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Best Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall

Question: Best Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall

Hi everybody,
am a beginner user to computer.
I need following suggestiona from you.
how to protect my system? which is the best anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and other security programs?
now am using kaspersky internet security 7.0.1.325 only.
please send your valuable tips and tricks.
Thanks to all.

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Preferred Solution: Best Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall

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 http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Best Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall

Coninue using what you have

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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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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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Hi,
I'm not too PC-literate, but the way I see it,my Win XP Home has its own firewall, and my free AVG 9 is anti-virus/anti-spyware, so I'm fully covered aren't I, or do I really need to install extra programs?

Answer:so I need another firewall and anti-virus/anti spyware progs?

No malware program is 100% effective.That's why it's a good idea to go with a layered protection strategy.In addition to your AVG anti-virus, it's a good idea to occasionally run 1, or 2, online scans.Don't install a second Anti-virus, as this could potentially cause problems, which may render both programs ineffective.Check out Post #1, of our Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps topic, for a list of some of the available online scanners.As far as malware is concerned, installing Malwarebytes' (mbam), and/or SUPERAntiSpyware, and running them as on-demand scanners, should pretty well cover your bases.As stated above, no program is 100% effective, and shouldn't be a substitution for safe surfing habits.

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Hi people, i have norton 2003 installed and its due to expire soon and dont feel its worth paying to update it so im looking for a free anti virus programe with a firewall included that will suit my needs. im not one for surfing the web too much or for downloading stuff so probably wouldnt come across any sites that may infect my system. nevertheless, i dont feel totally safe just using the xp firewall. ive looked at ewido's anti-spyware but does it include a firewall? what firewall is good for me, plus also, what free anti virus would be the best recommendation? thx.

Answer:anti virus: firewall: anti-spyware:

Ad-aware click hereSpybot click hereSuperantispyware click hereSpywareblaster click hereAVG Antispyware click hereWindows Defender click hereAVG Antivirus click hereZoneAlarm click hereA-squared click here

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Right now I'm using Aol's stuff, but i have a feeling there's better out there for my computer. What are the best FREE security programs (anti-spyware/virus and firewall)

Answer:Which Anti-Spyware, Anti-virus, and Firewall?

bump...i've heard Avast is good. is that better than what i have now?

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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 Microsoft.com, Eset.com, 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:\windows\System32\smss.exe
C:\windows\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\windows\system32\services.exe
C:\windows\system32\lsass.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\windows\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\windows\system32\RUNDLL32.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:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html

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

THANX

Running Windows XP
 

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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 Microsoft.com, Eset.com, 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:\windows\System32\smss.exe
C:\windows\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\windows\system32\services.exe
C:\windows\system32\lsass.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\windows\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\windows\system32\RUNDLL32.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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Hello all,

I just wanted to get a few opinions. I'm getting ready to build a new system and would like to know which programs you all think are best. I want good firewall, anti-virus, and spyware programs. I plan to run WindowsXP Pro if it makes a difference. Thanks.
 

Answer:Firewall, Anti-Virus, SpyWare

cldrane said:

Hello all,

I just wanted to get a few opinions. I'm getting ready to build a new system and would like to know which programs you all think are best. I want good firewall, anti-virus, and spyware programs. I plan to run WindowsXP Pro if it makes a difference. Thanks. Click to expand...

Norton Firewall is the best from my experience, Norton Systemworks will scan for viruses and keep your shit running smooth and Ad-Aware SE 1.05.
 

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Is there any single package I can buy that will do everything to secure my pc in one swoop?
I would prefer not to buy seperate manufacturers products if possible. This is intended to run on XP.
At present I have Norton AV and Zone alarm firewall, but the unregistered Norton is out of date now.
Please bear in mind that I am a PC thickie

Del
 

Answer:anti-virus,firewall, spyware etc.

Short answer is NO!


MS will probably never delve into the AV market, though you never know, but with their latest acquisition of "Giant" anti-spyware program & MS's own Firewall you?re not short of some good protection.

Giant anti-spyware has a good reputation of being one of the best, it was never Free and because of that was shunned. I have personally tried it out and highly recommended it ... however, as MS have now acquired it; it is now being re-released as a BETA version as a direct download from MS.

You will find discussions here at PCR, just do a search.


 

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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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Befre I receive my pc and connect to the internet via broadband I have been advised to get the above installed on my pc.But with so many to choose from can any1 recommend a software eg norton etc which will do all 3 to the best of its ability, what you would/have bought and if not which 2, price can be no more than 40 unless I have to pay more and would prefer free updates but wouldnt mind paying for the right 1.

Answer:Best anti-virus, spyware and firewall software?

These are all free and regularly recommended in this Forum click here click here click here click here click here

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I am running vista and end up with a virus or some sort of corruption. I had Macfee suite which could not detect it. So I gave up and installed a clean copy of windows. I was wondering if anyone had any recomendations for protection. I use Zone alarm on another PC and like it. Should I just use what comes with windows or seek out other software. I don't mind paying as long as it is worth it, but prefer free.

Answer:Anti-virus Firewall Spyware Recommendations

Well if your willing to pay for an Antivirus... I find NOD32 to be the best out there.. It's not a memory hog and is simply amazing .. so many features..
For firewalls COMODO firewall Pro. which is free.. is the best on the market right now for free firewalls... Only Con I give it is that i didn't install it fast enough
I'm not too sure if COMODO is compatible with vista though, but its worth a try.

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Now I have my broadband I have become a bit more aware of security. Is Zone Alarm the best free Firewall? I would also like a program that detects and removes ad/spyware, although surely the firewall would block this. I decided to format my pc as on my process bar on XP there were alot of things which I didn't think should be there and my zone alarm was blocking a program called aserv2 which was using multiple ip address and I had to click on no about 20 times to stop it.

Answer:Best Free Firewall and Anti Virus + Spyware + Add

Before using ZoneAlarm Pro and AVG Pro I used the free versions of both and will recommend them.Spyware! I use AdAware.Pop-ups! The new Google toolbar as well as being a usefull add-on has an excellent pop-up blocker built in.

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Hello all,

I returned from Disneyland to find my McAfee subscription has expired, which I knew was coming, I just thought I had a little more time.

This came with the machine, I didn't have a choice in not getting it.

I'm looking for suggestions on the best FREE Anti-virus, Firewall, Spyware and anything else you can think of to help protect my machine. I've tried searching, but the number of hits I received is just too numerous to wade through. I've used Avast, and Zone Alarm, and have no issues with using them again, I'm just wondering if anything else has come out in the two years I've been using McAfee.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Jim

Answer:Looking for suggestions for Anti-virus, firewall, spyware, etc...

try MSE ---> http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

and take a look at this thread http://www.techsupportforum.com/f174...ed-115548.html

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following list is everything i,v downloaded to feel safe (after too many virus/trojans/browser hijacks attacks etc)on the web.just like to know if it,s ott or possible software conflicts.everthing seems ok at the moment.advice welcome.startpage guard:zonealarm:avg:spyware guard:bhodemon:spywareblaster::microsoft antispy.

Answer:spyware&firewall&anti virus downloads

No conflicts.

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Hey,
Can anyone reccomend to me what's the best to download of those 3 categories?
My norton subscription is ending next week, and I was told not to renew it but to download individual products that are far better and gives better protection.
Of course across the net there's stuff like avg, ad-aware, mcafee etc.
I need some reccomendations on what's best.

Thank you.

Answer:Best Firewall/Spyware/Virus anti programs?

Avast! or NOD32 is the best AntiVirus.

Zone Alarm or Comodo is the best firewall.

Spyware Windows Defender. Spybot Search and Destroy are among the best.

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Okay whats the best free one right now?
 

