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Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

Question: Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

Donna over at Calendar of Updates has posted a second test regarding the viability of free anti-malware and free anti-spyware programs - Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

see Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware - Calendar Of Updates

For those who don't know, Donna also previously posted another test, Rogue Detections: Old, Not So Old and New Threats
see Rogue Detections (old, not so old, new threats) by malware scanners - Calendar Of Updates

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Preferred Solution: Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

Hi John

Looks like a fairly good test, unfortunately it's on an XP box. Do you know if they plan on running one on a Vista system, since the way that many malware works will affect it's viability on Vista systems?

Thanx for the link! Still lots of good info there for our members.

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Have bad infection...need best free Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, and Anti-malware software please....


Running Windows XP

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Hello everyone!

My McAfee subscription through Dell runs out on Sunday May 23, 2010. I would like to know what are the best Free Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware, and Firewalls out there. I looked at the list that is on here, but could not figure out which one is better for my situation.

I currently have as Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware : a-Squared free, Spybot S&D free, MBAM free, and SUPERAntiSpyware free. I have Windows Defender and Firewall turned off because of interfering with McAfee.

I currently do not have the money to renew my subcription with McAfee, nor do I have the money to buy a paid full service security program with firewall.

My question is what do you recommend I should do and what programs are best for my situation?
PS: I was thinking of Microsoft Security Essentials, for 2 reasons: 1) It's Free and 2) my computer already has a lot of Microsoft programs on it. Has anyone had any experience with this program?

Answer:which are the Best Free Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware


I installed MSE on my sisters W7 computer and she thinks it is great did that about 2 months ago when it was new. If you use MSE it wlii turn off Windows Defender because it includes it own spyware component. Use the Windows firewall with it cause from what I have read on MS sites it doesn't play well with third party firewalls. When you go to uninstall the McAfee makes sure to use there removal tool to get as many traces as possible otherwise you may have a problem installing MSE.

Good Luck Mr. Phelps this message will self destruct in 5 seconds!


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I don't know the Difference b/w Anti-Malware & Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware.

Is ESET a Anti-Malware.

How the Users are able to Know that this antivirus can be used as Companion with any av (like CIS + EAM)

Answer:What is Difference b/w Anti-Malware & Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware

long time ago, in ancient ages, where computer were barely able to reach 333Mghz , they were a distinction between Virus, malwares and spywares.

Virus is a specific term that includes items that modify your files then replicate itself and jump to another computer.

Spywares were mostly items that silently collect datas and transmit them to someone; they include cookies, trojans, adwares, monitoring tools, etc...

Malwares is a most generalist term that includes all forms of malicious items such as viruses, worms , trojans horses, rootkits, spywares, etc...

at that time security softwares were design to protect only some of these categories, for example , i had to use Avast (very basic at that time , with an interface that looks like a music player ^^) alongside Spybot Search & Destroy and Adaware (both specialized against spywares)

now these terms are obsoletes since any antiviruses/malwares are similar by detecting and cleaning all of them.

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Hi Im new here this is my first post also my first problem

Well everything was going great no virus getting detected

I use ESET nod32, malwarebytes and SpyBot

Now my problem is that all of my protection applications wont Update

Also I can't access any protection site like,, the website of malwarebytes and Spybot
and last is that sometime (happens sometimes) computer auto shutsdown
with a timer of 60 seconds before shutdown (please save all works...)

all other applications and websites works great except for those I mentioned

HOPE u could help me if possible ASAP because I'm using my CPU for business purposes and advance thanks

sorry forgot my HJT Log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:32:38 PM, on 2/4/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\I... Read more

Answer:Anti-Virus Anti-Malware and Anti-spyware not updating

Hi, welcome to TSF!

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the forum is very busy and if I don't hear from you within three days this thread will be closed.

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Hi Im new here this is my first post also my first problem

Well everything was going great no virus getting detected

I use ESET nod32, malwarebytes and SpyBot

Now my problem is that all of my protection applications wont Update

Also I can't access any protection site like,, the website of malwarebytes and Spybot
and last is that sometime (happens sometimes) computer auto shutsdown
with a timer of 60 seconds before shutdown (please save all works...)

all other applications and websites works great except for those I mentioned

HOPE u could help me if possible ASAP because I'm using my CPU for business purposes and advance thanks

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:32:38 PM, on 2/4/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\... Read more

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I need some help and advice with a scan I have just performed with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (version, which I updated prior to the scan. It detected 800+ objects, which I found very unusual. Going through the list of detections they were all PUPs and all linked to another software programme on my PC: Advanced SystemCare. I do not attach a scan log because I did not produce one. At the end of the scan I did not allow Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove the detected objects. This is because I was concerned it might affect the functionality of Advanced SystemCare. Why would Malwarebytes Anti-Malware find all these problems linked to another programme? What should I do?

Answer:Malwarebytes Anti-malware False Detections?

Malwarebytes and IoBit have a history of not liking each other. It's a long story but you can see articles online like the below:

But by saying something is a PUP, it does not mean it is malware. It just means what the letters stand for ( Potentially Unwanted Program ). Sometime scans/tools from programs like Advanced Systemcare get installed when other software is being installed without a persons knowledge or by not reading the popups and notifications/license agreements.

If you don't like this or feeling strongly about it, you can post on their forum but it will probably not change anything.

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Any recommendations for free security software?

Answer:Free Anti-virus, Spyware, Malware

Hello Here are some Anti Virus recommendations.Avira AntiVir or Avast Home EditionPlease note its is best to only run one anti virus programI recommend Comodo Free Firewall as your firewall. Its much lighter on you system than ZoneAlarm.And here are a few Anti Spyware utilitiesSpybot Search & Destroy - Uber powerful tool which can search and annhilate nasties that make it onto your system. Now with an Immunize section that will help prevent future infections.SpywareBlaster - Great prevention tool to keep nasties from installing on your system.SpywareGuard - Works as a Spyware "Shield" to protect your computer from getting malware in the first place.IE-SpyAd - puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.Head over to the Freeware replacements For Common Commerical Apps topic for more

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Dell Desktop Windows Vista Home Premium

Im running AVG Free Editon as my virus protections software. I was wondering if there are any other Free virus programs that work better than my AVG Free Edition.
Im also running Windows Defender as my Spyware/Malware protection program. Are there any other spyware/malware protection programs that work better than Windows Defender?

Any suggestions appreciated,
Thank you

Answer:Best Free Anti-virus? Best free Spyware Malware protection?

The most problems that i find is with the info that cookies manage to send out.. as for the good old virus i can honestly say that i can blame that on Zone Labs. so i got me a virus checker and malware or cookie killer.all i can say is that you get nothing for nutin in this world. so do yourself a favor and spring for the few bucks, this i can honestly tell you, my internet provider supplies the big MAC for free and yet i prefer zone alarm.

have a good day

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as the thread title mentions, looking for some solid free 'Anti- Virus/Malware/Spyware' software.

it's for my brother's family PC which i've just finished building. not looking for perfect cover, just something that's 'fire & forget' or enough to keep 'em out of trouble so they're not calling me every few months to fix their machine. i know a single piece of software isn't going to do the job (tho consolidation would be nice) however ideally should run automatically in the background with little user input.

after having a quick look at the 'How-to Guide' sticky,

thought these 3 suggestions might cover their PC;
-Avira AntiVir Personal
-Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
-Spybot Search & Destroy

would running these on my brother's PC be enough or should i be looking at something else?

Answer:Free Anti -Virus/Malware/Spyware Recommendations?

for a couple of years now, and so far it's been effective for me. Check some sites like CNET or other online PC sites for recommendations. good luck!

