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#1 ackermbe

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:33 PM

I would like ot put together a list of scanning tools to us to clean an infected system. I would also like to know the proper sequence of scans to use.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 10:08 AM

failproof sequence of scans

There is no such thing.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

NOTE: Some malware infections are difficult to remove completely and may leave so many remnants behind that security tools cannot find them. After a security vendor updates their program version or definition databases, it is not uncommon for subsequent scans to find more malicious files which had previously gone undetected by prior scans.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:46 PM

failproof sequence of scans

There is no such thing.

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I have good experience using this method, it's not fool-proof, but this works more than 90% of the time:

o Start Windows, normal if possible, safe mode if not.
o Run task manager, and KILL KILL KILL all non-Windows processes.
o Using SysInternals Autoruns, disable all boot entries which aren't needed (Usually MS stuff + stuff like HP printer, antivirus, etc.) -- This may also make the system significantly faster depending on specs and entries.
o Install & run SpyBot S&D.
o Install & run Malwarebytes' anti-malware.
o Install & run AVG.
o Update Windows (If needed).

I typically leave SpyBot and MBAM on the system, it doesn't run in the background so why not, remove AVG if another (Working!) virus scanner is already installed.

Edited by Carpetsmoker, 01 April 2009 - 06:47 PM.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:18 PM

I would like ot put together a list of scanning tools to us to clean an infected system. I would also like to know the proper sequence of scans to use.



May one ask the computer OS

If the computer in question is already infected, what symptoms is it giving you ?

What currently is the installed antivirus program and what other protection programs have you (or do you think you have ) got on it, if any ?

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:30 PM

If the computer in question is already infected, what symptoms is it giving you ?


Hmmm....

I would like ot put together a list of scanning tools to us to clean an infected system.


UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 08:45 AM

ackermbe please confirm if your computer is infected or not. If so, this thread will be moved to a more appropriate forum to get you assistance. I interpreted your original post as a general question on procedures for cleaning an infected computer.
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 07:17 AM

Ok so I have been running servers for over 4 years now, I have gone to college for computers, except at the age of 17 I didn't take college that serious and dropped out right after I turned 18... Anways.. I have been spyware free, and virus free, for about 6 years... Every time something tries to install, it is stopped automatically...
I use Avast for anti-virus, it is great it includes a firewall/network scanner, p2p scanner, browser scanner, email scanner, instant messenger scanner, plus it slowly but surely scans every file on the computer without needing to do a scan... It also includes an Outlook Express scanner (though I don't use it cause I never use Outlook)...
I also use Adaware AE, which it removes more then just malware, spyware, and cookies...
I also use CCleaner...
I have been using all of those for a good 6 years now...
But one of the best ways to stay safe on the net... Don't use Windows... Use linux... Avast also has a linux version as well too so that works for me..
Edit: The Avast scanners are always on by the way...

Edited by burn1337, 03 April 2009 - 07:19 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2009 - 09:38 AM

Sorry that I have not been back for awhile. I don't have a currently infected computer, but have had issues in the past with computers I have worked on. I was just looking for a set of scanning tools that would be a "first line of defense". I know there isn't any one tool, or combination of tools that will get everything. I am just looking for some suggestions for good tools to get me on the right track for virus/malware issues.

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 03:47 PM

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.
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