Answer:Best Free Anti-Virus/Firewall/Spyware remover?

Howdy scienceof
Looking at various PC mag reviews and enquiries on this forum, I would recommend AVG by Grisoft for a free antivirus,ZoneAlarm for a free firewall and you will need a couple of free spyware programmes.I recommend Spybot Search and Destroy;SpywareBlaster;Adaware SE;WinPatrol; and for tracking cookie removal and trojan detection, I didn't mind ASquared free version. I am still trialling various anti-spyware programmes and am looking at Microsofts AntiSpyware and Webroot Spysweeper, I think its called.
Regards Paula
 

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How long could you last if you were a normal PC user without an active Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware or a Firewall before getting attacked by someone?

Answer:How long could you last without Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware or Firewall?

Too many variables involved to be able to give any sort of credible answer. Someone who has a well configured browser and very safe surfing habits, would probably last longer than someone who is heavily involved with social media and peer to peer applications. As one comparative example.

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Hello!

I've been doing a springclean for my PC, and I would be grateful if someone would check my hijack this log for problems.

I've run all of my anti-spyware and AVG programes first. But, I have a question: after my programes have scanned for problems and put all the bad stuff into quarentine, do I need to do anything else with them?

I'm not sure if I should be trying to find ways of removing trojans etc. or if it is ok to just leave them in the quarentine area indefinatly.

Thanks for your help!

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 13:43:41, on 24/04/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVirusKit\AVKService.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVirusKit\AVKWCtl.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\pctspk.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVirusKit\AVKPOP.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PANICW~1\POP-UP~1\PSFree.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\freeserve\freeserveconnectionkit\atdialler1.exe
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Answer:Solved: A hijack this log, and a quick question re: anti-spyware and anti-virus programes

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Hello, I consider myself a fairly advanced computer user, but I'm having an issue I'm 99% sure is MalWare related. My laptop freezes CONSTANTLY, sometimes out of nowhere, and sometimes when I walk away for 5 minutes. I have tried numerous times to run AVG, Ad-Aware SE, and both freeze shortly after the scan starts (also tried in SAFE MODE). Now sometimes I can browse the we for hours, but as soon as a start a scan, install, or update, these issues are more common. I am fairly confident that this is not a hardware issue, since I've ran advanced diagnostics on them all, including BIOS. I have a HiJack This Log, and help would be greatly appreciated!

HiJackThis.log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:17:22 AM, on 9/22/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\WINDO... Read more

Answer:Unable to Run ANY Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware programs, Comp freezes every 5 minutes.

BUMP!

--sorry, I'm desperate.
 

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Hello,

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,
Jordan

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 BAMM.com 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. http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam/database/mbam-rules.exeINSTRUCTIONS FOR USING MBAM:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1100727

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According to a story at Washingtonpost.com, the latest definitions for Microsoft's Anti-Spy flags Symantec's Norton Antivirus as a trojan and prompts users to delete essentials of the program. Users who follow the instructions hose their installation of Norton, requiring Windows registry edits and complete removal/reinstallation of Norton.

Microsoft's support forum is filling up with complaints, many from businesses that have been hard hit. This should be a cautionary note about deploying beta products in production environments.
 

Answer:READ!!!Microsoft Anti-Spyware Deleting Parts of Norton Anti-Virus

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I recently downloaded PC Security Shield (supposedly a good anti virus program) and Spyware Terminator (antispyware) and noticed that their icons sometimes, do not show up in my system tray when I boot up. And it stays like that. I've had no icons for three days now...huh?

I've looked up this problem in the accompanying (Security Shield) help menu and it wasn't any help....but it basically states no icon = no protection....so what the bejeepers can I do to fix this problem?
 

Answer:Anti virus/anti spyware programs missing from system tray

Just a quick thought, go to start-up options and see if they are listed as due to run on start-up, if you have no suitable programme to view your start-up programmes go to run and type msconfig and check the start-up tab
 

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Please help. I am working on a network and need a corporate anti-virus program and anti-spyware programs? I know McAfee and Symantec offer something, but I know the personal editions I have had a less than nice experience. Any suggestions?

Answer:Need A Corporate Anti-virus Program And Anti-spyware Programs? Any Suggestions

Take a look at this Spysweeperhttp://www.webroot.com/enterprise/products/

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Coranti is powered by not one, but four world-class anti-malware scan engines!
I remember reading that G-Data too had 2 AV engines included: BitDefender & Avast
Coranti 2010 Multi-Core Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware had 4 anti-malware scanners: Bitdefender, F Prot, Norman & Lavasoft. Coranti 2010 is in beta stages and a 30 day trial version is available for download. Although its a shareware I chose to share about it here because of its unique nature of being a multi-core anti-malware!
I have not tried it but if anyone does, do share your experience here!
The installer is around 21 MB, but after installation it downloads updates and program components worth 250 MB.

Answer:Coranti 2010 Multi-Core Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware

Coranti seems to have a long list of serious compatibility issues with many popular anti virus products, (AVG all versions, Eset, BitDefender are just a few). It is strongly advised to visit the Coranti support page before installing.

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Hello All,I am not able to update my Zone Alarm Internet security suite for some weeks now. I was directed here from the Zone Alarm Forum. Although I can browse through most of the websites, I am not allowed to access Zone Alarm update, Microsoft update. I also tried http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php and also http://downloads.superantispyware.com/down...AntiSpyware.exe but was denied access both on IE and FirexFox.Further Filemon and RootkitRevealer do not work any on my machinePlease help.Thanks

Answer:Unable to access Anti-virus updates / Anti-spyware website

Thanks guys,
All problems solved Thanks to SuperAntiSpyware.

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I have just finished with my original support and probably have to reformat. However, I would like to find out what is going on or at least in some contribute to helping someone in the future so I have come here.Despite good computer hygiene, Adaware, Spybot, McAfee-now Kasperskey, CCleaner, HijackThis, updating (wondering if this might have brought in some problems), and Zone Alarm firewall, I have problems which I first noticed when I was hijacked from Paypal. This showed on my first HJT scan but disappeared without treatment shortly thereafter. My antivirus, etc., have been disabled although they LOOK as if they are working but don't so much as find a cookie anymore--except for CCleaner. Spybot doesn't find About:Blank but it showed up on the browser scan. I tried to delete it and it doesn't show on any scans but I still see it fly by the bottom of my screen as IE pages are loaded. When I go to my history or temporary files, when I can see them, they are mostly ad pages. I have tried all the usual CWShredder, etc., and they don't find anything.MWAV is the only scan that has shown much. When I submit some suspicious files from comboscan to either VirusScan or Jotti, more often than not they jam VirusScan and I get error messages from Jotti that it is either the wrong stream or the file is empty. Sometime the folders are empty. I have tried to rename them but many times I am not allowed. Sometimes when I explore I can see the folders have information but when I go... Read more

Answer:Anti-spyware & Anti-virus Disabled, Keylogger, Hijack, Worms

Download this program:submit files packerHighlight the files listed below in bold and right-click and selecting copy.C:\WINDOWS\zts2.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\vcmgcd32.dllC:\WINDOWS\system32\iifgfgf.dllC:\WINDOWS\rundll16.exeC:\WINDOWS\rundl132.dllC:\WINDOWS\logo1_.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\TASKMGR.COMC:\WINDOWS\REGEDIT.COMC:\WINDOWS\system32\T.COMC:\WINDOWS\R.COMC:\WINDOWS\system32\tmp.regThen start the file packer program and right click in the white box and select paste to paste the copied file names in the field.Then press the Continue button.I will create an archive with these files and a small log on your Desktop that starts with a name like requested-file[date].cab.Rename this file to yourmembername.cab (for example grinler.cab).Then go to:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/submit-malware.phpand fill in the required fields and browse to this file on your desktop. Finally click on the Send File button.

