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Root Kit detector - Beta version.


john bunyan

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I use Avira anti virus, Spywareblaster as a malware shield, and Superantispyware and Malawarebytes as malware scanners. I have recently added Malawarebytes Anti Root Kit (Free). Although a Beta version it seems fine.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/

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Forum Editor

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Blimey! You must have some seriously important data to protect. I run six machines, all of them with confidential client information on them, and I've never use more than the free version of AVG. I can't remember when I last had any form of file infection.

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john bunyan

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Forum Editor

I may be paranoid after a loss of data a couple of years ago with a virus that got through Bullguard security, and before the time when (as now) I do ATI backups. I agree it is a bit OTT but my 18 year old grand daughter - normally bright and about to go to Uni, had a laptop full of malware, viruses etc. I suspect Facebook and other sites and downloads of Trojans in "free" downloads. My data is not sensitive, but I like to keep protected - maybe too keenly!

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rdave13

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Forum Editor , hope you're not running free AVG on any PC that's used for commercial use.

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Jock1e

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I have to agree with JB once you have been infected you do not want it to happen again so a bit of overkill is not a bad thing.

I have found out on here that most of them that say I only have such and such of a Security program forget to say that they have Acronis in the background just in case they do get infected.

So what they are really saying is they do have more than one security program on board even though it is called Acronis.

There is not one Security program out there that will keep you Virus free,

I suppose there are folk that have that have not had their computer compromised by a virus or Malware but they must be few and far between.

I also find that the free versions of security programs will not stop the drive by Malware that download on to your computer when surfing the internet that is why you need a good Anti Malware program with full time protection.

The downside to to much protection is if you are on and old computer it will tend to run a bit slower but better safe than sorry I would say.

Just a matter of interest is there anyone out there that has only got the one security program and does not have the likes of Acronis in the background and has never had their computer infected.

If so download update and give malwarebytes a run just for a second opinion and if no infections found I will say well done for having gone so long virus free.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I have been infected in the past,the distant past, but I too only use a free antivirus MSE and Malwarebytes and I only scan after I have downloaded something as a torrent (Legit stuff)and I cannot remember when I last had an infection.

I do not use Acronis or any other imaging software as I see no point in imaging all the rubbish one accumulates. It is much simpler to have separate hard-drives for operating system and programs (SSD) and another couple for everything else and in my case a NAS drive for a backup taken care of by Goodsync with dropbox looking after my documents.

If things do go wrong, or you upgrade a motherboard, then it is relatively painless to reinstall Windows and programs and the odd non Steam game in my case.

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Batch

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FE

I think you'll find quite a number of bods here take a multi-layered approach (I say this from the comments in a multitude of threads here over the years).

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spuds

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I use very few anti-wares, and not a combination of the same or similar program, but the ones I regard as being 'highly recommended and free'. On my main use computer, Avast and SuperAntiSpyware.

In all the years I have been 'computer surfing', I have only had two real concerns about infections, and those seemed to have been caused by an error of redirection to porn sites. In the first case Avast came to the rescue, and in the second case (very recent) I apparently did a mistake by not inserting a dot in a browser address for my banking and was directed to adult 'multiple chat' websites. The irony of the last error or security issue, was I contacted the bank, and they didn't appear to be interested, just another stupid customer's fault to them?.

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Jock1e

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It usually costs me about £35 a year for my security programs and that is with shopping around to get the best prices.

To me £35 well spent.If I try to open a bad site it is blocked immediately or some of the contents is blocked.

Both find and stop problems but it is my Anti-malware program that stops most.

I do not go into bad sites intentionally just normal sites waiting to download some nastie on to your computer.

Like Chronos the 2nd says probably cheaper just reformatting your computer but it is the time it take.

Restored my other computer back to factory settings a couple of weeks ago and it took ages to get it back up and running the way I wanted it.

john bunyan

You get that on the Pro Version of Malwarebytes I believe and it is only a one off payment for it.

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Chronos the 2nd

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Like Chronos the 2nd says probably cheaper just reformatting your computer but it is the time it take.

A couple of hours tops, but I have it down to a fine art. All my program .EXE are saved elsewhere along with Ninite, and OS reinstall is very quick as I have SP1 slipstreamed into Windows 7. Compared to an XP reinstall Windows 7 is positively child's play.

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