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I was wondering what is the best free protection software I can use against virus/spyware/malware/etc, I can run on Windows 7. Currently I'm running Super Anti-spyware Free Edition, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free, and the latest McAfee Good Security Package provided by my Internet Service Provider (that claims to have the best protection on the market). I'm not sure how true this is, but would this be a good combination of programs to protect my system without conflicting with each other. What about Microsoft Security Essentials Free Edition (but I don't think I can run it with McAfee since it will conflict)? I used to run Avira Anti-Vir Free edition, until I switched internet providers and got McAfee for free. I did notice with McAfee that my system did use more resources, meaning I hear my CPU fan running a little higher than usual, but other than that, no issues.

Any suggestions as to which software combination I should keep on my system and which ones I should remove?

Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition (i3)

Answer:BEST Free ANTI-Virus/spyware/ malware combo?

If you're remaining with freebies:
Avast, Avira, etc antivirus will work for you [don't forget to not-install and/or disable un-wanted/un-needed modules].
SUPERAntispyware, SpywareBlaster, Spybot version 1.62, along with the others you mentioned will be ok.
I removed MSE from my laptops 'cause it wasn't needed.
Comodo Firewall [ditto on un-necessary modules] will work fine.
Windows 7's Firewall is really good! Comodo Firewall is not needed unless you want a "backup firewall" lurking unused.

I'm more and more going with pay-fors because I have better setup, configuration, settings, tweakings with pay-fors. Note: the data files for detection and alerting [and for many - removal] are the same for free and fee.

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It is well known. It must not be running 2 anti-virus program at the same time.Question: I use Kasparsky Internet Security 2010 and it contains Anti-spyware and  Anti-Malware.Can i used with my Kasparsky Internet Security 2010 a separate  anti-spyware and Anti-Malware.programs such as ( Malwarebytes Anti-Malware   and SuperAntiSpyware )

Answer:anti-virus + Anti-spyware and Anti-Malware

One AV, one AS and one Firewall running resident.

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First of all i would like to apologize if this topic is in wrong category, or it should not even be asked on this site. And second of all, please be patience i'm a noob looking for answers So whats all about? Well i'm meeting new terms here and i have no idea what they mean and what they do. And as anyone else i wanna be safe in this era of cyber-crime. So basically i know whats a anti-virus and a anti-spyware and that they can run together. Also i heard that 2 anti-virus don't do good but 2 anti-spyware do. So what i'm asking is, what is a anti-malware? Can a anti-malware, anti-virus, and anti-spyware run together? Could you suggest some good+free of those 3? Sorry for my bad English and being such a noob

Answer:Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Anti-spyware

Florin, you might take interest in this thread, though it may be quite a bit of reading: What's the Best Anti-virus?

It is there that they discuss all kinds of different antiviruses and coupled security software. I personally only use Microsoft Security Essentials, but I have used it along with Malwarebytes for added security in the past.

Basically, you could have your system completely locked down with lots of extra security, but in some cases it becomes a hassle because of how much your computer becomes protected and overly secured. If you prefer a speedy computer over security, generally you use less security software, but if it is the other way around, you will want beefier security software which may slow things down slightly. That link I've provided will have most everything you will need.

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Are there any free, updated and/or recent Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware combos that could offer better protection than windows defender for windows 10?

Answer:Good Free Windows 10 Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware Combos

If you don't want to pay then I would recommend avast! Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender.For more suggestions such as Sophos, Panda,and Avira see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.Also see Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools.

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I am planning on purchasing one eventually but just in the mean time to keep things safe any recommendations?
I've just cleaned up my computer of random "free anti-virus software" that was downloaded over a period of time, and my computer is finally free and I wanna keep it that way! hehe
Any help is much appreciated.
Thank you,

Answer:Best free anti-virus/anti-malware/protection for Windows XP 32-bit

There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. In many cases choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference and what works best on a particular system. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs. Please read:Choosing an Anti-Virus ProgramHere are links to some recent BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:Best anti-virus software for windows 8? 2015Looking for recommended anti-virus softwaresWhat is the best antivirus protection?What's the best premium security suite in the market currently?Recommend a good free antivirus programWhich antivirus and malware programs should I use together?Antivirus Solution?Here are links to polls about this very subject:Poll: Best Antivirus and FirewallPoll: Best Anti-Spyware/Anti-Malware/On-Demand Scanner

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Answer:What is a good Free Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware software?

Hello Rawkfist, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you like, Avast is a good free option.

AVAST 2014 | Download Free Antivirus Software for Virus Protection

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I have a problem that is far beyond my limited skills. One of our people has a laptop that has either malware or a virus infecting it. Two symptoms are present: first, when using firefox web pages get redirected to advertising or to unrelated google searches; second, the machine seems more sluggish than usual.

I have tried to download anti-spyware software (e.g. Spy Sweeper, CounterSpy, MalwareBytes, Superantispyware, PC Doctor) and nothing works. In some cases such as Counterspy and PC Doctor, the executable will run but the program will not update (and thus, not allow for a scan). In other cases such as MalwareBytes, the executable simply will not run.

I have run a Trend Micro anti-virus scan. It seems to detect something but it crashes before the scan can complete. The same thing happens with Panda Activescan. Last night, I ran Panda Activescan for over 8 hours. When I woke up, the scan had frozen at the 52% point and had found 1 infected file, which it didn't appear to clean up.

Anyway, I'd really appreciate any help.
Best regards,

Answer:HELP! -- Anti-spyware / Anti-virus doesn't work; malware crippling our machine

Uninstall all of the programs but Super Antispyware, Trend Micro and MalwareBytes AntiMalware.Find the MBAM.exe and rename it by right clicking on the file and choosing rename.Download the manual updates for MBAM from the link below. Double click on it to install. FOR USING MBAM:

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Microsoft Pre-release Definition Updates

"Microsoft offers partially-tested pre-release definition updates for download before the fully-tested (released) version is available. These updates are listed below.

You can use these pre-release definitions to clean infected computers. You can also use them to protect computers that are at an immediate risk of infection. The pre-release definition update is not meant for enterprise-wide deployment.

Pre-release updates are explicitly created for malicious software threats. You should not deploy a pre-release definition update if you are not experiencing a threat for which it was explicitly created.

Note: After additional testing, certain pre-release definition updates will be released as regular definition updates. The same binary file that was used for the pre-release definition update may be used for the released definition update."

(Once you have read the above, expand the Spoiler below for URL to proceed)

Visit, Microsoft Pre-Release Definitions for Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware

For Windows 8 and 8.1 users:
Please use the "Microsoft Antimalware products including Microsoft Forefront products or Microsoft Security Essentials". (64-bit users, mpam-feX64.exe | 32-bit users, mpam-fe.exe)
Screenshots posted from Windows 8.1 Update 1 (64-bit):




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Hello. My Laptop has Windows XP SP3. I have both Windows Defender and Spy Sweeper for anti spyware and Norton Anti Virus. The problems started a few days ago when a weekly scan of the antivirus reported the following. 1/14/2010 20:06 23ecd795-1c985b76 ?????? Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21\ Still contains 3 infected items Quarantine Clean virus from file Quarantine infected file Scheduled scan The file was quarantined successfully. 1/14/2010 20:06 myf/y/TrewsdF.class Downloader File; Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21\23ecd795-1c985b76 Infected Quarantine Clean virus from file Quarantine infected file Scheduled scan The file was quarantined successfully. 1/14/2010 20:06 myf/y/LoaderX.class Downloader File; Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21\23ecd795-1c985b76 Infected Quarantine Clean virus from file Quarantine infected file Scheduled scan The file was quarantined successfully. 1/14/2010 20:06 myf/y/AppletX.class Downloader File; Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21&... Read more

Answer:Web Browsers Intermittently Hijacked. Malware undetectable by Incumbent Anti Spyware and Anti Virus

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.??If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine.??Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links.??Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool.??No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follo... Read more

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Hey guys, as you probably know after AVG released version 7.5 anti-virus, they also released anti-malware and anti-spyware. Should I even bother downloading these, I already have Ewido Anti-Spyware, Spybot, Hijack This, Pandasoftware Activescan, and the aforementioned AVG Anti-Virus.

