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Herman

The Image Stimulator
Location
The Netherlands
Real Name
Herman
My computer was hidden by malware gen. Under investigation at Avast forum(s).
Because of corrupt zip archive I removed android-sdk from my computer (1.04 Gbyte).
Which tools do you use for cleaning and checking the pc?

Regards, Herman
 

nippa

Top Veteran
Location
Cheshire UK
Real Name
Dennis
Malwarebyte's Anti Malware is probably the best regarded spyware killer.
I use the free version to back up Norton Internet Security and Super AntiSpyware.

Never been that impressed with the free Anti Virus programs like Avast or AVG. Can't say that I like Eset or Mcafee stuff either but Kaspersky seems good and I used it for a while.

Registry/System Cleaners are all a nightmare best used very carefully.
On this machine I have Registry First Aid ,Wise and Advanced System Care...none recommended as they can all get things wrong.
Since my first computer in 1980 , I've never found a system cleaning program that eventually didn't cause as many problems as it solved.
 

stillshunter

Super Moderator Emeritus
Location
Down Under
Real Name
Mark
I have many lines of defence: avast antivir and comodo firewall up-front, Malwarebyte's Anti Malware and Super AntiSpyware out behind, also use Glary and CCleaner to keep things in order. So far so good. Well for this old PC anyways.

Having said all that, my PCs are all rubbish and slow - the only time they will not be is when they sail across the lounge room once the frustration of their utter lethargy or perpetual state of meditation does my head in! :dash2: A Macbook Air is on the cards me thinks.

Best of luck with your casualty Herman
 

Ripleysbaby

supernatural anesthetist
Location
Cumbria UK
Real Name
Garry
No . But I can't see anything. The iMac works faultlessly . I never get messages like , this program is not responding.
It may have some bugs but its not affecting anything I do on it .
I don't even know what malware is .
I am an ostrich .
 

Biro

Hall of Famer
Location
Jersey Shore
Real Name
Steve
I have all Macs now. No, they're not malware proof but criminals are essentially lazy by nature. That's why they write most malware for PCs - that's where most of the action still is. Also, Mac OS, being Unix based, generally doesn't allow downloads without your active permission. Granted, a Trojan horse posing as a different program might be able to fool you. But I don't believe I've been exposed to any of those. I protected the last PC I owned with Kaspersky, which seemed to work very well but could be a bit intrusive at times.
 

flash

Veteran
Real Name
Gordon
I run Windows and MAc machines side by side. None have any issues that I'm aware of. I have MS security essentials on my Windows machines and run Anti MAlware occasionally. I did a totally clean install on my MAcBook about a month ago as it was getting stupidly slow. It's much improved but I still get the spinning beach ball more than I'd like. The only hangs I'm getting on Windows is a weird **** hang occasionally on one machine.

All computers are evil.

Gordon

It appears J A V A is an evil word. That explains a lot.
 

kyteflyer

~@¿@~
Location
Newcastle, Australia
Real Name
Sue
I have all Macs now. No, they're not malware proof but criminals are essentially lazy by nature. That's why they write most malware for PCs - that's where most of the action still is. Also, Mac OS, being Unix based, generally doesn't allow downloads without your active permission. Granted, a Trojan horse posing as a different program might be able to fool you. But I don't believe I've been exposed to any of those. I protected the last PC I owned with Kaspersky, which seemed to work very well but could be a bit intrusive at times.

I sometimes run an antivirus/antimalware prog on the mac... the signatures are all for PC. From time to time they find something in email which doesnt affect me, but would affect an unprotected Windows user. I used to have one running all the time but in recent years my PC using friends have finally got with the program and don't leave themselves unprotected.
 

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