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post #31 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-14-2009, 01:52 AM
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Best free I would go with AVG. Avast is pretty good as well but no where near AVG standard.

I would go with BitDefender if you want to pay.
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I use to work for Dell INC as an Outbound tech (which means I was on a very small team of 21 agents and we fixed issues the other 1500 agents in my building couldn't fix) for software and hardware issues for three years. Then Dell moved out of Canada for economic reasons and laid everyone off LOL so I went to fix computers for different government offices in my area, and still work with computers these days. I use to use AVG but these days I've found that Avast antivirus is a little better because it found infections on my computer that AVG could not find.

Avoid Norton, McAfee and PC Cillin at all cost. They simply suck and don't find shit. So many times I fix people's computers and they have those anti viruses installed and they find the infection but can't remove it. It's pretty pathetic.

So to recap, I recommend Avast anti-virus but AVG comes a close second.


Also if you're trying to remove spyware infections, go to superantispyware.com and install the free version of it. Run that program and it'll find tons of spyware, malware, and trojans if you have any on your system.

You can also download spybot, and you can also try a program called combofix. If you're running Windows Vista DO NOT USE COMBOFIX. Before I forget, if you end up using combofix, once the scan is done it will reboot your system and open up again and in a few minutes you'll see a notepad log pop up. You can close it, but most likely your time on the bottom right will switch to military time. You'll have to go to your control panel and switch it back to the way you probably had it. If you need any help with any of the scans I mentioned private message me and I'll give you more advice.

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I use to work for Dell INC as an Outbound tech (which means I was on a very small team of 21 agents and we fixed issues the other 1500 agents in my building couldn't fix) for software and hardware issues for three years. Then Dell moved out of Canada for economic reasons and laid everyone off LOL so I went to fix computers for different government offices in my area, and still work with computers these days. I use to use AVG but these days I've found that Avast antivirus is a little better because it found infections on my computer that AVG could not find.

Avoid Norton, McAfee and PC Cillin at all cost. They simply suck and don't find shit. So many times I fix people's computers and they have those anti viruses installed and they find the infection but can't remove it. It's pretty pathetic.

So to recap, I recommend Avast anti-virus but AVG comes a close second.


Also if you're trying to remove spyware infections, go to superantispyware.com and install the free version of it. Run that program and it'll find tons of spyware, malware, and trojans if you have any on your system.

You can also download spybot, and you can also try a program called combofix. If you're running Windows Vista DO NOT USE COMBOFIX. Before I forget, if you end up using combofix, once the scan is done it will reboot your system and open up again and in a few minutes you'll see a notepad log pop up. You can close it, but most likely your time on the bottom right will switch to military time. You'll have to go to your control panel and switch it back to the way you probably had it. If you need any help with any of the scans I mentioned private message me and I'll give you more advice.



hahahaha, just read that post after writing my post.
Good advice. Thanks. I will keep the superantispyware.com in mind. I just convinced my mother to get her money back after buying Mcafee against my advice. Now she is set up with AVG and is happy again since we were having trouble getting Mcafee installed on her computer(probably could have done it really, but I refuse to install bloatware like that if I don't have to!)


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Good advice. Thanks. I will keep the superantispyware.com in mind. I just convinced my mother to get her money back after buying Mcafee against my advice. Now she is set up with AVG and is happy again since we were having trouble getting Mcafee installed on her computer(probably could have done it really, but I refuse to install bloatware like that if I don't have to!)
A simple tip: when you remove mcAfee off a system download a mcAfee removal tool. Sometimes when you uninstall the program normally, it leaves crap behind.

So go on google and download this program: mcrem2 or mcrem.

Run it and it will remove all dll's and everything out of the registry. Also if you want to remove norton as well, download the norton removal tool off google and run it. I've seen countless computers that have issues removing all the components for those two antivirus....and you're right they are pretty much bloatware because how the hell are those programs 70mb to 134mb.


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I'm to lazy to go throught the thread, so I'm gonna give a simple answer : Avast, or maybe Kapersky is the best anti-virus.


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A simple tip: when you remove mcAfee off a system download a mcAfee removal tool. Sometimes when you uninstall the program normally, it leaves crap behind.