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How to Remove Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 (Fake Anti-Virus Infections)





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If your PC is infected with the Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 malware or something similar, you?ve come to the right place, because we?re going to show you how to get rid of it, and free your PC from the awful clutches of this insidious malware (and many others)
Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 is just one of many fake antivirus applications like Antivirus Live, Advanced Virus Remover, Internet Security 2010, Security Tool, and others that hold your computer hostage until you pay their ransom money. They tell you that your PC is infected with fake viruses, and prevent you from doing anything to remove them.
This particular virus goes by a lot of names, including XP Antispyware, Win 7 Antispyware, Win 7 Internet Security 2011, Win 7 Guard, Win 7 Security, Vista Internet Security 2011, and many, many others. It?s all the same virus, but renames itself depending on your system and which strain you get infected with.


Source ...

Answer:How to Remove Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 (Fake Anti-Virus Infections)

Thanks for the information. I hope I never have to use it.

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Hey guys ... I've searched the forums and done just about everything that I can do so far to no avail and am at my wits end with this thing.So yesterday for no reason, FireFox just decides to close. Fine, no big deal, but then I relaunched and it did it AGAIN a few minutes later. Then I got the lovely Microsoft Security Essentials error message saying that I had a Trojan in Unknown Win32. Of course, I knew that was a fake, so I tried running my Spybot S&D, but it wouldn't load. Double-click, hourglass, nothing. Suddenly, I wasn't able to launch any anti-anything software, wasn't able to get to my regedit, task manager, nor launch a browser. Eventually, in safe mode, I located the Hotfix. exe, removed it, and the error message went away.However, I'm still unable to launch ANY anti-spyware/malware/virus software. In safe mode, I did actually download, register, and install StopZilla, which found 48 objects and removed them. I rebooted and ... yeah, same thing. Currently looking into getting a refund for that piece of fun.Spybot S&D loads in my systray and does the TeaTimer real time thing that it does, but I can't RUN it for scanning. Also, I have the installer for SuperAntiSpyware, but the nifty Double-Click, Hourglass, Done trick happens when I try to launch that for installation in safe mode OR out of it.In FireFox, I'll find a result for something that looks promising, click on it, and suddenly I'll be presented with another website ... Read more

Answer:WinXP - Unable to launch/install anti-spyware anti-virus and browser hijacked

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.We 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.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.Double click DeFogger to run the tool. The ap... Read more

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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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Hello,

Firstly thank you for your help - I really do appreciate it.

My HpCompaq laptop is infected with a virus that is blocking multiple anti-spyware software, Vista updates, and even my Kaspersky anti-virus.

1) The virus does not allow me to access websites to download anti-spyware nor access the windows update site.

2) I have downloaded the following programs on another computer, burned on CD and run on my laptop:
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Installed but does not run
- Spybot - Cannot install as access to the website is blocked during installation
- AVG Anti-Virus trial version - Cannot install due to 0x8007013d - Action failed for file avgmfx86.sys

3) I have managed to run CCleaner and clear out all the temp internet files

4) The HiJack This log reads:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:35:59, on 14/09/2009
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16851)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfsty.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP ProtectTools Security Manager\pthosttr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
C:\Program Files... Read more

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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43934/microsoft-anti-spyware-deleting-norton-anti-virus/

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That's pretty much my problem. I don't know any details that could help. I tried installing Spybot to scan for the problem but I couldn't install it because my computer couldn't connect to the website and I can't move on with the installation. I'm about to scan with Avast but I doubt it will help. I know I didn't say much substance but hope it helps. Here's the HJT log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 08:54:49, on 26/01/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
C:\Program Files\CDBurnerXP\NMSAccessU.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
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I use avast! anti-virus... and have for a long time. I've been using SuperAntiSpyware for several months (as well as other antispyware programs), too, and they've always co-existed together with no problems.

Suddenly last night, avast! alerted me that SuperAntiSpyware "contains a sample of a Win:32 Trojan".

I'm no expert but I'm thinking this is unlikely, so I have told avast! to ignore SuperAntiSpyware, and NOT scan that SuperAntiSpyware.exe file.

Is this foolish?

Should I allow avast! to move the offending file to quarantine?
Or should I uninstall SuperAntiSpyware first (since quarantining the exe file will certainly render it useless anyway)?
Or can I continue to ignore the warning altogether??

Any expert advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

~Julie~
Additionally:

I connect to the 'net (and a home network!) wirelessly.
My computer spec's are in the profile.
 

Answer:Solved: Anti-Virus Suddenly Alerts Me to Anti-Spyware... ?

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

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I ran AVG anti spyware and Trend Micro AntiVirus and then f-secure. after cleaning up some viruses and trojans i still am getting pop-ups while browsing the internet.

log file:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:45:02 PM, on 10/21/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\PcCtlCom.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\Tmntsrv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\TmPfw.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\tmproxy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2007\pccguide.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Heather Beamish\Application Data\WinTouch\WinTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Heather Beamish\Desktop\notepad.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Expl... Read more

Answer:Solved: Still Recieving pop-ups after running Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware

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Hello. =)

I'd like to know if there's an anti-virus/anti-spyware that, if my computer accidentally gets cut off, will resume where it left off? So, if the scan was 20% complete, and the computer turns off, once the computer is restarted it'll resume at 20%.

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My computer, for some odd reason, keeps randomly turning off -- especially at night (usually after midnight). I've tried removing dust from the vents, wiping the vents with a little rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth, and using a fan to blow into the vents (in case it's getting too hot inside the hard drive). Nothing works.

A friend of mine told me to run an anti-trojan program; unfortunately, that didn't work. I've also run anti-virus scans (with AVG Free Edition) and anti-spyware scans (with LavaSoft, Anniversary Edition), and those didn't work either. The last time AVG & LavaSoft did a full scan was early this year (maybe January or February). But now, when I try running full scans, the computer ALWAYS cuts off.

Usually when I turn the computer back on, it gets frozen at the blue "HP/Intel" screen (Screen 1 of 4). Sometimes it'll go straight to the black "boot screen" (Screen 2 of 4; i.e., the screen where you can choose to use the Home Recovery Console, or go straight into Windows XP)...but then it (usually) immediately cut off. [*]

[*] = When my computer boots up, I always see four different screens before it reaches my desktop: a bl... Read more

Answer:Is there anti-virus/anti-spyware that resumes if computer turns off?

Hello

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
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Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps




link at the top of each page.

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Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

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 Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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I need some help with recent problems I've been having with my PC. There're pop-ups that keep coming back, and I don't know how to remove it. I've tried scanning with Ad-aware 2007, and I even used my CA anti-spyware and anti-virus but to no avail. So I tried manually removing it. I searched my PC for suspicious files. So I tried removing a bunch of files that may be malicious software like winctl.exe, and boat32. I found the instructions on removing them in this forums after searching for it in google. So I did that, but the pop-ups keep coming back. I tried using hijackthis, but I'm not sure which files to delete. I've tried fixing some files that I think are harmful, but it doesn't seem to help. Can you show me what to fix in my hijackthis log? The pop-ups are an advertisement on CiD something.

Oh, and I don't know why, but I when I check my task manager it says I have 2 iexplore.exe running when I don't coz I usually use firefox. When I end the processes they just come back. Can you help me? Thanks.

HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:59:55 PM, on 9/17/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
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Answer:Solved: Need help, pop-ups, Ad-aware, and CA anti virus/anti-spyware can't remove it.

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i need to ask what websites do contain the most indepth , frequntliy updated and nonbiased comparsion of antivirus and antispyware programs?
 

