Other Forms of Software that Eradicate Viruses

Hello:

I was fortunate enough two nights ago to eliminate a virus from a laptop.  I used Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.  Prior to using this free tool, though, I used a purchased tool called System Mechanic.

This System Mechanic tool did a good job, in that it optimized the hard drive, so that the laptop would actually allow me to do a Windows System Restore.  Prior to running System Mechanic, I had not been able to run System Restore.

In the future, if I'm not able--for whatever reason--to have such a purchased tool, what free tools out there would do the job just as well?

Thanks!

TBSupport
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
We have a number of good articles on this subject here:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Anti_Spyware/articles.jsp
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