Hi, I’m Doug!
Not quite sure what to say here.
I am not new to computers but I am far from an expert, at anything, computer related or otherwise.
I’ve been to Bleeping Computer, at some point in the past, and I thought I was a forum member and might even have made some posts. However, in a list I have where I try to keep track of forum memberships I could find no mention of Bleeping Computer, and when establishing a new membership there was no record of the e-mail address I use, or the handle I normally use so…. I guess I’m a new member.
I had forgotten just how much great information is available here. It’s almost intimidating to try and take it all in. It’s hard to believe people actually do all of this for free!
One thing I could not find, that I thought I had gotten here in the past is a guide regarding how to do a thorough, precautionary, malware scan.
I have no special reason to think that my computer is infected with anything. I am using AVG free and WinPatrol and I have no reason to think that they are not doing their jobs, but I was always advised to, occasionally, check with other scanners, as no single scanner is 100% effective. I have not done this for, frankly, years and I would like to do so now. In fact, I have already begun by downloading, installing and running Avira Free Antivirus.
Avaria did not find anything and I am struggling with it a bit because it is now running as real time protection along with my AVG and I cannot get it to stop. (I know I could uninstall it but I hate to do this if it is possible to just get it to stop running real time.) Further, I notice Avaria is not mentioned, very much, at Bleeping Computer so I am beginning to wonder if it was a good choice for my purpose. These questions are a topic for another post however. I only mention it in passing at this point.
Anyway, I went to download Malwarebytes AntiMalware for the next step, as I remembered it was a good one, but then I thought I remembered having seen an organized, step by step, guide, with recommendations to use specific programs in a specific order to get a thorough check as to the state of a computer’s cleanliness. I thought I had seen this guide at Bleeping Computer, so here I am. Unfortunately, if this guide exists I cannot find it
I figured a guide like this would be listed somewhere in a forum as a sticky, so I went to the forums page and looked in Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs, Am I infected? What do I do?, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software, and General Security, but none of these seemed to have what I was looking for. I looked under Security in the Tutorials section but nothing there. Then I looked in Virus Removal Guides but each entry starts with the assumption of a specific piece of malware being involved. I looked at a number of these guides and I notice that they seem to have a lot of the same steps so perhaps I could improvise. Still, I hope there is something I am just missing.
I’m not sure this is the proper place to post this question. In fact, I note that a guideline for this forum is not to post problems, but this is not exactly a problem so I’m not sure where else I would ask, so here goes! Is there a guide for doing a general, thorough, search for all types of malware?