM »
24/03/11

Viruses and malware affect everyone, they're a pain and will cost you. The best way to combat this is to watch where you surf, surf in the gutter and you will become unstuck.

I'm not trying to tell you what you view on the web btw but preventative is always better than cure, so that's where we will start.

Make sure you have a valid anti-virus application, there are lots. The paid ones are generally better but there are free alternatives, there is always a lot of discussion on which is the best to which my response is that anyone can recieve a day 0 virus despite what they have installed on their machine, although some do pick up more than others.

Anyway off to the free stuff.

Avira anti virus: http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
Avg anti virus [http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage
Avast anti virus http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
Microsoft security essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/


Malware:

This is the stuff that infects your computer then promises a fix if you pay a fee ( for an example), most anti virus manufacturers disclaim against these claiming that they're not actually viruses, so you may not be protected against these sort of threats. They should but these sort of threats are a lot more prevelant and harder to keep up with and we can deal with these to some extent below.


Free stuff:

Malware bytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Superantispyware http://superantispyware.com/

My advice would be to have a valid anti virus app on your machine, if you got a free trial that's fine but it will expire !, this and malware bytes installed. If you have an anti-virus app and a malware app installed on your pc you will stand a much better chance of recovering your data should you get infected.

Just watch where you go, sites will say things like 'you need xxx player to view this, do you want to install' , once you click yes you're foooked.

Windows firewall is adequate a believe as firewalls go, everything can be done on there should you need to block stuff as can on a third party app like zone alarm.

Sometimes you will not find a resolution to your problem because spyware mutates all the time you may need a dedicated 1-2-1 solution.
Sites like http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ or www.majorgeeks.com will be able to help you. It is hard to diagnose over a forum.
« Last Edit: Thursday 24 March 2011, 09:55:12 PM by Lazlo »

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Offline Wullie

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 22 April 2006, 01:29:25 AM »
Nice one. Stickied.
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Offline Chrissy Bee

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 16 May 2006, 02:00:33 PM »
http://www.siteadvisor.com/

An excellent plugin for firefox and IE (and possibly other browsers in the future). It helps advise you which results for google/yahoo etc. searches have any malicious content (such as spyware, malware, etc.).

Excellent for anyone, especially the more naive amongst us who expect a search for 'free screensavers' to magically yield excellent results.

Offline Dave

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 16 May 2006, 05:59:36 PM »
Good spot, might get that myself.

Offline Crumpy Gunt

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 2 June 2007, 07:22:23 PM »
Whats best to delete Trojans?

sh0ttie

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 12 January 2008, 12:03:27 PM »
a lot of Greeks?

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 2 April 2008, 11:45:02 PM »
a lot of Greeks?

Good retort - but 8 months of thought went into it so it had to be better than average.

elbee909

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 10 May 2008, 12:28:36 PM »
If anyone's running XP Pro x64 (64-bit edition) then I can heartily recommend the following free firewall:

http://www.comodo.com/

In fact they do some other quality free stuff and all seems great so far.

Offline Thespence

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #9 on: Monday 12 May 2008, 09:10:04 PM »
http://www.comodo.com/

I got the firewall from them yesterday it is ideal for non-geeks as one of there support guys logs onto your pc & does the lot.
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elbee909

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #10 on: Monday 12 May 2008, 09:28:54 PM »
http://www.comodo.com/

I got the firewall from them yesterday it is ideal for non-geeks as one of there support guys logs onto your pc & does the lot.

Yep.  They're really going for it, Comodo.  Easily the best free firewall out there too.

Offline Adam^

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #11 on: Monday 8 September 2008, 07:54:24 PM »
www.avast.com virus scanner, firewall, etc - proper class.

Offline AfroP

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Re: Anti virus, Firewall & Spy-adware links
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 1 October 2009, 01:30:45 PM »
Microsoft security essentials
Free anti-virus,antmalware and spyware.

seems pretty decent so far.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/


review of it
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/09/first-look-microsoft-security-essentials-impresses.ars

Offline AfroP

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 13 April 2011, 01:16:03 PM »
How To Remove Antivirus Live and Other Rogue/Fake Antivirus Malware

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8693/how-to-remove-antivirus-live-and-other-roguefake-antivirus-malware/

good little article with screenshots and links to other removals

Offline MW

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 02:32:44 PM »
How much would it set me back to buy a proper anti-virus package, that will properly scan my whole computer and get rid of a load of s*** on it, as well as stop s*** getting back on it? Fed up of trying all sorts of free ones that just don't solve anything
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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #15 on: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 02:38:35 PM »
We've got Symantec Endpoint Protection at work and plenty of s*** seems to get past it, I don't see a great advantage over a freebie option. I still use Malware Bytes at work to get at the crap that Symantec missed.

Offline MW

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #16 on: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 03:29:59 PM »
Alright I'll give that a go :thup:
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Offline MW

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 04:07:00 PM »
K i downloaded that malware thing, I can trust it 100%? has found 10 infections after 11 minutes :lol: have to beware as half the virus things out there are viruses themselves. this resident shield w***** i had a few months ago is telling me i have infections, just ignoring it atm will this malware thing get rid of it?
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Offline SEMTEX

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 04:10:01 PM »
You can trust it, but sometimes things that are found may be intrusive but not necessarily destructive/malicious. Saying that, I'd still get rid of everything that Malware Bytes finds, making sure to ensure System Restore is on and has made a backup of your PC, in case Malware Bytes has to mess with registry crap.

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

Oh, and it's a perfectly trustworthy application if that's what you're asking.

Offline MW

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 04:12:09 PM »
Tah :thup:
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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #20 on: Sunday 17 February 2013, 06:39:58 PM »
MSE keeps finding HackTool:Win32/Keygen. Keep removing it but keeps showing.

Am I right in saying this is just a key generator I've downloaded, rather than malware? If it is it's probably from my failed installation of a cracked office. If I remove Office will it go?
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Offline neesy111

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #21 on: Sunday 17 February 2013, 07:47:00 PM »
MSE keeps finding HackTool:Win32/Keygen. Keep removing it but keeps showing.

Am I right in saying this is just a key generator I've downloaded, rather than malware? If it is it's probably from my failed installation of a cracked office. If I remove Office will it go?

Yeap, any key generator goes down as that.

Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #22 on: Monday 18 February 2013, 01:22:35 PM »
Ta

You sure you know about IT?

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Offline Anderson

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #23 on: Tuesday 23 April 2013, 05:01:18 PM »
What's the best free Anti-Virus about at the minute? Avast?
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Offline Dave

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Re: Anti-Virus and Malware help
« Reply #24 on: Tuesday 23 April 2013, 05:23:59 PM »
Just get MSE.