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decent anti virus

Postby GraveI » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:20 pm

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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Kaz » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:12 am

Microsoft security essentials
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby gandalf37 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:07 am

Yeah it is surprisingly good and not as much of a resource hog as you think.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Ensabahnur » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:43 am

Kaz wrote:Microsoft security essentials


This. I can teach you how to manually remove viruses otherwise if you like.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Dr.Willy » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:05 pm

Ensabahnur wrote:
Kaz wrote:Microsoft security essentials


This. I can teach you how to manually remove viruses otherwise if you like.

Yes. Format C:
(There is no such thing as virus removal.)

Otherwise # to MSE.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Ensabahnur » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:26 pm

Depends
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Dr.Willy » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:03 pm

If you have anything meaningful to say, then do so.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Kaz » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:11 pm

You can easily remove most viruses if you boot from something else than the infected drive.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Dr.Willy » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:22 pm

Kaz wrote:You can easily remove most viruses if you boot from something else than the infected drive.

When you caught a virus that basically means that someone had access to your computer.
Sure, you can remove the virus. But how do you know what other things the virus has installed on your computer? No virus scanner would warn you of an ssh server, right?

Edit:
You are right about infected devices though. Its pretty easy to clean an infected usb stick for instance.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Ensabahnur » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:47 pm

Cmon dude, in most cases whatever the malware is, it's going to put something at HKCU/HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run - remove anything out of the ordinary.

Not to mention if there is a rogue process they aren't difficult to see in task manager, end the process, from there you can search for it and delete it, restart your PC, rinse and repeat.

This is a brief overview but it clears out a vast majority of malware.

There are dozens of symptoms you could experience if a virus left something else on your PC: pop ups, slowness, security apps don't work, pages are redirected, error reporting is disabled, automatic updates are disabled, etc.

There are other tools like a firewall and router that can help keep your PC secure an anti-virus program is not an all in one solution.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby gandalf37 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:14 pm

Formatting sure is dramatic. I've had some nasty ones and it really only took a little work and some booting into safe mode to get rid of them. Personally, I could really tell when something wasn't quite right with my system and pretty much know what should be running in my task manager as I keep as few background processes as I can.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby TheRaven7 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:54 pm

I use MSE for my laptop, but my PC has Avast.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Gorbadoc » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:18 am

I've had good luck with Avast on my XP machine. And by "good luck", I mean that the computer hasn't died despite the fact that I'm lazy about maintaining it. Also, it occasionally flashes notifications so I remember that it exists (and presumably because it's zapping viruses).

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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Unleashed90876 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:54 am

Recently had to reinstall XP because of a virus, but probably wouldn't have had to if my computer didn't suck, couldn't even log in in safe mode

Right now I'm using Avast, malewarebytes, and noscript

Wondering if there is a better free antivirus out there than Avast or maybe I should torrent McAfee or Norton
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby gandalf37 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:41 pm

Kaz wrote:Microsoft security essentials
gandalf37 wrote:Yeah it is surprisingly good and not as much of a resource hog as you think.
Ensabahnur wrote:
Kaz wrote:Microsoft security essentials


This.
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Re: decent anti virus

Postby Ensabahnur » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:55 pm

Unleashed90876 wrote:maybe I should torrent McAfee or Norton


These are practically viruses themselves.
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