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Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:08:48 am »
In the past one could download most useful files without getting ad-ware or viruses. Now
days if it says free, look out.  It's likely a come on to get one to click on it.

Not trusting all websites to be honest I am asking if anyone has experience with any good
ad-ware/virus cleaning software.  Some of them make big claims only to pass along more ad-ware
or some ad-ware virus that is at the very least annoying.

I don't mind paying as long as it's able to do the job. Ad ware generally isn't caught by
virus checking software.  So I wouldn't expect it to be a one click does all cleaning solution,
but have helps and updates for hard to get rid of ad-ware.

I wouldn't mind ads showing up on free software as long as it didn't try to attach it's self to
my other sotware too.

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2014, 10:49:16 am »
C Cleaner and Avira are decent freeware programs. I tried MalwareBytes but I got loads of viruses and slow downs on my computer speed.

I used to have BitDefender but it did the same thing as MalwareBytes, it kept refreshing itself or updating and slowing down my computer.

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 11:28:12 am »
I've been using Spybot search and destroy for about ten years now, and it's always been reliable and trustworthy to me.
It's more for adware/spyware/malware detection and removal (that's spybot s&d which is free), but they do also have antivirus software too (I think that's around $15), though I don't have experience with that part.
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2014, 03:11:00 pm »
I personally used AVG until it got to heavy (around 2010), so now I recommend Avast to anyone that wants a free anti-virus program. Granted I use Kaspersky on my computer as it's rated one of the best, however it's not free but since both my brother and father also use Kaspersky, we just get the 3-Key pack once a year and split the cost. So $10 each no big deal...

If your just looking for just a general fix-it tool/scanner I recommend CCleaner, which does a pretty decent job at cleaning the registry, cookies, etc. I have noticed it doesn't always do a very good job at managing the Start-up programs because I've disabled auto start up on some programs using CCleaner only to have them start up regardless in extremely rare cases, most likely because they have start up switches in both the start up file and registry.

Spybot - Search and Destroy ... I use to use this program, but around 3-4 years ago it went completely down hill in my opinion. I've yet to use it since. Prior to that it was a pretty decent program so it's worth checking out.
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 07:19:31 pm »
I personally used AVG until it got to heavy (around 2010), so now I recommend Avast to anyone that wants a free anti-virus program.

This is pretty much exactly what I did, except that it was more around 2007/2008 that I made the switch. Probably largely due to running Vista on the machine, as I had later heard that AVG really didn't seem to get along with Vista. I've been using Avast ever since, and would recommend it to anybody. I've had no issues with the program itself, and no issues with getting any viruses or anything with it running.

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 08:09:21 pm »
Avast has far too many popups for my liking which AVG doesn't, though I think you can turn them off (not 100% on that). Can't recommended it on that basis however from a protection point of view I can't really say which I'd prefer since they seem to do the job equally.

I've been looking for alternatives and so far to seems to be bloatware or pushy software :|
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2014, 11:33:48 pm »
Avast has far too many popups for my liking which AVG doesn't, though I think you can turn them off (not 100% on that). Can't recommended it on that basis however from a protection point of view I can't really say which I'd prefer since they seem to do the job equally.

I've been looking for alternatives and so far to seems to be bloatware or pushy software :|

In task manager Kaspersky is only using about 30,000 K - 40,000 K and 0% of my CPU so it's not very resource demanding compaired to AVG 2012's 300,000 K avg
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2014, 08:57:13 am »
Thank you all for the suggestions. :orbunny: I will post any positive or negative results from
trying some of those least likely to make things worse.

I am using windows 7 pro. Problem is my vision isn't all that great at times so I can miss
ad offers when I am installing software.

Most of my problems are with adware hijacking my browser, and of course they are sneaky
by hiding the files or using odd names for them. Even tricking the restore so it won't work.

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2014, 12:18:29 am »
Most of my problems are with adware hijacking my browser, and of course they are sneaky
by hiding the files or using odd names for them. Even tricking the restore so it won't work.

Hmm... what type of restore method are you using?  If that continues to be a problem, you might want to try a different method that can't be "tricked" by malware (like making images of your hard drive at regular intervals so you can restore to a more pristine state if something goes wrong).  Of course, there may be a time/storage space tradeoff for other methods, so maybe using a combination of different methods would optimize your resources while giving you more options.
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2014, 01:47:36 am »
Thank you all for the suggestions. :orbunny: I will post any positive or negative results from
trying some of those least likely to make things worse.

I am using windows 7 pro. Problem is my vision isn't all that great at times so I can miss
ad offers when I am installing software.

Most of my problems are with adware hijacking my browser, and of course they are sneaky
by hiding the files or using odd names for them. Even tricking the restore so it won't work.


