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This has turned into somewhat of a Virus help FAQ. Please post ideas/programs/strategies and the like, and I will add them.

Software:
Free Anti-Virus software:

Antidote Super Lite version - http://www.vintage-solutions.com/English/Antivirus/Super/index.html
Avast! - www.avast.com
AVG (free). - http://free.grisoft.com/
Avira Antivir - www.free-av.com/
BitDefender - www.bitdefender.com - FOR LINUX.
Clam AV - www.clamav.net
ClamWin - www.clamwin.com
Comodo Anti-Virus - www.antivirus.comodo.com
Cyberhawk - www.novatix.com/cyberhawk
eTrust Antivirus - http://www.ca-store.co.uk/virus/antivirus_plus.aspx?sc_lang=en-GB
FProt - www.f-prot.com/
HandyBits - http://www.handybits.com/vsi.htm
PC Tools AntiVirus - www.pctools.com/anti-virus/
Spybot Search and Destory - www.safer-networking.org/
Recommended: AVG, Avast, Spybot Search and Destroy.

Costly Anti-Virus
AhnLab, Inc. - http://global.ahnlab.com/
AVG (paid) - http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download-avg-internet-security
Command AntiVirus - http://www.authentium.com/products/avmatrix.htm
Dr. Web- http://www.drweb.com/
eSafe - http://www.ealaddin.com/esafe/
F-Prot Antivirus - http://www.f-prot.com/products/microsoft
F-Secure Anti-Virus - http://www.f-secure.com/
GFI MailSecurity for Microsoft Exchange/SMTP - http://www.gfi.com/microsoft/
GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server - http://www.gfi.com/microsoft/
InVircible - http://www.invircible.com/
Solo - http://www.srnmicro.com
Trend Micro™ - http://us.trendmicro.com/us/purchase/index.html
McAfee - http://download.mcafee.com/eval/
Windows Live OneCare - http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-gb/default.htm
Nod32 - http://www.nod32.com/
Protector PLUS - http://www.pspl.com/
Quick Heal - http://www.quickheal.com/
Kaspersky - http://www.kaspersky.com/
Norman - http://www.norman.com/
Norton Anti-Virus - ttp://www.norton.com/
Panda Software - http://www.pandasoftware.com/
Principal Anti-Virus - http://www.resplendence.com/antivirus
Sophos - http://www.sophos.com/
ViRobot Expert - http://www.globalhauri.com/product/
Recommended: Kaspersky, NOD32, F-Secure Anti-Virus.

Free Firewalls:

1) Ashampoo - www.ashampoo.com
2) Agnitum - www.agnitum.com/
3) Comodo - www.comodo.com
4) Sunbelt/Kerio - sunbelt-software.com/kerio.cfm
4) ZoneAlarm - www.zonealarm.com

Ways to eradicate viruses/Protect your computer.

1) Always update your computer. For example, if you're using a Windows computer, visit:
http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate
2) Microsoft have suggested a program to remove existing viruses from your system.
Visit, http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx.
3) Always update your Anti-Virus. Check the client AND the website for updates/information.
4) Before opening a .zip/.rar file - Right Click > Scan with <Virus Software>.
5) When removing viruses, make sure to disable system restore, many viruses like to hide there.
6) Run regularly virus scans! Daily scans are preferred.
7) Many viruses are obtained via access to "Porn" and "Downloading" websites. Try to stick clear of these, or find a trusted one.
8) Check the file size. For example, if you are downloading a song, and it's 250mg, you know that is ISN'T the song.

Prevent Viruses in the first place:

1. Use an Internet firewall (Note: Windows XP with SP2 has a firewall already built-in and turned on by default).
2. Visit Microsoft Update and turn on automatic updating.
3. Subscribe to industry standard antivirus software, such as Windows Live OneCare and keep it current.
4. Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don't know.
5. Avoid opening an e-mail attachment from someone you know, unless you know exactly what the attachment is. The sender may be unaware that it contains a virus.
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/co...es/prevent.mspx
6. Avoid clicking on banners. These regularly link to dangerous sites.
6)Whenever somebody sends you something without request, make sure the person answers a question before you accept and download the file. This will remove the danger of the message being sent via scripts, and not a person.

You may have a virus IF:

• Your computer runs slower than normal
• Your computer stops responding or locks up often
• Your computer crashes and restarts every few minutes
• Your computer restarts on its own and then fails to run normally
• Applications on your computer don't work correctly
• Disks or disk drives are inaccessible
• You can't print correctly
• You see unusual error messages
• You see distorted menus and dialog boxes

Definitions of various forms of viruses/calamities. Copyright http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial101.html.
It's a bonus to know what you are up against when fighting these threats.

