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I can remove viruses in windows using a linux live CD, no problem with CLAMAV... but sometimes I need to remove spyware/malware/grayware as well. Is there something similar to CLAMAV that kills these?

Please don't get into the 'linux cant have spyware' discussion... this is about windows computers, and using linux to fix them.

Thanks guys!
    
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Just format and reinstall Windows - it's the only way to be sure.

Or better yet, format and install Linux tongue.gif (joke)
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When you mount the Windows drive you manually go to the places we know that the spyware hides and remove them.
Like the User/App Data/Roaming folder
Also at when you open C: drive you can/will see some .exe file in there such as one called install.exe etc...
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I can remove viruses in windows using a linux live CD, no problem with CLAMAV... but sometimes I need to remove spyware/malware/grayware as well. Is there something similar to CLAMAV that kills these?
Please don't get into the 'linux cant have spyware' discussion... this is about windows computers, and using linux to fix them.
Thanks guys!

A lot of different antivirus companies provide their own bootable Linux-based live images that will remove any kind of badware.

I'd recommend Dr. Web's CureIT LiveCD: http://www.freedrweb.com/livecd/

AVG's is also excellent: http://www.avg.com/us-en/avg-rescue-cd
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The AVG one only kills viruses. I've tried it, its ok...

DRweb eh? I'll check it out.

Thanks guys... I guess the ultimate answer is "no" but this works too.
    
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And whats wrong with booting safe mode and cleaning with Windows based tools? tongue.gif
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Just format and reinstall Windows - it's the only way to be sure.
Or better yet, format and install Linux tongue.gif (joke)

^ This. Its usually much easier and faster to start from scratch. Just be sure to backup data.
    
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The problem I've seen some run into with backing up before scratching it, is they back up the virus too. I fix a lot of computers for people at work. Makes me some cash/beer/BJs/whatever, and keeps them off the IT Monkeys back. I don't want to have to boot into windows if I don't have to. We don't have to for virus removal, why should I have to for spyware removal? DrWeb seems to be working out for what I was looking for. Thanks again guys!
    
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The problem I've seen some run into with backing up before scratching it, is they back up the virus too. I fix a lot of computers for people at work. Makes me some cash/beer/BJs/whatever, and keeps them off the IT Monkeys back. I don't want to have to boot into windows if I don't have to. We don't have to for virus removal, why should I have to for spyware removal? DrWeb seems to be working out for what I was looking for. Thanks again guys!

if you're stupid enough to back up the spyware, then you're not going to fair any better removing it manually in Linux tongue.gif
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I'd recommend Dr. Web's CureIT LiveCD: http://www.freedrweb.com/livecd/
...

Trying it right now... and I'm a little disappointed with it. No wireless network support, and Ultra low video settings only which is so low that I can't even make out the words on the screen... they look like blocks. But heres what I did do... turn off graphical mode and its readable. Command Line wins with most Linux Distros and this one seems to be the same. I'm happy to see it searches adware/malware/viruses and such. No wireless support is a bummer though, as one of the computers I have is wireless only, which means there is no ethernet card and no where to plug in any cable.

Thanks for the tip on drweb! BTW, I can't read Russian smile.gif
    
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