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    Malware Help

    I'm currently using a laptop (PC) that has (at the least) an adware infection. Not mine, and the owner is in L.A. for a while. I don't want to leave it as is--especially since it keeps rerouting CF.

    Can anyone please suggest a good freeware program I can use to remove adware? I'm hardly a computer expert...




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    Re: Malware Help

    Malwarebytes.org

    Best program out there for removing it.


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    Re: Malware Help

    Yes, Malwarebytes is good too. However you can't rely on one tool. Malwarebytes has missed things that Spybot S&D found, and vice-versa.

    Always run multiple utilities for things like this, as I've yet to find one that's perfect.



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    Hmmm...I keep getting "Explorer cannot display the webpage" for lavasoft and malwarebytes. Is that a bad thing?

    Edit: Actually, for all of them. Now I'm pretty sure it might be better to shut down the computer...


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    Re: Malware Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    Hmmm...I keep getting "Explorer cannot display the webpage" for lavasoft and malwarebytes. Is that a bad thing?

    Yeah that means your malware added a hosts entry to try and stop you.

    Edit c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and remove any lines that say malwarebytes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Yeah that means your malware added a hosts entry to try and stop you.

    Edit c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and remove any lines that say malwarebytes.
    Thanks. That goes beyond my comfort level with someone else's computer. His brother is an IT guy (almost-anyone hiring?), I'll ask him to take a look.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    Thanks. That goes beyond my comfort level with someone else's computer. His brother is an IT guy (almost-anyone hiring?), I'll ask him to take a look.
    Download the program to a flash drive and install it that way.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ClimbIowa View Post
    Download the program to a flash drive and install it that way.
    I can try that. Told ya I was a computer illiterate.

    Wait--how do I download the program if I can't get to the website?

    Edit: You're saying download the program to a flash drive after I get the code cleared--I see. Thanks!


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    Re: Malware Help

    Download the program on a different computer to your flash drive or a CD. Install it from the flash drive or CD. I have cleaned up many computers that were filled with junk by using this method.



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