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Free Anti Virus Removal – Computer Utility Programs


There are many good legit programs available for you computer that are free. There is no anti virus program out there that is completely “bullet-proof”, so why pay a yearly subscription a “name” retail program? Here are a few that I highly recommend. If you have any of your preferences, please reply and add yours.

Free Anti Virus Software:

  • Avast Anti Virus Free Home Edition
  • Avira Anti Virus Personal Free Edition
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Panda Cloud Anti Virus
  • I personally use Avast Free Home Edition & Avira Personal Free Edition on computers here. Both have done an excellent job keep my computer safe here.

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    Kaspersky Rescue Boot CD – Virus Scan & Removal




    Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 is designed to scan and disinfect x86 and x64-compatible computers that have been infected. The application should be used when the infection is so severe that it is impossible to disinfect the computer using anti-virus applications or malware removal utilities (such as Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool) running under the operating system.

    This is a boot cd when created, burned to cd that enables you to boot the computer off Kasperky’s Rescue cd and perform a full system scan on a non bootable computer or before virus(s) load up in Windows.

    In this case, disinfection is more efficient because malware programs do not gain control when the operating system is being loaded. In the emergency repair mode, you can only start objects scan tasks, update databases roll back updates and view statistics.”

    When you’re dealing with a PC that is completely infected in viruses, sometimes the best thing to do is reboot into a rescue disk and run a full virus scan from there.

    Download Kaspersky’s Latest Version and Burn The Image File To Disk. Make sure your pc is set to boot from cd. Insert disk into cdrom drive, and boot/startup your computer. The Kaspersky Rescue disk should load.

    Once loaded, with ethernet cable connected to computer, change over to “Update” tab to download the latest anti virus definitions. Once done switch back over to the “Objects Scan” tab, select the drives to scan and start your scan.

    Very Handy Tool!
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    How to record Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 to a CD/DVD and boot my computer from the disk?

    How to record Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 to an USB device and boot my computer from it?
     
     
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    How To Remove Anti Virus Studio 2010 Malware


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    Anti Virus Studio 2010 Malware was on a Windows Vista computer today. Fairly simple to remove.

    Download RKill Malware Process Terminator.

    “RKill” is a malware process terminator, it stops & closes the malware process which will allow you to scan and remove the infection. Comes in 4-5 different file formats to sort fake the malware out.

    Download:

    And save to a USB Flash Drive.
     
     
    Boot the computer up in, insert & open  your usb flash drive. Double click on one the “RKill” files, “yes” to the user control prompt, small cmd window should appear for a few seconds, and should terminate the malware process. You might have to try this a few times, or try one of the other “RKill” files. And if Vista’s User Control Prompt is prompting you,, you have to be quick to allow it.  Not being quick about it the malware will shut “RKill down” or take over.

    When “RKill” kills the Anti Virus Studio 2010 malware process you can then install (or update if you have already) Malwarebytes Anti Malware. And get yourself connected to the internet, and very important to UPDATE Malwarebytes Anti Malware then start the scan. When Malware bytes Anti Malware is done, follow the prompts, remove everything it finds, and reboot to complete the removal process.

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    To Manually remove Anti Virus Studio 2010 Malware:Anti Virus Studio 2010 Malware

    The folder & files associated with this malware on Windows Vista machine were located in:

    Local Disk C:/ Users/”user name”/AppData/Roaming/ AntiVirus 2010 folder

    (You might have to go to your “Control Panel, Folder Options, View tab” on change so protected or hidden folders are files are shown/visible)

    Removing this entire AntiVirus 2010 folder will enable you to then scan your computer with Malwarebytes Anti Malware
     
     
    UPDATE & run follow up scans with your Anti Virus software, along with Spybot – Search & Destroy and SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition. For there were approx 20 or stray files within the registry picked up by Malwarebytes.

     
     
     
     
     
     

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    How To Remove ThinkPoint Fake Rogue Malware Spyware


    This is another in the long list of  “rogue”, fake, bogus security software that somehow sneaks by your Anti Virus Anti Spyware. Virtually stops your computer from functioning, prompting you to “start” or “activate”, purchase there product in order to have your computer back again.

