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Is this a method for dealing with new soft and related viruses?

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#1 sjd


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Posted 30 May 2010 - 08:20 AM

Is this a method for dealing with new soft and related viruses?
Many people have reported being infected with viruses which cause bogus security alert popups and which sabotage resident antivirus programs by preventing [antivirus.exe] from running. NewSoft virus is one of (seemingly) many which do this type of thing. Evidently the only way to remove them is to have an antivirus program newly loaded from a flash drive or something similar. I wonder if this would work: suppose you started your antivirus program but did not start a scan. Then, when you connect to the internet and get infected, could you just disconnect from the internet and start a scan from the already-opened antivirus program? If the antivirus program has already been opened, then the virus that sabotages the [antivirus.exe] should not inhibit the scan. Am I missing something obvious? I'd appreciate some expert feedback. Thanks

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 02:09 PM

That would not work at all. If the infection blocks the AV, it will do so whether or not you are connected to the internet and whether or not you have started a scan.

AV programs, if set up properly, are up and running anyway. If they weren't, they wouldn't be able to do real-time detection and block threats from entering or activating.

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