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Old 12-15-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default 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 ) --they are all clean games, from family friendly sites, and apparently dh knew

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 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.

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Old 12-15-2010, 08:50 AM   #2
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avg and avast are both good. i forgot the best spyware one...
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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?
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:10 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:16 AM   #5
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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.
All good 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.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:29 AM   #6
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I have used onecare safety scan from microsoft it seems to work ok.
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avast is good antivirus (and it has a good scan as well).
malware bytes is a great scanner
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:13 PM   #8
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Do you mean a scan you do online without having the program on your computer? Housecall is a good one.
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We use malwarebytes
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also used Avast free version until recently. Now have Nortons for free through ISP.
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thank you so much I may try several of them as I'm not sure what exactly got in there 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
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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.
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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.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:37 PM   #14
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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.
which kind of programs?
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