Answer:Solved: Should I bother downloading AVG Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware?

Hi it's your call..I have enough protection already but I intend to d/load Avg Antispyware just to check it out.
As you may know Avg now own Ewido.

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I am having the following problems:
- Many instances of "This page cannot be displayed"
- Many instances of links taking me to totally unrelated sites
- Cannot run "System Restore"
- Cannot run "Malwarebytes Anti Malware"
- Cannot run "Super Anti Spyware"
- Cannnot run "Spybot Search and Destroy"
Hope someone can help

Answer:Can't run System restore, anti malware or anti spyware

Hi shearty,Welcome to BC HijackThis forum. I am farbar. I am going to assist you with your problem.Please refrain from making any changes to your system (updating Windows, installing applications, removing files, etc.) from now on as it might prolong handling your log and make the job for both of us more difficult.Your log(s) show that you are using so called peer-to-peer or file-sharing programs. These programs allow to share files between users as the name(s) suggest. In today's world the cyber crime has come to an enormous dimension and any means is used to infect personal computers to make use of their stored data or machine power for further propagation of the malware files. A popular means is the use of file-sharing tools as a tremendous amount of prospective victims can be reached through it.It is therefore possible to be infected by downloading manipulated files via peer-to-peer tools and thus suggested to be used with intense care. Some further readings on this subject, along the included links, are as follows: "File-Sharing, otherwise known as Peer To Peer" and "Risks of File-Sharing Technology."Removal InstructionsEmpty all p2p (Bitlord, uTorrent, etc...) download folders. They might contain infected files. Please avoid using these p2p applications until the system is clean. Using these applications at this stage might lead to reinfection or infecting other users.

You have the latest version of Java (Java 6 Update 13) and it is good. Older ve... Read more

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Recently from Please take the poll and post suggestions for the poll here. 

Answer:Best Anti-Spyware/Anti-Malware/On-Demand Scanner

Hitman Pro to check scan, but needs paying for removal.   Comodo Cleaning Essentials which comes free with Comodo Internet Security for removal.

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I'm always trying to keep up with the latest and greatest anti-spyware and anti-malware programs. I use Avast as my anti-virus program and for my main anti-spyware/anti-malware programs I use:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Spybot - Search & Destroy

I also sometimes use:


Are there any other good programs I should know about? I figure the more the better!


Answer:Are there any good new anti-spyware/anti-malware programs?

Spyware Terminator.-- Web Security Guard is included in the download but not required. After installation you will be prompted to Enable Web Security Guard Toolbar. This browser add-on (similar to Site Advisor) is enabled by default so be sure to uncheck the box if you do not want it installed. If you install WSG by mistake, it can easily be removed later via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.-- If you already have an anti-virus application, there is no need to install the optional Clam AntiVirus integration. ClamAV does not have a real time scanning engine but you can integrate it into ST's Realtime Shield to include virus scanning support.However, you can overkill your system with resource heavy security programs that will drain your resources and slow down performance. Sometimes you just have to experiment to get the right combo for your particular system as there is no universal solution that works for everyone. is no longer recommending Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products) Further, most people don't understand Spybot's TeaTimer or how to use it and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth.While not free, I recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and taking advantage of the Protection Module which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology... Read more

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Hi AllWhats the best free anti virus software? and whats the best free anti mal/spy ware t use to keep my computer safe?

Answer:best free anti spy/malware and anti virus

In my humble opinion for AV then Avast! home.For real time scanning (for a tenner usually) Superantispyware.

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I have just spent two nights removing the "Fake System Restore" virus from my girlfriends laptop
by following the guide on this site, so a big thankyou to whoever wrote the guide.

Now I want to make sure her laptop is protected as well as I can with free software.

I have installed; AVAST anti virus, Zone Alarm firewall and MalwareBytes onto the laptop,
but I now wonder if there are any other reccomended programs that I should install
to help avoid spyware, malware and viruses?

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Which are the best Anti Spyware and Anti Malware programs?

I recommend taking advantage of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Pro) Protection Module in the full version which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Keep in mind that this feature does not guarantee something will not slip through as no product can detect and prevent every type of malware. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Also keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. IP Protection (malicious website blocking) is part of the Protection Module and works after it is enabled. When attempting to go to a potential malicious website, Malwarebytes will block the attempt and provide an alert. IP Protection is also designed to block incoming connections it determines to be malicious. Enabling the Protection Module feature feature requires registration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as the program utilizes few system resources and should not conflict wi... Read more

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I have Avira Antivir Free addition. I was wondering do I also need an anti malware protection? Which would be a good and cheap anti malware?

Answer:Anti Malware, Anti Spyware Software

Well, I do not run any anti-spyware/malware protection in real time but I do scan with it often. All the products I use to do this are free and easy. My favorite ones are SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes and Spybot Search and Destroy. Since getting the first two, I rarely use Spybot for scanning as it is much slower than the others and I feel the others do a better job.

However, I like Spybot because it has an immunize feature for immunizing you system against known bad threats and also has a feature called SD Helper which is bad site blocker, anyways I think that is the name of the feature that does that. Also it can help you control what programs are allowed to start on bootup. Do not use that last feature unless you are an advanced computer user and know the difference between what does and doesn't need to start up when the system does. For most items, Spybot will give its recommendation on keeping that program running if you open the side panel and click on the item. Good rule of thumb on that one is, if it is a Windows program, leave it running, if it is for a program you just installed, you can decide if you want it to run or not when the system starts up. Other than the windows programs, the only things I allow to run on start up are my keyboard (as I use its customized features) and my anitvirus/firewall program.

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Hi all!I honestly want to know which anti-malware/anti-spyware software to use. I know that there are so many anti-malware/anti-spyware software. One of my friends suggested me that Spybot is a good one but then, another friend told me that it is not. So, please, all suggestions are welcome. I need some advice for it! Thanks!

Answer:Question about Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

I think the best Freebie is here=

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just clean installed windows 7, looking for just a couple anti- things to keep EVERYTHING clean, dont mind paying
already have Avast! so an anti-vvirus program isnt needed, thanks for the help guys

Answer:best anti-malware anti-spyware-antieverything?

I highly recommend this.
I have both of my computer using the Professional version but they do have a trial version to see if you like it.

Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer

Every thing I have seen lets me think it works well with Avast. Both active at the same time.

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I've been seeing here that Emsisoft Anti-Malware is free for 30 days, after 30 days of use will be able to scan and remove malware that it finds?
I do not want to use it with real-time protection, I have ESET for it, I use it as I use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, only for weekly scans!
Thank you

Answer:Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free'll be able to scan and delete the malware?

