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Old 17-03-2017, 10:07   #441
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This page says it was updated Mar 2017, so may be more 'current' ?

The only issue I have with virus removals is that even if the scan comes back clean, that just means it hasn't detected anything ... you could still have some nasty lurking.

It would be quicker and easier to reinstall the operating system. If you're on Windows 10, this is relatively quick to do now.
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This page says it was updated Mar 2017, so may be more 'current' ?

The only issue I have with virus removals is that even if the scan comes back clean, that just means it hasn't detected anything ... you could still have some nasty lurking.

It would be quicker and easier to reinstall the operating system. If you're on Windows 10, this is relatively quick to do now.
Thanks for that, think it'll be much easier as you said to re-install the OS, thanks again
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Old 17-03-2017, 14:04   #443
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If you did want to go down the removal route, I'd recommend the Kaspersky Rescue Disk
https://support.kaspersky.co.uk/4162

This should be a free download (of an ISO) which you can boot your PC from and do a manual scan. Depending on the complexity of your install, it could be easier to try this first.

Even though you've got a nasty, I'd also recommend using something like Amoei Backupper or Macrium Reflect to backup what you've got now. Nothing worse than doing a reinstall to find you haven't got a password for something, or a file wasn't backed up that you now need.

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Old 24-04-2017, 06:20   #444
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What's the current simplest and best virus software ?
I've had a few other the years and all seem as good as each other, but some seem to be more intrusive and intensive with various pop ups and prompts.

Is windows defender a viable option ?
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Old 24-04-2017, 07:51   #445
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Windows Defender is as useful as Notepad. Seriously, its just pants. Its lets everything through.
Avira or Qihoo (??) were the favs in January.

http://www.alphr.com/security/6745/b...ou-can-protect

Actually, the tests themselves were carried out in October. Another one is due in April.
https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus...ws/windows-10/

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I've had to install Windows on my Mac to use a mapping program so had been wondering the same thing. Thanks for the recommendations.
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I swear by Emsisoft over the big names. But it sure ain't cheap!
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Free for an emergency though. Useful to know. Thanks for the recommendation.

https://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/
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They're good people too. I upgraded my backup software (Syncback SE7*) to Syncback Pro 8 and it came with a key for 1 year of Emsisoft. I emailed them and asked if I could add it to my current licence to extend it by a year. They said they can't and since it was a promotional key it had an expiry date but they'd extend it until after my current licence ends. So I can just enter it when my current one ends for another year.


*and that in itself came free from buying a years Emsisoft.
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Balls. Just went to do a manual scan with Malwarebytes v2 free and it prompted to upgrade the program. Like a fool I went ahead. It uninstalled anti-exploit and it looks like that's no longer free as a separate program.
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ETERNAL BLUES is a free EternalBlue vulnerability scanner. It helps finding the blind spots in your network, these endpoints that are still vulnerable to EternalBlue.

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How this tool works?

I get a lot of questions on what’s the logic behind getting a “YES” (vulnerable) result for a host. People were wondering whether the check was just “pinging the host”, or “checking SMBv1 status”, or “finding shares”. The answer to all three is “no”.

Eternal Blues checks the existence of the EternalBlue vulnerability by sending 4 crafted SMB messages. There are many references online for the technical stuff. I think the best executive summary I read was Rapid7′s:

“…it connects to the IPC$ tree and attempts a transaction on FID 0. If the status returned is “STATUS_INSUFF_SERVER_RESOURCES”, the machine does not have the MS17-010 patch.”

Also seems like a patched host (with MS17-010) will return STATUS_INVALID_HANDLE or STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED.

The 4 crafted SMB messages are:
  • SMB Negotiate Protocol
  • SMB Session Setup AndX Request
  • SMB Tree Connect (to IPC$)
  • SMB Peek Named Pipe
Getting STATUS_INSUFF_SERVER_RESOURCES as the SMB status of the 4th message means host is vulnerable.
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Balls. Just went to do a manual scan with Malwarebytes v2 free and it prompted to upgrade the program. Like a fool I went ahead. It uninstalled anti-exploit and it looks like that's no longer free as a separate program.
Isn't it now called JRT? https://www.malwarebytes.com/junkwareremovaltool/
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Did you guys see this ??

