I'm fighting with my laptop to remove a vile web browser hijacker Trojan. While I hopefully clear that off soon and install some kick virus butt software to do it, what programs do you use to remove your viruses, malware, adware and the like?
I used a free web scan anitivirus, and it got rid of the Trojans like magic, unfortunately I cannot remember the name it was like avante....... maybe someone will know!!!!!!!!!!!! I remembered Avast, just saw it above after I remembered it. Duh,. But make sure that after it goes into the infected chest, you don't accidentally let it out again, it seems worse, second time round.
We use Norton 360 and Webroot at our house. About a month ago, my laptop picked up a virus that disabled Kaspersky! Ultimately we had to bypass the hard drive with an external hard drive to get rid of the damn thing and restore my computer.
I use Avast and Malwarebytes, I learned about them at a site called Geekstogo.com It's a forum where a bunch of volunteer computer "geeks" are just waiting to help you with your computer woes. I even wrote a hub about them http://hubpages.com/hub/How-I-Cleaned-My-Computer complete with working links.
Avast continually monitors your computer and tells you if you're trying to go somewhere where you will be exposed to a trojan. I used to use Norton, and a few others I can't remember the names of, but always seemed to have problems. I got the paid version of Avast about a year ago and haven't had any trouble at all!
Well I blew up my Laptop and trapped it in an infinite Safe Mode blue scree of death loop.
For those of you tech savvy, I tried activating Safe Mode using F8, got blue screen errors so booted Windows normally, went to Run->Msconfig->Boot in Safe Mode...Screwed myself Oh Yeah!
The result being I still get the blue error but now can't even enter Windows normally cause when I select the option I get the same Blue Screen error cause I changed the config to say Boot in Safe Mode which it can't do due to an error.
Now I don't know what to do so I posted at BleepingComputer.Hopefully they will help me save my machine without losing all my documents
So now I'm going to bed. This post was a quasi-rant/cry for help/update of my situation.
I shall conclude with saying:
People who make computer viruses should be tortured, burned and thrown down an endless pit to think about what they did for the short remainder of their lives.
I'll have to look into some of these programs. I have heard of some, but not all.
For sure go check out http://www.geekstogo.com I think you'll be glad you did!!
Sounds like what happened to me. We removed the hard drive and used an external hard drive enclosure. Then scanned that drive using another computer's anti-virus. Basically scan for viruses without starting your OS.
Spyware doctor is the best program I have found for cleaning it off.
I have tried a bunch of them. I find Avast! to be the best, and it did not suck all my laptop resources (as the others did). The recently updated AVG9Free takes second on my list. I will be getting a new laptop soon that will be guarded by Avast! Norton ransacked my computer like a worm. So it is low on my list, along with McAfee (resource hog) and Kaspersky is at the bottom (I couldn't stand it... It opened the door to rootkit viruses and malware, as if throwing a party in my laptop and the cost was on me).
Just my two cents of an opinion on anti virus protection.
As for getting a program that will go in and weed out the virus and allow you to delete the stupid thing... That would be Avast!
AVG paid for full version plus Windows Defender and Spybot
I have found Trend Micro Internet Security to be an excellent anti-virus solution over the last number of years. My PC has never crashed nor have I experienced the 'Blue Screen of Death' whilst using it. A friend had Norton and actually suffered the aforementioned 'Blue Screen of Death' in February of this year and I fixed her PC by running Windows Repair Installation which just replaced all the OS files and left the Applications intact along with their User Files.
Before I started the Repair Install, I removed the Hard Drive and backed it up in case things went wrong!
AVG 9 (Subscription) is probably my 2nd favourite solution for anti-virus software.
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