Download emsisoft emergency kit

Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit: Portable malware scanner | Free removal of Viruses, Bots, Spyware, Keyloggers and Trojans

it's scanner without real time, full free

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I am looking for some good programs that work with windows vista with a 64 bit operationg system. I use MBAM and super anti-spyware for my XP computer but when i downloaded them for this 64 bit vista operating system computer it drags and freezes. If someone could recommend some good programs to use I would greatly appreciate it.Edit: Moved topic from Vista to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal


64-bit Anti-Virus:List of 64-bit Anti-Virus For VistaAnti-virus protection in 64-bit environments64-bit Anti-Malware tools:Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareWindows Defender (64-bit)PrevxSUPERAntiSpywareSpyware TerminatorCounterSpyComodo BOClean Anti-MalwareSpybot S&DAd-AwareSophos Anti-rootkitSanityCheck Advanced Rootkit and Malware DetectorESET Online Antiivirus ScannerESET SysInspectorAnVir Task Manager FreeWinPatrolBe aware that many of the tools we use for malware removal are designed for 32-bit systems and do not work or can give misleading results on 64-bit machines. Anti-malware tools and scanners have problems enumerating the drivers and services on 64-bit machines. Microsoft created a new folder (C:\Windows\SysWOW64) that contains all the 32-bit .dll files required for compatibility which run on top of the 64-bit version of Windows. WOW64 is the x86 emulator that allows 32-bit Windows-based applications to run on 64-bit Windows but x86 applications are re-directed to the x86 \syswow64 when seeking the x64 \system32.Any time a 32-bit process attempts to access c:\windows\system32 the WoW64 layer redirects it into c:\windows\syswow64 which contains all of the 32-bit Windows binaries. This prevents a 32-bit process from trying to load a 64-bit binary. Any scripts or tools running in a 32-bit process that is referencing this directory will be automatically redirected to the syswow64 directory.Making the Move to x64: File System Redirec... Read more

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Any ideas on a really good (easy to use) "free" anti virus, spyware, malware program?

Answer:Good "free" anti virus, spyware, malware

Malwarebytes!!! all the way

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Based on your opinions and reasoning which is the better product.
I will still be using both products regardless of the votes.

Answer:Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.x vs Zemana Anti-Malware 2.x (Premium only)

This is difficult. I use both as on-demand scanners. I've been using Malwarebytes for years and it's saved my butt on numerous occasions. For that simple fact alone, I'm going with Malwarebytes, but do not shy away from Zemana (in fairness to Zemana, it's a fairly new program). If anything I'd say Zemana AntiMalware feels a bit lighter, but that's really the only fault I can provide. I'll be interested to see what others think.

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Hello. I am working on a friends machine that seems to have a nasty infection. This machine is a dedicated server running Windows Server 2003 Web. Everything I am doing to it is via remote desktop which is making it a little more of a challenge. Web browsing on the server was incredibly slow when he asked me to take a look at it. I figured he was infected with something so I was going to try and install a few things on it and run a few scans, only to find that all of the sites that I found to use are blocked or disable by whatever is infecting the server. Any attempt to access an anti-virus or anti-malware website results in a message stating server cannot be found. Any other website can be accessed though.

There is an FTP server running on this machine, so I do have that availability to FTP to the server to get any file or program to it that I need to. Please just let me know what you need from me and I will get it up here as soon as I can. I am a fairly experienced user and can grasp things pretty easily. Thanks for your time, I greatly appreciate it.


Answer:Malware Blocking all Anti-Malware/Anti Virus websites

If it doesn't block you from softpedia or, the get the anti virus software from their sites instead. Hopefully it won't block them. When they are downloaded, rename the file names.

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Should I install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware beside Emsisoft Anti-Malware for extra protection? Will it slow down my computer?

Answer:Should I install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware beside Emsisoft Anti-Malware?

Emsisoft is more than enough by itself.

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[topic=253487.html"]Malware byte's Anti Malware software, Malware byte's Anti Malware Not working[/topic]My google requests are being redirected to other sites. As a first step to correcting this, I started to run Malware byte's Anti Malware software. After I updated it, I started the scan when all of a sudden it stopped working. When I tried to reconnect, I got a message"Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"I re-installed the software, updated it, and tried to run it again, and got the same message.Since then, SuperAntispyware, RootRepeal and now DDS will not work. They download okay, but then terminate during the scan, hence I don't have logs I can insert.I've backed up all my data onto an external hard drive.I'm at my wits end, but I'm happy with any assistance I can give you. Hopefully the topic link works.Here is my Win32kDiag.exe log. The next post will by my Rootrepeal drivers log.Log file is located at: C:Documents and SettingsPhilDesktopWin32kDiag.txtWARNING: Could not get backup privileges!Searching 'C:WINDOWS'...Found mount point : C:WINDOWSaddinsaddinsMount point destination : Device__max++>^Found mount point : C:WINDOWSassemblyNativeImages_v2.0.50727_32TempZAP247.tmpZAP247.tmpMount point destination : Device__max++>^Found mount point : C:WINDOWSassemblyNativeImages_v2.0.50727_32TempZAP453.tmpZAP453.tmpMount point destination : Device__... Read more

Answer:> Malware byte's Anti Malware software, Malware byte's Anti Malware Not working

Hello smartjock99,You got a Rootkit on this computer. We will need to take this cleanup in phases. You are not clean until I tell you so - even if it appears that everything is running fine!Let's begin....==========Step 1Please save this file to your desktop. Click on Start->Run, and copy-paste the following command (the bolded text) into the "Open" box, and click OK. When it's finished, there will be a log called Win32kDiag.txt on your desktop. Please open it with notepad and post the contents here. "%userprofile%\desktop\win32kdiag.exe" -f -r==========Step 2Please do this: Click on the Start button, then click on Run... In the empty "Open:" box provided, type cmd and press EnterThis will launch a Command Prompt window (looks like DOS). Copy the entire blue text below to the clipboard by highlighting all of it and pressing Ctrl+C (or after highlighting, right-click and select Copy).

copy C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\eventlog.dll C:\ /y
In the Command Prompt window, paste the copied text by right-clicking and selecting Paste. Press Enter.When successfully, you should get this message within the Command Prompt: "1 file(s) copied"
NOTE[: If you didn't get this message, stop and tell me first. Executing The Avenger script (step #3) won't work if the file copy was not successful. Exit the Command Prompt window.==========Step 3 Warning to others reading this thread!: The Avenger i... Read more

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Hi there, could anyone tell me if there is a free anti virus, anti spyware and firewall for UBUNTU 8.04 i386.

Thanks for any replies.

Answer:Free anti virus, Firewall/anti spyware for UBUNTU

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what is best free anti-spyware, anti-virus software for Windows 8?

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I have Windows Defender right now, I don't know if it's good or not though. I did a Panda activescan online and it came with 40 different spyware infected files and one virus I think, but when I ran a full scan on Windows defender it found nothing. Basically I want to get rid of defender and find a good anti-virus and anti-spyware program that's free. It can be an online scan but preferrably works from the computer.

Any takers?

Answer:Need a good anti-virus & anti-spyware, etc program that's free.

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Hi all,since doing a windows re-install I now need a new anti-malware program. I used Ewido last time but looking on there website they don't seem to have the anti-malware anymore? Am I looking right?Anyway if anyone can tell me their recommendations, that would be great.Thanks

Answer:Best free anti-malware

Ewido click hereAd-aware click hereSpybot click hereSpywareBlaster click hereWindows Defender click here

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Hi Everyone,

I am new to the boards and my name is Andy. I am just wondering because I saw my windows security turned red just now and it says I don't have an anti-malware or spyware program on, thus my pc is vulnerable anytime, is there a place where I can download for free?

Can you recommend a good site? Or free program to do this?

