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.
Thanks to everyone. Would have thanked sooner but was busy downloading, scanning and fixing computer.
I’ve become a big fan of avast. Symantec is awful but McAfee is beyond that. Viper used to be good but I haven’t used it in years.
I use Webroot and recommend it. Haven’t had a problem since I’ve been using it for a few years now and it is good about warning me when I try to go to websites that may contain malware.
Thanks, didn’t know that. I already have it.
I'm sorry for the General's problems.
Since 2010 I've had excellent success with Pazera MP4 to MP3. Fast and accurate conversions.
Two more tricks:
Let MP3gain analyze and adjust mp3 files so that they have the same volume. Using since 2005.
Use MPtrim to trim dead air from the beginning or end of your tracks. Using since 2005.
All of this software is FREE.
Help out your fellow FReepers. Where did the “new program” that caused you problems come from?
Malwarebytes is the best.
I have been working with computers since 1983. I have sold them, built them, written software for and networked them. I hated Apple. I considered it overpriced, non-compatible and people who used them were stupid.
Today, between myself and my company, I own 3 iMacs, 2 Mac Pros, two Macbooks, 4 iPads, 4 iPhones, two Mac Minis, and AppleTV.
I discovered that the price/performance difference between Mac and Windows was negligible. I also discovered that software for the Mac is generally MUCH cheaper, especially when it comes to networking and business software. We have no issues with viruses, malware, registry errors, defragmenting, or any of the other maintenance chores that are a part of using Windows in a business. We have had one hardware failure, a shared storage drive, and frankly we were overtaxing it and should have used a server.
So, to your question, what good anti-malware software would I recommend? I really couldn’t tell you, I stopped using that kind of software 6 years ago when I switched to Mac.
Don’t be afraid of it. Any changes it makes can be undone.
I decided to make all my tracks have a gain of 80.0db. It’s been so long since I made that decision that I can’t remember why I decided that, but it’s worked.
Get all your tracks converted from mp4 to mp3 and stick them in a folder. Use “Open folder” in MP3gain. Do an analysis. Then set the gain to your preferred setting and click track gain to set the gain for all the tracks.
Easy and quick to use.
I’ve used spybot on all my computers for over a decade, if that means anything
I have been using windows for about 20 years, and almost all that time on discarded computers from other people, and even from the alley, but I never had to pay for any security or upgrade, or anything of that sort.
I like using free security.
Last week I had a fight with malware that my antivirus didn’t touch. The steps to remove it included digging in the registry and a lot of people said that this STILL didn’t work.
I backed up my important files on a thumbdrive and did a system restore. That corrupted OpenOffice and I had to do an uninstall/reinstall for that, then everything was alright again.
Computer technician here. Another vote for Malwarebytes to get rid of sudden, acute malware/virus attacks.
I use Ccleaner at work and at home to keep garbage files down to a minimum and to clean the registry. It is also a quick way to get to the programs list to uninstall stuff.
Both programs above are on-demand programs. You need one more anti-virus program that runs at all times to act as a gatekeeper and turn away nasties before they infect you.
I use AVG at home, it’s minimally invasive and catches a LOT of stuff.
These are pretty much all you need to keep your computer running clean and fast.
Never, NEVER go to PC-Matic or one of those other TV-advertised websites for virus protection.
Microsoft anti-virus products are generally too weak, ineffective, and are resource hogs anyway.
You will VERY occasionally need something stronger. Viruses called “rootkits” are extremely tough to get rid of. There’s a special tool for this kind of virus called TDSSKiller. It’s another on-demand program.
Combofix is the equivalent of a nuke. You only want to use it as a last resort, when ALL of the above can’t kill the infection. It can seriously affect your computer’s operation if you’re not careful.
All of the downloads above are absolutely free. MAKE SURE TO UNCHECK ANY BOXES DOWNLOADING OTHER PRODUCTS WHILE INSTALLING THE PROGRAMS! That’s how the pay for the programs, by allowing other companies to bundle their goofy toolbars and search engines in with the regular program installation.
There you go.
Try “Avast” it’s free and it works’
Hitman Pro was the only thing that worked when I got a “FBI Warning” ransomware worm. I run ESET, malwarebytes, and superantispyware too.
Download Hitman Pro and install it... get yourself a thumbdrive and create a boot drive on it with Hitman... search Youtube there is a good walkthrough there with a guy with a European accent... it is the only thing I have used to get rid of these “FBI” ransomware worms.
To each ... his own.
STOP, DO NOT JUST DOWNLOAD/INSTALL/RUN PROGRAMS PEOPLE SAY.
Combofix/SuperAntiSpyware are both very powerful programs that can damage your drive/files if you aren’t careful. If Malwarebytes or the other basic cleaners can’t handle it, Try Google searching your specific problem and use a guide from www.bleepingcomputer.com (is your best option), or majorgeek.com, or maybe 1-2 other guide sites.
I just didn't see why you felt the need to pay for everything that was free, or how you found a way to pay to upgrade your OS every two years.
How do you convert acc to mp3?
Yah... Apple computers are so secure you never have to run any antivirus or anti malware.
Botnets depend on this sort of arrogance. Apple computers are unix computers, and so 99+ percent of them worldwide are unpatched and running no anti malware apps because their owners don’t think they need to. Makes them just beautiful targets for Botnets. And nobody ever knows they were there.
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