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    1. How Did I Get A Virus?

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    (Original post by divinelord)
    Can we please add this to the sticky:
    If your browsing dodgy site(s) on the internet or use P2P, its YOUR fault your infected.

    Too many people say windows sucks because of viruses without realising anything and this is coming from a Mac user
    Yes, many people very quickly jump to the conclusion that Windows is to blame for viruses. But how can it? YOU are the one using Windows; you are responsible for whatever happens.

    Source of Viruses
    • P2P (Peer to Peer) i.e. Bitcomet, Limewire, uTorrent
    • Pop ups that make you think you have loads of viruses by "performing" a web based scan, typically in the Windows XP style theme, you can tell it's fake from the URL usually.
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    • Keygens/Cracks/Patches often used to pass activation of software often contain a trojan(s).
    • Sometimes maybe even a link i.e. You think one of your friends have sent you a trustworthy link on Windows Live Messenger and you click on it, then you realise (or not realise) it’s dodgy.

    2. How To Remove Viruses In General

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    Since quite a few folk get viruses every now and again, to make things much simpler I've made this thread so everyone gets the same message :p:. So here it goes...

    (If you don't have any protection, I'd suggest that you install Avast and Malwarebytes (Links are in spoiler below: Anti Virus Only).)

    1. Run your computer in Safe Mode with Networking*. Restart your computer, immediately turned on press F8 a few times to see the boot options then choose Safe Mode with networking. You will see a list of files appear on screen once selecting Safe Mode, this is normal, don't panic, let it do its thing. Once Windows loads, it will appear different such as lower screen resolution and weird icon placement, again normal, just proceed to a scan. Once a scan is complete and the problem is removed, you can boot normally, which will return to its normal functionality.

    *Safe mode has reduced functions so it's easier to remove things whilst they are disabled. (You can update the virus definitions before going into safe mode if you happen to have trouble connecting to the internet)

    2. Run your antivirus, make sure it has the latest virus definitions, then run a full system scan with BOTH Avast! & Malwarebytes.

    3. Once finished restart.

    4. If problems remain, Use HijackThis and post the log report on TSR tech forum.

    How to post HiJack Log Report

    Note: Never have more than 1 anti virus active at any one time, they will interfere.

    3. Free Anti Virus Protection

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    avast! Free Edition [Recommended]
    + avast! 4 Home Edition is a complete antivirus solution, fully able to find computer viruses, to create and check the integrity of programs installed, to test executed programs and opened documents, to test and check email and other functions. Scanning is also available in the shell extension and screen server.

    Clicky: Avast!

    AVG Anti-Virus
    + AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 provides only base level protection against viruses, spyware and safe searching.
    Includes combined Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware protection engine, LinkScanner Search-Shield safe search protection, plus the AVG Security Toolbar.

    Clicky: AVG

    Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus
    + Protects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers.

    Clicky: Avira

    4. Free Spyware/Malware Scanners

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    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware [Recommended]
    + Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware. It includes a number of features, including a built in protection monitor that blocks malicious processes before they even start.

    Clicky: Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware

    Spybot - Search & Destroy [Recommended]
    + Removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications.

    Clicky: Spybot

    Ad-Aware 2008 Free
    + Protect yourself against identity theft, online fraud, and other cyber crimes with the world's most popular anti-spyware.

    Clicky: Ad-Aware

    SUPERAntiSpyware FREE Edition
    + Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits and many other types of threats.

    Clicky: SUPERAntiSpy

    5. Firewall Only

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    ZoneAlarm Basic Firewall
    + Guards the network perimeter and prevents malware from sending your information out (Inbound and Outbound Protection) as well as making you 'invisible' to hackers (Stealth Mode)

    Clicky: ZoneAlarm

    Ashampoo Firewall
    + Monitors all your computer's network activity and protects you against both incoming and outgoing connections. Get full protection in seconds with Easy Mode and the Configuration Assistant. Self-explanatory user interface. Very small program that uses minimum memory and resources. One-click panic button for emergencies that lets you block all traffic, for example if you are under attack or suspect that a malicious program is active.

    Clicky: Ashampoo

    Agnitum Outpost Firewall
    + Basic Firewall Protection: Standard packet and application filtering safeguard your computer from unwanted communications. Connections Monitoring: Lets you see network activity in real time, to help define inappropriate connections and close them right away. Surfing Protection: Maintains your privacy on the Internet, keeps browser protected from Internet dangers.