I will greatly appreciate your reply.

Thanks so much in advance,

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Question: Free Anti Malware

I am recently unemployed and homeless. My Webroot AS and Trend Micro AV subscriptions are about to expire and I don't have the money to renew. Would like to hear from ya'll about your opinions on the best free AS/AV programs. I read on another thread that Grisoft is good, does everyone agree on this? Also, I have heard that uninstalling old programs can be a trick. Any info on this? Thanks

Answer:Free Anti Malware

AVG Free is a good anti-virus, the only down-side is that the free version only updates once a day where as AVG's paid versions update upto hourly intervals. - Search & Destroy = Free = Free, anti-virus programs can be a pain to fully un-install, however some anti-virus companies provide removal tools to fully remove their programs.

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Hi all!

What do you think I should use as a second opinion scanner?

Until now I use ESET + MBAM. I never used EMSISOFT but I always hear good things about it

Answer:EMSISOFT Anti-Malware free or MBAM Free as a second opinion scanner

Why not both using MBAM and Emsisoft Emergency Kit? On demand scanners should help you to track down potential infections as possible with various tools available.

Emsisoft AM is a full blown AV but it can be experimental on other security products as combination just use at your own risk as possible.

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Can anyone please advise me, as to what is the best FREE anti spyware/malware software out there??
I am not sure which one is the best?
Can someone please help me. Thanks


Answer:Anti Spyware/Malware

Malware Bytes Anti Malware with Spybot has been working good for my system security.

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Cost is no barrier, what's the best?

Answer:Best spyware/malware/anti V for 7?

DEFINITELY, eset. Im poor so I swing from trial code to trial code before they get blacklisted. But when I get the extra money i plan to buy a year for my pcs. It found stuff when kaspersky couldn't and saved one of my desktops.

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I have Vista and I need a free anti-virus / anti-spyware removal tool/program. What is the best free one out there? I used to have Norton but it used too much memory and I didn't want to pay for subscriptions and updates.

Thank you for your time,


ps: is the stuff that comes with Windows (eg: windows defender) sufficient to deal with viruses?

Answer:Free Anti-virus / anti-spyware Program?

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Hi, I'm after a free download of anti-virus and an anti spyware software. There seems to be a lot of programs that identify spyware and virus' but not many that remove them aswell (without having to pay for the full version). It's for a computer that I use very occassionally on dialup so I'm reluntant to pay out for these programmes if there are freeware versions avialable. Can you recommend anything?

Answer:Free Anti-virus and Anti-spyware downloads

AvG [URL=click here][IMG]click here[/IMG][/URL]aČ click hereAd-aware click hereSpybot click hereAntiSpyware click hereSpywareBlaster click here

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Greetings:I just had my computer formated again. The technician/friend who did the work told me that I needed a good anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware program. I told him that I previously had AVAST! (which was recommended on this Forum and which I liked immensely) but when he checked the AVAST! website, he pointed out to me that the free version only gives anti-virus protection but no firewall or anti-spyware protection. He especially feels that the firewall is essential security. Well, does anyone know where I can download for free a program that gives excellent anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware protection? BTW, I welcome your comments on what technician/friend said. Do you agree or disagree with what he said? Thank you in advance for any advice given.

Answer:Best, free anti-virus, firewall & anti-spyware????

Is this a different question to the one answered in this thread of yours?click here

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Picked this up on a different site I hope it works Ok for you.It will not let me download it as I have had a previous account with here

Answer:Emisoft Anti-Malware free

I should have pointed out that it was for the full pay for version and yes it works.

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Hey I just came visiting the website and realized that you offer a-squared anti-malware for free at Just wanted to say that this is really great!!! Thank you majorgeeks. Only registered to say that... normally I never register anywhere :drool

Answer:Free Anti-Malware at Majorgeeks

You're welcome! Enjoy it while it is free!

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here is a promo for a full 1 year version of a-squared Anti malware available on 11/11/09 for 24 hours:click hereI hpoe this may be of use

Answer:Get a-squared Anti-Malware for FREE!


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hi guyss...just wondering if one of you know any good free software anti malware such as ewido?...I just downloaded ewido but thats not free......

Answer:how to find free anti-malware...?

M$ has one of their own.

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Free A-Squared Anti-Malware

The Giveaway of the Day website is offering some very nice software packages from time to time. Today?s offer is A-Squared Anti-Malware in version 3.5 from Emsisoft which can be freely downloaded and installed from the website. The software developers can spread their software to a wide variety of users and gain some free marketing from websites like mine who write about it.
The offer is good for another day which means you have enough time to download and install the software package. The usual retail price for the software is $39.95.
A-Squared Anti-Malware tries to be the ultimate solution in the fight against malicious software, it protects the computer against all kinds like trojans, keyloggers and rootkits meaning it is more than just an antivirus software.

It?s a great PC software especially for the price. It?s especially of interest for those users who missed the A-Squared Anti-Malware offer the last time.

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I have recently tried several times updating my Malwarebytes Free program, but all I get is a 7 day Premium trial package, which I don't want. The first occasion, I actually downloaded it and a couple of days later my pc totally froze and became completely inaccessible with a blue screen. I had to have it fixed at my local computer shop. Is there any known issues with this program on Windows 10. Many thanks. It is worth mentioning I have used Malwarebytes Free for years without any issues.

Answer:Anti Malware free download

You need to download and install version

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In the past I know Malwarebytes Anti-Malware had a free version, but when checking the Malwarebytes website a few minutes ago, the only free version was and offer to try it for 14 days free. On the Majorgeeks listing it states, License: Freeware, but also Buy Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Is it free or is it only free for 14 days as the Malwarebytes site states?


Answer:Malwarebytes Anti-malware - Is It Still Free?

You can try out Malwarebytes Premium for 14 days without purchase. The freeware version is still available.

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It seems free Anti-Malware programs are as scarce as free Firewalls.
I have been using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Home (Free) which is probably the best. But I have had enough. When I click Update it takes up to 10 minutes to check for updates at a speed of no more than 50kbps. Then it downloads the updates at 6-8 Mbps. Clearly there's not a problem on my side or with my ISP.
Does anyone have the same issue?
Is IObit Malware Fighter Free as good?

Answer:Free Anti-malware Software.

Not having that problem with MalwareBytes free version updates. It varies for me from about 20 seconds to, at worst, about 1-1.5 minutes for it to fully complete. Maybe the issue is current problems with servers geographically.
I do use IoBit Uninstaller but I have to say I am not at all keen on anything else of theirs.

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Anyone install this and like it or not?

Answer:Malware Anti exploit free

Are you sure it isn't named Malwarebytes Anti Exploit. If it isn't, I'd search it on Bing or Google. It may very well be malware. If you already downloaded it, let Virus Total scan it first.

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Hey guys, my other computer is infected with the Vista Anti-Spyware 2011 rouge anti spyware. I have tried to run MBAM with no luck (the malware opens up instead of MBAM) I am currently trying to see if it will work in Safe Mode. Also, this is my other computer and because of the virus it has no internet access (anytime I try to navigate to a page the malware pops up) so please keep that in mind as you're giving instructions.

Thanks a lot guys

Answer:Virus/Malware: Vista Anti-Spyware 2011 (rouge spyware)

Alright, so this is just and update and a bump since I haven't had any replies in 24 hours

I tried to run MBAM in safe mode and the virus still popped up so this thing is pretty entrenched. Help me out here guys, thanks

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Vista Home Premium - SP1 - 32bit,

I use firefox and sometimes IE7

Hi, I have read all about the the free tools on here, but as some products serve different purposes and use resources differently, I was hoping someone more knowledgeable and experienced would help me build a good layer of protection to compliment what I already have. Which is.....
Mcafee anti virus, firewall, and antispyware...... and Windows Defender.

