I have W7 with AVG free and WinPatrol running real time. I have no reason to think that they are not doing their jobs, or that I have any current malware problems or infections.
Never the less, 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 much, and nothing that was currently active. I had downloaded Malwarebytes AntiMalware for the next step but then I remembered, years ago, 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 the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs, Am I infected? What do I do?, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software, and General Security forums, 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 did look 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.
Is there a guide for doing a general, thorough, search for all types of malware?