Good Malware removal programs

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#1 Posted by itsVASH (193 posts) -

So Day 3 of using a PC again and wouldn't you know I have Malware already, the start sweetpacks and search conduit one, I already tried malware bytes no good, anyone have any suggestions for one I could use to get rid of this crap?

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#2 Posted by Dagbiker (7041 posts) -
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Try this, hope it helps

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#3 Posted by MildMolasses (3200 posts) -

Superantispyware worked for me. there is a free verison

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#4 Posted by Demoskinos (17326 posts) -

http://www.zimbio.com/Latest+Computer+Threats/articles/OojtWGbBy1i/How+Completely+Uninstall+Start+sweetpacks

Quick google search yielded this way to manually remove it.

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#5 Edited by itsVASH (193 posts) -

@demoskinosTried manual removal can't find a windows 8 one

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#6 Edited by Forcen (2294 posts) -

Malwarebytes and Spybot: Search & Destroy (maybe try the old 1.6 version if you are having problems with the latest version).

Don't forget to update before you run them.

Try running RKill before searching with these programs above, RKill shuts down all malware processes. It might shut down some legit stuff to, but run it before trying to remove stuff if it wont go away.

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#7 Posted by itsVASH (193 posts) -

superantisypware worked thanks @mildmolasses should figured something with the word super in it would work

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#8 Posted by MildMolasses (3200 posts) -

@itsvash said:

superantisypware worked thanks @mildmolasses should figured something with the word super in it would work

It really needs a better name. It sounds like some shitty freeware program that will open you up to all sorts of issues, but I got it from the MS support forums when I had some issues a while back

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#9 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5568 posts) -
@itsvash said:

So Day 3 of using a PC again and wouldn't you know I have Malware already, the start sweetpacks and search conduit one, I already tried malware bytes no good, anyone have any suggestions for one I could use to get rid of this crap?

Are you in safe mode when using these programs? Malwarebytes usually does the job as long as your in safe mode when doing it. Also would recommend using a free trial version of kaspersky in safe mode too.

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#10 Posted by Winterblink (45 posts) -

Run full scans with malwarebytes and Windows Defender. Both together are seriously awesome. Since you keep getting reinfected, consider checking your registry for anything unusual firing off in Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. That way you can be sure the next time you restart your PC and log back in you're not screwing yourself over by accident.

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#11 Posted by Benny (2009 posts) -

Honestly I would reformat and most importantly get a noscript addon and adblocker for your browser (which is probably chrome?)

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#12 Posted by Daveyo520 (7748 posts) -
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#13 Posted by Justin258 (14374 posts) -

Super Anti-Spyware and Malware Bytes both find different things. I would suggest running a scan with both, at separate times, at least once a month, preferably once a week.

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#14 Posted by ShockD (2487 posts) -

Malwarebytes is by far the most reliable one I've used to get rid of viruses.

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#15 Edited by itsVASH (193 posts) -

@mildmolasses so after restarting my computer seems as if it didnt work, man, this shit is redic, so this is why I was using a mac for so long....

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#16 Posted by WasabiCurry (440 posts) -

@shockd: I always recommend Malwarebytes. When I was younger (in my learning about PCs), I downloaded a .exe file and didn't scan it. Lo and behold, it turned into a really nasty Trojan that forced my anti-virsus as well as my internet connection to go offline. A quick google search lead me to Malwarebytes and it took care of it.

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#17 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (974 posts) -

The only issue I've ever had with Malwarebytes is that it finds false-positives a lot when it's updated to a new version, but that gets ironed out super quick by the developers (usually within an hour of the update). Otherwise it's one of the best programs for malware removal out there, and if you have any questions, there's a dedicated team of malware removal experts on their forums all the time.

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#18 Edited by myketuna (1881 posts) -

The only issue I've ever had with Malwarebytes is that it finds false-positives a lot when it's updated to a new version, but that gets ironed out super quick by the developers (usually within an hour of the update). Otherwise it's one of the best programs for malware removal out there, and if you have any questions, there's a dedicated team of malware removal experts on their forums all the time.

Another vote for Malwarebytes. I haven't messed with malware myself in years, thank goodness, but the last time it got really bad on my buddy's laptop, I used Malwarebytes and it caught everything.

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#19 Posted by Harabec (95 posts) -

Magnets, they attract the virus and remove them through magic.

I've had success with Windows Defender and Malwarebytes, but I generally just backup what I need then do a clean install. It might sound like a lot of work, but if you are going to spend hours messing around with different anti-virus software it might be worth it to skip all those steps and do the sure-fire fix.

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#20 Posted by Kidavenger (4168 posts) -

I haven't had any problems since I started using windows defender, I don't really go to any sketchy sites though.

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