Answer:anti-virus and anti-spyware software comparison sites?

Hi

Yes try this one http://www.av-comparatives.org/
 

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Sometime back I came across a list of recommended free Firewalls, Anti-Virus and Anti Spyware Programs in one of the BC forums, but I do not remember where I found it.  Would someone point me in the right direction? 
 
Thank you, I appreciate it.

Answer:List of Firewalls, Anti-Virus and Anti Spyware Programs

Greetings,
 
If this is what you're talking about...
 
Antivirus, Antimalware, And Antispyware Resources
 
Hope this helps!!!

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I only know of three Linux based anti-virus solutions and no anti-spyware. Perhaps people can add to this list:

1) F-prot = www.f-prot.com (100% free scanner for home users)
2) AVP = www.avp.com (trial scanner)
3) ClamAV

The great thing about these kinds of programs is that when you utilize them with Knoppix (runs linux 100% from a CD without touching the HD meanwhile giving you read-only access that can be easily made read/write if you wish), you've got a perfect rescue platform. No stealthy viruses can hide themselves (cause they won't be running) and ditto to spyware). This CD is also nifty if you suspect your system has been broken into and you want to check for rootkits, etc.

Knoppix = http://www.knoppix.net/
Knoppix Hacks (book) = http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...96007876&itm=1 (this covers things like virus scanning, data recovery and more).

Answer:Linux based anti-spyware/anti-virus solutions?

Sorry bout the AVP link. I realized it links to a sports page. Use kaspersky.com instead

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Microsoft Anti-Spyware Removes Norton Anti-Virus Posted by Zonk on Saturday February 11, @06:32PMAn anonymous reader writes "According to a story over at Washingtonpost.com, the latest definitions file for Microsoft's Anti-Spyware beta flags Symantec's Norton Antivirus products as a password-stealing trojan and prompts users to delete portions of the program. Users who follow the instructions hose their installation of Norton, requiring delicate Windows registry edits and a complete removal/reinstall of Norton. http://it.slashdot.org/it/06/02/11/2259232.shtmlMicrosoft Anti-Spyware Deleting Norton Anti-VirusBy Brian Krebs | February 11, 2006; 01:42 PM ETMicrosoft's Anti-Spyware program is causing troubles for people who also use Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus software; apparently, a recent update to Microsoft's anti-spyware application flags Norton as a password-stealing program and prompts users to remove it.According to several different support threads over at Microsoft's user groups forum, the latest definitions file from Microsoft "(version 5805, 5807) detects Symantec Antivirus files as PWS.Bancos.A (Password Stealer)".http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix...deleting_1.htmlEdit to include note from Oldfrog at CCSP: This refers to the Enterprise version of NAV and not the home version.

Answer:Microsoft Anti-spyware Deleting Norton Anti-virus

Microsoft AntiSpyware Definitions Update #5807 corrected this false-positive.http://forums.subratam.org/index.php?showt...view=getnewpost

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Hey,

How can I create a script that runs many different Anit-Virus, Anti-Spyware and many more one after another automatically?

Thanks
deanpcmad

Answer:Script To Run Anti-virus Anti-spyware, Etc Scans Automatically On After Another

I for one see a problem with 'automating' your malware tools, with a script. I don't allow any antimalware app to take action without prompting me for confirmation. That way I know what is coming up as malware. With a script you are trusting that it will make the right selection of actions without confirmation. The possibility is there to delete a perfectly legitimate file in error. Then you have to guess which application removed your legitimate file. Then you need to hope it can be 'restored'. In my opinion there is just too much trust and risk given to a script if it can even be done.

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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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Help: I am unable to run avg or any online anti virus programs and unable to download any spyware programs. Unable to do so in safe mode as well. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Sandy
 

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Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program is causing troubles for people who also use Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus software; apparently, a recent update to Microsoft's anti-spyware application flags Norton as a password-stealing program and prompts users to remove it.

According to several different support threads over at Microsoft's user groups forum, the latest definitions file from Microsoft "(version 5805, 5807) detects Symantec Antivirus files as PWS.Bancos.A (Password Stealer)."

When Microsoft Anti-Spyware users remove the flagged Norton file as prompted, Symantec's product gets corrupted and no longer protects the user's machine. The Norton user then has to go through the Windows registry and delete multiple entries (registry editing is always a dicey affair that can quickly hose a system if the user doesn't know what he or she is doing) so that the program can be completely removed and re-installed.

I put in calls to Microsoft and to Symantec on this issue, but am still waiting to hear back from both companies.

Microsoft said it is shipping updates that fix this problem, but judging from the growing number of other threads on this in that forum, this is shaping up to be a pretty big issue for companies that have deployed Microsoft's free anti-spyware product inside their networks. It's a good idea to keep in mind that Microsoft's Anti-Spyware product is in beta mode: The company's product page explicitly says that Microsoft Anti-Spyware should not be dep... Read more

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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix...deleting_1.htmlBy Brian Krebs "Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program is causing troubles for people who also use Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus software; apparently, a recent update to Microsoft's anti-spyware application flags Norton as a password-stealing program and prompts users to remove it. According to several different support threads over at Microsoft's user groups forum, the latest definitions file from Microsoft "(version 5805, 5807) detects Symantec Antivirus files as PWS.Bancos.A (Password Stealer)."When Microsoft Anti-Spyware users remove the flagged Norton file as prompted, Symantec's product gets corrupted and no longer protects the user's machine. The Norton user then has to go through the Windows registry and delete multiple entries (registry editing is always a dicey affair that can quickly hose a system if the user doesn't know what he or she is doing) so that the program can be completely removed and re-installed." David(Moderator edit: By-line and quotation marks inserted,content reduced to comply with fair use. jgweed)

Answer:Microsoft Anti-spyware Deleting Norton Anti-virus

It wanted to del my Norton IS all2gether. No way billy boy i want control over my own box. c asyset.com pup

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Hi- I have a Dell computer with an Intel Celeron processor with 128MB of RAM and 996hz processor. I downloaded a Comodo firewall. Now I need anti-virus(preferably free) and spyware(preferably free). I checked the system requirements for Avast, AVG, and Comomdo anti-virus and they all require an Intel Pentium processor(or equivalent). Can I still get one of these products with an Intel Celeron processor? Or what anti-virus can I get with an Intel processor? I can't afford to get a new processor right now. ALso, do you know of any registry cleaner that I can download for free that will scan and clean my computer. One more thing, do you recommend more than one spyware program for a computer?

Answer:anti-virus and spyware for Intel Celeron processor and Comodo firewall

Yes all the software you mention will work with your processor.If the processor can run Windows it can run software created for Windows.

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Looking for a good piece of software that will keep viruses, worms, malware, and spyware off my desktop PC (which is running Windows 10 free upgrade) and comes with a registry cleaner, firewall, and is simple to use.

Answer:Simple to use anti-virus/spyware/malware/registry cleaner/firewall?

There are many programs around that fit the bill except, I would not look for and use a registry cleaner. They are not necessary!

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Googled all over, can't find an answer because on almost every link or forum when this question is discussed it invariably turns into a discussion of what people use on smart phones. Or the usual myths about Android is oh, so safe, safe just like the Mac and Linux and whatever they claim. Given that there is NO OPERATING SYSTEM on Earth THAT's SAFE, I post this. Let's start with ...Subject: A tablet that is NOT a smart or dumb phone, uses only Wi-Fi, runs Google's Android 3.1, needs something other than a built-in, default, blanket permission to connect everywhere it wants (facebook, twitter, scumware, trojans...), some of it behind your back, and can download a ton of free applications full of little ads from the Android Marketplace (many of which are sooooo cooool ).Any suggestions? Any places to look?

