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#16 OP Scraggles



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 22:06

Thanks for the responses guys. I did the reformat and before anything at all, Installed and ran Malwarebytes pro. It found 108 infected items without anything but my primary hard drive installed.


What virus scanner would you say is best and hopefully free

#17 Krome


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 23:31

The issue your having is with ad software getting installed. This is not malware, annoying yes, virus no. It's also commonly referred to as "PUPS" : Potentially Unwanted software". Avast does not protect against PUPS by default, you have to enable it, as with a lot of other Av's.


This type of ad software comes bundled with practically all free software on the internet anymore.


A lot of this ad software you can also uninstall. I prefer to go to the program and features and arrange by date.


I also recommend uninstalling it first before running the tools below. Better to do a clean uninstall when possible rather than ripping out of the system.


I would also recommend





You can also scan your system for pups using software made for it such as adwcleaner and Junk File remover.





Junk File remover


Wouldn't that be "PUS"?  Where did you get that second "P" from?

#18 +warwagon


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 23:46

Wouldn't that be "PUS"?  Where did you get that second "P" from?

Potentially unwanted programs

#19 firey



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 23:48


#20 Krome


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 00:04


LMAO that's hillarious :laugh:

#21 +goretsky


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 01:42



Perhaps the following two Neowin message thread/polls would be of interest to you:



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#22 srbeen



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 02:55

Your best prevention is reading. Honestly. malware is usually installed and its very sneaky. You have to read those popups and think about what they really want you to do.


I also suggest doing a good backup you can cold-restore from once everything is installed. It will save a lot of time as I'll guarantee you'll have another infestation regardless of which program you attempt to combat it with. Its nice to start 'clean' with everything basically setup.

#23 Praetor


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:05

don't run your profile as admin helps allot; use common sense while navigation into websites, using pens, reading emails, keeping the OS fully patched, etc. There's so much out there that even a fully updated AV solution is moot if you do have bad navigation habits and accept every crap you see on screen.

#24 mastercoms


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:18

I recommend http://www.avast.com/en-us/index for realtime antivirus, for after you clean your computer.


I would check for rootkits with http://www.gmer.net/.

Then check for malware with http://www.emsisoft....n/software/eek/ and http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/

Use CCleaner to clean remaining files and registry entries. http://www.piriform....ccleaner/builds

Use Microsoft fixit to repair windows. http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/


Also nuke the suspicious folders inside these folders (if you are unsure about one, search up on it):


C:\Program Files

C:\Program Files (x86)

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\LocalLow

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming

#25 macoman



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:29

I never have an issues with adware or malware. I use 64bit OS, 64bit internet explorer 11 and the 64bit Microsoft security essential version.

#26 primexx


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:32



damn, you beat me to it.