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Is there such thing as a virus that greatly increases your latency (ping)?

If there is how do you get rid of it without reformating your pc?

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by:ghana
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There are some viruses that decrease system performance. This also may increase the response time, if you ping this computer from another one. But increased response time is not a specific symptom to give you any advice.

I assume you don't have installed an antivirus software at the moment. So I would recommend to scan your computer with one of the following free online scanners to check, whether your computer is infected or not:

Trend Micro: http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/
Panda: http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/

Spyware/adware can also slow down your computer. If you don't find viruses then try antispyware software:

http://www.lavasoftusa.com
http://beam.to/spybotsd

Both sites offer free programs that can detect and remove a lot of spyware and adware.
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by:Stickie
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i was talkin to my friend about this issue, and he said that the ping i was gettin was so high for broadband internet that it had to be coming from a virus. Could this be possible? He said that these types of viruses are becoming more common nowadays and he recommended ad-aware from lavasoft. He said that it wont get rid of the virus but it might help.  
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If you ping another computer in the internet and you get a slow response then this is not caused by a virus on your computer. The response time is the time between sending and recieving the ICMP package. It's tracking the response time to a special host and not the performance of your computer.

Even if you have a fast broadband internet access there may be high traffic in one of the segments where your packages have to pass. Or the server you're pinging is under heavy load. There are some explanations for slow response times but I wouldn't think about a virus only because of this.

If you currently don't have any antivirus software on your computer then I would strongly recommend to install one. We can't see a virus with our eyes so we need tools that are able to detect them. There are some major products (McAfee, Panda, Symantec, Trend Micro, etc.) and a lot of other antivirus vendors. Some offer their antivirus free for private use (http://www.grisoft.com/ and http://www.free-av.com/). I feel better protected using one of the major products...

Additionally it's a good idea to use an antispy tool as recommended by your friend. Ad-aware by Lavasoft will be a good choice. And your friend is right: Ad-aware won't help against viruses. It's not an antivirus but an antispy tool.
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by:Stickie
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whats the differnece between an anti-virus and antispy?
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Viruses are able to spread to other computers for example by mail or over network connections. Spyware is a component of some other piece of software that you've downloaded from the web. It tries to spy out only that computer where it was installed and maybe sends the information to a central database.

Antiviurs software is designed to detect and remove viruses and antispy is designed to detect and remove spyware. There is no software on the market that is able to detect both, viruses and spyware.
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by:GaryVN
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I'm not sure what kind of connection your using but here are some good sites to download software that helps with your ping rate, I use it since I play "real time" games, and it really helped get my delay and varience low on my cable connection:
www.speedguide.net

Also, another good spyware software (free also):

http://www.spychecker.com/spychecker.html
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