Here , priority is given to DETECTION and not to REMOVAL , ("Is there something to worry about before asking experts ?")
The best thing to start with is to spend 2 years and become an expert -
Well, the options you have are limited only by your Education and Reading
of the topics / forums.
You can perform no tests for problems that do not exist on your system without knowing exactly
what you are looking for.
if a malware sneaks in your system and you're not aware of it , prevention is thus useless
Exactly how are you going to prevent this ?? Any decent malware hacker can pass your security unless you have Active Prevention at all times -
I left that link for Active Malwarebytes Pro
version that you had no interest in - Major Error
- You need this protection -
Your link to a topic in the MBAM Malware Removal forum is an example of knowing How to read if you have a problem.
The first thing Maniac
needs to read is logs
to show if there is any infection actually existing
on the system, or an operating problem -
Once the specific problem
is defined, only then can the correct tools be used to try and remove that infection.
The person in this case complained of a TDSS rootkit
, but there was no need to run a specific TDSS tool
for that infection.
This was followed by Combofix that created a log
which must be read to find more details (and maybe remove part of an infection)
After the problem seemed solved this information was given http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=9365
That list includes most normal things a person needs to do to keep generally safe and secure at MOST times - "Must-Have Software" is included in the topic along with a link to This thread from Grinler at BleepingComputer http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial82.html
These are industry standards
that are taken as the better advice topics from Experts, for all users on the Internet today and are updated as required.
There is generally NO 100% method
unless Didier Stevens
can provide a monthly session for you to run.
If you can not read logs
produced by scanning tools to see if there is a problem existing, then you are "Running Blind"
- This is why so many people just use Combofix or another tool that is Not Required with the idea that it will cure everything and end up doing damage to their Registry -
Read several other topics that go for 3, 4, or even 5 pages
to find the one small infection that is the basis of the problem.
A topic that is solved with one scan, usually means that the person infected has very limited protection
, rather than installed removal tools
Installed removal tools are mostly useless unless you know why
they are there and how
to use each tool for each case -
You are better using an Online Antivirus scanner once a month and following the basic security directions in the above links -
Stay away from any "Registry Cleaners" and any "Speed-up My Computer" programs, and just follow the given advice from
I have no more to offer on this topic, and all I can see is that you wish to become an Expert in 2 weeks and not 2 years
Just FYI. Over the years I have been infected with complicated problems that have needed removal, but I left that to Well Trained Experts