Answer:Firewall+Anti[virus,keylogger,rootkit,spyware] for Android tablets

Here's a good start...Noscript Firefox security extension goes mobilePOPULAR FIREFOX SECURITY EXTENSION Noscript has been released for Android and Maemo builds, giving users of these two mobile operating systems access to a web browser security feature comparable to that available to desktop computer users.

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I have had a few problems with this. I will be on a completely harmless website, such as Youtube and suddenly Java 6 will start loading and then a fake anti-virus or a fake anti-spyware program will open up and I can't open any programs and it will tell me I have hundreds of viruses and that I have to buy their program, or some will even pretend to be from Windows Vista. What free progams can I use that will stop these from attacking me? I have Malwarebytes, AVG, and Spybot: S&D. What causes these? I don't even go on bad websites and I get these.

Answer:Fake anti-virus/anti-spyware attacks. Please help!

Hello, and welcome to Computer Hope Forums!I'm Crush but, you can call me Chris too and I will be helping you with your Malware issuesPlease note the following information about the malware forum:Only members of the Malware Removal Specialist user group are allowed to give advice on removing malware from your computer. Do not follow the advice of anyone without that user title.From this point on, please do not make any more changes to your computer; such as install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc. - unless advised by the staff I noted above. Please do not ask for help elsewhere (in this site or other sites). Doing so can result in system changes, which may not show up in the logs you post.If you have already asked for help somewhere, please post the link to the topic you were helped.We try our best to reply quickly, but for any reason we do not reply in two days, do this:Reply to this topic with the word BUMP.Lastly, keep in mind that we are volunteers, so you do not have to pay for malware removal. Persist in this topic until its close, and your computer is declared clean.Now that we have that out of the way:Download OTL  to your DesktopDouble click on the icon to run it. Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.Under the Custom Scan box paste this inCode: [Select]netsvcs
msconfig
safebootminimal
safebootnetwork
activex
drivers32
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My computer is working fine with one major exception - it wont allow me to run any anti spyware or antivirus. I try to run Adaware and the the program is instantly closed. I try to access a website relating to virus scanning/protection, and it closes. Pandasoft is the only thing that's worked, and that must be because its online. Here is the report it kicked out - (I installed 007spy on my own computer to better understand it).

Incident Status Location

Potentially unwanted tool:Application/007Spy Not disinfected C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\DAO\svchost.exe
Spyware:Cookie/YieldManager Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\sophiel\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\gud8dfes.default\cookies.txt[ad.yieldmanager.com/] ... Read more

Answer:Help! I cant use anti spyware, or visit anti virus sites.

For the moment I can only see one Trojan to come out..


Please download Combofix from HERE or HERE

Save ComboFix to the desktop.


Please copy this page to *Notepad* and save to your desktop for reference as you will not have any browsers open while you are carrying out portions of these instructions.

It's IMPORTANT to carry out the instructions in the sequence listed below.


1. Close any open browsers.

2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.


Open *notepad* and copy/paste the text in the quotebox below into it:



Quote:





KillAll::

File::
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\DAO\svchost.exe








Save this as CFScript.txt, in the same location as ComboFix.exe which is on the Desktop.




Refering to the picture above, drag CFScript.txt into ComboFix.exe

Restart your computer.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you at C:\ComboFix.txt

Please copy and paste the ComboFix.txt along with a fresh HijackThis log in your next reply please.


*Note:
Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall*

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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]a click hereAd-aware click hereSpybot click hereAntiSpyware click hereSpywareBlaster click here

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Hello,

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,

Joey

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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I do a fair amount of computer support work where I disinfect Windows machines infected with various viruses or spyware/malware. I do the usual stuff like installing and updating anti-virus (AVG) and anti-spyware (Ad-Aware, SPybot, AVG, etc) apps, scanning the system in safe mode, and so on.

I'm wanting to setup a Windows machine dedicated to scanning hard drives for viruses, spyware, and malware. The idea would be to have this machine setup with good anti-virus and anti-spyware apps and I would use external USB hard drive enclosures to hold infected hard drives and scan them on my "clean machine". I've already got 2.5" and 3.5" external USB HDD enclosures and I've already scanned a few hard drives using them connected to a "clean" XP machine I have.

Ok, that's the background on to the questions:

How good are anti-virus and anti-spyware apps at scanning hard drives connected via USB HDD enclosures? During the scans I've done this way, a number of items have been found but there always seems to be something left behind when I boot from the scanned HDD.
How thoroughly can the Windows registry on the HDD being scanned be scanned and cleaned on an externally connected HDD?
Is scanning a HDD through an external USB enclosure any better/safer than scanning in safe mode?
Are there any anti-virus or anti-spyware apps that do a particularly better job at scanning the filesystem than others?
Thanks!

Peace...
 

Answer:Question about anti-virus and anti-spyware apps

Ok I see a little the problem.

You know each company and each anti-virus program or even version have a different type of operation while scanning. As example if you take McAfee they change there engine for each version and software whereas a Norton its practically the same.

Now to see the problem for you it depend what software you're using. Or I would ask you to use different type of antivirus(not at the same time uninstall and install the new one) and check if they do the same errors. And also another problem depends on your PC RAM available(remaining) if you RAM is very low and that you're using some programs at the same time the files for those program may not be well scan due they are already in use and can't be access sometimes.

Now try to close those program and when making a scan open on the anti-virus software and also try to use different anti-virus program and they have different engine. Me I prefer to use McAfee Total Protection for me its the best try it and let me know if you have other problem.
 

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I recently read somewhere that is a good idea to have more than one anti-spyware program on your computer! Is this true?I'm about to purchase a new (and fairly expensive) PC and want to be extra sure i'm covered.Also is there any point in having more than one anti-virus or fire wall program installed? I was going to buy Bit defender 9 internet security package, after it got a great review in PC Advisor and a couple other online sites(it includes anti-virus, firewall, anti-spam and anti-spyware etc) is this sufficient to cover all areas? does it cover adware? does adware come under the "spam" or "spyware" catagory?lots of questions i know but any help would be appreciated!!!

Answer:multiple anti-virus/anti-spyware software?

This has been asked a lot, you can only have one software firewall, you can have as many antivirus programs and antispyware programs as you like BUT and this is important only one must be working at a time, if you install 2 anti virus programs and they are both working then they will conflict and either the computer will crash or lock up or viruses will get through. Better to have one of each and at least 2 for Spyware. The free ones are good enough theres no need to pay.I use AVG anti virus and Zone Alarm Firewall and Adaware and Counterspy for the spyware, all of them free except Counterspy but its only about 10 a year.

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So, tomorrow I'm going to purchase some anti-virus and anti-spyware software for a computer I'm working on. It's got Ad-Aware 2007, Spybot S&D 1.5.2, and AVG 8 (free edition) installed already but the computer owner is just NOT running scans like I recommend.

So, I'm going to buy some software with the hope I can schedule scans and have greater flexibility in how the software operates.

I would prefer getting an app that covers BOTH virus and spyware protection, so I'm sort of leaning toward a commercial version of AVG 8 but I wanted to start this thread to get your feedback.

This is for a Windows XP Home Edition w/ SP2 machine.

Any recommendations?

Peace...
 

Answer:Anti-virus and anti-spyware application recommendation

Security Suite:Zone Alarm Security Suite as a all in one soluation (With kaspersky antivirus

Antivirus:
ESET Nod 32
Kaspersky antivirus

AntiSpyware:
Spysweeper
SUPERantispyware
Malwarebytes Anti Malware (A mix of Antivirus, Anitspwyare and Ad-Aware)
Counterspy
 

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^^topic

Is Norton Internet security a good program b/c I am looking for a good program that likes 2 firewalls
 

Answer:good anti-spyware and anti-virus software

Can't comment on NIS, but alot of people around here speak very highly of NOD32, and as a free alternative, you might want to look at AVG Free.
 

