Help, Please! Looking for recommended virus cleaner

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  1. SilverTrain

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    I have firewall and virus protection, but I think something's made it through.

    Can anyone recommend a reliable, safe one-time virus cleaner? I used one of these years ago and it worked like a charm. Alas, can't remember what it was.

    Any help, much appreciated.

    xx
     
  2. vince

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    Hmmm... there are more clever computer people here than me. But would say.stay away from Norton. God I hate that program. I use the free version of Avira and it just works without any drama.
     
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    There used to be a program called Doctor Solomon's. It was wonderful as a one-time, virus search-and-destroy, fix up tool. None of those residual changes and uninvited installations so many virus protection softwares come with these days. Alas, I've gone to mac and no longer have need for such things, so I don't know if Doc Solomon's is still around. It may be worth a look though!
     
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    I agree with Vince stay away from Norton! Personally I like AVG and Kaspersky both are very good virus programs.
     
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    Many thanks for the replies thus far.

    Yes, Norton has many problems, which is why I don't use it.

    I do have a regular antivirus program. What I am looking for is something along the lines of the Doctor Solomon "one-shot" cleaner tool suggested by joyboytoy. Unfortunately, it appears Doc Solomon is old and out-of-date (acquired by Mcafee--poor thing!).

    Any more feedback by those in the know, much, much appreciated. :smile:
     
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  7. SilverTrain

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    Oh, Snakey, good call.

    I actually have that one, but I had some reason for thinking it only targeted a certain virus. Used it before and it was indeed very good.

    I will update and go for it.

    Cheers, sir
     
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    It's the best. Get it. You won't be sorry. It won't run on your computer without you starting it. You have to click on the icon, update and scan. Fast or long scan. If you choose long scan, check the box to scan drive C. Thats the drive we use most. It catches everything.
     
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    AVG has never ever failed me and I have used it for years, It has worked were others have failed. Not only is it an anti-virus, but also spyware, as well.

    Here is the link to obtain your free copy of AVG 9

    I will be surprised if your disappointed

    Good Luck
     
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    Yeah...what she said, only you'll need more. Fact is there is no "one time one and all" single program out there. You'll have to use multiple programs, and whatever you do, keep them updated.

    I clear my computer of several forms of bullshit virus/trojan/malware infections on a routine basis.
     
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    I'm a huge fan of Leo Laporte ("The Tech Guy") and he totally recommends NOD32.
    This web page contains a link to how they compare to the competition:
    Want the best antivirus software? Compare antivirus software solutions now.

    Better still, they have a free 30-day trial that's a full version of their program.

    I hate AVG by the way. A couple of years ago installed it on my network and nothing ran properly after that. They also compare poorly to NOD32.

    ND = No Open Doors.
     
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    Agreed Smartalk - AVG free vers. as relatively easy user interface
    Malewarebytes is good call for all the reasons snakey noted-
    Hell- Malwb. even found a Rootkit Trojan, missed by AVG in Oct.
    What's great is its backup/logs + It runs on all Win2K thru Win7 OS
    It may be too late but a word of caution:
    Download the current vers. mbam setup 1.42 file- but don't install
    Uninstall your current AV- Spyware, clean Browser cache, Reboot
    While rebooting unplug modem -Web connection
    Then from Desktop, install Malwarebytes - again it will reboot
    Then Quick Scan with Malwb. - it will remove bad, Then connect
    Go get & install AVG9 ( or your AV of choice noted herein)
    -just my 2 cents- may be a bit of help, as we toil with MS systems
    (;-(
    Addenda: Re- Not Punny
    - Well taken point on new NOD32, will look into..
    - might advise, I know of no problems with AVG 8.5 or +, likely you experienced earlier Vers. (as w/ skewed ESET comps?)
    Spot on b.c. " I clear my computer of several forms of bullshit virus/trojan/malware infections on a routine basis"
    -Which with AVG 9 resident and Malwb. on demand- I stay ultra-clean
    ..
     
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    I've tried most of the free firewalls and antivirus programs. Long ago I settled on PC Tools Firewall Plus and ThreatFire antivirus.

    Weekly I run CCleaner and WiseRegistryCleaner to keep things free of clutter. Firefox has an excellent addon that you might like: WOT (Web Of Trust) that lets you know when you're trying to access a site that has a less than stellar reputation.

    You also might consider that it might not be a trojan or virus slowing you down. Try going back to a point before you noticed the problem by setting a restore point via your System Tools. I've done this a couple of times when I suspected that a program I'd downloaded might have gummed up the works.
     
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    Pecker, as long-term Admin. & w/ credentials you stand as 'deity'
    -obviously any advice given, should help all us 'Average Users'
    (Being of near age, I am a mere tinkerer 'tho- dating back to DOS3x)

    For the thread topic- your advice to use System Restore is superb, as many overlook that simple utility First -when a Win. OS begins getting fluky/slow. (Might mention with such Win. utilities as- ChkDisk & SFC )

    Certainly I for one, will take under advisement those programs:
    PC Tools Firewall Plus, ThreatFire antivirus, & the WOT addin.
    (Hope not too pricey).. also, any comment on NOD32 claims ??

    Last bit of guidance/request: ( will take to PM if you say)
    Following the KISS principle to stay well behind MS-OS offerings,
    Thus I run a WinXp Home-SP3 full updt. Non-network compt.:
    - use cCleaner (Advised -4 Opts.) & simplistic programs noted
    Would WiseRegistryCleaner safely cleanup, what I sense is a bloated registry over time & allow what I thought was lean ? ( b/c I see Windows folder alone has grown to ~6.5 GB.)
    Every Win. Help Forum techie advises- Don't use any Reg. cleaner Apps. b/c of a reliability/safety factor... unless your MSCE++ certified.

    THX for any comment here ( or PM ), as other quetions arise..
    Best, Staff
     
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    Thanks to all for your responses. It's nice to have comrades in arms in the battle against e-villainy! :smile:

    As to the system restore, I did that, actually, and I think it really helped.

    BTW, I run AVG, Zonealarm continuously. And routine Adaware, spybot and ccleaner scans.

    The malwarebytes came up with nothing, but the system restore seems to have helped.

    Again, merci boucoup!
     
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