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#1 rlight

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 07:03 PM

Greetings,
Currently I do not have any detectable issues with malware, trojans, etc., but my question is this. Should a person periodically run some kind of scan to detect malware, trojans, etc. that may be hidden in my computer. If the answer is yes, what steps would I need to take?

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 07:18 PM

Hello rlight,

Yes you should be running some form of malware scan every so often. ie once a week.

Do you have any security products installed on your system?
You will need to update them before any scan is performed.
You should have 1 firewall, 1 antivirus, and 1 or more anti spyware products.
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 09:09 PM

I have Zonealarm and AVG running on my computer. I've run the AVG virus scan periodically and have had nothing show up. Is there other scan programs that I should be using?

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 09:52 PM

That sounds OK, as long as the programs are all up to date, also http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html the first few categories should be looked at.

You may want to keep other programs patched to avoid potential security holes using http://secunia.com/
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 01:47 PM

I have Zonealarm and AVG running on my computer

May I add Spywareblaster and Superantispyware to your list.
Make sure everything is update. Spywareblaster is not a scan it will help you when surfing on the internet.
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
http://www.superantispyware.com/
Those links are where you can download them.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:08 PM

Thanks I appreciate all your imput.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 01:18 AM

SUPERAntispyware Free
Malware Bytes Antimalware

They are GREAT! :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:32 PM

Hi Just wanted to mention something.
MalwareBytes Anti-malware is an On-Demand Scanner. Just because you have a On-Demand Scanner doesn't mean you don't need another Anti-virus program that is On-Access Scanner. Your AVG is good because it is an On-Access Scanner. Didn't want you to uninstall AVG 8.0 and replace it with malware Byes anti-malware. I am not saying that, that is a bad program I am just saying you still need an On-Access Scanner which is a scanner that run in the background all the time the PC is turned on and running. On-Access scanner is to monitor activity on your machine. That is why you need an On-Access Scanner such as AVG. You can still install malwarebytes anti-malware just don't remove AVG unless you are getting another On-Access Scanner.
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