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Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.

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06-06-2011, 05:10 PM #1
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Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.

I'm no maleware expert, but in my years of being a computer wiz, I've found these methods very useful in removing maleware.


Steps to take if infected, or for general cleaning:

First, clean your computer, get rid of everything you haven't used in a while or don't want anymore. This part is easier said than done. Sometimes you can't decide which programs you want to keep and sometimes windows uninstaller is being a witch. Go through all your folders, Documents, My Music, Videos, etc.

Temp internet/program files are also good to get rid of, those things are useless.

Recommended Programs for cleaning useless files:
CCleaner
CCleaner is a great program that will destroy useless files and registry keys. It is safe, trusted, and fast. A very good program. Run this ONCE A WEEK.


TuneUp Utilities
With more than 30 easy-to-use tools you get the maximum out of your PC.




Second, make sure you have the right antiviruses. More than one antivirus is almost a definite. One antivirus can't always pick up some maleware, while more antiviruses have a higher chance of detecting it. However, if you have too many antiviruses installed, the false-positives(false detections) might get annoying and clutter your computer.

Before downloading more than one antivirus, please read this:

(06-06-2011, 05:44 PM)Deltron Wrote:  Running more than one Antivirus program is not recommended because:
  1. Conflicts arise when they run in real-time mode simultaneously.
  2. Running two Antivirus programs causes instability and slow performance.
  3. Also, they waste your system resources, and sometimes crash your computer.
To add to the list of Antivirus programs, I recommend Avira, ESET NOD32, and Kaspersky.

Also, Google Chrome is not the best option for a web browser. It has many privacy and security vulnerabilities that have not yet been fixed by Google. I would recommend Mozilla Firefox or Opera as an alternative. If you wish to continue to use Google Chrome, download a program named SRWare Iron here. This browser uses the same Sourcecode (Chromium), but with patched exploits.




Recommended Anti-Viruses:

MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials)

MSE is a great anti virus application, I scan about every month with this.


Malewarebytes antimaleware

Malewarebytes is another great program, I scan every week with this.


You should run a quick scan every day with these. ^


Third, don't be abusive with your computer. Just because you have internet doesn't mean you should go around just downloading everything you want. A lot of people disguise maleware as highly desired executables. Lookout for files such as:
Game hacks/cheats/exploits.
Promised free money bots.
Application keygens/cracks.
Social website account hackers.
Email hackers.
Survey bypassers.



Forth, an organized computer is a safe computer. Run the disk cleanup and disk defragmenter once a month.


Fifth, use a safe webbrowser. Internet explorer doesn't make the cut, sorry fellas.

Recommended web browsers:

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Opera


Sixth, if you know the process name and location of the virus, end the process in task manager, and delete it's entire folder, considering it's not a system folder :o


Good luck, I will post more in the future.
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06-06-2011, 05:44 PM #2
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RE: Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.
Running more than one Antivirus program is not recommended because:
  1. Conflicts arise when they run in real-time mode simultaneously.
  2. Running two Antivirus programs causes instability and slow performance.
  3. Also, they waste your system resources, and sometimes crash your computer.
To add to the list of Antivirus programs, I recommend Avira, ESET NOD32, and Kaspersky.

Also, Google Chrome is not the best option for a web browser. It has many privacy and security vulnerabilities that have not yet been fixed by Google. I would recommend Mozilla Firefox or Opera as an alternative. If you wish to continue to use Google Chrome, download a program named SRWare Iron here. This browser uses the same Sourcecode (Chromium), but with patched exploits.

06-06-2011, 05:48 PM #3
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RE: Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.
This is some good knowledge from both of you. I personally use Avira, from my experience on HF Avira seems to be the biggest stickler on malicious programs.

06-06-2011, 06:07 PM #4
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RE: Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.
Damn it i was just about to make something similar (>_<)!
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06-06-2011, 06:22 PM #5
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RE: Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.
(06-06-2011, 05:48 PM)KoBE Wrote:  This is some good knowledge from both of you. I personally use Avira, from my experience on HF Avira seems to be the biggest stickler on malicious programs.

That's probably because it has one of the highest detection rates of all of the Antivirus programs.
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06-06-2011, 06:36 PM #6
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RE: Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.
(06-06-2011, 05:44 PM)Deltron Wrote:  Running more than one Antivirus program is not recommended because:
  1. Conflicts arise when they run in real-time mode simultaneously.
  2. Running two Antivirus programs causes instability and slow performance.
  3. Also, they waste your system resources, and sometimes crash your computer.
To add to the list of Antivirus programs, I recommend Avira, ESET NOD32, and Kaspersky.

Also, Google Chrome is not the best option for a web browser. It has many privacy and security vulnerabilities that have not yet been fixed by Google. I would recommend Mozilla Firefox or Opera as an alternative. If you wish to continue to use Google Chrome, download a program named SRWare Iron here. This browser uses the same Sourcecode (Chromium), but with patched exploits.

Wow thanks for this information, I'll be sure to edit my post.
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06-13-2011, 12:44 AM #7
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RE: Tips to remove maleware and keep it gone.
First off, it is malware.

Quote:CCleaner is a great program that will destroy useless files and registry keys. It is safe, trusted, and fast. A very good program. Run this ONCE A WEEK.

A better program to recommend is Temp File Cleaner (TFC). I understand this is a matter of subjectivity. I am expressing my opinion and so are you.

Quote:With more than 30 easy-to-use tools you get the maximum out of your PC.

Where would a user resort to after the said time?

Quote:Malewarebytes antimaleware

You should run a quick scan every day with these. ^

For what purpose? I believe that is quite an overkill. Also, the said program is a scanner or supplementary tool. Why list it under anti-viruses when it isn't one?

Quote:Third, don't be abusive with your computer. Just because you have internet doesn't mean you should go around just downloading everything you want. A lot of people disguise maleware as highly desired executables. Lookout for files such as:

This is true. Avoid YouTube while you are at it. It is not a place where you would want to download stuff. It only goes to show that one should not be doing attempts to promote piracy.

Quote:Fifth, use a safe webbrowser. Internet explorer doesn't make the cut, sorry fellas.

It will, if the proper settings are configured. Also, whether a user likes it or not, he uses Internet Explorer without him having to open or run it directly. Programs often use it to update themselves. Keeping it updated and secure is a must.

As for the browsers, I would recommend that you list add-ons. They are the real reason why browsers are safe.




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