Malware sucks. In the best-case scenario, it craps up your system with unwanted files and occasionally makes itself known in the form of a persistent pop-up window or annoying browser-based toolbar. In the worst-case scenario, malware completely takes over your desktop or laptop and ruins your life.
So what’s a computer enthusiast to do? Our four step process starts with Step zero: Read this guide, because we’re going to walk you through all the key details you need to know to both rid your computer of this junk and keep it free of downloaded nasties forevermore.
In some ways, visiting cyberspace is kind of like entering a crowded subway car during the peak of flu season. You’re surrounded by all sorts of germs—in the form of trojans, spyware, viruses, rootkits, etc.—just looking for a vulnerable host to invade and feed on. Once you’re infected, these pests can wreak havoc on your system, swiping your personal information and passwords, annihilating your credit rating, and stealing your identity. To avoid a potentially virulent attack, you need to take precautions.
After reading the Ultimate Malware Removal Guide, I have a question: Do you recommend using SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, and an antivirus program like Norton Internet Security, or is Microsoft Security Essentials a good enough antivirus/spyware/malware solution on its own?
Read the Doctor's answer for David after the jump.
The price of a fake security software program usually hovers between $30 and $100. But the hidden costs seem to be greater. Installing rogue security software can not only wreck the system but it also makes the owner vulnerable to identity theft. Deceptive ads linking to rogue software appear on both malicious and legit sites. Cybercriminals are also using search engine optimization (SEO) and social media tricks to ensnare even more people.
If you're an active reader of Maximum PC, you may have seen us recommend SUPERAntiSpyware in the past, and with good reason. The spyware scanner does a good job of detecting and disinfecting nasty malware infections, and it's free (paid version also available).
As of Thursday, SUPERAntiSpyware has begun offering free online scans, a particularly handy option if a malware strain happens to be blocking your spyware proggies from running, as they're prone to do.
"Our new online scanner is a critically important tool for computer users and technicians," said Nick Skrepetos, founder of SUPERAntiSpyware.com. "The new breed of infections we are seeing simply block most, if not all, anti-spyware and anti-virus products from running. This leaves users and technicians in a desperate situation. We have answered the call with our stand alone online "Safe Scan" which will run when other products are blocked."
The online scanner doesn't run in a browser like many of the online antivirus scanners, and you'll still need to download a nearly 9MB file. But SUPERAntiSpyware says it does not install anything in your Start Menu or Program Files "and does NOT need to be uninstalled."
We gave Safe Scan a spin and it looked and felt just like the regular version of SUPERAntiSpyware. You can download updates, schedule scans, and choose between quick or complete rooting out of spyware.
If you want to kick the tires yourself, you can do so here.
Online beguilers are leaving no stone unturned in propagating malware. They have shown remarkable pliancy in adapting themselves to the ever-evolving cyber landscape. They have realized that the best places to ply their diabolical trade are the ones with massive traffic. As nothing rivals social websites in popularity, such cyber haunts have endeared themselves to malware authors.
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