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What's the best "Free" Scanner/Removal Tools for Trojans/Virus's/Worms/Spyware etc?


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#1 vectra541

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 09:21 AM

Hi everyone!

Trying to help a friend out with his laptop and my meagre knowledge has fallen flat so have come to the forum to ask for help!

Can anyone tell me what the best "Free" Open Source downloads are to detect and destroy/remove Trojans/Virus's/Worms/Syware etc? As this would be of great help to not only myself and my immediate friend but, by word of mouth, a larger safer community.

Many thanks in advance for all those that can Help!

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#2 Lin90

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 09:30 AM

Hello.

I have found this links a few hours ago while trying to solve some silly problems. I find them rather comprehensive and think it'll suit what you are looking for, though they are from the same web.

This link shows you your choices using free software available.
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/Free-Antivi...ftware-t38.html

Some tips from the same web:
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/index.php?a...;page=How_did_I

#3 vectra541

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 09:39 AM

Many Thanks Lin90. I'll give them look

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 10:01 AM

Besides a comprehensive list of various tools:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/405/antivirus-antimalware-and-antispyware-resources/
We have several individual tutorials for different kinds of infections:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/55/spyware-and-malware-removal-guides-and-reading-room/
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Posted 19 January 2009 - 10:08 AM

The only open source one I know of is ClamAV, and it's a very helpful secondary scanner, although you don't really want it for daily use since it doesn't have any real time protection components (you have to initiate a manual scan every time).

For general malware scrubbing, Malwarebites seems like it's been leading the pack lately.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:50 AM

Very many thanks to all posters. I'll try all advice given. Keep up the good work. The mighty few posters help the needy!




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