Free Anti Virus software

Posted on 2007-08-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
1. Some of friends' machines got virus (adware, malware, spyware).
2. I need the free software to cure from those adwares, malwares, spywares
3. Any help?
4. Thank you

Question by:tjie
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    Greetings tjie !

    1. These online antivirus scans are free:

    Housecall Online Scan

    Symantec Online Scan

    2. The above will also check for some adware.  Check for adware with these free tools:


    Ewido is not free, but has 14 day free trial

    SpyBot S&D searches your harddisk for so-called spy- or adbots;


    Best wishes, war1
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    Assisted Solution

    Best free anti virus software out there is AVG. They also have regular updates of the database

    For spyware Spybot Search and Destroy

    For adware lavasoft's ad-aware

    Hope this helps,

    LVL 97

    Assisted Solution

    Other good antivirus software are


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    Just to add to the list...
    Prevx is a very good removal tool for all kinds of malware:

    The 30-day free trial is fully functional and will definately give you a clean hdd...
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    Antivirus is not really for malware/adware or spyware. They are mainly for viruses.
    So IF what's in your friends systems are not viruses, then antivirus won't be able to get rid of the nasties.

    What I would suggest first is to diagnose what kind of nasties the system has and to use a specific tool to remove them, instead of using generic scanners.

    By running a Hijackthis or any diagnostic tools that produce a log for us to analyze.
    Run a scan with hijackthis and show us the log.
    Open Hijackthis, click "Do a system scan and save a logfile" please don't fix anything yet.

    You can also try this tool,
    Download ComboFix to your Desktop, from either of these locations:

    Double click "combofix.exe" and follow the prompts.
    When finished, it shall produce a log for you.
    Post that log and a HiJackthis log in your next reply

    Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while its running. That may cause it to stall

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