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can someone tell me how I disable these please (it says via a right click on Systems tray icon). I can't find this icon, I have windows XP. ThanksEdit: Moved topic from General Chat to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Help to disable anti-virus & anti-spyware

Take a look here: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs

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Is there a freeware anti-virus/anti-spyware program that will work with Windows 98? Thanks. Ed.
 

Answer:Anti-virus anti-spyware for Windows 98??

There is only one AFAIK that is still being updated and that's ClamWin. Don't follow the download link here at MG as it points to a later version incompatible with Win 98.
 

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I search Anti-virus and Anti-spyware to install on Win8, but i want the softwares is light and effective.
Think about AVAST anti-virus free and SPYBOT for spyware, Whats do you think about this?

And about MSE, i understood the operation system Win8 include the MSE in Windows Defender, but i dont see
the icon of MSE in my bar, So what need i to do to active MSE?

Thanks...

Answer:Anti-virus and Anti-spyware on Win8?

No need of a third party Anti-virus programs in windows 8.

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Good morning all,

I usually get out of trouble by myslef but this time, I really need some help. I ran an application I shouldn't have and now I'm in trouble. I'm facing the www.adarson.com issue. I'm using Windows XP professional (with SP 2). I can't access regedit, msconfig, task manager, or the command promtp. The run option in the start menu isn't there anymore either. I tried running HJT but whenever I run it, it disapears only 1 sec after starting. I can't run the notepad either. Help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all in advance.
 

Answer:Can't run HJT and regular anti-spyware & anti-virus don't see anything

http://forums.techguy.org/security/562834-desperate-i-cant-even-run.html
 

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Hello, I'm currently using Eset's NOD32 Anti-Virus 4, it says it has a spyware scanner and Anti-virus, but I'm not sure. Should I use my Anti-Spyware program named 'SuperAntiSpyware' running in realtime helping along with NOD32? Please help me.
Heath.

Answer:Should I use another Anti-Spyware with NOD32 Anti-Virus 4?

I personally would not use two AV's running in real time along side each other, there most likely will be a conflict. Just use something like SAS, spybot and MBAM to scan with once a week on demand not on schedual or so and that will be fine, As far as I know NOD32 is a very good AV so the others are "just in case of a nasty getting through".

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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?

Thanks
 

Answer:Free anti-virus and anti-spyware, which is the...

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My computer seems to have slowed down considerably in the past few weeks.  The question I have is in regards to Anti Virus/Anti Spyware programs.I am currently using AVG 8.5 for my antivirus, and for the spyware programs I am using Spyware Blaster/Super Antispyware/Spybot Search & Destroy/Malwarebytes Antimalware.My question is this...........are the free programs sufficient, or are the programs available for purchase able to do a better job of detection?My OS is Windows XP Home.If anybody has any feedback, I would appreciate it, or if there are any tips on speeding up my computer that would be great too!Thanks,Jim

Answer:anti virus/anti spyware programs

The free programs are sufficient..... Only run one antivirus program, one firewall, and use a couple of good antispyware programs and alternate their usage as no program will catch all threats.Couple of good articles.....http://evilfantasy.wordpress.com/2008/05/24/slow-computer-it-may-not-be-malware/http://www.malwareremoval.com/tutorials/runningslowly.php

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I am trying to find a good choice for my elderly father who doesn't want to use AVG. Is there a simple freeware downloadable app that will work on both Vista and XP?
 

Answer:anti virus and anti spyware for vista and xp

Avast for Antivirus, works great imho in both Vista and XP


Windows Defender is ok for antispyware in Vista, but could also use Comodo BOClean for this area of protection.
 

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Hello, my name is Jake, and just last night I somehow acquired a fake anti-virus called XP Anti-Spyware. I cannot seem to get rid of it, it closes down Internet Explorer, and refuses to allow me to run McAfee or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I just ran HiJackThis and clicked "SCAN", the following are the logs from the scan results. I will post the first half of the log in this post, then the second half immediately following, please help:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 6:24:59 PM, on 3/24/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17095)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Acronis\BackupServer\backupserver.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
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Answer:Can't Get Rid of XP Anti-Spyware Fake Anti-Virus

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.My name is km2357 and I will be helping you to remove any infection(s) that you may have.I will be giving you a series of instructions that need to be followed in the order in which I give them to you.If for any reason you do not understand an instruction or are just unsure then please do not guess, simply post back with your questions/concerns and we will go through it again.Please do not start another thread or topic, I will assist you at this thread until we solve your problems.Lastly the fix may take several attempts and my replies may take some time but I will stick with it if you do the same.Sorry for the delay in replying, the forum is very busy. If you still need help, please do the following:Step # 1 Download and run DDSDownload DDS and save it to your desktop from here or here or hereDisable any script blocker, and then double click dds.scr to run the tool. When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt Attach.txtSave both reports to your desktop. Post them back to your topic.Step # 2: Download and Run GmerPlease download gmer.zip from Gmer and save it to your desktop.***Please close any open programs ***Double-click gmer.exe. The program will begin to run.**Caution**These types of scans can produce false positives. Do NOT take any action on any "<--- ROOTKIT" entries unless advised by a trained Security AnalystIf possible rootkit activity is found, you will be asked if you would like to perform a full scan. Cli... Read more

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Hello! My husband and I both have identical, new Dell laptops and I installed the latest AVG free version on mine and it works brilliantly. But a while ago I had to reinstall Windows XP on my husband's because he had a major virus problem thanks to his 14 year old daughter. After that, I installed the latest AVG free version on his, but when I do an update for it, it tells me the anti-virus and anti-spyware databases are out of date. This has never happened on my laptop, so I don't understand why his is doing this. Is there a driver or something I overlooked when reinstalling his Windows that may interfere with AVG? I cannot think of anything that would keep it from updating those databases. Mine is just fine and all databases are up to date. If anyone can help me with this issue, I would be greatly appreciative!!LadyRevenge

Answer:Updating anti-spyware & Anti-Virus for AVG 8.0

This problem has been resolved in the past by uninstalling AVG and then reinstalling - in between I suggest you clean up with something like CCleaner

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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.

Thanks.
 

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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Hey guys,
Thanks for your help in advance.
I did go through the self fixes. I could run ATF fine.
My computer wont let me run Malware antibytes or spybot S&D. It gives me the following error msg :

c:\program files\malwarebytes' anti-malware\mbam.exe
X Windows cannot access the specified device,path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
It gives me the exact same msg for spybot, but with the appropriate file name.
Also, when I open a lotta folders, etc...I get this msg..
NERO
This program requires the file advrcntr2.dll, which was not found on this system.
And thirdly, it did start opening random internet explorer windows. Never had this problem before this.

One more thing I find funny, and I dont use internet explorer much, but everytime I open it, it asks me to update to explorer version 8. I have already done this like 5x and it still asks me this.
Ah, While I was typing this, I tried to run Hijack this and it gives me the same lame msg like spybot and malware ><
I dunno how to get the logs.
**EDIT : TO make things interesting, it gives me the exact same msg even when I run hijackthis, spybot, malware in SAFE MODE.
I have no clue how I can get logs now ><

Ok, I cant run ANY kind of spyware removal or virus removal >< I even tried to reinstall Hijackthis, and before running it, I renamed it to H.exe. But it still gave me same error ><

Answer:Cant Run Any anti spyware/anti virus, MOVED

OK, So I tried few more things while waiting on reply, hoping I can pinpoint my problem more precisely.

Here are few problems..

