killing virus off xp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by PAT WS6, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. PAT WS6 macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2008
    i accidently downloaded a virus on xp and im gettin a error message at start up bout dll. and i got random pop ups like crazy when i run the inernet.

    any recomendation on freeware out there to run to get rid of malware?
  2. ljay macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2008
    I would download the 30 day FREE trial for kaspersky and run root kit as this may find things that other virus scans may not
  3. PAT WS6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2008
  4. PAT WS6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2008
    i need some good **** is good im about to reformat xp on this computer im gettin so frustrated... my computer is wack and its messing everythign up.
  5. DELTAsnake macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2008
    Windows malware is so hard to remove these days you should just format and reinstall, it's the only way to be sure all the virus' have been removed. Yes I said virus' because once you get one it downloads more onto your system.
  6. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    Spy Bot Search and Destroy
    +1 for AVG Free
    CCleaner to wipe all your temp files and other clogged up rubbish.
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    The most thorough one I have used is Super Antispyware. It found virus files that AVG, Ad-Aware, Avast, and Spybot could not.

    Unlike most others it does not have to be installed into Windows to run. You still need Windows to boot and load but it does not require being tied to the Windows registry. That way you can install it onto a Flash drive and run updates. Then boot an infected PC into safe mode mount the flash drive and run the program.

    This is really handy when viruses reroute proxies preventing other AV's from updating. If the program or installer will not run rename the .exe file as some viruses are clever enough to block some anti-virus programs from loading.

    Don't spend too much time trying to remove the virus. Some of those buggers are very persistent. Occasionally making a data backup and Windows reinstall the quicker solution. When any of my customers have reputable and up to date Anti-Virus software and have been inundated with viruses I usually recommend this course to save them money.

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