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Old 06-05-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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I am not a computer geek by any means. Had my computer cleaned of bugs before christmas and the guys/shop that did it (local not Best Buy Geek squad) put a free Microsoft security anti-virus program...said that it was supposed to keep it clean...
well today I went to use it and there was some ad-ware security program trying to tell me it was infected with all kinds of trojans and stuff...of course this ad program tells me that the promo can't be deleted--I should buy it to have that option (hiway robbery via Internet)...

anyone have a RELIABLE program--free or not--that keeps that junk off your computer?
you can PM me....

that computer is using Windows XP
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Use Revo Uninstaller to get the other programs off your computer. It's free.

Revo Uninstaller - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com


Then use any of these three, or all three. All free, all work wonderfully.

Ad-Aware (works great, but requires you to remember to run the program) -

Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

AVG Anti-Virus (runs in the background) -

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com


Avast Anti-Virus (runs in the background) -

Avast Free Antivirus - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com




Personally, I would use AVG and Ad-Aware, running Ad-Aware once a week.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:20 AM
 
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nod 32 by Eset is good too. Leo Laporte recommends it.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Forney Texas
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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes

use that along with your anti virus. Its free and works great. You have to update it every now and then and run the scan.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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Also check Microsoft Security Essentials, it's free and works great. I have an older computer so many of these programs take up alot of memory so I download and run the scan/cleanup, then uninstall every few weeks. Also, check your task manager to see what fishy programs may be running that don't look like they should be there and google the ones you have questions about.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Also HijackThis - Trend Micro USA

Find someone who knows how to read the log though.

Also dump IE, get firefox, and install Noscript.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:02 AM
 
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I had microsoft security essentials and it did not stop it
downloaded Malwarebytes and that acted like it quaranteed the viruses and I thought I kicked them out but they came back...
took it to Best Buy because it was last Saturday and local places were closed
was going to cost lost to clean it up and buy new security pkg..just bit the bullet and got a new tower--not system with new monitor...
fairly cheap one but Cnet has good review for it for price...
other one was 5 or 6 yrs old...
just hate laptops...
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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If it's any consolation, I used to run ZoneAlarm (firewall and virus pgm) and Webroot Spysweeper and I still got an infected computer. I called GeeksOnSite and they cleaned it up remotely for $149. They installed AVG which was free. I had no more problems until my hard disk died a nasty death and I had to get a new tower. Just tooo old and dusty b/c I never cleaned it out - another lesson learned the hard way.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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my son suggested the AVG program and when the Geek Squad guy gets here and does the install/set up I am going to download that as well as the Kapinsky that he installs...
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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my son suggested the AVG program and when the Geek Squad guy gets here and does the install/set up I am going to download that as well as the Kapinsky that he installs...
Just say no to Geek Squad...

What do you need help with? I'm sure myself or someone here can help.
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