1. Spybot SD wont run. Same with Malwarebytes, Hijackthis, SuperAntispyware.
I did try to rename the installation files and then install and run it. But no luck.
Furthest I got was with SuperAntiSpyware, which scanned for about 5 mins, then the window just closed. Now I cant run the main file. It gives exact same error as I posted in the above post.

2. I tried kaspersky's online scanner. It was almost done updating, but got error and failed. Now, just like any other softwares mentioned above, I cant run it.

Error goes soemthing like...
Update has failed. Program has failed to start. Close the Kas online scanner 7.0 window and open it again to install program.
Then it gives some big line about you have to be online and at the end it says, KEY IS EXPIRED.

3. It was making it harder for me to get into safe mode too. But, regardless, I cant run any of the above mentioned softwares in safe mode either. It gives me the exact same errors.
I have no clue what kinda virus I have. If I could use any of the softwares, maybe I can figure it out and post some logs. But to get to that point, is my problem.
Atleast the virus is friendly enough that it doesnt stop me from browsing web, or running ANY other application that DOESNT try to remove any spyware/malware/viruses/trojans.

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Antivirus vanished! Can't install ANY new one!Can't access microsoft and any anti virus sites (thus i cannot download or scan my computer from there)I tried to install a copy of avast pro but the set- up immediately close after opening, i also noticed a lot of programs behaving like this just like the bandmaster game from e games and Grand Theft Auto Vice City( once i opened it, it immediately closes)Tried to install that in safe mode, but the computer does not start and reboots back into normal mode.This is the content of DDS logDDS (Ver_10-11-26.01) - NTFSx86 Run by neopc10 at 19:47:12.65 on Fri 11/26/2010Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.1023.353 [GMT -8:00]============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k AkamaiC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvcC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\KGB\Mpk.exeC:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageMonitor.exeC:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TimounterMonitor.exeC:\WINDOWS\PixArt\PAC7302\Monitor.exeC:\Program Files\... Read more

Answer:anti virus banished.can't install any anti virus programs, can't acces microsoft and anti virus sites!!!...

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 explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the ... Read more

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Alright, the day has come for me to cross over to the dark side. Now, I'm wondering, given that Macs are becoming a larger source of attention if I should really run an AV program. I've seen a few programs for that purpose, but reportedly they're not the best around. At the same time, I'm not a guy to dive into anything unprotected.

So is it advisable to run an AV program on a mac?
 

Answer:Mac OSX Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware

As of right now it is not something to really worry about. In the future who knows?
 

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Hello, I am new to these forums and I thought I would start it off by asking a question, now, my question is what are the best things for these? Anti-VirusAnti-SpywareAnti-RootkitAnti-MalwareI am looking for all round protection of my PC, but I don't have any money to spend on it, I currently use AntiVIR for my Anti-Virus and wondered if there way anything better I could use for free.Any suggestions?

Answer:Anti-Virus And Anti-Spyware?

click here

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Is their an anti virus, and an anti spyware, that is free and good? I am having a problem with AVG, I add memory to 512 RAM or 768 RAM. And the computer still running slow, I when remove AVG from the computer, it run much faster. I am thinking if their a Security program, that I can try from free. I am the AOL Security right now, however, anything much better?

Thanks!!!
 

Answer:AVG Anti virus and anti spyware

quite a few
AVAST www.avast.com
nod32 - not free but very good
Online scans - trend http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

spyware checker
ad-aware
spybot
spyware terminator

otherwise hijackthis and post a log here for gurus to check out.

links in my sig
 

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hey, I'm re-installing Windows, and I want to know which protection programs should I have, which are the best, but also which don't take too much time to load at startup

Answer:anti virus, anti spyware

AVG isn't half bad. Of course its all opinion on how well they work.

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Hi

Had a virus on my laptop which messed it up, and just decided to use the recovery feature.

I want to reduce of chance of that happening again, and have read the stickys in this forum.

Whether they're free or not isn't an issue, i'd like some information/opinions about which antivirus/spyware apps i should have installed.

At the moment
Anti-Spyware - Spybot, Spyware Guard, Spyware Blaster
Anti-Virus - None
Firewall - XP One

Thanks for any help given
 

Answer:Which Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware To Use?

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hey i was wondering is it possible to use two or more anti spyware programs at once, i have etrust suite and wanted to use spyware doctor with the pest patrol that is included in etrust is that ok.


the other thing was that i have the security suite and wanted to know wether i should use another anti virus also. i was thinking of atleast using another program for weekly scans and not live monitoring, because i wasnt sure if it was ok to use two anti virus at the same time with livemonitoring on.

thanx

Answer:anti virus and anti spyware

If you want good protection, I recommend you get ewido ( ewido.com - has a trial) and NOD32 for antivirus ( http://coolcatinc.com/buy_NOD32.html - use promo code RDCSS for $58/2yrs)... that's really all you need.

If you want more, you can use Spybot Search & Destroy and AdAware SE Personal (lavasoftusa.com).

If you add too much, your computer will be all taken up with "security" and you will be able to do nothing else with it.

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Hey guys i need some of your help in this matter, i want to buy an anti mostly everything package for my lapt and pc but i have my doubts betweens Nod32 or AVG, i like this 2 mostly cos it wont slowdown your machine as Norton or some other softwares does, any suggestions on wich one to go with?

thanks.

Note: any other software it might be good to but not Norton, i dont like it at all.
 

Answer:"Best" Anti virus + Anti Spyware software on the market

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Can somebody advise me what is the best Anti Spyware and Firewall software to download free of charge?The operating system is Windows 98 SECheers

Answer:Anti Spyware and Firewall

Ad-aware click here Spybot click here Spywareblaster click hereZone Alarm should be OK as firewall click here

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I am getting a new PC from Velocity Micro in a few days and it is not configured with any anti-virus, anti-spyware, ect. I will not want to get on the internet with it until I have some good protection software installed.
I was hoping that I could get some advice on what to get! I am planning on using Firefox with it (that's what I use now). I do not mind paying for the programs if they are going to be a lot better (since I can't afford to have anything happen to this computer), but if there is something for free that is good, well then that would be even better!
In case it matters I have dial-up internet but I hope to get high-speed soon.
Specs on my new PC are in my signature if you need them.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide!

P.S. I posted another thread like this a while back, but I didn't get much advice on Firewalls and anti-spyware. Lots of advice on anti-virus though. NOD32 and Kaspersky seemed to be most popular (care to comment?).
 

Answer:Firewall, anti-spyware, ect. advice

for firewall, i just use the zonealarm basic, which is good enough for me. then again, i'm in college and poor so i try not to use anything that requires me to pay.

for spyware, hijackthis, adaware, spybot, spysweeper - just for the immunization feature for free, and whichever's the latest microsoft one.

antivirus, kaspersky or nod32. nod32's better.. i think. or you can go the cheap way like me and get the free AVG. which isnt nearly as good as the paid ones, but it works well for a free edition.
 

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Here is my question/dilemma. I have a pretty old, slowish notebook PC with only 512MB of RAM. I have over time added the free programs of Avast antivirus, Comodo Firewall, and Ad-aware antispyware as necessary security protections. These, of course, make the device even slower. I also have a wireless router that has all its security enabled between me and the cold internet.

All the overhead makes this monster unpleasantly slow to use at times. I get a LOT of time when the CPU is 100% busy. In my endless search for the minimum I can run and remain secure, I am considering unloading the Comodo firewall and Ad-aware, then enabling Windows internal firewall, and adding the keylogger/privacy software SnoopFree. It has a very small footprint, but as far as I can tell it catches a lot of bad things.

Can I get opinions form some security wizards about whether the combo of the router firewall, Windows firewall, and Snoopfree equal the full blown Comodo & Ad-aware software?

