We all know the headaches a Virus, Spyware or Trojan program can cause
when accidentally downloaded onto a machine. Here are the three programs we
personally use every time we have a problem, and they have worked very
well for cleaning up our systems. We have yet to find anything better for
free, or even paid programs that work this well; and yes, everything
listed below is free for individual home use.
First if you believe you have a virus or Trojan, you need to clean your
machine with these two programs, Malwarebytes & Spybot. Download them,
and then BEFORE you search for problems, check for updates. Sometimes
updates are not included with the original download, so take a second to
search for updates using the help tab when you have the program up and
After you have the program updated go ahead and start your search for
problems. When it's finished, you should get a list of what Trojans,
Virus's and Spyware are on your machine, and the system will ask if you
want to remove the little buggers; Look for things that are your normal
programs that you use, and delete all things that are dangerous.
IF you can't get the virus out while running your PC in normal mode,
restart your machine and run it in safe mode. While your PC is rebooting,
a screen will ask you to press either your F8 key or some other F-numbered
key to enter the set up, from there you can select safe mode, and that
will allow your PC to start without the virus's and Trojans. Then just
run these programs again, and you should be fine after that.
FREE antivirus !!!!! YES IT'S FREE !!!!!
There is also a good free antivirus software available for your machine if
you don't have anything running on it. If you do have some kind of
antivirus on there that has expired, remove it, or go to the company's
web site and find out how to remove it, and THEN use Avast! to protect your
DANGER DANGER DANGER - Make sure you remove the old antivirus before
adding the new one, doing otherwise can cause problems.
Avast! is free and works great.
http://www.avast.com - Avast! Home Edition - free antivirus
Good luck cleaning your system, Don Endriss