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AVG Free - haven't had a virus yet, I use it on two PC's and two laptops. multiply users also.
I have the free version of MalwareBytes though for backup and use CCleaner for general cleaning purposes.
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You dont have to use them all in tandem and make a Fort Knox, but I gave you a plethora of insight to pick and choose what you want. You are using the best software at the moment, no need for you to change AV. If you wanted things simple, Deep Freeze is probably the simplest.
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Using Virtual Box create a virtual windows desktop. In that virtual windows desktop, when installing, alot only a minimal amount of space (only to be used for browsing after all). Then install browsers followed by installing all plugins and garbage you want, such as adobe, etc. I recommend firefox with Noscript and AbBlock. Or Chrome. Basically just not IE.
Once you have that setup, get a sandbox software, and install it. Then, install your AV (yes, Nod32, and since it's a VM, it shouldnt take up one of your three licences because it's on the same PC... sorta roundabout way around the Eula but hey). After taht, install malwarebytes. There you have it, you have a virtual machine meant just for browsing that is super secure and super easy to keep safe.
This is very interesting I use a virtual box to test linux OS's but I never thought of this. Thanks!
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Ok....

I got a phonecall today from my wife with the "your PC has just popped up a message that virus's have been found and it wont work".....

After 10mins of banging my head off my desk I told her to Ctl+Alt+Del and end task everything and then shut down and leave it for me.

Well..I have just spend the past 2 bloody hours of my time removing something which called itself "Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011", which blocked me from using internet, using orther AV software, and opening any .exe files.....fun..

My question, be it long winded..is; Is there any antivirus software that prevents this crap getting onto your PC? I currently have NOD32, and the free version of Malewarebytes.

I am dissapointed with NOD32, but Malewarebytes looks like its worth upgrading to the paid version.

What are your opinions?

Those viruses are easy to remove. It usually stores the virus in the 7 equivalent to C:\\Documents and Settings\\%username%\\Local Settings...or something like that.. Basically to get rid of it. You have to run cmd, taskkill to kill the application. (NOTE THE NAME OF IT!!!) Then you Delete that application. (If you're having trouble killing it reboot in safe mode and remove it there.) Then, navigate to C:\\Windows\\ look for regedit, right click->Run as Different User-> Put in your credentials. (This worked on XP, may not work on 7, you may have to put in different administrative credentials for this to work in 7.) But the Run As breaks the edit the person who made it does to the registry.

Now that you have the registry editor back, hit control+f, search for whatever the application we just deleted's name is. You can probably delete every key...but use your BEST judgement...if you don't know what you're looking for just download Malware bytes, boot in safe mode and run that. It will remove the bad registry keys.

If you've already gotten rid of it, just disregard this wall of text...I was pretty happy when I removed this yesterday without any antivirus software's assistance so I wanted to share.


If anyone would like more assistance removing this, just pm me.
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Ok, I REALLY need to correct a few things. Many people that have responded are obviously not specializing in security. Any antivirus will fall whim to a piece of malware that you INSTALL. It's not like it's a fly-by attack, it's something that you download the .exe and install. Nod32 is by far the best AV out there, and people are recommend you switch to Kaspersky? Wow.
Best bet, get a sandbox software, and have all browsing done in the sandbox. Too much of a hassle?
Make a guest account. Everyone but you will use the guest account. That will prevent those malware that need to be installed fairly well...
If you want something REALLY top notch:

Using Virtual Box create a virtual windows desktop. In that virtual windows desktop, when installing, alot only a minimal amount of space (only to be used for browsing after all). Then install browsers followed by installing all plugins and garbage you want, such as adobe, etc. I recommend firefox with Noscript and AbBlock. Or Chrome. Basically just not IE.
Once you have that setup, get a sandbox software, and install it. Then, install your AV (yes, Nod32, and since it's a VM, it shouldnt take up one of your three licences because it's on the same PC... sorta roundabout way around the Eula but hey). After taht, install malwarebytes. There you have it, you have a virtual machine meant just for browsing that is super secure and super easy to keep safe.

Of course, you use that in tandem with them being logged into a Guest account, and there's only one other thing I can suggest.

If that's STILL not secure enough, install DeepFreeze. It basically only allows programs to be installed to a virtual disk, or ram (don't know the full mechanics but you get the idea) and then anything installed is not actually installed. Everything is GONE once you restart. Then you can disable deep freeze, restart, and do all updates, then re-enable DeepFreeze, restart, and you have all your updates. Super easy to maintain.

And please people, if you don't know, don't just say "install this AV because I haven't heard of yours".

Also, if you plan on posting "just dont use hte intrnet" (typos for effect) why did you bother posting at all? He's legit looking for help and you're just trolling. Go to 4chan.
Using a sandbox or virtualizing a machine is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much for someone who doesn't want to know nor cares about computer security. Too much chance that she will lose something important if it is virtualized or sandboxed.

Your recommendation was not tailored at all to the OP's wife, which makes your insinuations of grandeur quite ironic.
Edited by lucido - 4/29/11 at 3:54pm
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The power of a HIPS program are the rules one sets. Comodo did not fail, the rules failed.
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The first step is never letting a woman on your computer.
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Thats the beauty of microsoft, if u dont sceure ur box. i would format my pc right now and do a fresh install of windows, install microsoft essentials security and firewall.

Try linux if you want to get infect so easily, ubuntu is totally free, fast secure with a simple firewall, and do the updates.

Good luck with ur cleaning hope u sort out ur virus soon
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The first step is never letting a woman on your computer.
The first step is not putting a computer in the kitchen.
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