Thanks a Heap.
 

Answer:Minimal Firewall/anti-spyware

Well, the one thing about the setup you have in mind, is that you won't have outbound protection in the case that you DO get a spyware infection.

Before you conclude that your security apps are the cause of your slowdown (as I think you should be able to run those fairly quicly with the amount of RAM you have - I've managed to get XP running tolerably with a similar suite on 192MB of RAM), perhaps you should consider managing startup programs??? Could be you have OTHER programs running, tying up memory and CPU cycles unnecessarily, and we can eliminate those.

If you are interested, there are instructions at this link
 

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What?s the commendation of this forum regarding firewall and anti-spyware choices. In other words, if one is running Norton or McAfee anti-virus software do you recommend turning on their firewall or Windows built-in firewall? Same question regarding anti-spyware. Turn on their anti-spyware or download and install Windows Defender? Thanks
 

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So, yesterday we bought and downloaded McAfee with 10-in-1 protection (sounds fancy right?). Well this has caused the entire computer to slow down, not that it was fast in the first place. It has greatly increased the time from POST to the time that windows has fully loaded, and slows down the internet, loading programs, and so on. This problem only occured after we installed McAfee so I'm wondering, is this more virus than anti-virus, should I just get my money back and go with maybe norton or something, or is there something I can do to McAfee to keep it from slowing down my computer?

Answer:Mcafee + Firewall And Anti-spyware

My personal opinion is to get the refund. Mac is not known to play well with other tools. Seems to be a resource hog as is Norton. I use a free AV, a couple spyware tools and firewall found hereFreeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps

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I am running Win XP Professional, Service Pack 2 on my Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop.

1. Each time I boot the system, an error is detected with my Sygate Firewall: "Sygate Agent Firewall encountered a problem and needed to close. Please tell Microsoft about this problem... Send Error Report / Don't Send." I click on Don't Send.

2. Then my anti-spyware software, Spybot - Search & Destroy, pops up: "Spybot - Search & Destroy has detected an impotant registry entry that has been changed.
Category: System Startup global entry
Change: UserFaultCheck
Old Data: %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -u
Allow change / Deny change"

3. I notice the disk light on the front of the laptop is flickering unexpectedly, since there are no applications running. On opening Windows Task Manager, and clicking on the Process tab, I notice that most of the CPU (58-76%) is being used by Image Name DRWTSN32.EXE, and the Mem Usage is currently 132,756K.

I have run AVG Antivirus, Spybot - Search & Destroy, and TuneUp Utility 2007 to clean the disk, clean the registry, and defragment the registry. I have uninstalled my Sygate firewall, rebooted and reinstalled Sygate Firewall. However, I still get the problems described above.

I believe I have found a possible solution by running tests and DRWTSN32.EXE virus removal options described at http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/drwtsn32/. However, I am reluctant to do so without my secondary Sygat... Read more

Answer:Firewall / Anti-Spyware / DRWTSN32.EXE

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I have been struggling with an issue concerning Trend Micro Internet Security 2008
for a couple weeks now. There is a certain setting within the program that locks
the system every time I try to access it. This results in the unexpected closing
of my anti-virus/firewall. I can provide screen shots if necessary but I am not
sure if the trouble is with my security suite or with Vista itself.

I have been using email support from the Trend Micro people and they cannot seem to
help me solve the issue. I have reinstalled over and over. I have downloaded and
applied special patches from them. Replaced specific DLL and SYS files. Downloaded
and installed a completely new installation from Trend Micro 2008. Now they are telling me to
upgrade to the latest version of TrendMicro Internet Security (2009). Before I
consider that move, I want to be sure my system is clean and free of all possible
bugs. After all the unsuccessful fix attempts, I have come to wonder if maybe I
have a problem with some malware, spyware or a virus. I read somewhere that if you
cannot get your security products working correctly that you should suspect that a
possible infection may exist. So this is what brings me to you.

Prior to purchasing Trend Micro, I used a host of free applications to secure my
system. One by one, they all seemed to fail at some point. Spybot Search and Destroy
could not Immunize completely. AVG became very error prone and was causing system
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Answer:Problem after problem with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware and Firewalls

I guess my problem didn't warrant help from anyone here. Or.... did I do something wrong in my posting? I followed the "5 steps before posting" as best as I could.
I understand that others have problems that are way more dire than mine. So... I have waited almost 2 weeks to see if someone would help me. Or at least reply and tell me that they wouldn't help me.
This leaves me wondering what I did wrong. It also leaves me wondering, HOW WOULD I KNOW what I did if I indeed did something wrong? If I was "WASTING THE FORUMS TIME" surely it would be reasonable to TELL ME. Wouldn't you think?
Anyway, thanks for letting use this forum to speak to no one. I should have yelled out the window.

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Hi everyone,

I have a friend wanting me to help with her computer. She runs an old Windows 98 machine that has become infested with spyware and viruses.

Webpages keep being redirected to bizrate and bizoffers and any attempt to download software such as Ad-Aware or Spybot are being denied by Bad Gateway errors.

She can't download Hijack This or do any online virus scans because she's blocked from doing so by the spyware.

Would installing the MVPS Hosts file prevent the spyware from blocking access to these sites so that we can help her?

Please help.

Thanks.

Answer:Can't download anti-spyware programs or anti-virus programs

It would definately be a start. Also try this:

Right click on this link http://www.greyknight17.com/spy/DelO15Domains.inf and choose Save As. Save it to your desktop. Right click on that file and choose Install. It will run immediately (you won't be able to see anything happen). You may delete it afterwards. NOTE: This script will delete any sites you may have added to the Trusted Sites. So if you want them back, you have to add them back to the Trusted Sites again.

Next thing to try, is go into Add/Remove and check for the following programs. If you struggle removing, you can reboot to Safe Mode and try again.

180 Search Assistant
180Solutions
Active alert
Ad Service
AdTools
AdTools Service
Alexa toolbar
BargainBuddy
Bullseye Networks
CashBack
cosmi
DH
EasySearchBar
Elite Sidebar
Elite Toolbar
Freeze Clip Art
GAIN
Gator
Hotbar Outlook Tools
Hotbar Web Tools
HuntBar
Internet Optimizer
ISTbar
ISTSvc
MaxiFiles
Media Access
Media Gateway
MySearch
MyWay Search Bar
MyWebSearch
NavExcel Search Toolbar
NavHelper
ncase
Oemji Toolbar
Open Site
Preview AdService
Search Toolbar (HuntBar/WinTools)
ShopperReports by Hotbar
Sidefind
SideSearch
Slotchbar
Software Update Manager
SurfAccuracy
SurfSideKick
Upspiral Toolbar
TurboDownload
VBouncer
Viewpoint
Viewpoint Manager
Viewpoint Media Player
WareOut
WeatherBug
Web Rebates
Web Search Toolbar (WinTools)
Webhancer
WhenU (any entry)
WeirdOnTheWeb
Windows AdService
Windows AdStatus
Windows ServeAd
WinTools
WinTools Easy Installer
WSEM Update... Read more

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I have 2 PCs. I am in the process of setting up both of them with MSE, Super Anti-spyware, and Malware Bytes.
I have 2 lifetime licenses for MAB and one lifetime license for SAS.

SAS no longer sell lifetime licenses and I need a program that sells lifetime licenses comparable to SAS. Any suggestions?

Answer:Comparable Anti-spyware Software to Super Anti-spyware

If you have one lifetime license and have the key, look at this for one additional license https://store.superantispyware.com/(...n-sas&xe_eem=1
Scroll down to the bottom of page to see the check box. I'm not sure if this will help, so you probably should contact 'support' SUPERAntiSpyware - Customer Service and Product Support

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