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How to Help Rid Your Computer of Malware and Viruses for Free

This tip will assist you in removing malware and viruses from your computer for free. The main thing to remember is that spyware and viruses are two different things. A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. Malware, short for malicious software, is programming (code, scripts, active content, and other software) designed to disrupt or deny operation, gather information that leads to loss of privacy or exploitation, gain unauthorized access to system resources, and other abusive behavior. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or
annoying software or program code. It is this type of program that gives you all those annoying pop-ups and will take you to web pages you don't want to go to.It's not uncommon these days for malware to blast right through a virus scanner, after all a virus scanner is looking for viruses, not malware. Below is a screenshot of an actual malware program masquerading as a virus scanner.




There are two excellent and FREE products that are very effective at removing viruses and malware when used together. The first is called Malware Bytes and it can be downloaded free from Download.com. The second is called CCleaner which will basically remove all the un-necessary cookies from your computer possibly left there by the malware program itself, It can also be downloaded at Download.com
They may not always work 100% because the malware programmers are always 1 step ahead of the anti-malware programmers and it may be the case that your computer has so many infections that it may be quicker and easier to back up your data and reinstall your operating system.
Malware Bytes Review http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol;1
Malware Bytes Download Link http://fileforum.betanews.com/download/Malwarebytes-AntiMalware/1186760019/1.
CCleaner Review http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/?tag=mncol;1
CCleaner Download Link. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

Download both programs and run them, Malware Bytes will tell you how many infected objects found if any, it will give you the option of removing them and of course you would want to. It will require a reboot. After that I would run CCleaner to remove any cookies left by the malware / virus. You may want to run CCleaner before you reboot after the Malware Bytes scan has finished.
Malware Bytes Infections Found Screenshot


CCleaner cookie remover screenshot

NOTE: some viruses / malware won't allow you to connect to the internet, in that case you will need to download the programs from an uninfected PC that is able to connect to the internet and save them on a USB drive then take them to the infected PC and install them from the USB drive.

NOTE: You may have to run the virus scan in safe mode by pressing F8 before windows starts up and then choosing "safe mode"

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I was told by my phone that I have viruses on my computer but I don't have a computer I have a motorola cliq that I do all my internet work on. How do I get rid of those viruses especially the trojan virus


Go to www.trendmicro.com, and do the free scan Trend Micro's House Call virus, spyware and malware scanner and cleaner. http://housecall.trendmicro.com

If you have anything, remove them.


Helpful Free Software below Read On.

FREE SPYWARE
Download Spybot Search & Destroy. Restart computer, then run Spybot to see what spyware comes up, AND DELET IT.

FYI---Virus Protection-- 2 programs of virus protection will conflict with each other and will actually cancel out the protection. SO just download one.

Running Spybot Search & Destroy with EITHER Avast or Avg (great Free virus protection programs ) will keep a computer in good working condition. FREE

Avira AntiVir – Free Anti-Virus Protection
http://www.free-av.com/

FROM MICROSOFT 2009 -Free --Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com

Pop up Blocker- free
www.panicware.com

Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.5.2 -FREE SPYWARE
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-De…

Avast- FREE ANTI VIRUS PROGRAM
http://www.avast.com/eng/home-registrati…

AVG- FREE SPYWARE PROGRAM
http://www.free.avg.com

Ccleaner- FREE
http://www.download.com/3120-20_4.html?q…

Malware- FREE
http://www.malwarebytes.org/.

$ *** KASPERSKY ***
http://www.kaspersky.com

There are alot of $ anti-virus and Internet security programs out there-ie: Norton, McAfee, Panda, Bitdefender. If you would like to pay $ then get ***Kaspersky***-- 2010 , I feel that is the best for your money.

REMEMBER TO KEEP UP THE DAILY MAINTENANCE ON ALL OF YOUR COMPUTERS.!


Good Luck.

Mar 24, 2010 | Motorola Mobility CLIQ Cell Phone

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Running windows XP with AVG 8.5 antivirus cannot get acess to yahoo email account been like this for a week now. I can use my smart phone thur classic yahoo and get to it not with my home PC .


Run Spybot Search and Destroy. then Malwarebytes. Remove whatever comes up. then restart.

Malware- FREE
http://www.malwarebytes.org/.

Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.5.2 -FREE SPYWARE
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-De

Go to www.trendmicro.com, and do the free scan Trend Micro's House Call virus, spyware and malware scanner and cleaner. http://housecall.trendmicro.com

If you have anything, remove them. Helpful Free Software below Read On.


FREE SPYWARE
Download Spybot Search & Destroy. Restart computer, then run Spybot to see what spyware comes up, AND DELET IT.

FYI---Virus Protection-- 2 programs of virus protection will conflict with each other and will actually cancel out the protection. SO just download one.

Running Spybot Search & Destroy with EITHER Avast or Avg (great Free virus protection programs ) will keep a computer in good working condition. FREE

Avira AntiVir – Free Anti-Virus Protection
http://www.free-av.com/

FROM MICROSOFT 2009 -Free --Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com

Pop up Blocker- free
www.panicware.com

Avast- FREE ANTI VIRUS PROGRAM
http://www.avast.com/eng/home-registrati…

AVG- FREE SPYWARE PROGRAM
http://www.free.avg.com

Ccleaner- FREE
http://www.download.com/3120-20_4.html?q…
There are alot of $ anti-virus and Internet security programs out there-ie: Norton, McAfee, Panda, Bitdefender. If you would like to pay $ then get ***Kaspersky***-- 2010 , I feel that is the best for your money.

REMEMBER TO KEEP UP THE DAILY MAINTENANCE ON ALL OF YOUR COMPUTERS.!

Good Luck.

Dec 17, 2009 | Yahoo Mail

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I resubscribed to Stopzilla and now it will not load so do I have any virus protection?


Download Virus Protection Below. Your Choice.
Good Free Programs to use.
check for viruses................
Go to www.trendmicro.com, and do the free scan Trend Micro's House Call virus, spyware and malware scanner and cleaner. http://housecall.trendmicro.com

If you have anything, remove them. Helpful Free Software below Read On.


FREE SPYWARE
Download Spybot Search & Destroy. Restart computer, then run Spybot to see what spyware comes up, AND DELET IT.

FYI---Virus Protection-- 2 programs of virus protection will conflict with each other and will actually cancel out the protection. SO just download one.

Running Spybot Search & Destroy with EITHER Avast or Avg (great Free virus protection programs ) will keep a computer in good working condition. FREE

Avira AntiVir – Free Anti-Virus Protection
http://www.free-av.com/

FROM MICROSOFT 2009 -Free --Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com

Pop up Blocker- free
www.panicware.com

Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.5.2 -FREE SPYWARE
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-De…

Avast- FREE ANTI VIRUS PROGRAM
http://www.avast.com/eng/home-registrati…

AVG- FREE SPYWARE PROGRAM
http://www.free.avg.com

Ccleaner- FREE
http://www.download.com/3120-20_4.html?q…

Malware- FREE
http://www.malwarebytes.org/.

$ *** KASPERSKY ***
http://www.kaspersky.com

There are alot of $ anti-virus and Internet security programs out there-ie: Norton, McAfee, Panda, Bitdefender. If you would like to pay $ then get ***Kaspersky***-- 2010 , I feel that is the best for your money.

REMEMBER TO KEEP UP THE DAILY MAINTENANCE ON ALL OF YOUR COMPUTERS.!

Nov 24, 2009 | Computer Associates eTrust PestPatrol...

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