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[Guide] How to remove those pesty viruses

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I have no idea if this was already posted before, but this is my first guide so here it goes.

Definitions:*

Rootkits: A rootkit is software that enables continued privileged access to a computer while actively hiding its presence from administrators by subverting standard operating system functionality or other applications.

Malware: software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code

Spyware: a type of malware that can be installed on computers, and which collects small pieces of information about users without their knowledge.

Trojan: software that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install, but steals information or harms the system.

Virus: a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer.

Introduction

Okay, so your computer just crashed on you or is running very buggy, so hence you have come to this guide to seek help.

To give a brief background of my experience: I have worked on computers since i was about eleven years of age and have worked on every type of hardware and software. I have built, re-built, upgraded, even downgraded, and troubleshooted computers. I have infested an old computer of mine hundreds of times to see the 'hows' and 'whys' of recovering a computer.

Here are some tips I have learned:
1. Restoring a computer with a restore point WILL NOT get rid of the virus.
2. No software, by itself, will prevent ALL viruses
3. Having an AV and an antispyware program together is very very important for the health and longevity of the computer.
4. There are no "perfect software" just "really good ones," and most software either get better or worse after time.

Everyone, at least us experienced computer geeks, have our own set of "perfect" software to kill these nasty pests. I guess I have found mine, but I am not totally against other solutions.

Removing a virus Difficulty: Easy

Assuming that the virus is not a nasty one then this should be an easy first step to try. I like to use Avira, my personal favorite.

Software to Download in this step:

Avira: (assuming that you don't already have an AV) link or direct link

Superantispyware: (I have fell in love [not really] with this antispyware, finds all spyware, rootkits, malware, and anything else) link or direct link

Malwarebytes: (good piece of software for 'just in case') link

Comodo Free Firewall: (I recommend having a good firewall to prevent hackers, comodo is probably my favorite) link

This step is pretty simple, just start up superantispyware and do a FULL scan. Superantispware SHOULD pick it up, if it doesn't then try malwarebytes. If that happens to fail then scan your system with the Avira scanner.

If you reached this point and the virus is infesting your system then, you got a problem on your hands.

(adding more to this section later)

Removing a virus Difficulty: moderate

Okay, so you got a virus and it corrupted your computer, either by slowing your computer WAY down or shutting it off.

You tried the first step, but the virus blocked superantispyware, avira, and malwarebytes from downloading or updating.

Software to download for this section:
1. Superantispyware Portable: (its a fully functioning and fully updated MS-DOS version, requires no installation or updating) link or direct link.

Steps to take:
Follow these steps very carefully
1. After downloading Superantispyware Portable, open the file location
2. Locate the File (begins with SAS_) and rename it to "scan" (without paranthesis).
3. Move the file to the root of C:/
4. Restart computer and start up Safe Mode with Command Prompt (F8 usually)
5 When the Command Prompt appears type in C:
6. Type in "scan" (without parenthesis) and press enter
7. It will take about a couple seconds and then the program should appear
8. You want to do a FULL scan

This usually works every time and removes all malicious software. I recommend, if it worked that is, when you get back into windows immediately download the software in the first section and use instead of what you had.

If it didn't work, then, once again, we have a nasty one on our hands.

(more to add later)

Additional Tips

Most of the time, viruses don't mess with the bios, drivers, or the software/hardware. But occasionally they do, I recommend if your having problems to re-install your drivers and reflash your bios.

If worse comes to worse, you may just have to do a fresh install of windows. Superantispware should be enough to remove the virus so that you can move your important files to another location (DVD or external HDD). Just be sure to scan those files once you finish the fresh install of windows.

Sources:
wikipeda (For the definitions section*)
Everything else from experience.

Please critique me, this is my first guide, so I can use all the help I can get.
Edited by cloudbyday - 1/31/11 at 10:30pm
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You may want to cite that you copied your definitions from here:

http://www.stopeavesdropping.com/
    
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ive had good luck booting in safe mode and running hijack this (good when virus wont let you do anything) (this is normally on neighbors' machines, friends', etc.)
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You may want to cite that you copied your definitions from here:

http://www.stopeavesdropping.com/
Yup. Nobody likes a plagiarist. Footnote it, or stop calling this your guide.</thread>
Edited by t0adphr0g - 1/31/11 at 9:02pm
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Originally Posted by Skoobs View Post
ive had good luck booting in safe mode and running hijack this (good when virus wont let you do anything) (this is normally on neighbors' machines, friends', etc.)
Hmmm... don't really like Trend Micro. This does have a pretty good review on cnet although, I might have to try it.

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Originally Posted by t0adphr0g View Post
Yup. Nobody likes a plagiarist. Footnote it, or stop calling this your guide.</thread>

Fixed, I added my source. Anything else?
Edited by cloudbyday - 1/31/11 at 10:24pm
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Okay, I haven't bumped this thread in a long time. But I plan on updating the OP with better definitions and with different sources.

Please, give me pointers on how I can improve my guide other than criticizing where I got my sources. Which really doesn't make any since because this IS how I do it, and no I didn't learn it from another site.
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