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Conficker Virus – Think you have it?


The Conficker virus has to be one of the most difficult to get rid of. But how can you quickly diagnose if you have it?

There are some well known signs:

  • Windows Update and Automatic Updates are blocked
  • System Restore has been turned off
  • You cannot access anti-virus websites (such as Symantec, McAfee, AVG etc.)

There is now also an even quicker way: Click Here

Think you might be infected?

Symantec’s got a pretty simple (and free) tool specifically for Conficker: Download this file on an uninfected computer, follow the steps, and you should be okay.

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Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

This handy utility removes a variety of different viruses and malware, and is available free!

Here is a list of some of the viruses it can remove.

Some key features:

  • Support for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista.
  • Light speed quick scanning.
  • Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Protection Module.
  • Database updates released daily.
  • Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
  • Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
  • Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware performance.
  • A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
  • Command line support for quick scanning.
  • Context menu integration to scan files on demand.

The program is available now from Malwarebytes

Of course, not all viruses are that easy to eliminate. Give us a call if you just can’t get rid on 0800 7879 258 for some free advice, or to arrange an appointment.

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Free alternatives to Norton Internet Security and McAfee Internet Security

Both Norton Internet Security and the McAfee Internet Security suite are excellent products for ensuring your PC is protected while online. Both offer anti-virus tools, spyware blockers, trojan detection etc. However, the fees associated with keeping them up to date (often £20-30 annually) can be prohibitive.

There is an alternative in the world of anti-virus however, and this comes in the form of AVG.

The AVG free edition is just that – free. It does have a few limitations:

  • Less protection – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 provides only base level protection against viruses, spyware and safe searching. It does not provide safe surfing (drive-by download protection) nor protection from crackers, keyloggers, spam, phishing attacks and malicious file downloads that can come through instant messaging and attachments from seemingly friendly sources. This protection is only available in the commercial versions of AVG products.
  • Slower updates – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 receives updates via a lower priority service. Priority updating via high-speed servers is only available for the commercial versions of AVG products.
  • No telephone or e-mail technical support – There is no telephone or e-mail technical support provided by AVG for users of AVG Free Edition products anywhere in the world. AVG Free Edition users have access to support via the self-help AVG Free Forum.
  • No customization – Scheduling options in AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 are very limited (only one scheduled update per day, one scheduled scan per day etc.). The AVG Resident Shield configuration is limited with no exclusion settings. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition does not offer advanced testing options, password-protected archives reporting, adjustment of scan process priority and many other features.
  • No server support – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 cannot be installed on server operating systems (such as Windows Server 2003), nor can it be used for the scanning of network drives.

However – most of the above are not a serious consideration for home users. Jaytag reccomend the installation of AVG instead of the products from Norton or McAfee for two reasons:

  • Cost
  • Performance

One of the biggest benefits of AVG is its small resource requirements – the AVG Free Edition requires just 16 MB of RAM and 20 MB of space on the hard drive.

You can download the free version of AVG here.

It should be noted that the free version of AVG does not feature a firewall or email anti-spam. However, the following free tools are excellent alternatives:

Comodo Firewall Pro – a free software firewall
SpamBayes – a free bayesian spam filter

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DamianFree alternatives to Norton Internet Security and McAfee Internet Security

How to Remove Msevents / Trojan.vundo / WinFixer / Virtumonde

Vindo and Virtumonde seem to be everywhere at the moment, but there is an easy way to remove them – with a tool called VundoFix. You can download this from the author’s website.

Here is a step-by-step walkthrough from geeks to go:

  • Download VundoFix.exe to your desktop
  • Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it
  • Click the Scan for Vundo button
  • Once it’s done scanning, click the Remove Vundo button.
  • You will receive a prompt asking if you want to remove the files, click YES
  • Once you click yes, your desktop will go blank as it starts removing Vundo
  • When completed, it will prompt that it will reboot your computer, click OK

Note: It is possible that VundoFix encountered a file it could not remove. In this case, VundoFix will run on reboot, simply follow the above instructions starting from “Click the Scan for Vundo button” when VundoFix appears upon rebooting.

If VundoFix doesn’t do it, give us a call for some free advice on virus removal, or to arrange an appointment on 0845 310 2750.

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