Donate To The Empire:
*UPDATED* The Free version of AVG-AntiRootkit has been discontinued, I am instead recommended Panda Anti-Rootkit.
Everyone has run into this problem at one time or another, either with a family members PC or with their own. Usually it means a nightmarish ordeal of smashing Spyware, MalWare, and Viruses for hours. Well once you’ve read this article you’ll no longer need to fear.
I’ve been cleaning Viruses and Spyware for years and over time three products have made their way to the top of my list. Two of my top three are from Grisoft, AVG Anti-Rootkit and AVG Anti-Virus. The third is SuperAntiSpyware.
Your first step is going to be to download these three tools. You may have to download them on a clean PC and install them from a flash drive or CD if the infected PC can’t get to the internet. Once you’ve got them loaded up it’s time to start the war.
The first tool you’re going to need to fire up is AVG Anti-Rootkit. The installation is very standard, just click Next until you reach the end of the installation, then reboot the PC.
Now start up AVG Anti-Rootkit.
I recommend using the In-Depth Search to get the best results. The Anti-Rootkit will run for about 45 minutes before it completes, so go watch some TV, read a book, Write in your blog, or
Now that the Anti-Rootkit is done scanning tell it to clean anything it found. Now, reboot into Safe Mode. To get into Safe Mode just reboot and tap F8 on your keyboard every second or so until you see a menu. Choose Safe Mode and viola.Now that you’re in Safe mode install SuperAntiSpyware. Again the installation is very simple, just click next until you hit the end of the install.
Run SuperAntiSpyware and click Check for Updates. Once the updates are done click Scan your Computer. Choose the C:\ drive and select Complete Scan, now click Next. Again, this will take about an hour so go for a jog, fix some dinner. Anything you feel like doing. Once SuperAntiSpyware completes its scan click next and allow it to clean your system.Now the final step, Reboot into normal mode. Install AVG Anti-Virus. As usual the installation process consists of clicking next as many times as possible.
Now run AVG and click Scan Computer. Go take another hour long break while AVG works. When you return click OK and allow AVG to clean the system of anything it finds. There is a good chance that AVG Anti-Virus will find nothing at this point which means your system is squeaky clean. If AVG finds anything that it can’t remove you’ll be in for a bumpy ride since whatever is left will require special removal tools and advanced knowledge.
With these three tools you’ll be able to clean 99.9% of all spyware and viruses you run into with no trouble.
Pro Tip: As a shortcut you can actually run AVG Antivirus and SuperAntiSpyware at the same time which will cut your run time in half, but this will sometimes result in error messages when one cleans an item before the other gets to it.
[...] the beginning of a three part installment designed to help you avoid going through the steps in my previous article. In part one we will look at several pieces of software that will help protect you from [...]
[...] previously wrote a guide for End Users that gave a relatively simple and straight forward way to clean their PCs. This is a [...]
[...] is horrible. It’s almost a virus in itself. Go here follow the instructions. Then go here and follow the instructions. If your system is still slow [...]
[...] My PC is slow and I keep getting popups!! [...]
[...] here and follow all of the steps. If you still have issues once those steps are complete let me [...]