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  • #859

    wfcoons
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    suddenly, I can’t open attachments in my frontier-yahoo DSL email account, but they open in safe mode. Conclusion: I have a virus, so I’m trying the security tango. What a massive undertaking. It doesn’t mention Windows 7, which I have. I’m on the Stinger step. Full scan running for 3 hours with no progress bar so I don’t know how much left. It may go forever. Scans can be quick or full. No mention of which. I chose full. Big mistake. Same thing with Microsoft Essestials. Full takes forever. Can I do quick? I still don’t know if I have a virus. Is it always like this?

    #1237

    mejc3
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    Try Hitman Pro Trial version. This is a free download from CNET. http://download.cnet.com/HitmanPro-3-32-bit/3028-2239_4-10895604.html?c=SEM-SEO2&s=fivemill&pid=dlcom_sem&aid=hitman-pro-e&dlc=n&part=fivemill

    Also try TDSSKiller for rootkits… This also is a free download from CNET.
    http://download.cnet.com/Kaspersky-TDSSKiller/3000-2239_4-75722087.html

    #1239

    Christian
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    The surest way to test for rootkits is to use an offline scan, because you really can’t trust anything your operating system (or a program running on it) is telling you. In this post, I recommend two downloadable CDs (which you need to download and burn on an uninfected computer) for offline scanning.

    http://soundbytes.org/forums/topic/cleaning-an-infected-pc-including-rootkits/

    #1242

    Annoyed
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    I would suggest that you download whatever tools you’re going to use from the creator of the tool’s own website, rather than any popular “download site”, particularly Cnet, download.com & related. The reason is that Cnet has started bundling adware/malware such as toolbars and such with their downloads.

    With some hunting, you can find the direct download site operated by whoever made whatever it you’re trying to grab.

    In this case, http://support.kaspersky.com/5350?el=88446#block1, with the download itself being: http://media.kaspersky.com/utilities/VirusUtilities/EN/tdsskiller.exe

    CNET is definitely not to be trusted. I can’t speak for the other sites, but it’s just best practice to get from the horse’s mouth in any case.

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