Which scans would you run?

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  1. delerious

    delerious Registered Member

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    If you wanted to be certain a Windows computer was not infected with any viruses/spyware/trojans/etc, which scanners would you use?
     
  2. Baz_kasp

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    Running all the scans in the world would not tell you 100% that your computer is clean. The only way to guarantee that is to format and reinstall from a clean OS disk.

    However, if you want to run scans just as a general checkup on a computer's health, then I would reccomend the Kaspersky online scanner:
    http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner

    and DrWeb CureIT: freedrweb.com
     
  3. Macstorm

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    Any of the ones in my signature line plus Hijackthis. So far, I am still up and running. :D
     
  5. trjam

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    Only 1 scan is needed. It starts with K and ends in a Y ;)
     
  6. HURST

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    I usually use CureIt, SAS, and Kasperky's AVP tool.
    When I feel paraniod, I also run PrevxCSI and Avast's free virus scan.
     
  7. EliteKiller

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    The last two have inadequate detection/removal capabilities. Several years ago they were the tools to have in your arsenal. However a lot has changed since then and they both choke on "new malware". While I typically disagree with Rubenking's reviews I feel that he's spot on in his Spybot review.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2261193,00.asp

    FWIW this thread appears to be a variant of an a vs. b thread; everyone chimes in with their favorite scanner(s).
     
  8. The Hammer

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    trjam you leave yourself wide open sometimes.:D But all joking aside several Av's have a good online scanner.
     
  9. NAMOR

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    I pretty much just use my AV to scan with, doesn't matter if I'm using Trend Micro, Norton, Avast, AVK, etc. I haven't used a spyware scanner or AT scanner in years.
     
  10. virtumonde

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    Kaspersky and eset saved me in the past so i'll use them again,i would also run prevx ,dr web cure it ,gmer and hijack this between scans.And finally probably i'll end up reinstalling just to be sure:)
     
  11. Macstorm

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    We almost concur here: i don't trust PCMag's reviews ;)
    AdAware & Spybot can be used as backup scans for spyware just in case. I disagree on they're not good at detection, they can be useful especially for the inexperienced user even in these days (better spybot than aa).
     
  12. emperordarius

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    1.Kaspersk Online Scanner (but better getting a trial that cleans the files)
    2.SUPERAnti Spyware
    3.AVG Anti spyware.
    4.HijackThis, saving a log and pasting it to hijackthis.de, when they say if the files are dangerous or not.
    5.MalwareBytes Anti Malware.
     
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  13. ErikAlbert

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    In the past, I ran
    1. N.I.S. and NAV, which was included. (Norton is famous in Belgium).
    2. Spybot S&D free.
    3. Ad-aware free.
    And what was not detected became resident malware. :)
     
  14. Bio-Hazard

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    Hello!

    My suggestions are:

    1) Kaspersky online scan
    2) Malwarebytes Antimalware
    3) Superantispyware
    4) F-Secure Blacklight
     
  15. Nike_P

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    Wow what a diss for Spybot, were did you find those comment's on pcmag? :)
    There are so many negative thought's about Spybot what i can see, from this guy.
    But i still think Spybot is a very good anti-spyware and does a great job.
     
  16. PiCo

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    I manage to disinfect a Computer by:

    1.Disabling System Restore
    2.Downloading Dr.Web CureIt and updating SAS, Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware
    3.Cutting Internet Connection
    4.Rebooting into Safe Mode
    5.Running Dr.Web CureIt, SAS, Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware
    6.Running CCleaner
    7.Rebooting in Normal Mode with Internet
    8.Check Task Manager for any suspicious proccesses (XXXanal.exe, paymemoney.exe etc)
    9.Enabling System Restore

    Actually I went a bit off topic as it not only about the scans I would run, but also the way I believe is right to run them and get the best results out of them :)
     
  17. virtumonde

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    I always have system restore turned off.I rely more on my back-up software.
     
  18. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    Boot into a live CD session.
    Run a scan with the few available tools (depending on the live CD).
    Run a rootkitty comparison (once booted into Windows, once from CD).
    Mrk
     
  19. dawgg

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    To scan I'd use Kaspersky AVPtool (or Kaspersky if it's installed), SAS and Avira (not free; trial with updated bases).

    If you're not convinced you're clean or want further verification, I'd advise getting professional help or asking in a anti-malware forum where they help you clean infections for help.
     
  20. format_c

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    Mostly I use Dr.Web CureIt! and their LiveCD based on Linux, and something others for sure sometimes.
     
  21. Tarq57

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    Lot's of security forums have a malware removal guide/procedure. This one, by Castlecops, is one I've gone through, and is required prior to posting a HJT log.
    Takes an hour or three, involves running a few applications and some online scans, but it's basically a thorough variation on the "running a handful of second opinion scanners" routine.
    From what I've seen, and opinions read, I'd imagine if full scans with a good AV, SAS, DrWeb's Cureit turned up nothing, it's probably a clean machine.
    This, or something like this, followed by having a HJT log analysed/checked by someone qualified, is probably as good a procedure to guarantee a clean state as you could get, without reformatting/reinstalling.
     
  22. jrmhng

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    A few mention of live cds. Can anyone recommend a specific one?
     
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    If you want to be sure, and don't want to reinstall the system,
    i first would start with the free Online Scanners and after that uninstall the AV
    reboot and install a new trial AV (for example TrustPort with 4 or 5 engines)
    Scan, and continue to uninstall, reboot, and install an new trial AV and scan.

    After that, you have the safest system you can have in that situation

    (and you might know which is the best anti malware product :D
     
  25. norman6810

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    Kaspersky online scanner!
    Sometimes I use it.
     
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