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removing virus with command prompt

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#1 mr_pickls69


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Posted 30 January 2015 - 07:50 AM

Hello  i watched a video on youtube on how to find and delete malware/viruses through the command prompt.  they say to to to the c:\ directory and type in attrib and when the files show up to look for any files that have the extension of .inf or .exe and to delete those because those shouldnt belong in the C:\ directory. When i did mine i came up with what is shown in the attached thumbnail.

should i delete the C:\install.exe and the C:\install.ini  ?

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 08:30 AM

Following this advice without knowing what these files actually are, is a very bad idea. If you think your computer is infected, please let me know what problems you are encountering so we can have a look at it.

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#3 mr_pickls69

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 06:18 PM

I dont think my computer is infected, im just trying to learn, alternative ways of removing malware/viruses, and i came across this video on youtube. If there is another way of removing malware/viruses, besides doing all the scans with malware bytes and other software, please let me know.  thankyou for your response.

#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 06:53 PM

Listen to Elise - she has forgotten more about malware than most of us get to know.


Just for your information, EVERY application you have installed on your computer has at least one .EXE file in it, this is the file that runs it. If you delete .EXE files, then -


Windows stops working

Office stops working

Your video output stops working

Your mouse and keyboard stop working

Everything stops working    -  need I go on ?


Unhappily no, the only easy way to not get malware infection is to have good security installed, to use it and to practice 'safe surfing'. And if you do get infected - and it can happen to the best of us - getting rid of it involves work.


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Posted 30 January 2015 - 07:39 PM

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