PC Clean up

What shuld bne the proper way to get rid of malware,spyware , etc besides having a antivus ( McAee) to mantain a good performance of my PC
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Depends some root kits you really can't remove without a good removal program. Usually

1. After running multiple av scans with freeware or purchased AV client it's a good idea to remove all infected items from quarantine.

2. Update your OS with all of the latest patches and fixes.

3. After you have verified it has been wiped I would remove all back up and restore points as sometimes the infections can reload themselves from a restore point.

4. Best practice though would be to create a weekly system image and re-image if you get infected. This is because even though you may have removed the malicious code that does not undo any registry changes that it could have made thus the possiblity of remaining infected even though the AV client does not see the malicious code running. If it made changes to the registry it could still have hooks in your system ie... url hooks, host file hooks etc.

Hope this helps.
One of the easiest and free things to do is download ccleaner and let it clean junk files every now  and then. Run the cleaner prior to running Malwarebytes etc and it will shorten run time for same.

When using ccleaner, probably a good idea to not clean registry.

When using ccleaner, you can take a look at startup programs and disable unnecessary ones. It also offers a fast way to uninstall programs(run cleaner after uninstalls).
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Get Bit Defender.
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(1) Use a good antivirus program (e.g., Avast, AVG, Avira; if desirous of a very low foot print, use Panda cloud antivirus).

(2) Keep Malwarebytes Antimalware (free) installed. If suspicious of an infection, perform a scan (quick scan suffices, in most cases).

And, enjoy the Internet.  :-)
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
I normally create one vm machine, download whatever you want, use it and then get rid of VM machine. Safe and easy.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
all good suggestions.  This question is rather an open ended one.

1. good av/am installed and up to date
2. regular scans with a secondary solution (like MBAM or Chameleon)
3. use CCleaner, but not if you are already infected
4. for rootkits check my article and use at least 3 of the free apps linked to there.
5. If you are going to use a boot disk, check out this article on creating a SARDU boot device  with everything on it.

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MacGyver80Senior Systems AdministratorCommented:
The best combinations that I have suggested to one company I worked at was both Avast and Kaspersky - they went with Avast and SuperAntiSpyware.  

MalwareBytes is great but I feel the definitions for SAS are better.  With SAS and Avast within 2 years I think we had 2 high-level infections.
For (infected with) rootkits:

(1) TDSSKiller.

(2) Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit (Beta).

(3) Avast antirootkit ("aswMBR.exe").

(4) ComboFix.

In that oder.
Read through these EE Articles for some basic ideas:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_1940.html Basic Malware Troubleshooting
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_4922.html Rogue-Killer-What-a-great-name
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_5124.html Stop-the-Bleeding-First-Aid-for-Malware
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_6650.html Malware Fighting – Best Practices
Wiseapps Disk and registry cleaning apps are also good choices to help keep system clean and performing well run disk cleaner either before or after removing all malware (before will remove all the temp files and other junk so the malware tools don't have to scan them)  Use the backup function of the registry cleaner before cleaning  / defragging registry just in case.
For systems that are real bad make a Kaspersky rescue cd / usb drive and boot from it to make sure the rootkits and malware have been removed.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Beware of running any cleaning app that cleans the temp directory if you think you have been infected.  As younghv has pointed out some of the newer malware move necessary files to the temp directory.
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