Skip to comments.Advice on adware/malware remover programs
Posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:50 PM PDT by N. Theknow
Aw crap, new program loaded adware/malware program from Ads by Quiknowledge. What do FReepers recommend as removal/guard programs?
Try Malwarebytes, and if that does not work, Microsoft Safety Scan. I have been able to get rid of most of these with one or the other.
Combofix will clean some of the most stubborn instances of malware.
Download the free edition.
Be VERY careful when searching the Internet for virus removal programs.. Some of them contain malicious software that can really wreck your software. Go with referred programs, not 'one offs' you find from a search.
Another vote here for Malwarebytes. I am in the habit of making sure that is absolutely the first download on any mew PC.
First, never download a program that isn’t from a major supplier. I downloaded the top choice on a google search to convert youtube videos to MP3’s. It loaded Trojan.gen.2 into the operating system. That program hit several times a second. Norton would find a registry problem and “fix” it. I bought WinZip spyware removal and it would find a security disabler that Norton didn’t find. But it was all caused by this one file. It turns out Norton has a support group that cost me nothing. It took them two hours of remote access to clear out my machine. I highly recommend Norton. Then you’ll have to look for the support online. (My ISP provides Norton as part of their service. Yours probably does too, or something like it. Try there first.)
Doh! you should have used PC-Matic, now with “SuperShield”
I had one of those a while back. It locked me up and popped up a window telling me the FBI had locked my files, but I could unlock it by either taking my computer to Walmart and paying $100 or entering my credit card number and paying online. It also “warned” me that attempting to unlock my computer any other way is a FELONY, and I would be subject to Federal prosecution if I did so. I have Mrs. Hugin set up as a separate user, (both of us admins) so I rebooted, logged in as her and everything worked on her account. So I deleted myself as a user, and set myself up with a slightly different name. No problems since, though I did lose all my saved files that weren’t backed up.
BTW, I have up to date Norton and it didn’t stop the attack.
‘Did you eventually find a safe and effective way to convert youtube videos to MP3s? “
No. I will never download another program that is not from a major publisher. I haven’t had a single issue since Norton fixed my machine and it operates MUCH better too.
I suppose I’d go to Best Buy and buy something. But NO freeware ever again.
Malware bytes. Excellent product and there is a fee version to try.
yeah cause one must pay double for a mac because they are so cool
Norton sucks, go with the free version of avast or avg
He installed it with software, which means he gave it permission. WHich means it wouldnt matter what OS.
And oh by the way, the mac OS has plenty of holes. ESPECIALLY when an admin presses the yes button.
I was also going to recommend Malwarebytes. http://www.cnet.com/ is a (mostly) good source for protection, and I have loved their free AdFender, but even they have some risky downloads.
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