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Some of these programs may erase items in your registry or erase temporary files to their jobs.
That's not a bad thing, but just something to be a aware of.
- If your concerned about not mucking around with stuff your not comfortable with.
- If your computer skills are quite novice.
- If your using an office machine and your IT guys take of this for you.
....Some of these applications may not be for you.
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malwarebytes free version
The way to use this is your choice.
I prefer a competent Anti-Virus program and use this if I think I need a supplemental scan.
It is very good at getting after malware.
(I don't like putting 'two diapers on the baby'. Other programs are better at strict antivirus and I say no to slapping this on top of another antivirus. It just makes things slower in my opinion - despite claims to the contrary -.)
You may have a different perspective and please do what you prefer.
Still useful Spware / Malware scanner and cleaner. I use this one when needed.
Old reliable that usually does the trick
Don't believe it when a newb says 'doesn't work as well as malwarebytes'.
It isn't meant to be used in the same way.
The definitions are kept up to date.
A boot time scan with this program is still an excellent way to clean many problems others will stumble on.
You can bypass booting Windows and boot from a CD or USB stick to perform a virus scan.
This will help with some 'nasties' that keep you from getting your system up before you can knock them out.
I recommend making a copy of these BEFORE you need them if you have only one computer. ;)
Scroll down the page and look for the free downloads. There is a virus removal tool and a rescue disk among some other options. The rescue disk boots a compact operating system and allows you to do many things besides just scanning for virus. It may be a way to retrieve a vital file if your operating system is damaged or can not be repaired.