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ArmsOfLove 12-15-2010 08:48 AM

Good free online virus scans/removals?
 
Our family computer . . . one of our boys has gotten into the habit of downloading every free game trial play he runs across and I didn't realize (I had found out about one game that I did buy for him because I knew he wanted it, but the others I was :hunh ) --they are all clean games, from family friendly sites, and apparently dh knew :doh

But with them have come all sorts of garbage I'm trying to get out of there because now sites like Webkinz won't load :banghead So I spent an hour or more the other night doing removals but I need a good site for finding and removing viruses. I'd like to do what I can at home for free.

If I need to we have friends who can sweep the whole thing, but I don't want to bother them if I don't need to.

:ty

SouthPaw 12-15-2010 08:50 AM

Re: Good free online virus scans/removals?
 
avg and avast are both good. i forgot the best spyware one...

StumblinMama 12-15-2010 08:55 AM

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I can't recommend Avast highly enough. I posted the other day about a computer I pulled hundreds of viruses and adware off of. The computer had the paid version of Norton and had been scanned weekly. Norton missed them all.

What type of antivirus are you using right now?

JessicaTX 12-15-2010 09:10 AM

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I use avast to prevent viruses. Malware bytes is pretty good for removing them. I use spybot and adaware for spyware.

StumblinMama 12-15-2010 09:16 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by JessicaTX (Post 3538975)
I use avast to prevent viruses. Malware bytes is pretty good for removing them. I use spybot and adaware for spyware.

All good :tu If you go to cnet.com you can download them safely there. Depending on what type of virus/malware/adware you suspect, there are some that are better than others. Another that I recommend is SuperAntiSpyware.

ETA: you can not run more than one antivirus software at the same time, but you can use more than one spyware program. Sometimes it has taken me using more than one to detect all of the issues on a computer.

cobluegirl 12-15-2010 10:29 AM

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I have used onecare safety scan from microsoft it seems to work ok.

Serafine 12-15-2010 10:31 AM

Re: Good free online virus scans/removals?
 
avast is good antivirus (and it has a good scan as well).
malware bytes is a great scanner

Leslie 12-15-2010 05:13 PM

Re: Good free online virus scans/removals?
 
Do you mean a scan you do online without having the program on your computer? Housecall is a good one.

AmyDoll 12-15-2010 05:43 PM

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We use malwarebytes :)

cbmk4 12-15-2010 06:07 PM

Re: Good free online virus scans/removals?
 
also used Avast free version until recently. Now have Nortons for free through ISP.

ArmsOfLove 12-16-2010 10:39 AM

Re: Good free online virus scans/removals?
 
thank you so much :heart I may try several of them as I'm not sure what exactly got in there :doh I know there is something on the computer but I can't remember what it is and it's obviously not up to the task :shifty

cobluegirl 12-16-2010 10:40 AM

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I use both the malwarebytes and the onecare scan. The onecare picked up a few things that the malware didn't.

Hermana Linda 12-16-2010 02:51 PM

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What those kind of programs mainly put on your computer is spyware. I recommend Spyware Blaster and SpyBot Search and Destroy. Both are free but also remind you that you are welcome to donate. My favorite is SpyBot S&D.

cobluegirl 12-16-2010 03:37 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Hermana Linda (Post 3541978)
What those kind of programs mainly put on your computer is spyware. I recommend Spyware Blaster and SpyBot Search and Destroy. Both are free but also remind you that you are welcome to donate. My favorite is SpyBot S&D.

which kind of programs?

Hermana Linda 12-16-2010 04:32 PM

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Those free games.


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