Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

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Re: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

Postposted on Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:42 pm

I recently found another good anti-malware application : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

On the site it says that it's "shareware", but I found out it's actually freeware, without the real-time protection.

Just go to http://www.malwarebytes.org to download it.
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Re: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

Postposted on Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:12 pm

You know, Spybot and Adaware are pretty obsoleted nowadays. Perhaps it's time to change the recommended "Use this first" tools?
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Re: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

Postposted on Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:00 am

I still use Spybot on XP machines, it doesn't seem so effective on Vista even if it is given admin privs. I use MalwareBytes on Vista/7 machines.
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Re: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

Postposted on Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:51 am

I just cleaned the Sirefef trojan off of my fiance's notebook. Microsft Security Essentials (which is actually pretty good and free) could spot it, but it was unable to actually remove the stupid thing. It was residing in a folder that was masked from Explorer and the command prompt too (not a "hidden" folder either, this was something deeper). I ended up using a Linux boot-cd to mount the drive from the outside where the folder was visible and then I nuked it from orbit.. it was the only way to be sure.

I know that my fiance downloaded & installed the malware back on the 2nd... hopefully I'm done with this crap for a while. There's a reason I use Linux whenever I have the choice :roll:
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Re: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

Postposted on Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:07 pm

chuckula wrote:I just cleaned the Sirefef trojan off of my fiance's notebook. Microsft Security Essentials (which is actually pretty good and free) could spot it, but it was unable to actually remove the stupid thing. It was residing in a folder that was masked from Explorer and the command prompt too (not a "hidden" folder either, this was something deeper). I ended up using a Linux boot-cd to mount the drive from the outside where the folder was visible and then I nuked it from orbit.. it was the only way to be sure.

I know that my fiance downloaded & installed the malware back on the 2nd... hopefully I'm done with this crap for a while. There's a reason I use Linux whenever I have the choice :roll:

Yeah, "cloaked" malware seems to be becoming more prevalent. I encountered one myself a few days ago, as described here. It seems that you now need to have rootkit detection/removal tools in your arsenal as well as the tried-and-true virus scanners like MSE and MBAM. I'm not sure what's considered good for rootkit removal these days...
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