Adware - A program that generates popups on your computer or displays advertisements. It is important to note that not all adware programs are necessarily considered malware. There are many legitimate programs that are given for free that display ads in their programs in order to generate revenue. As long as this information is provided up front then they are generally not considered malware.
Backdoor - A program that allows a remote user to execute commands and tasks on your computer without your permission. These types of programs are typically used to launch attacks on other computers, distribute copyrighted software or media, or hack other computers.
Dialler - A program that typically dials a premium rate number that has per minute charges over and above the typical call charge. These calls are with the intent of gaining access to pornographic material.
Hijackers - A program that attempts to hijack certain Internet functions like redirecting your start page to the hijacker's own start page, redirecting search queries to a undesired search engine, or replace search results from popular search engines with their own information.
Spyware - A program that monitors your activity or information on your computer and sends that information to a remote computer without your knowledge.
Trojan - A program that has been designed to appear innocent but has been intentionally designed to cause some malicious activity or to provide a backdoor to your system.
Virus - A program that when run, has the ability to self-replicate by infecting other programs and files on your computer. These programs can have many effects ranging from wiping your hard drive, displaying a joke in a small box, or doing nothing at all except to replicate itself. These types of infections tend to be localized to your computer and not have the ability to spread to another computer on their own. The word virus has incorrectly become a general term that encompasses trojans, worms, and viruses.
Worm - A program that when run, has the ability to spread to other computers on its own using either mass-mailing techniques to email addresses found on your computer or by using the Internet to infect a remote computer using known security holes.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed!
Hope this helps... I'll update it regularly.
Last edited by lotsofvolume at Apr 27, 2008,
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Pretty Good...
Maybe you could add a few ways how to get rid of diffrent virus'/trojans and this could get stickied
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Quote by St.Loony
Pretty Good...
Maybe you could add a few ways how to get rid of diffrent virus'/trojans and this could get stickied

Will do.
#5
Quote by lotsofvolume
Will do.


Awesome...Not that I need them... But the amoutn of threads... Many other people do

+1 for sticky
#8
Amazing thread! You should add ratings next the quality scanners, though. Nod32, Avast, and AVG deserve some! Nod32 is one of the greatest, Avast updates almost daily, and AVG well-liked by a lot of people. Norton sucks.
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You should have a section on Rootkits, man those buggers suck, had one of them.


Had to buy Avira Antivir. Probably my most recommended for expensive anti-virus.


http://www.av-comparatives.org/


Very good site comparing different anti-viruses


If you want free anti virus, I'd recommend AVG or Avast!
Last edited by MrGuitar123 at Apr 26, 2008,
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Quote by RPGoof
Amazing thread! You should add ratings next the quality scanners, though. Nod32, Avast, and AVG deserve some! Nod32 is one of the greatest, Avast updates almost daily, and AVG well-liked by a lot of people. Norton sucks.

Thankyou, and will do!

Quote by MrGuitar123
You should have a section on Rootkits, man those buggers suck, had one of them.


Had to buy Avira Antivir. Probably my most recommended for expensive anti-virus.


If you want free anti virus, I'd recommend AVG or Avast!

Alright, I'll have a go at adding a section on Rootkits.
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Thanks a lot for the thread, it's definitely going to eliminate most of the "OH NOES I HAS VIRUS HOW FIX?" threads.
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Quote by lotsofvolume
Ok, done.
I'd suggest AVG. I used it before I got McAfee and it worked very well.



Yeah McAfee is ****ing horse****.


For Expensive for this thread I'd strongly reccommend Avira or ESET NOD32. ESET is more complex than Avira, but when ESET finds some crazy **** on my computer its really there its not a false alarm, like say AVG catches a lot of false alarms. I had a Virtumonde on my computer AVG missed and ESET caught, my license ran out and I just got one for Avira instead and I love them both equally.
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Ways to prevent getting viruses in the first place:

1. Use an Internet firewall (Note: Windows XP with SP2 has a firewall already built-in and turned on by default).

2. Visit Microsoft Update and turn on automatic updating.

3. Subscribe to industry standard antivirus software, such as Windows Live OneCare and keep it current.

4. Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don't know.

5. Avoid opening an e-mail attachment from someone you know, unless you know exactly what the attachment is. The sender may be unaware that it contains a virus.

etc.

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/prevent.mspx

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You might have a virus if:
• Your computer runs more slowly than normal
• Your computer stops responding or locks up often
• Your computer crashes and restarts every few minutes
• Your computer restarts on its own and then fails to run normally
• Applications on your computer don't work correctly
• Disks or disk drives are inaccessible
• You can't print correctly
• You see unusual error messages
• You see distorted menus and dialog boxes

etc.

Make sense of them and add those two sections
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#16
Also a nice tip which has always helped me:

I'm not sure if this works with others but before opening a .zip/.rar file - Right Click > Scan with <Virus Software>.

The amount of times this has saved me
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Reminder: When removing viruses, make sure to disable system restore, many viruses like to hide there.
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Oh yeah, also some kid in my Computer Graphics class thought he was a genius about computers and I told him I had a LOP Virus, which all it does is install fake toolbars for IE7 and goes away rather quickly. I pretended I didn't know I was talking about to see what this "genius" would say.