So go on google and download this program: mcrem2 or mcrem.

Run it and it will remove all dll's and everything out of the registry. Also if you want to remove norton as well, download the norton removal tool off google and run it. I've seen countless computers that have issues removing all the components for those two antivirus....and you're right they are pretty much bloatware because how the hell are those programs 70mb to 134mb.
I keep the McAfee removal tool on my flash drive for when I work on computers. I caught my mother going into her regsitry and removing McAfee entries, but I think I scared her away from messing with the registry anymore..

As a beginner tech I appreciate any suggestions for helpful tools that I can get.


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I keep the McAfee removal tool on my flash drive for when I work on computers. I caught my mother going into her regsitry and removing McAfee entries, but I think I scared her away from messing with the registry anymore..

As a beginner tech I appreciate any suggestions for helpful tools that I can get.
In that case here are some great tools you should look into in case you haven't already.

Download these programs and if you want tips on how to use them just ask.

1. Autoruns. Similar to hijackthis but much better.
2. Smitrem - removes a bunch of trojans & vundo infections pretty fast but might be detected as a virus but I assure you it's not.
3. Smitfraudfix - good to use after running smitrem and same description applies.
4. Dial a fix - fixes small issues within the OS and worth using if registry keys are changed by a virus.
5. Vundofix - removes vundo viruses
6. Virtumondobegone - if it finds a vundo infection you'll get a bluescreen. Just reboot, it's normal.
7. Atf cleaner or CCleaner. - removes useless files off a system.
8. Killbox - Only use this if you have an infection that keeps coming back after you remove it. Save the path to the file and put that path in the search field of the program and ask it to remove it, and the infection will stop coming back.
9. Combofix - I love this program, it's great at removing infections and fixing corruption on a system. Runs in like 3 or 5 minutes. Only thing is the time will change to military time once it's done and you'll have to go to the control panel and change it back. Also don't run it with Vista. One example is if a system has no desktop icons or start button anymore, and you hit control, alt, del, and get this program to run, you'll have it all back once it's done.

All I can think of for now.

Note: Only use 1, 4, 7 and 8 with Vista. The rest will mess vista up cause vista sucks and doesn't give those programs full permission to do the job they're trying to do.


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if no one has said it...

Windows One Care (if you are on PC). It is super user friendly, just about the best product MS has ever produced, and reliable.

I run a home office and it backs up all my files automatically to an external hard drive (for three computers), and provides complete antivirus and spam protection.

im no MS fan, but One Care is a great product and the same price as any other good antivi program.


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There is a handy program called Smitfraudfix that will get the really hard ones... however it is kind of scary to use, so last resort lol.

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In that case here are some great tools you should look into in case you haven't already.

Download these programs and if you want tips on how to use them just ask.

1. Autoruns. Similar to hijackthis but much better.
2. Smitrem - removes a bunch of trojans & vundo infections pretty fast but might be detected as a virus but I assure you it's not.
3. Smitfraudfix - good to use after running smitrem and same description applies.
4. Dial a fix - fixes small issues within the OS and worth using if registry keys are changed by a virus.
5. Vundofix - removes vundo viruses
6. Virtumondobegone - if it finds a vundo infection you'll get a bluescreen. Just reboot, it's normal.
7. Atf cleaner or CCleaner. - removes useless files off a system.
8. Killbox - Only use this if you have an infection that keeps coming back after you remove it. Save the path to the file and put that path in the search field of the program and ask it to remove it, and the infection will stop coming back.
9. Combofix - I love this program, it's great at removing infections and fixing corruption on a system. Runs in like 3 or 5 minutes. Only thing is the time will change to military time once it's done and you'll have to go to the control panel and change it back. Also don't run it with Vista. One example is if a system has no desktop icons or start button anymore, and you hit control, alt, del, and get this program to run, you'll have it all back once it's done.

All I can think of for now.

Note: Only use 1, 4, 7 and 8 with Vista. The rest will mess vista up cause vista sucks and doesn't give those programs full permission to do the job they're trying to do.
Thanks again. Will have to check these out!


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