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Recommended sequence of antivirus programs for really pernicious malware

I'm just wrapping up with an older XP laptop what was badly infected with malware. Here's what I used:

VIPRE - Our native antivirus
SuperAntiSypware
MalwareBytes
Kasperky's TDSSKiller

I have ComboFix in my arsenal of antivirus apps, but I don't use it unless I have to since it will occasionally break a legitimate app.

As anyone published a recommended sequence of antivirus apps when running multiple antivirus apps is necessary?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For really bad cases, reinstalling Windows is the only practical long term solution.

For lesser cases, I find scanning with the regular AV (provided it is good), followed by Malwarebytes to be generally effective.

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dbruntonCommented:
Probably best is to scan from another OS rather than the native OS.  By this I mean you could slave the hard disk to another computer and use that system's anti-virus or scan the concerned computer from a boot CD eg Kapersky http://support.kaspersky.com/4131 (others do exist).

If you can't do this and you've got an infection that the standard anti virus being used isn't stopping then I'd recommend starting with MalwareBytes.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I put up an article to help guide with removing viruses/malware.

Here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Vulnerabilities/A_12285-Virus-Removal-Methods.html

If you use combofix I would run it after the sequence
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aadihCommented:
(1) Malwarebytes Antimalware.

(2) TDSSKiller.

(3) SuperAntispyware.

suffice, usually.
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dbruntonCommented:
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
I agree with dbrunton on the bootable antivirus system! It's your best bit if there's away to disinfect the infected files.

It helped me so much once on Windows 2003 server that was about to die. I used Kaspersky bootable disk and found away to fully updated using offline update definition file which later on cleaned the OS.
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jdanaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the input!
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