Hello SWI Security people
The reason I am at this forum today is because a very nice guy who works for best buy Geek Squad told me this is a very good site for Malware, Spyware and Virus discussion. He also said that this forum is good as well www.wilderssecurity.com
Now that I am talking about this right now does anyone know any other forums and sites that are just as good as this ne? If anyone could tell me that would be great I would like to add them to my bookmarked list. Ok moving on....
I have been doing my best to learn as much as I can about the dark side of the internet these days. I want to become a Malware Spyware Pro. I am even thinking about going to school for it. But anyways here is what I want to say and what I am hoping someone / anyone can help me with...
I would like to know if I have all the best tools and if I am doing the right thing to protect and clean and prevent infections on my computers ... Well mostly THIS computer.
This is my new baby here are the specs
dELL xps xps_430
S.2 Windows Experience Index
Intel ® Core 2 Quad CPU Q8300
@2.50 GHz 2.49 GHz
MEMORY (RAM) 6.00 GB
SYSTEM TYPE 64-BIT OPERATING SYSTEM
I have lovingly names this machine " ED 209 " : )
Ok so THIS is what I have right now to protect my PC
I have ....
1. Avira Ant-Virus Free
2. Spyware Doctor
3. Malwarebytes Antimalware
4. A-Squared ( Free Version )
5. CCleaner ( not a scanner but a cleaner
but I might as well mention it )
6. I was told to also add " Free Panda root kit scanner " to my list of active tools but I have not been able to find that program that works with Vista .. If anyone knows if there is a Vista compatible version of that software please let me know
Ok so that is what I use all the time. I am pretty much always running a full scan or a intelliscan with Spyware Doctor. I scan with Avira all the time. I was told that MalwareBytes Antimalware and A-Squared are good to " supplement " or ... ust good extra's after using Spyware Doctor. I was going to also add a program called " SUPERantispyware " to that list but the thing that is making me hesitate on doing that is because the Geek Squad people have no idea what that is and most of them never heard of the program. Geek Squad also convinced me to NOT use Registry Mechanic EVER! They talked about it like it was AIDS or something. They said it causes more problems then it fixes. I
currently have Registry Mechanic and SUPERantispyware on my other two PC's but neither are on my Baby ED 2009 here.
Ok like I said I do scans all the time with it. If I come across a folder filled with files and one of those files contain a .exe file I do a scan with Avira on the folder and I should maybe also do a scan with A-Squared because I noticed that if you ight click on something there is a option to scan with A-Squared. And this part I think is really cool. I was told about two b]FREE ONLINE VIRUS AND MALWARE SCANNERS[/b] they are http://www.virustotal.com and http://virusscan.jotti.org/
Someone said if you are ever unsure about any .exe file load them up and scan them on those two sites. He said it will run them through like 20 Malware Scanners and it it says it's clean there is a 99.99 percent chance that that is correct and it IS clean ! I find this kind of exciteing...
Ok and this gets even better. One of the Geek Squad people was nice enought to tell me ALL the programs they use to can and clean a PC when they are paid to come to someones houe and clean their computer this is the list including the inks to the sites
PROGRAMS TO BUY IF PC IS EVER INFECTED !!!!
1. Kaspersky anti-virus removal tool http://www.kaspersky.com/removaltools
2. Panda Anti-Virus http://www.pandasecu...com/canada-eng/
3. McAfee Virus Scan http://www.mcafee.com/us/
4. Trend Micro Virus Scan http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
5. Webroot System Analyzer http://www.bleepingc...m/forums/topic1 47098.html
6. Spyware Doctor http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/
7. A-Squared ( a paid version ) http://www.emsisoft..../software/free/
Now the Geek Squad guy said SO NOT buy those programs JUST to have them and scan your PC here and there. He said just use the list og tools that you already have. BUT .... IF your PC ever gets infected with something THEN wipe out the Credit Card and buy all those programs and Scan the heck out of your PC to get rid of the Malware. Because that will be HELL of a lot cheaper then paying Geek Squad to come and clean it for you....
Ok so now my question to you SWI people is? Does this sound pretty good to you? Are there any other programs I should be using? I am sort of addicted to scanning my PC's these days and I even find it a little fun to be honest so any other ideas or software please throw my way ! Doe's everyone like my list of Tools? Am I rocking or what? I tried to ask his question on some other forum but I think I have pretty bad OCD and ADD and I am not a good listener or reader. Because it was some forums that has like free volunteers of people who try and get rid of malware on peoples PC's by giving them instructions and the site had a huge list of its own personal scanners it uses and the one guy was like " There s spyware and infections you can get and not be able to detect or get rid of even with all your apps. Please go to this thread read 10,000 lines of text and run your computer through all OUR weird scanners and get a ticket and someone one ...blah blah blah ..ect ect .... Know what I mean? Does anyone know what forum I am talking about? Ok so I put a lot of work in this thread. Someone out there HELP ME! Upgrade my brain security people !!
Basically if I run scans with all my current tools and I scan .exe files with Avira and A-Squared AND I upload the .exe to both of those online scanners should my system stay clean and healthy?
Thank You very much for reading and I look forward to some nice replies I hope !
Aaron aka PROTEUS
Edited by MCPROTEUS, 04 May 2009 - 12:07 PM.
Fixed weird formatting