CCleaner backdoor infecting millions
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It gets worse ... you'd think these were spoof headlines from fake clickbait sites !

PSA: Severe Vulnerability in All Wi-Fi Devices
We have had a major Wi-Fi vulnerability announced that affects absolutely every device that supports Wi-Fi ... called “KRACK” (Key Reinstallation Attacks). Researchers at KU Leuven, a university in Flanders in Belgium, have discovered a way for an attacker to read sensitive information that is sent over a Wi-Fi network using WPA2.

Russia reportedly stole NSA secrets with help of Kaspersky
The Wall Street Journal published an incendiary article that says hackers working for the Russian government stole confidential material from a National Security Agency contractor's home computer after identifying files though the contractor's use of antivirus software from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.
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What’s the current best free anti virus ?
Or if not free a decent yearly fee. After something that’s set and forget and no blooming pop up adverts
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I'm pretty sure they're all ****! I tend to change after one has annoyed me or let through a virus. And I've tried a lot in fairly quick succession so they've all failed one of those.

Having said that, I've been on Emsisoft for the past year and a half now. But I would in no way claim its yearly fee was 'decent'. In fact, I'm not sure there's a more expensive home AV!! Since most of the others, whatever their RRP, can usually be grabbed cheap from somewhere.
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I'm pretty sure they're all ****! I tend to change after one has annoyed me or let through a virus. And I've tried a lot in fairly quick succession so they've all failed one of those.

Having said that, I've been on Emsisoft for the past year and a half now. But I would in no way claim its yearly fee was 'decent'. In fact, I'm not sure there's a more expensive home AV!! Since most of the others, whatever their RRP, can usually be grabbed cheap from somewhere.
Ha, brilliantly summed up and great review.

Im not wanting to spend much if anything as I’d like to be moving to an iMac in 2018 if can

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If you download hooky software from hooky sources, or click random links in random emails, then you need anti virus software, otherwise AV software just slows your machine down too much. I code a lot, so each time I 'build' my fabulous new creation, Avast pops up saying, "Ooh, this ;looks like a new program - must quickly check that...". Adding exclusions is easy enough, but after a while, you've added so many its just pointless. I find Windows Updates cause more damage to machines than viruses. So long as you have a recent backup of your machine, you should be fine!

As far as 'reviews' goes, a recent PC Mag review (6 days ago) put BitDefender and WebRoot as 'recommended'. WebRoot is £15 - one of the cheapest in a bunch of 9, with most being in the £25 price range. ESet Nod32 has always come highly recommended, but at £45 (I presume RRPs, so might be available cheaper) its the most expensive in the comparison.

http://uk.pcmag.com/antivirus-review...ection-of-2017

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Yeah Bitdefender was one of my favourites but it screwed something up once and I had to get rid of it. It conflicted with something (I forget what) and Chrome top render Chrome crashy. Emsisoft uses Bit Defenders engine (as well as one of their own) and didn't have that issue I can't remember and is probably now fixed.

We use Nod at work. Does the job. But they screwed something up with Windows 10 (from a vague recollection they broke a registry key and screwed up icon auto arranging in windows??) and the full suite (as with a lot of AV's that monitor email) screws up Outlook with imap (you get errors telling you you can't move a read message to another folder since it's been modified since opening (probably by the AV!). But the cheapest option doesn't have that issue - no email plugin probably. Nod32 might be in Amazon's black friday sales later in the week - I paid nowhere near that for it when I had it.

Based on these: https://www.av-comparatives.org/dynamic-tests/ Microsofty look to have vastly upped their game the second half of this year. They outclassed Nod32 the past 2 months! Are we wasting our money here?

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MALWAREBYTES ADWCLEANER - Removes adware and other unwanted programs.

I've just ran this (v.quick) and it did find/clean a few remnants. I'm not sure how this differs from the normal Malwarebytes app (which I have, running in the system tray, currently on a free pro trial).
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