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As title implies I have a friend who's got some nasty worms and his computer his ultra slow, much slower than what his specs should be.
Hes not a gamer just uses his PC for basic browsing/email checking and what not.

After looking at it I honestly felt like just a reformat was the best option, but unfortunately he does not have a OS back up CD or anything of that matter. So he resorted to me for cleaning it for him....
And were being ultra frugal here and trying to do it with absolutley free software nothing shareware please.

So far I'm armed with CCleaner and Malware Anti-bytes.... both programs I have no complaints and personally use.

But before I go to service his computer I would like to know if there is anything else useful such as free LEGAL antivirus (I personally pay for Norton) but would like an alternative for my friend as hes strapped for cash and am doing this out of my heart as a favor to help him out....

If there's anything else besides a good free antivirus and other programs that I should know about please inform me I greatly appreciate the help. Thanks.
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Malwarebyte is the best It wil allow you to boot windows in safe mode and run program if can not get
into Windows.
CC Cleaner works good also..
You could install Spybot...to check for spyware..
http://www.safer-networking.org/mirrors16/

Same here I use all 3 also smile.gif
Good Luck.... You are ready for the task thumb.gif
Edited by hyperkite - 3/5/13 at 6:20pm
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If malwarebytes doesn't clean up his issues, there's a few different avenues to take. What are the symptoms?

Once it's clean, install Microsoft Security Essentials or the free version of Avast/AVG/Avira.
    
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Originally Posted by Oedipus View Post

If malwarebytes doesn't clean up his issues, there's a few different avenues to take. What are the symptoms?

Once it's clean, install Microsoft Security Essentials or the free version of Avast/AVG/Avira.

Well right now I got both Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on top of CCleaner and Malwarebytes.
I have AVG as a backup only problem is hes using Win 8 and Im using Win 7.... so yeah I hear that MSE doesnt work with Win 8 but apparently it has its own version built in.
As of right now hes got some nasty lag issues and a TON of malware/spyware type software installed... for example I cannot get this addon called "Babylon" off his google chrome or firefox. I have tried almost everything to manually get that crap off but it just wont. this "Babylon" is like a search engine but I highly distrust it as it just wreaks of spyware.... no matter what I do every time I open a new tab on either firefox or google chrome (fresh uninstalls and reinstalls) the page ALWAYS lands on that "Babylon" search engine instead of Google which I have attempted to make his homepage/landing page.

Hes got some other nasty software that I have successfully gotten off. other than that yeah. any more help is greatly appreciated I will post back updates.
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