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Is backup, erase the HD best way to remove malwr, adwr, etc.?


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#1 technickel

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:40 AM

I have McAfee Plus. I scan often, but want to be positive there are no viruses, malware, adware, etc., in my Win7, 64 bit laptop.
There doesn't seem to be any problems, but I'm a proactive guy, so I'm considering making it a monthly practice of just wiping the drive (w/ White Canyon's Wipe Drive), and just starting over.
Is this advisable? If not, is there a beta anti-malware tool out there I can use w/ disabled McAfee?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

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I don't see any reason you would need to do that. A good malware scanner is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, you can download it from the download section of this site. It is free to use. A good plan is to always have your data backed up off your system. There are tons of options, some free some not. I personally bought an identical hard drive for my system and copied my existing hard drive to it. That way if I ran into a problem I would just swap the drives, erase and copy again.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:23 AM

That seems like way to much work to wipe your drive every month. The first thing I would recommend is getting rid of McAfee. In the past I have seen many computer infected with this software. Not to say its a bad AV but its not as good as some of the others. I would recommend either kaspersky or webroot for antivirus software. I have used both alot in testing and always found it removed or stopped the infection.

On the flip side if you want to keep McAfee, I agree malware bytes is one of the best to just do a scan and remove an infection even with other AV software on the computer. Two others are spybot search and destroy and ad-adware (by lavasoft). Further, webroot has came out with a new product that is very small and light and can be running with another AV program without causing issues.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:08 PM

That seems like way to much work to wipe your drive every month. The first thing I would recommend is getting rid of McAfee. In the past I have seen many computer infected with this software. Not to say its a bad AV but its not as good as some of the others. I would recommend either kaspersky or webroot for antivirus software. I have used both alot in testing and always found it removed or stopped the infection.

On the flip side if you want to keep McAfee, I agree malware bytes is one of the best to just do a scan and remove an infection even with other AV software on the computer. Two others are spybot search and destroy and ad-adware (by lavasoft). Further, webroot has came out with a new product that is very small and light and can be running with another AV program without causing issues.

Could you suggest other AV, anti-malware programs I could use, which would play nice with McAfee?  Just installed and ran Malwarebytes.  Will install Adaware now.  Spybot S & D is also on my list.






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