Honestly restore points are a waste of time in my opinion. A lot of viruses can embed themselves in restore states, and for all intensive purposes it's generally just easier to have a copy of anything important on an external hard drive and if your computer explodes do to a virus just format the whole thing, and reinstall everything also it keeps your computer from getting over gunked up with crap.
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2014, 10:18:07 am »
The restore point software is what comes with windows 7. So I imagine the adware
was designed to keep it from working.

I have the operating system backed up so I am planning to reinstall it. I kind of
think some of these browser viruses are just a way to get people to buy remover
software. The Skybot didn't find the hijacking adware. I found some sites offering
free software to remove it, but I wonder if it might be designed to make it harder
to get rid of.

If I was going to design adware I would make it as unannoying as possible. After
all the more annoying it is the quicker people want to get rid of it.

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2014, 09:13:34 pm »
MalwareBytes I've heard good things about and for ad blocking software I use Ghostery and set it to block everything. That way I can then unblock things when I want.
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2014, 09:36:10 am »
If I was going to design adware I would make it as unannoying as possible. After
all the more annoying it is the quicker people want to get rid of it.

Ssshhhhh!!! Stop giving them hints!!  :P

Anyway, if you're planning on reinstalling and starting over from scratch, I would definitely suggest saving an image of your hard drive after you're done setting up so you could restore to that pristine state any time you like.  I didn't know a good Windows program for that, so I looked it up, and "PC World" seems to like Macrium Reflect Free...
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2014, 09:01:34 pm »
If I was going to design adware I would make it as unannoying as possible. After
all the more annoying it is the quicker people want to get rid of it.

Ssshhhhh!!! Stop giving them hints!!  :P

Anyway, if you're planning on reinstalling and starting over from scratch, I would definitely suggest saving an image of your hard drive after you're done setting up so you could restore to that pristine state any time you like.  I didn't know a good Windows program for that, so I looked it up, and "PC World" seems to like Macrium Reflect Free...

Most of the bad adware is by hackers so they want to  make it annoying if not make your software virtually
unusable for a laugh.

I have found Macrium Reflect good for rescue and for disk imaging.  It works quickly too..
Thanks greenfox for mentioning it and the link. :orbunny:

I will check into MalwareBytes Weisseman. Thanks for the headsup on that. :orbunny:


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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2014, 02:35:07 pm »
A bit of a pet peeve but you mean script kitties ... v.v
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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2014, 09:02:05 am »
Had to reinstall the operating system due to a hard disk problem.

Not only did I get some malware. It appears one of my drives has some
physical troubles too.  I tried to fix the boot file on it several times with
no success. Tried another one and it worked first time.

After thinking about it that drive had been causing check disk queries over
last month or two. Guess that's like ignoring a engine problem light in
your car.  :D

I will try formatting it before I give up on it.

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2014, 03:43:59 pm »
When HD's go they tend to go quite quickly. Had one start to go 2 months before just about all out failure followed by another that lasted 6 months before all out failure. One went so quickly I had to spend 2 days recovering it x_x

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2014, 06:13:39 pm »
Avast has far too many popups for my liking which AVG doesn't, though I think you can turn them off (not 100% on that). Can't recommended it on that basis however from a protection point of view I can't really say which I'd prefer since they seem to do the job equally.

I've been looking for alternatives and so far to seems to be bloatware or pushy software :|

I can confirm that you can shut off any and every pop-up and sound made by Avast. Easiest way is to just put it in Silent/Gaming mode. There's a button for it on the main screen when you open it up, so you can easily turn those off while playing fullscreen games (if you usually let the pop-ups or sound go). I leave this on all the time, just so it never bothers me. I will make note that in the settings, it appears that without paying for premium, it looks like ads for other Avast products would normally be periodically displayed. However, it seems that Silent/Gaming mode overrides even that setting, because I've never seen a pop-up ad of any sort.

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2014, 10:01:17 am »
I reinstalled my operating system on the drive after a reformat and so far it's working well. I made an
image so if it goes I  won't loose much.

I am using Macrium Reflect. No pop ups with it. I also decided to try Malwarebytes. No pop ups so far. It said it found
some viruses, and removed them. Time will tell.. So far the browser hijack malware hasn't returned.

I don't always trust virus or malware or cleaner software. Especially when it tells me my computer has problems
right after a clean system install.  :P

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Re: Any good ad-ware/virus cleaning software out there?
« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2014, 10:04:51 am »
I've been using Avira free anti-virus for awhile now. So far, it's been really good at detecting and quarentining viruses, etc. for me.
I used to use Spybot Search & Destroy awhile ago, but haven't had a chance to put it back onto my comp recently after my comp was fixed. I may do that soon.
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