Would Ad-Aware, and spybot without the tea timer be all that is necessary, and what about A-squared, seems to be one to have as well as spyware blaster....just not sure what holes are filled there.

This part is a lot more fun than dealing with the malware....TIA

Answer:Anti Spyware - Malware Tools

Hello,Have a look at this page you should firewallone antivirusone or two anti spyware products

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I used to have AVG on my PC but still got a major downloader trojan that dup'd itself and changed file names.So I spent ages yesterday re-formatting and re-installing XP after my pc crashed in it's entirity.Now I am back online and unprotected now!! OOpps!!I tried installing AVG again but it will not have it.I have no idea what to put on it as I have a copy of my mums XP on my pc.I'll put in the dxdiag for people to have a look and suggest what I need:------------------System Information------------------Time of this report: 7/29/2008, 20:37:19 Machine name: SARAH-3GGF75PDC Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) (2600.xpclient.010817-1148) Language: English (Regional Setting: English)System Manufacturer: ECS System Model: 945GCT-M2 BIOS: AAMMII - 8000716 Processor: Intel® Pentium® Dual CPU E2140 @ 1.60GHz (2 CPUs) Memory: 1024MB RAM Page File: 177MB used, 2285MB availablePrimary File System: FAT32 DirectX Version: DirectX 8.1 ( Setup Parameters: Not found DxDiag Version: 5.01.2600.0000 32bit Unicode------------DxDiag Notes------------ DirectX Files Tab: No problems found. Display Tab 1: No problems found. Sound Tab 1: No problems found. Music Tab: No problems found. Input Tab: No problems found. Network Tab: No problems found.------------------DirectX Components------------------ ddraw.dll: ... Read more

Answer:What Anti-virus/spyware/malware Shall I Use?

Hello, take alook here try afree AVFreeware Replacements For Common Commercial AppsInstall a firewall,2 Spyware removers also.Example AVira, (AV)Comodo (Firewall)SpywareBlaster and SuperAntisyware (Antispyware)

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Recently I have had Anti-Malware Doctor and other viruses attacking my computer. I run Ad-Aware, Super-Anti-Spyware and MalwareBytes free editions all definitions are up to date and run them almost daily, they seem to pick things up regularly. I also have Symantec Antivirus. Today the Symantec picked up Trojan.FakeAV!. I ran all the freewares and they all picked things up.
The Ad-Aware and the MalwareBytes all needed a reboot to remove items. On rebooting Windows also ran programmes. On start up the systems hangs at the welcome stream. Any help much appreciated.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:22:26, on 23/10/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trusteer\Rapport\bin\RapportMgmtService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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Answer:Malware and Anti-Spyware Attack

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So I've been using Superantispyware, malwarebytes, spywareblaster, adaware, and spybot. But I've eliminated Spybot and adaware because spybot messed up one of my programs and adaware just works too slow when scanning. So I'm wondering is there any new software I could check out?

Answer:any new anti-spyware/malware software

Here's a website that lists uninstallers for various antivirus and antispyware programs. The alphabetical list of companies can give you a starting point so you can do a company search for more info about their products.

Security Software | SingularLabs

Then there's this list as recommended by Microsoft.

Windows 7: Consumer security software providers

Or, you could do a general internet search for antivirus providers, antispyware providers, as well as for products that detect and even provide on demand scanners for root kits, trojans, key loggers, etc.

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What is A-Squadred & Windows Defender.Are they Anti-Virus Programs.
Which Best Anti-Malware,Anti-Spyware.
Is there any other Infectives other Virus,Malware,Spyware......

Answer:Which Best Anti-Malware,Virus,Spyware?

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I am working in Safe mode & I ran the Malwarebytes anti malware as the prep suggested. It did find problems & removed them. When I go to regular mode it does not allow me to run exe files, asks what program I want to use to open exe files. I am assuming there is a root key problem not that was changed with the malware I had. I have gone back to the safe mode. I would like to know how to fix this new continuing problem. I will attach all logs for what I have done so far.

As I am operating in Safe mode I cannot see the whole screen, sometimes there are buttons on the screen that I cannot see. I ran the GMER but I do not see the ARK file I am supposed to attach. I hope I have provided enough information. Thanks for your help!!! Have a Merry Christmas.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_26
Run by Administrator at 21:17:30 on 2011-12-22
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1919.1489 [GMT -7:00]
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\HPQ\IAM\bin\asghost.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
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Answer:Malware XP Anti Spyware 2012

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Hello Guys, I'm running Windows 7. I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials. I normally run a separate Malware/Spyware. I had Spyhunter but it lapsed today. I was wondering if you can recommend a better replacement. Thanks you.

Answer:Looking for good Anti-Spyware/Malware

Use Malwarebytes as it will get rid of every nasty malware.

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Hi, I found these 3 things (msa.exe, findbasic125.exe, h.exe) on my machine and tried to remove them with spybot, adaware and malwarebytes, but when I tried to do this, they crashed.

After that, if I try to open the program, I get a message saying "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item".

I have tried all the processes that were suggested in the read and run with the following results:

Couldn't re-open Supersypware to retrieve the log.
Malwarebytes opens, but when I press scan, it closes and then i get the same message above.
Comdofix - won't work, it comes with "connecting to server to get updates" but then goes blank and nothing happens after that.
Rootrepeal - successful, log attached.
MGtool - log attached.

System specs:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name OWNER-5F749E144
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Model System Product Name
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1599 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 0201, 2007-05-29
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
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Answer:Can't run any anti spyware or malware programs

Please try doing the below:

First use windows explorer to find and delete:

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\a.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\c.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\f.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\i.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\IM
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\is-61SMN.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\is-85MEA.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\is-8J9KN.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\is-D6NNJ.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\is-HL556.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\is-KRMTJ.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\KDSInterface.txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\MFPL7014.DLL
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\MSId8cff.LOG
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\msoclip1
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\NEventMessages.dll
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\Setup Log 2009-10-01 #001.txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temp\Setup Log 2009-10-01 #002.txt
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guys' I just wanted to know what is the best anti-virus and anti-spyware/malware for windows xp??

Answer:what is the best anti-spyware/malware for windows xp??

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I use windows xp.

Can someone please recommend an anti-virus program that will also remove any spyware, or malware.

There's so many products out there, that for someone like me, I just don't know what to get. I don't expect free, but I can't pay an arm and a leg either.

Thanks so much,

Answer:Anti-virus,malware,spyware help Please.

No product will protect you from all infections and none can remove everything out there. Many free products work just as well as the paid options but nothing will protect you 100%. You, the end user, are the best defense.

The best method for protecting a system is to start with secure the system and being knowledgeable about online safety.

Running Windows with a limited user account, keeping ALL software updated and removing any software that is not used can help to reduce the chance of infections.

More information can be found here:
PC Safety and Security - What Do I Need?

Here's one independent study on the effectiveness of AV products running on Windows XP:
AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute: Jul/Aug 2012

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I have this latop that I know if severely infected. I know for certain it has the Total Security & Windows Antivirus 2009 malware. I have also found traces of Lampsy Trojan, Biforse Trojan, Lineage-AV Trojan.