    This was looking like Microsoft Security Essentials program, and even mention Microsoft Security Essentials,, but don’t be fooled, it’s a frustrating, pain in the ass fake annoying program. But it was actually an easy removal process, and fix.

    This was on a Windows Vista machine today, and would not load up the desktop, Thinkpoint had Windows Explorer shut down, held at ransom.

    • I booted up in Safe Mode:

    On boot up press or tap the F8 key, until you see a screen with Safe Mode option. Use your up arrow key to highlight Safe Mode, press the enter key.

    Let Safe Mode load up,, enter login info if prompt to. Then this is where “Thinkpoint” screen came up, filling the entire screen, with no normal desktop behind it. Thinkpoint had Windows Explorer shut down on startup,,, clever aren’t they?

    • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete Key to bring up “Task Manager” (press “Start Task Manager” for vista Win 7)
    • Go To The “Processes” Tab in Task Manager
    • Now look for a process in that list called “hotfix.exe”
    • Use your mouse cursor & highlight hotfix.exe, click “End Task” (lower bottom right corner of same window)

    When prompt “Do you wish to end task…..” etc,, click “Yes”

    (“Hotfix.exe” is the rogue malware file associated with Thinkpoint malware infection)
     
     
     
     
    Now here is how to start Windows Explorer manually:

    With Task Manager still open, click on the “File” menu (upper left corner)

    Choose “New Task (Run),, and type in “explorer.exe” (with no quotes)
    Your desktop should now load up, it will look strange, different for Safe Mode does not load the graphics driver.

    (At this point I went in & file searched for “hotfix.exe” to locate where the file was, & manually removed/deleted the file.)

    If you don’t have Malwarebytes download the program, install, UPDATE and run Quick Scan,, Malwarebytes will find the malware, maybe others, and remove anything it might find. Might prompt you to restart to fully remove the bad stuff. All should be well, but update, and run scans with any other security software you have just to crosscheck the system.

    How I manually removed Thinkpoink and the “hotfix.exe” it was associated with:

    • The “hotfix.exe” file is the Thinkpoint malware program file, on this Windows Vista Computer it was located here:

    C: Users folder >Home folder >AppData folder >Roaming folder and there was “hotfix.exe”

    • Go to your Start Menu, then cue up “My Computer” or “Computer”, double click on “Local Disk (C:), then look for “Users” folder above.
    • Follow the path mentioned above: Users, Home, AppData,,, Roaming folder
    • “Right Click” on hotfix.exe and choose “delete” in the sub menu………………. all gone.

    This was the only file associated with this “Thinkpoint” Malware. No other entries in system registry were found when following uo with other scans afterwards. Maybe there were other files associated with this “Thinkpoint” malware, maybe the systems Anti Virus Software might of stopped some of it, but this one “hotfix.exe” file planted itself right in a start up folder/directory.

    Computer was back to normal operation.

    Customer stated she believed her computer became infected with this after clicking on, and attempting read some celebrity article on MSN.com
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Virus Fools People Into Uninstalling Their Antivirus Software


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    “In a press releases issued today, Symantec warns that the AnViAntivirus will give users a pop up telling them that there is a problem with their current antivirus software, then it will encourage them to

    remove it immediately. The virus will display this cheeky little message:

    Uncertified [program name] antivirus software detected on your computer. You need to remove {antivirus name} software for correct operation of the Antivirus.

    Attention: If you don`t remove [program name] software, the performance of your computer will dramatically degrade.

    Press “OK” to remove the [program name]”


    Virus Fools People Into Uninstalling Their Antivirus Software – Yahoo! News

     
     
     
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    Protect Your Network from Facebook Malware – Yahoo! News


    “AppRiver report that they are detecting a new malware campaign targeting Facebook. The campaign tricks unsuspecting users into thinking the message is coming from Facebook. The e-mail appears to be an official Facebook notification indicating the reader can reconnect with friends, but the message is full of malicious links. Clicking on one of the malicious links will then redirect them through several different Web sites and load malware onto their computer through a hidden iframe exploit……..”

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