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 Post subject: A good AV?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:59 am 
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Hello. My computer is infected with a thing called Windows Accelerator Pro. It looks like an antivirus program, but I'm sure it's a virus, because I did not install it and I do not have any other antivirus protection on my PC. I thought I wouldn't need one, but I guess I was wrong. I tried to deal with this thing on my own and I searched for some help in Google. I found several removal guides and I did exactly as they said(mostly I followed those steps http://www.xp-vista.com/spyware-removal ... oval-guide). Now the hard part is to decide which antivirus program to download. They are so many.. how do I choose a good one, that is actually helping? Every removal guide ends with a suggestion, but how to tell if it is a good software? Can anyone recommend something? Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: A good AV?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:33 am 
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I know from experience - both personal and from assisting friends - it is tedious and in the end you always wonder "did I really get it all?"

MPC did a roundup of antivirus software a few months back. I recommend you start there. There are some paid versions and some free versions. Everyone has their personal favorite so read the reviews and see which one fits your needs best.

While AV is a necessary evil, there are some other steps you should perform to make sure your computer stays healthy:
  • Use a anti-malware program in addition to an AV. Malwarebytes antimalware and Spybot Search & Destroy (my personal favorite) are good options. Both are free; you can also purchase more robust versions.
  • If you're going to new, questionable or downright unsafe websites, use sandboxing software to limit exposure to your computer, like Sandboxie. Even better, you can set up a virtual machine which will prevent the spread of a virus to your real computer.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: A good AV?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:52 pm 
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So are you saying you are still infected? If so, and you cannot successfully remove it then your only option at this point is a clean install. [Though it is possible that a system restore point before this "app" installed itself should cure the system assuming you have system restore active, you haven't screwed things up with multiple approaches to removing Windows Accelerator Pro and this app didn't disable system restore.]

If you just want a good AV app then:
Antivirus app testing labs:
https://www.icsalabs.com/
http://www.virusbtn.com/index
http://www.westcoastlabs.com/checkmark/ ... GroupID=27
http://www.av-test.org/

Test out whichever you choose here.


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