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Malware or Virus

Good and useful information about Malware is on the Computer Club web site. The Cybersecuity SIG has additional information about computer security concerns. A bit of searching on the internet for Malware is likely to provide days of reading.

Malware attitude, today

Today is April 16, 2023. When I asked Bard about Windows anti-virus it referenced av-comparatives.org. Hmmmm… av-comparatives appears to be good “stuff”. av-test.org is another organization that does anti-virus test. I think I like both of them. Both sites imply that free antivirus tools are often “good enough”. If you read the sites and come to a different conclusion, please add a comment to this page.

The past couple of years, Windows Defender has been adequate as an anti-virus tool in the home environment. In the Help Center we do see client computers with other flavors of Anti-Virus and firewalls. Most of the time we encourage the removal not-free anti-virus or firewall tools. Why? We prefer free. Windows Defender is free and it works.

The Help Center does use free versions of Malwarebytes, CCleaner and Superantispyware to “disinfect” a computer. These tools can be helpful on an infrequent basis. If they are enabled to run at system boot time, it is likely they will impact system boot performance.

Opinion?

Opinions change and reality can change. After watching a Chris Titus youtube video , you may want to try Tron Script. If you find the Chris Titus video interesting, here is a link to his YouTube Channel.

If you watch this: Things that "might" clean an infected computer. You would discover NPE(Norton Power Eraser) and HitmanPro. I am not a fan of Norton but NPE as a standalone tool looks “interesting”. HitmanPro looks like yet another AntiVirus, but if you “read the installation options” it will scan and not do a full installation.

Discussion

phillip, 2020/05/17 16:25, 2020/05/17 16:26

I tried Tron Script. On one of my systems it ran several hours. No problems found by Tron. However, disk consumption was “cleaned up”. Lots of files were deleted from “temp directories” in C:\User\????\Appdata\temp“ Issues? The script “hangs” until you respond to Malwarebytes and one other item. The “log files” in “c:\logs” are BIG. I have 4 hard drives in my computer. No indication of virus or malware.

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