I have been able to kill these manually. I beleive there must be more infections. Whenever I try to install or run ANY type of anti-virus/spyware/malware it fails. I have tried MalwareBytes, SpyBot S&D, SuperAntispyware, Asquared and some others. These programs will either install .. IE ... the installer shuts down right away, or they will install but as soon as a scan is initiated they are shut down ... and once shut down they will not open again.

I have tried the renaming of the scan exectuable files as I read in some forums. This has no effect. No matter what I try no program will operate. I know there are still infections because regedit.exe will not start, msconfig will not start, when I right click on my computer and choose "properties" that wont load either.

I can see that iexplore.exe is running, and whenever I close it, it restarts itself without actually showing the browser. If I delete iexplore.exe from Program Files another one spawns.

I cannot boot into safemode. When I try, the drivers start to load but eventually the laptop just reboots itself after a point.

This PC just has be stumped. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you.


Answer:Not anti-virus/spyware/malware will run


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Help. Fairly new to computers, brand new to this wonderful site. I am running windows XP, Firefox for my browser. My wife is on facebook alot but last night every time she tried to switch users from my kids to her, the screen would go blue then reboot automatically. Sometimes it would endlessly reboot. I shut it off, rested my brain for 5 minutes then rebooted.

I tried to run my antispyware/malware programs; SuperAntispyware, Malware Bytes, Ad-Ware, and Spybot ,but none of them would start.

What can I do? I have not been updating my Windows (which I have learned is important), but I run my antispyware/malware programs once or twice a week.

Any help would be appreciated.

Beatnik Daddyo

Answer:None of my anti spyware/malware programs will run

Uninstall mbam then reinstall itIf mbam won't installSome types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.

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Hello Guys, I'm running Windows 7. I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials. I normally run a separate Malware/Spyware. I had Spyhunter but it lapsed today. I was wondering if you can recommend a better replacement. Thanks you.
Edit: Reposted Question in the AntiVirus, Firewall section...

Answer:Looking for Good Anti-Spyware/Malware

Since this topic has been reposted in the proper forum, this topic is closed to avoid confusion for everyone.

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I am convinced that this program YouCamService.exe CyberLink YouCam Service (32 bit) helps hackers access and control my laptop
camera app Youcam. By using a mobile phone or any wireless device a hacker that has hacker apps and knows the PC's/laptop's mac address (which I wish was encrypted and available only at the user's discretion) and understands Windows login permission protocols
and requirements, can access the laptop or PC's functionality. They also sometimes install scripts (hidden in browser cookies) which using the same methodology as that mentioned above can slow you browser, even windows explorer making your pc hang especially
when you at critical moments in your work. Can we get an IT expert from Microsoft support team to investigate and/or reaffirm this notion and offer a anti-hacker malware that's more effective and relates to all wireless technologies more than the anti-spyware/malware/virus
we download as users?

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:12:26 PM, on 12/8/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\bgsvcgen.exeC:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\ISafe.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\VetMsg.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exeC:\Program Files\HPQ\Quick Launch Buttons\EabServr.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\hpq\HP Wireless ... Read more

Answer:Malware/ fake anti spyware

Well hello there ladybug! Heh....flattery will get you everywhere. Nah, I actually just happened upon this this morning. Sorry to see you back, but nice to see you. Go to start -> control panel -> Display properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop... -> Web tab, then uncheck and delete everything you find in there (except for "My current home page"),Also remove the checkmark from the the Lock Desktop Items box if it is checked.Apply.Apply and Exit Display properties.Please run HijackThis! and click "Scan." Place checks next to the following entries, if present:O24 - Desktop Component 0: (no name) - - Desktop Component 1: (no name) - all browsers and other windows except for HijackThis!, and click "Fix checked".Reboot your computer.Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from one of these places: Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. * Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. * If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version. * Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. * The scan may take some time t... Read more

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I'm trying to decide what security package I should get; either bought, for free or a combination of bought and free.  I'd very much appreciate someone who REALLY knows what they're talking about advising me as to my best course of action.

Answer:Hello. I'm new. Best anti-virus/malware/spyware?

This is what I tell folks who ask the question you have.
Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use and your system. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is single no best anti-virus.Choosing an Anti-Virus ProgramSupplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware ToolsChoosing a Firewall

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I am trying to do all the scans in the 'read me first' section, and I can't. I can download them, and once super antispyware begins, it shuts down.

I need help!

Answer:Can't run any anti spyware/malware scans

Please download and run the below tool named Rkill (courtesy of which may help allow other programs to run.
There are 4 different versions. If one of them won't run then download and try to run the other one.

Vista and Win7 users need to right click and choose Run as Administrator

You only need to get one of them to run, not all of them. You may get warnings from your antivirus about this tool, ignore them or shutdown your antivirus.

Once you've gotten one of them to run then try to immediately run the following.

Download and save the below to your PC (save it anywhere you can find it. The Desktop is fine). Then double click on it to run it.


It should take a couple minutes to run. You will see a black command prompt window while it is running and it should close when it is finished. Once it finishes, attach the c:\avplog.txt file that is will hopefully create as long as the malware does not block the batch file from running. (See: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post )

Now download and Run exeHelper

Please download exeHelper to your desktop.
Double-click on to run the fix.
A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
A log file named log.txt will be created in the directory where you ran
Attach the log.txt file to your next message.
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Hi,Anyone use Comodo BOClean Anti-Malware FREE.Would like to hear your comments on it.Thanks.

Answer:Comodo BOClean : Anti-Malware FREE.

Overintrusive and slowed things down .... not particularly happy with it so uninstalled.

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Full license valid for 12 months worth $ hereGo to item 6.1 towards the bottom of the page.

Answer:A Squared Anti Malware ..... Free for a year!

Hi.It opens a page that gives you a 30 day trial.

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Recently bought a Lenovo Ideapad 100 with Windows 10.

It came with McAfee pre-installed.

Yesterday the unmentionable happened. Miscreants in foreign parts attacked my computer, and then tried to ransom it back.

Right now I am doing a factory reset.

Question is: What is best combination of protections to use on Windows 10 to prevent this from happening again? Ad-Aware, AVG, Avast?

[After I uninstall McAfee, of course.]

I would prefer something that is FREE!

What do you recommend?

Thanks much,


Specs are:

NEW Lenovo Ideapad 15.6 Intel i3-5020U @ 2.2Ghz 8GB Ram 500GB Windows 10 DVD+-RW 100-15IBD

Intel Core i3-5020U Processor (2.20GHz)
500GB HD
15.6" LED Backlit Display
Optical Drive (DVD Drive): DVD +/-RW
Built in high definition webcam and microphone
1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and HDMI port
WiFi and Ethernet
Primary Color:Black
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit Operating System
US retail version and only includes a USA style wall plug

And further detail:
<<< System >>> Manufacturer: LENOVO Product Name: 80QQ SKU: LENOVO_MT_80QQ_BU_idea_FM_Lenovo ideapad 100-15IBD Device Name: LAPTOP-UDR0CSE8 Device ID: cbabd3a0-3bb1-c2fb-e8b6-87124c7c0ed2 Root Device Manufacturer: Lenovo Root Device Model: 80QQ Root Device Category: Computer.AllInOne Internal Storage Capacity: 421.49 GB Internal Storage Free Space: 371.22 GB External Storage Capacity: 0 MB External Storage Free Spa... Read more

Answer:Best FREE anti-virus/malware for Windows 10

Stay with the built-in Windows Defender and add Malwarebytes.