He said that someone is trying to shut down my computer and to get a brand new computer or reinstall the entire OS. Needless to say, I laughed and told him to stop holding himself up to such regards.
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Quote by St.Loony
Also a nice tip which has always helped me:

I'm not sure if this works with others but before opening a .zip/.rar file - Right Click > Scan with <Virus Software>.

The amount of times this has saved me



Yes anything zipped or in a virtual CD sort of ordeal. I find the most dangerous file formats are .daa and .rar to open on your own w/o scanning for viruses. I don't find .iso to be that dangerous but it doesn't hurt to waste 10 seconds double checking for viruses.


Also Anti-Virus isn't all you could do to protect your computer use a firewall. I use ZoneAlarm Pro but since that costs money use the free version here . Hell my firewall stopped so many "script kiddies" from getting on my computer who thought I was an idiot. I'd also reccomend for paid Anti-Spyware Webroot Spy Sweeper. But for free alternatives there is Ad Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy .
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Thanks to, lordofthefood1, St.Loony, that_1_dude24, and MrGuitar123.
Updated the main post with your pointers and tips.
#23
Also... Some sites I've been on I have gotten virus'... I can't remember excactly but one was a pr0n site (>_> and the other was a Console Game Cheat site... so watch out for them and others.

St.Edit:

Also avoid clicking any banners on sites. This may be obvious but alot can be missleading.
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hey i was wondering if i could have a virus becasue sometimes when i start my computer up, it will go up to the screen where it says windows xp with the loading bar then restarts and it goes to the safe mode screen, some times it will work if i just leave it alone and let i select start windows normally but sometimes it will continue to crash and reset until i active safe mode then reset from the user selection screen

anyone have any idea? (i have done a full system scan with norton (buts its norton so it could have missed it), and an anti-adware program but it hasn't updated in a long time
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Quote by that_1_dude24
Add Spybot search and destroy to the free list.

Done.

Good idea @ St. Loony. I'll definitely add that to the list.
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You should say which Programs are best, like the bets free program and the best costly program.
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Quote by TehPwn3r
You should say which Programs are best, like the bets free program and the best costly program.

Yeah. The problem with that, though, is generally it's by choice.
So, if I were to add that, it'll most likely be biased. But I'll have a look at these replies and see which UG thinks is best.
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Note to people who have AVG


it may conflict with steam games!if your getting error messages when trying to connect to servers AVG *might* be the problem
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Quote by lotsofvolume
Yeah. The problem with that, though, is generally it's by choice.
So, if I were to add that, it'll most likely be biased. But I'll have a look at these replies and see which UG thinks is best.

I see your point but i think you should put it as you say "IMO ____ is the best Free/Costly program"


And this should also be Stickied.
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Quote by TehPwn3r
I see your point but i think you should put it as you say "IMO ____ is the best Free/Costly program"


And this should also be Stickied.

Ok, will do.
And thankyou very much.

Quote by DaysoftheBlue
Note to people who have AVG


it may conflict with steam games!if your getting error messages when trying to connect to servers AVG *might* be the problem

Ooh, interesting. That might be the cause of a problem I've been having! Thanks mate.
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Quote by lotsofvolume
Ok, will do.
And thankyou very much.


Ooh, interesting. That might be the cause of a problem I've been having! Thanks mate.


your welcome.if it is your problem i would switch to avast,but thats just my suggestion

also kapersky might do it also but supposedly steam fixed that
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Quote by that_1_dude24
Reminder: When removing viruses, make sure to disable system restore, many viruses like to hide there.


Sorry for my noobity, but how do you disable system restore? Thanks
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#33
Oh yea and another thing to add is maybe to find/eliminate Viruses is to do a computer scan daily.
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Useful thread needs to be stickied.

Also, it is useful to do a full scan on a weekly basis and minor scans every now and then.

It would be cool if you could add how much ram a certain program uses , since some do scans without telling you.
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Quote by Ostinattos
Useful thread needs to be stickied.

Also, it is useful to do a full scan on a weekly basis and minor scans every now and then.

It would be cool if you could add how much ram a certain program uses , since some do scans without telling you.


Or just scan the files you download twice?

Sometimes the scanner won't pick the virus up the first time.
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Quote by St.Loony

I added it in the "Prevent your computer..." section.

Reading that now. It is interesting eh. Scary stuff.

Quote by Ostinattos

It would be cool if you could add how much ram a certain program uses , since some do scans without telling you.

That's a great idea. I'll have a look at that.
Last edited by lotsofvolume at Apr 27, 2008,
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Quote by lotsofvolume
I added it in the "Prevent your computer..." section.

Reading that now. It is interesting eh. Scary stuff.


Very scary... Its quite recent eswell
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Another thing that I just thort of... On limewire when your searchign for music there will be somthing like a... "fake" file. This could be .Zips, .exe, .m4a, or such. YOu can tell these are not right by the file size, they will be ussually small files or really huge files, Sorry if you don't get that. I'm tired and its 5:15 AM

St.Edit

Sorry for double post... I thoughrt somone would've posted
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