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Detailed, thorough, scanning guide to verify no malware on computer?

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#1 doug-d1


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 11:12 AM

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?





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Posted 02 June 2016 - 02:54 PM

Adware Cleaner Scan.


Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.


JRT Scan.

Please download Junkware Removal Tool and save it on your desktop.


  • Shut down your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click it and select Run as administrator.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Please post the JRT log.

Adware Removal Tool Scan.


Download Adware removal tool to your desktop, right click the icon and select Run as Administrator.





Hit Ok.




Hit next make sure to leave all items checked, for removal.





The Program will close all open programs to complete the removal, so save any work and hit OK. Then hit OK after the removal process is complete, thenOK again to finish up. Post log generated by tool.


ZHP Scan.

Please download Zhp Cleaner  to your desktop.  Right Click the icon and select run as administrator.




2. Once you have started the program, you will need to click the scanner button.


The program will close all open browsers!

3. Once the scan is completed, the you will want to click the Repair button.


At the end of the process you may be asked to reboot your machine. After you reboot a report will open on your desktop.

Copy and paste the report here in your next reply.

 Zemana Scan



Run a full scan with Zemana AntiMalware!

Install and select deep scan.


Remove any infections found.

Then click on the icon in the pic below.


Double click on the scan log, copy and paste here in your reply

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