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I just installed this program on Mom's computer. I've been looking for such a good, free anti-malware program for quite some time, even asked at other forums I belong to, but was always told "this one" or "that one" etc by others. It was like a wild goose chase finding a reliable, free anti-malware program. I have 3 windows laptops that I haven't installed anti-malware on, now I think I'll install  MB on each of these computers.Er, I have a question about MB: why when you're doing a quick scan, why is there a button that says "buy now" and next to this is an "activate" button?    I thought MB was completely free, no need to worry about paying fees for updates for as long as you're using your computer (and MB) which might be many years to come? 

Answer:Re: What's a good, free, anti-malware program ?

Did you happen to read their website when you downloaded the free version.

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Could someone please suggest a robust Antivirus software that is FREE? Would be good if besides stopping virus right at the door, it can also block malware right at the door.

Answer:FREE Antivirus / Anti-Malware program

Avast Free

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I am trying to follow a guide to remove MS removal tool on my vista pc. I had got as far as downloading rkill (although a word pad doc came up to say it had completed, and my guide did not mention this.) Then I was told to download Malwarebytes'Anti-Malware, and the picture of the screen i have on the guide has a free download. The actual screen i keep getting has no free download. yet it says it is a free download. Where has the free version gone?Edit: Moved topic from Vista to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:where is the free download for malwarebytes'anti-malware

Take a look here:

It is shareware if you wish to purchase a license for additional features, but free to use.

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I've been reading in the Malwarebytes Forum, that the current version 2 of their Anti-Malware application doesn't support the Command Line Interface.

Does anyone know if and when it will be implemented into their Free version of MBAM?

Answer:No CLI support for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware v2 Free?

It isn't even included in the 2.1 beta... might go back to the 1.x version

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Can someone please recommend a free (but good) Antivirus / Anti-Malware software?Edit: Moved topic from Windows 10 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Free Antivirus / Anti-Malware software

See this topic by our very own Quietman7.Choosing an Anti-Virus ProgramThere is a list of free Antivirus applications there. As well as some good information. The whole thread is good informational reading actually.

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This program is free today only.

Very good protection software!

Answer:a-squared Anti-Malware 4.5 free today only!!

thanks, got me a copy

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My ISP promotes Malware Bytes as being a good one, but i have a lot of trouble trying to install it ; getting answers from them, almost anything !  I hear the free programs aren't very helpful; no money involved. Surely, there's another out there that works well ?

Answer:What's a good, free, anti-malware program ?

MalwareBytes is the best - Super AntiSpyware is 2nd. What type of trouble are you having installing MB? It should be a simple, straightforward install.

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Emsi Software provides the Malware scanner a-squared Free completely free of charge for private use. It detects Spyware, Trojans, Backdoors, Worms, Dialers, Bots, Dialers, Adware, Keyloggers and a lot of other destructive pests, which makes it dangerous to surf the web.
- 2 Cleaning Scanners in 1:
Anti-Virus + Anti-Spyware
- Scan your PC for infections of Trojans, Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Worms, Bots, Keyloggers and Dialers.
- 4 million users world wide rely on a-squared to clean their PC from Malware. Its a good one to have around imo ! HomePage. UPDATE: a-squared Anti-Malware is now Emsisoft Anti-Malware. When downloading, you'll get the full version including all protection features for 30+3 days for free. Afterwards the unpaid software switches to a limited freeware scanner mode that allows you to scan and clean your PC whenever you want, but does not include the protection features against new infections.

Answer:Emsisoft anti-malware Free version

thx for info admin bro. but ive got triple security emplacements keeping me safe from harm.

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I was thinking about this today, how can some of these companies release their programs for free, yet remain profitable? What's in it for them besides being for the good of mankind?

Such as Malwarebytes and Avast, which I both use, are free. They both have frequent updates, yet updating to the Pro versions doesn't have a super advantage. And even for the upgraded versions of these types of programs, how can they only have a one-time only fee?

Answer:How can some Anti-Malware programs remain free?

Some of their revenue (maybe most of it) comes from paid advertising on their websites.

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Can Anyone please recommend an effective Anti Mal / Spy ware Software that can be used to get rid of the likes of XP Anti Virus 2008 etc?

I often don't have the time to go through the lengthy procedures of removing these things manually and am looking for something that will do just F*&*ing do it for me in one go.


Answer:Effective Free Anti Malware Software

Welcome to Major Geeks!

The most complete way to remove this infection and also be sure that nothing else came along with it is to follow the instructions in the below link and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going.

Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not.
If you run into problems trying to run theREAD & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode. You can running steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:

Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools on another PC and burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.


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Hi all. I've been searching for a free anti-virus/anti-spyware combo that actually has real-time protection (AVG Anti-Spyware free doesn't - and this is crucial), but can't find anything. Is there a good solution for this? So far, I've only found real-time protection in the pay versions of everything.

I'm working on a video for the net, and am trying to find something to recommend, that preferably doesn't involve having to run 2 different programs.


Answer:best free Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware?

I use Avira. I think it has the best detection rate among free AV progs. It works well and is light on resources. One negative is that it has nag pop-ups whenever it does definition update. It can get annoying, but I've learned to live with it.

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best to have on a PC? and should you have more than one of the same?
I use AVG free, but not sure if I should add to it?


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It seems my buddy's computer has some sort of Malware/Virus and has asked me for help.

3 screens appear on reboot.
Windows Security Center (lookalike)
-only has XP Anti-Spyware 2011 and Internet Options icons at the bottom
XP Anti-Spyware 2011 - Unregistered Version
-fake Infected listing
XP Anti-Spyware 2011 - Unregistered Version
-Attention Danger, blah blah

XP Home SP3
Can NOT turn on XP Firewall
Can NOT run Internet Explorer v8

Defogger - would NOT run, just does nothing when I try.
DDS - does run, logs created
Gmer - would NOT run, just does nothing when I try.

Booted into safe mode

Defogger - DID run, selected Disable
DDS - does run, logs created
Gmer - DID run, made sure options were correct, clicked Scan
-could not save log file as Safe Mode booted up into 640x480 video mode
-and save button was off the screen with no scroll bars to navigate to it
-No way to navigate to the Save button via mouse our keystrokes

Rebooted back to Normal mode

DDS - ran it again (attached Log files)
Gmer - still didn't run

Posted this information here

DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Owner at 19:37:15.00 on Thu 04/14/2011
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1527.1122 [GMT -7:00]
AV: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Antivirus *Enabled/Outdated* {5D467B10-818C-4CAB-9FF7-6893B5B8F3CF}
FW: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Firewall *Enabled*
============== Running Processes ===============
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Answer:XP Anti-Spyware 2011 Malware/virus

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
Do not do things I do not ask for, such as running a spyware scan on your computer. The one thing that you should always do, is... Read more

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Hi guys
Can I scan my PC with Ewido Anti-Malware in normal mode?
Can I use Ewido Anti-Malware and Spyware Doctor in my PC? Not, of course, at same time, but first one and after the other.
Thanks and regards.

Answer:Ewido Anti-malware And Spyware Doctor

Hi Darthy.

Ewido can be used in normal start-up mode. It will still detect malware and delete it. The reason that it's recommended to run in safe mode is just to make sure that it can delete any malware that runs in normal mode that does not run in safe mode and therefore protected. Its always best to run in safe mode, if only to avoid the agro of running a scan in normal mode to find you have to run it again in safe mode to delete a problem that you cant do in normal setup.

....and yes, you can run Ewido and Spyware Doctor programmes after one another,which is a good thing to do, just not together as they may conflict with each other and not work properly.

Just always remember to update Ewido and Spyware Doctor before running a scan,which you need to do in normal mode as you cannot update in safe mode.

Happy browsing

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