Avast may have missed virus

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
I think I might have a virus on my computer.  I have Avast, and it has been updated, but I just lost all my icons for programs on my start menu.  I thought Avast was good, but I am not sure I am operating it correctly or if it is working properly.  What should be my next step?  Are there other anti-virus programs I can run without having to unstall Avast to have the other check my machine?  I paid for a year of Avast, and was assured it was great.  Is anyone an expert on the program?
Question by:ThinasDad
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    Accepted Solution

    You can give Prevx a try.

    PREVX 2.0 is the most powerful security solution in the World.It safeguards your PC and personal information from theft and attack by Spyware, Rootkits, Trojans, Viruses, Bots, Adware and all other forms of Malware and Crimeware.

    It includes a free scanner, maybe it finds something.

    You don't have to buy it for full use, btw. there is at least 31 days full enabled trial.

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    Assisted Solution

    Try another virus scan engine however run it in safe mode.

    1. Kaspersky personal should do the trick.
    2. Run spybot as well after that has finished

    Then boot into normal mode. I doubt if it finds the virus and removes it that the icons may come back, depending on the infection.

    Please explain your problem in more detail which leads you to believe it is a virus...
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    Expert Comment


    AVG Free Edition ( is a good solution.  

    Make sure you have good spy/adware detection programs.  Personally, I use Adaware ( and Spybot (  I've heard good things lately about SuperAntiSpyware (

    Another helpful tool is CCleaner (  This will clean out all temp files, including temp internet folders.  It also has a good registry cleaner.

    This is the setup I use on my personal computers.  All free, all good programs.  AVG does have a full suite (spyware included) in a pay-for version that is much better than McAfee and Norton.  Smaller footprint (as in use of resources), more reliable, etc.
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    Expert Comment

    PrevX is the best way forward, as Tolomir has suggested.  However, you could also try an online scan from Bitdefender:

    or TrendMicro:

    Good luck!

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