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Remove most viruses with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

At one or another, most of us encounter a virus. Most times it can be easily removed for free. All it takes is a little time and a free program called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program can be downloaded from <http://www.malwarebytes.org/>.

If you have access to the internet on the infected computer, just download and install the program. If you cannot access the internet, don't worry. You can download the program on another computer to a flash drive or CD.
Install the program and save a shortcut to your desktop. Open the program and update it. Again, if you have no internet access you can still update the program following these simple steps.

1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on another computer.
2. Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Navigate to the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware install folder.
4. Copy the rules.ref file to your flash drive. (if you can't find the file just use your operating system's search tool)
5. Replace the rules.ref file on the infected computer with the one on your flash drive.

Now you need to start your computer in safe mode. Restart your computer and follow these steps:
1. Hit the F8 key repeatedly until a screen with several options appears.
2. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the selection Safe Mode and hit enter.
3. Allow the computer to boot.
4. Log in if prompted.
5. Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the shortcut you saved to your desktop earlier.
6. Select Perform full scan.
7. Make sure you select the C:\ drive and any other hard drives that may be infected.
8. Wait for the scan to finish (this may take a long time).
9. When the scan is complete, restart your computer.
10. Celebrate! You just successfully removed a virus!

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This is the name of a common ScareWare virus.
Boot in safe mode with networking. By repeatedly pressing F8 as the pc is booting. (if you see the windows logo try again)
One in safe mode download and install spybot.
Run a scan and you should be good.

Jul 11, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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there had a virus encounter in my desktop...

download avast. register it for free once installed look for boot time scan in program schedule it restart and let it scan pc if it finds viruses delete them then once done reboot.

Jul 04, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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virus removal

Try using AVG, it's free and it's good.

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got a virus spyware

Hi clemsonfan1,

Hope you have a anti-virus and anti-spyware program. If so, run it and let it do it's thing. If not, you can download freeware programs and isntall it, run update, and scan.

Free version Bitdefender: http://www.bitdefender.com/media/html/trialpay.html

Free anti-spyware:

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MS Defender is also good:

Definitely use the anti-virus program and any two of the anti-spyware program.

Good luck

Aug 01, 2008 | E-Machines Computers & Internet

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