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im using comodo anti virus , its been showing up this heur suspicious from time to time , i jis quarintine it , seems to do the trick

 

http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/

 

oh yeah and its free fur da basic package !

I will second this, though I only use the Commodo firewall.

 

I have AVG 9 and Spybot, Search and Destroy as well and it seems to have worked so far.

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Anyone have any experience of either, or preferably both of these, or have any suggestions for an effective killer? The most prevalent advice to fix Win32/Heur 2+ years ago was to slick the drive and reformat.... :? I really don't want to go there, and as I've spent/wasted the last 24 hours on it already without much gain, if that is the only effective fix, now would be a good time to know it and quit before I get any further behind, and aim the machine in the direction of the essy kert.

I've been asked to fix a lot of horrifically infected machines by friends, family, and colleagues, riddled with every virus known, and I've never had to reformat a machine yet, so don't give up hope!

 

First off, try "Spybot Search & Destroy" that ArabiaTerra mentioned, I've found it quite handy in the past. As far as antiviruses go, I used to use AVG, but moved over to Avast Antivirus which seems pretty effective. I also use a custom hosts file, which blocks a lot of the sources of malware, adware and even adverts at the very lowest level, but that counts more as prevention than cure ;)

 

Also, what Internet browser are you using? If you're using Internet Explorer, I'd advise you to just give it up ASAP. I honestly haven't had a single virus infection on any of my PCs since I stopped using IE back in 2002 or thereabouts. I can't in all honesty recommend Firefox as a suitable alternative to IE in its present form, but Opera and Google Chrome are both top notch.

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Anyone have any experience of either, or preferably both of these, or have any suggestions for an effective killer? The most prevalent advice to fix Win32/Heur 2+ years ago was to slick the drive and reformat.... :? I really don't want to go there, and as I've spent/wasted the last 24 hours on it already without much gain, if that is the only effective fix, now would be a good time to know it and quit before I get any further behind, and aim the machine in the direction of the essy kert.

I've been asked to fix a lot of horrifically infected machines by friends, family, and colleagues, riddled with every virus known, and I've never had to reformat a machine yet, so don't give up hope!

 

First off, try "Spybot Search & Destroy" that ArabiaTerra mentioned, I've found it quite handy in the past. As far as antiviruses go, I used to use AVG, but moved over to Avast Antivirus which seems pretty effective. I also use a custom hosts file, which blocks a lot of the sources of malware, adware and even adverts at the very lowest level, but that counts more as prevention than cure ;)

 

Also, what Internet browser are you using? If you're using Internet Explorer, I'd advise you to just give it up ASAP. I honestly haven't had a single virus infection on any of my PCs since I stopped using IE back in 2002 or thereabouts. I can't in all honesty recommend Firefox as a suitable alternative to IE in its present form, but Opera and Google Chrome are both top notch.

 

At the moment the hard drive is enjoying a stay of execution. I just swopped it with another from an identical dead machine for now. I'd prefer to get back the use of the original though as its bigger, and there's some things on it I'd rather no write off as lost unless there is no other option.

 

I'll give Spybot Search & Destroy a go on it when I get a bit better organised and can afford to take the machine out of use altogether. Nothing else I've tried this far has been able to kill it, so anything is worth a try.

 

I'm using Firefox, and have been now exclusively for a year or more, IE is just far too slow and clunky for my liking if nothing else. The only twice I've had infections that were/are the devil to deal with (see earlier in this thread) have been since giving up IE and starting to use Firefox. If this is going to be a thing with them, shifting over to something else may be no bad idea.

 

Opera I've not looked at, but will. Chrome I've avoided for no other reason than Google and me don't often see entirely eye to eye over business practices and ethics.... What about Flock? It was described to me some time back as something like "very like FF, but without all the un-necessary bits". Main thing about it though, does it have the same "weaknesses" as FF appears to have?

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are trojan's removed by reformating?

 

yes but the virus could be on your router aswell. the only way to get rid of it if it is on your router is to reset it and change the login password

 

Ah, well. I knew there had to be some advantage to having been too lazy so far to upgrade from a hardwired modem to a router. At least not having to fiddle with that too is a slight plus.

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