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Old 07-26-2011, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by texas1936 View Post
As an IT guy with over ten years of experience, I will offer this one piece of advice: if a machine has been infected even once, it can never be trusted again unless a complete reinstall is performed. Anti-malware software often misses stuff because some malware is polymorphic, meaning that it changes rapidly, can hide itself as something else, and generally remain undetected. Every IT company I ever worked for considered an install damaged and untrustworthy once infected. A complete reinstall was performed.
Originally Posted by mensaguy View Post
Most of us who answer questions here will disagree with you. It is rarely necessary to reimage a machine after malware removal.

With Microsoft Security Essentials free for Windows users, there iis no good reason to suggest that AV software is optional. Virus threats rarely depend on Admin rights to work.

We often recommend a second tool if someone isn't comfortable with Malwarebytes, but Malwarebytes has proven to take care of infections very reliably.
I agree with mensaguy
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:28 PM
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So I have another question.

I currently have Webroot Antivirus with Spysweeper on my computers. I am sure to scan often. Is this not enough?

Do I also need Malwarebytes in addition? I have only used the free version. (Am running it now) Should I also buy it? Do I need both--or should I change to Malware? How do I know that Malware isn't just another hoax?

Right now I am trying to get rid of another virus on another computer. This time it is Vist Antivirus 2012 Alert. I am not clicking on it!!

Thanks for all the help and suggestions!
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:59 AM
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It appears your webroot is not protecting you properly.

Most here get by on one active protection. MS Security Essentials is popular on these forums. I prefer AVG. Both free.

Malwarebytes is more for getting your machine clean, not preventing infections.
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