    Clicky: Agnitum

    Comodo Firewall
    + Comodo Firewall is your first step in keeping hackers, viruses, and malware out of your PC. Featuring Default Deny Protection, our Firewall checks an extensive list of over two million known PC-friendly applications. If it's not there, Comodo Firewall lets you know before opening your PC's door.

    Clicky: Comodo

    6. Premium Full Protection Packages

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    Maybe you could do a little section on anti-virus software for Macs? you can never be too sure these days...
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    Sure will do when i get the time i.e later tonight.
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    No support for AVG free edition is a bit misleading. I get daily updates to its virus database, and it works brilliantly.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    No support for AVG free edition is a bit misleading. I get daily updates to its virus database, and it works brilliantly.
    :ditto:
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    No support for AVG free edition is a bit misleading. I get daily updates to its virus database, and it works brilliantly.
    Look on their site, that's what it says - i think they mean no support as how to use the actual program.

    Why am i getting this 'grief'? I simply copy and pasted the descriptions from the sites, i didn't write them. :p: Gawwwdd.. :rolleyes:

    Thought you guys would appreciate that i've actually put this together...
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    I would recommend Adaware 2008 one and spybot search nd destroy

    DON'T buy anti-pro 2009
    That itself gives virus ! :O
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    Look on their site, that's what it says - i think they mean no support as how to use the actual program.

    Why am i getting this 'grief'? I simply copy and pasted the descriptions from the sites, i didn't write them. :p: Gawwwdd.. :rolleyes:

    Thought you guys would appreciate that i've actually put this together...
    I'm sure people do, but it's not much use if the information is misleading, and support for anti-viral software is vital. AVG Free Edition is supported. I seem to remember upgrading from version 7.5 to version 8 only a month or two back, and virus updates are made all the time. I can't see, on the AVG site, where it says unsupported, either.
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    (Original post by dchatterjee1)
    I would recommend Adaware 2008 one and spybot search nd destroy

    DON'T buy anti-pro 2009
    That itself gives virus ! :O
    Ditto!:rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    I'm sure people do, but it's not much use if the information is misleading, and support for anti-viral software is vital. AVG Free Edition is supported. I seem to remember upgrading from version 7.5 to version 8 only a month or two back, and virus updates are made all the time. I can't see, on the AVG site, where it says unsupported, either.
    You really are a grouchy old moderator... (no offense) :rofl: Look at the attachment...
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    (Original post by GFX-K)
    Ditto!:rolleyes:
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    how about a list of recommended payware too, some people may feel a bit safer with it.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    I'm sure people do, but it's not much use if the information is misleading, and support for anti-viral software is vital. AVG Free Edition is supported. I seem to remember upgrading from version 7.5 to version 8 only a month or two back, and virus updates are made all the time. I can't see, on the AVG site, where it says unsupported, either.
    He means no tech support. Anti-virus/spyware/firewalls would be usless without updates!

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    (Original post by paperclip)
    He means no tech support. Anti-virus/spyware/firewalls would be usless without updates!

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    Thank You!

    Yes a list of premium anti virus will be included later as well as firewalls.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    Thank You!

    Yes a list of premium anti virus will be included later as well as firewalls.
    How about some tweaks that help to speed up your system a bit.
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    (Original post by Guvnor)
    How about some tweaks that help to speed up your system a bit.
    I'll do what i can *sigh*
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    I'll do what i can *sigh*

    why dont you put this in the article bit? under the freeware section?

    but thanks! its quite useful, although Comodo sometimes goes haywire and a part of the program starts using the CPU 100%. It was nightmare.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    I'll do what i can *sigh*
    I can help you out with a few then perhaps you can add them to the first post ?
    Great job spikeymike :cool:
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    (Original post by Guvnor)
    I can help you out with a few then perhaps you can add them to the first post ?
    Great job spikeymike :cool:
    Go ahead mate, much appreciate that - yes i'll add them if you pm me whatever you have that i don't in the first post. :five:

    I'm just away to add some premium services...
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    Make this a sticky

    Oh and from my opinion the best from Spikeymikes excellent list is AVG and Ad-Ware. As for the firewalls, most people have them built into their routers/modems etc- I do anyways lol
 
 
 
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