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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:01 am
I have been battling with a severe Malware infection since last Monday and though I have eliminated close to all (scans say all but I disagree) infection files, I will reinstall XP Pro, only way to be really sure.

I am going to list the free programs and processes that I have found, from computer forums and internet searching, where to get them and also refer to the computer forum where I got the best help, basically all the help:




HiJackThis is a program that scans the processes that are active on your computer and lists them in a log file, openable using notepad. It allows you to post/show to an expert on computers and allows them to help you. It is found here - http://www.afterdawn.com/software/desktop_software/desktop_security/hijackthis.cfm


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a program specifically for finding and deleting malware files that infect your computer. It works well and can be found here - http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=contentBody;mostPopTwoColWrap


ComboFix is a program, like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, that scans your computer for malware files, deletes them and gives a log showing all the files, allowing someone who is very knowledgeable to help you if needed. The guide to use it is found here - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
the program can be downloaded here - http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/ComboFix.exe


GMER is an application that detects and removes rootkits. It scans for: hidden processes, hidden threads, hidden modules, hidden services, hidden files, hidden Alternate Data Streams, hidden registry keys, drivers hooking SSDT, drivers hooking IDT, drivers hooking IRP calls and inline hooks. It can be found here - http://www.afterdawn.com/software/desktop_software/desktop_security/gmer.cfm


CCleaner is a program that removes unused files from your system, allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. CCleaner can clean up atleast the following software: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Windows, Windows registry and a long list of 3rd party applications. It can be found here - http://www.afterdawn.com/software/desktop_software/desktop_security/ccleaner.cfm


The computer forum where I got much help is called afterdawn.com and located here http://www.afterdawn.com/

That should help anyone with any major computer infection problems
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:16 am
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:37 am
Switch to Linux (specifically Linux Mint 7 Gloria Gnome)!!!!!

- no malware what-so-ever! Not only is it based on a Mac-ish type platform that doesn't get infected; but you can get as much as 20 updates a day (any virus that could make it in, has likely been detected destroyed, and an update has already been sent out before you even have a chance to be infected).
- It doesn't eventually slow down after you buy it like Windows!
- Oh yeah you don't have to buy it, it's f*$kin' free, as is all the software that comes with it!
- It can handle more programs at once than windows or apple OS's
- If you have a Windows install CD, you can boot up a virtual drive inside linux and run Windows only programs (The only win program I can't get a free open source copy of in linux is iTunes so I do this to update my ipod. it's very quick and simple, the only reason why mac doesn't put a linux verison out there is because linux has a lot of the great features of apple but for free)


remember about 10 years ago when you were on your windows 98 computer? you were on your computer surfing the net on internet explorer... then one day your friend or someone said, "hey you should try this Mozilla browser, it's just like Internet explorer only it doesn't suck", they told you in so many words.

well, Linux Mint is what Mozilla (Firefox) was 10 years ago. it totally rocks ass, but a large % of people doesn't even know it exists because you can't buy it in a store, and there are no ads for it.
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first off wrote:Switch to Linux (specifically Linux Mint 7 Gloria Gnome)!!!!!

- no malware what-so-ever! Not only is it based on a Mac-ish type platform that doesn't get infected; but you can get as much as 20 updates a day (any virus that could make it in, has likely been detected destroyed, and an update has already been sent out before you even have a chance to be infected).
- It doesn't eventually slow down after you buy it like Windows!
- Oh yeah you don't have to buy it, it's f*$kin' free, as is all the software that comes with it!
- It can handle more programs at once than windows or apple OS's
- If you have a Windows install CD, you can boot up a virtual drive inside linux and run Windows only programs (The only win program I can't get a free open source copy of in linux is iTunes so I do this to update my ipod. it's very quick and simple, the only reason why mac doesn't put a linux verison out there is because linux has a lot of the great features of apple but for free)


remember about 10 years ago when you were on your windows 98 computer? you were on your computer surfing the net on internet explorer... then one day your friend or someone said, "hey you should try this Mozilla browser, it's just like Internet explorer only it doesn't suck", they told you in so many words.

well, Linux Mint is what Mozilla (Firefox) was 10 years ago. it totally rocks ass, but a large % of people doesn't even know it exists because you can't buy it in a store, and there are no ads for it.



