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#1 dude54


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Posted 23 November 2009 - 12:31 AM

Last fall I bought a macbook and handed over my desktop (xp) to my family. I'm now getting back to using it and am finding that it is just crawling with spy ware and trojans. I know that my family barely used the machine but it has managed to catch some nasty bugs anyway.

Since I've been immersed in the mac world for the past year, I have not been keeping up to date with windows software. I would really appreciate if someone could give me some advice as to what is the best anti spy ware and anti virues available and any free ware that may be useful as well. Thank you very much

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:48 AM

There's some good info here:


I currently use Comodo antivirus and firewall. Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware are good on-demand scanners.

All of the above are freeware.
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Posted 23 November 2009 - 06:43 PM

thank you for that link, im currently using antivir but when i do a full system scan it promps me to restart my computer which is where the problem now lies. I get to the blue windows is shutting down... screen and then it never actually shuts down. it gets stuck on that screen. when i mnually turn it off everything ive done with antivir is lost. I've never had any kind of problem like this and am pretty lost as to what to do. do you have any more advice?

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:00 PM

I use Avira AntiVir.

If I understand you correctly...you do a full system scan, it finds some items. You eventually get to the screen where items are eliminated or stored in quarantine. Avira then says that it must reboot to remove certain items. System starts to boot...and just hangs.

I've never experienced a shutdown issue with AAV...but I would remove it via Add/Remove Programs...then install the latest version that is downloadable, promptly update same...and scan your system. My guess would be that some file is damaged, which prevents it from properly triggering the reboot.

http://www.free-av.com/en/trialpay_downloa..._antivirus.html. I suggest the Major Geeks website.

Scroll down to Shutdown Does Not Complete Or Hangs, for an idea of what might be happening: http://www.theeldergeek.com/shutdown_issues_in_xp.htm


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