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    I've got some virus which has disabled my Trend Micro antivirus and won't even let me execute Housecall. Anyone know of a free antivirus I can download to try to fix my system?
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    AVG is what my tech guy at work uses.
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    I used AVG for a while, but I switched to Avira a ways back. First time I ran it it found a lot of stuff AVG missed.
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    Thanks guys, I'll give those a spin.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
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    Comodo is what I use. Internet Security has an anti-virus and firewall packed in, and I've had zero problems with it. It also doesn't withhold anything you'll notice or prompt you to upgrade, which is nice.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    Comodo is what I use too - without any problems - but for belt and braces I've also got malwarebytes' antimalware.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    I had virus issues, then I switched to Linux, no problems anymore. It's the cheap solution.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011 edited
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    If you search my username, there was a pretty comprehensive post from a while back on how to decrapify one's system if there's a spyware infection. I'll see if I can find it.

    Ah, it was yours from before. :)

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    Switching to Linux isn't practical for most users. Playing games or using Quicken puts a stop to that right away.
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    Crap!
    I can't believe I forgot about Malwarebytes!

    I knew there was something I was forgetting to put on my new computer...
    Thanks Sneak.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    Oh, it's not practical for all, but all you are doing writing and Internetting then it is.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011 edited
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    @Beamish - My netbook and main desktop run linux - but I still have to dust off a windows box every now and again..I've never got on very well with WINE, and for some reason virtualbox and my graphics card have never played nicey nicey.. ;-)
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011 edited
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    I hear that, I have to fire it up anytime I want to play civ, but have ever had virus issues?
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    I've never had a virus issue on a personal computer of mine, period. Since about '95 or so.
    I make sure to practice sanitary information practices and don't use Internet Explorer. That really is all it takes.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    @Beamish - Nah, never. Mainly from following same practice as @finagle. But I am also paranoid as I am not the only user..
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    I use linux as well, but I also keep track of a lot of windows computers for people with a pretty low tech understanding. The standard I install to keep their shit clean and mostly safe is probably overkill but keeps them good:
    AVG, Spybot S&D, SuperAntiSpyware, spyware blaster, and ccleaner.

    Keep AVG running as the main Antivirus.
    Run Spybot and SuperAntiSpyware every month or so.
    Update Spyware Blaster weekly. (It doesn't actually "run" anything, it plugs common/known vulnerabilities before they can be attacked)
    Ccleaner is great for cleaning your registry after crap removal but it's even better to keep track of what programs are running when your computer boots up.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    ^ I agree with all of those.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    While not free, I've been using Avast and it's pretty awesome.
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    I do a fair bit of gaming, so Linux isn't practical. AVG didn't work, and now it won't let me uninstall it - giving malwarebytes a go.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    If you want to pay my wife and I used to use Bitdefender it was very thorough.
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    Seems I have a spam bot. RUBotted identifies it as HTTP TDSS B64 URI, but can't remove it.

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