I have read up on it a little bit and will actually consider it, it seems more advanced
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:22 am
my firewall: just don't go to porn sites.... :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:50 am
Jackattack wrote:my firewall: just don't go to porn sites.... :mrgreen:



That should be the first thing not firewalled out :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:21 pm
migya wrote:I have read up on it a little bit and will actually consider it, it seems more advanced


it's gotten really, really, user friendly over the past 2 years. A lot of my friends can't tell from a glance that I'm using a different operating system. They just think it's some mod'ed form of windows, 'cause most of the icons and buttons look the same.

Linux gets a bad rap because it used to be just for computer geeks. a 3-4 years ago there was a linux command language you had to learn to be able to do anything (like MS-DOS in the early days of windows). Installing programs was a nightmare, there were compatibility issues with a lot of hardware, and if you were having issues the geeks were rude and told you to JFGI (just fvckin' google it)

now-a-days installing programs is easier than in windows (takes up less space too), every bit of hardware I've used has been detected automatically (no searching for and installing drivers like in windows), and there are many help sites with friendly people and common problems solved. the only bit of code I know is a small command line that tells the computer to shut down at a specific time (sleep timer): "sudo shutdown -h (# of mins)"

if you like computer games or you need to use expensive pro-video software, don't bother, but if you aren't.... me with 2 years, zero spyware/viruses, no messy firewalls - I'd recommend it
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:27 pm
Computer malware infections are a common problem of Internet users, but it is a solution how you can avoid to get malware. You need to install a good quality protection in your PC. I use Kaspersky and since now I haven't had any problems, so I guess it is a good software.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:58 pm
What anti virus are you using? Mcafee and Norton are garbage. Avast actually has one of the best detection rates and it is free. I have 5 PCs in my house and my girl, my roommate and myself download nonstop and all we run in Avast - no probs (well that and we aren't stupid about the stuff we download). Kaspersky, Panda and BitDefender are all good pay-for proggies.

I preform about 6 malware removals a week this is what I use and it takes care of it about 90% of the time (in this order):
1st) Avast (run boot time scan)
2nd) Combofix
3rd) Spybot Search & Destroy
4th) Malware Bytes
5th) - not always needed but sometimes if a virus is really bad and has been on the PC for a while you'll have to restore system files.

They are all free. CCleaner is worthless. Plus make sure your removing those apps cept for Avast (or whatever anti virus your using) along with other unwanted apps - they will slow your system down with the quickness - especially older systems (<2 gb ram).

i've actually started to just backup files and reinstall windows just cause it's faster and simple... Say fvck the dumb sh*t.

Edit: lol, just realized that this thread is ancient and was bumped by a spamming troll, lol, my bad...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:30 pm
AVG Free is antivirus I use. Also use Comodo Firewall Pro and SUPERAntispyware. All seem to keep my computer going well
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:44 pm
I've got AVG... if you're careful with the site you go through and what you download, that's all you really need.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:53 am
Avast is better; has a detection rate that is better than most non-free anti-virus scanners and better than AVG.

Avast > Avira > AVG, while Avast is the slowest, and Avira claims to have about .5% higher detection rate. Avast has more features and whaaaaay less overhead (uses the least amount of ram).

<<< 8 years as an IT professional I've used them all, and have installed avast on hundreds of machines. Ask some tech pros if you know any (I'm talking about guys that make a living doing this stuff and are qualified, not some guy that claims to know everything) what free anti-virus they recommend. They'll say avast more times than not.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:58 am
I got a MAC the other day & all my MACHEADS talk about not really getting virus on the APPLE platform.

Anyways just to be safe, My uncle signed me up for something called TREND SMART SURFING
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:10 am
a common misconception is that macs don't get malware, they do. Trend Micro isn't too good but it is true that Macs are less prone to malware - likely due to the fact that they only have about a 5% market share...
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JREED23 wrote:a common misconception is that macs don't get malware, they do. Trend Micro isn't too good but it is true that Macs are less prone to malware - likely due to the fact that they only have about a 5% market share...



So when creating a MALWARE Virus, Are they designed specifically for PC based computers? Or can you make a malware virus that destroys PCS and MACS alike.

The reason i ask this is my VERY PRO MAC FRIENDS stress it never happens, But i guess it's just a selling point to get there mates to convert.
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