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Learning how to use free Antivirus-Antispyware tools


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#1 BlueGalaxy

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:01 PM

Hello, guys. I would like to know how to use free antivirus and antispyware tools to clean computers up from infections by myself rather than paying money to the tech support guys. I think that it would be a good skill to have knowing how to fix computers even if it means just using freely available software. Having this skill would encourage my inner geek and give me the ability to help friends to troubleshoot their computers. Are there any free comprehensive guides to learn this skill?



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:07 PM

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You can always supplement your anti-virus or get a second opinion by performing an Online Virus Scan...
ESET is one of the more effective online scanners.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

Thank you sir.



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:23 PM

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

 

You can always supplement your anti-virus or get a second opinion by performing an Online Virus Scan...
ESET is one of the more effective online scanners.

 

Hmm, using these online scanners for on-demand scanning seem like a great idea.  For some weird reason I never considered this!

 

I just tried ESET and it downloaded the .exe file to my download folder.  If all the other online scanners do the same thing, I guess you could have as many of these scanners handy on your PC for on-demand scans when ever desired - i.e. in effect, you would just have a collection of portable versions of the various software.

 

Am I missing something?


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:16 AM

You could perform as many online scans as you want from various security vendors who offer them.

However, some online scanners will detect existing anti-virus software and refuse to cooperate. In those cases you may have to temporarily disable the real-time protection components of your existing anti-virus and try running the scan again. If you do this, remember to enable real-time protection after you are finished with the online scan.

For example...

Why does ESET Online Scanner run slowly on my computer?
If you have other antivirus, antispyware or antimalware programs running on your computer, they may interfere with the ESET Online Scanner and slow it down. You may prefer to disable any real-time protection components in your other security software before running ESET Online Scanner. Just remember to turn them back on when you're finished!

ESET Online Scanner FAQs
ESET Online Scanner FAQs #5: Why does the ESET Online Scanner run slowly on my computer?


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 08:37 AM

you may have to temporarily disable the real-time protection components of your existing anti-virus

 

Thanks quietman7, that is actually what I did do before running the ESET scan.  I should have mentioned that in my post  :-)



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:59 AM

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