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    Virus

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    My laptop has been attacked with a malware or virus. I am running Win 7. I am looking for a good recommendation to rid the computer of the virus and clean the registry.

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    Hi! Have you scanned with malwarebytes free?? WS does not have a malware section and I'm not sure what all I can recommend because I haven't been trained. I have cleaned up several PC's however. Here's a trusted site to down load malwarebytes!
    http://filehippo.com/download_malwar..._anti_malware/

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    As well as MalwareBytes a common suggestion is also to download and run AdwCleaner.
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    Many of the popular anti-virus companies offer a free manual scan version of their program. For example, Trend Micro offers House Call and other free tools.

    If you have a particularly difficult virus, there is a different approach -- a pre-Windows scan. One such program is Windows Defender Offline. On the website you will be given the opportunity to create a boot disk (typically a CD). Once it is created, you will restart the computer, booting from the CD. WDO takes a while, so be patient. WDO is not the best software out there, but by doing a pre-Windows scan, it can usually either clean the computer, or remove enough bad stuff to then allow a traditional virus scan to finish the cleanup job.

    If you are asked, make sure you choose the correct version of Windows - either 32-bit or 64-bit.

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    Hi All good suggestions and all programs that malware fighters recommend on all malware sites.
    This is one I use a lot here in my retirement village. It will take a long time to scan, but IMHO ESET is one of the best and recommended by all malware fighters; after you have scanned with the programs mentioned in the other posts here. The one suggested by mrjimphelps is real good also, and Windows Defender Offline is excellent when the virus won't let you run or down load other scanners. Gives you a start so you can finish the job!
    http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/

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    AVG Rescue CD (or USB stick): http://www.avg.com/us-en/download.prd-arl
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    ESET Free Online Scanner as already suggested is usually my first choice and is best downloaded and run in Safe Mode with Networking, as some infections will block downloads as a means to defend itself.

    Check the boxes for PuPs and PuMs then click on Advanced and check those boxes, although you can usually leave the Archive one.

    Another bootable scan program is the Kaspersky Rescue Disk.

    http://support.kaspersky.co.uk/viruses/rescuedisk

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    My personal favourite is the Emsisoft Emergency Kit. It can be found here:
    https://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/

    Good Luck!
    -brino

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