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Anti-Virus, Spyware and Malware Recommendations - Using

Using Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware and Anti-Malware programs.



Microsoft Security Essentials


SUPERAntiSpyware

Spybot Search & Destroy
Malwarebytes

Avira Antivir




Microsoft Security Essentials Overview


  • Use Microsoft Security Essentials to guard against viruses, spyware, and other evil software. It provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials is free and we designed it to be simple to install and easy to use. It runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you don't have to worry about interruptions or making updates.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials



Microsoft Security Essentials Cleaning/Updating Procedure


  1. Install Microsoft Security Essentials and open the program

    1. When Microsoft Security Essentials opens, the first thing we want to do is make sure it is up to date.
    2. Click on the Update tab on the top and then click on the Update button on the page.

  1. After updates are complete, click on the Home tab

    1. Here we can choose the type of scan to run. The best and most thorough scan is the full scan. The quick scan will just scan the core system files
    2. After you select which scan you would like to run, press the Scan now button
    3. Let the scan run. When the scan is finished, it will automatically remove any threats and give you a report of what it found. When done, just click Close.

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SUPERAntiSpyware Overview


  • SUPERAntiSpyware detects and removes Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, and many other types of threats. SUPERAntiSpyware protects from Real-Time Blocking of threats. Its First Chance Prevention examines over 50 critical points of your system each time your system starts up and shuts down to eliminate threats before they have a chance to infect and infiltrate your system.

  • SUPERAntiSpyware will be used to remove spyware, adware and other harmful software off a computer that might harm the operating system. As with any other Anti-Spyware program, SUPERAntiSpyware should be updated before any scans have been ran. SUPERAntiSpyware will do this update process automatically when the program is started.
  • SUPERAntiSpyware can be downloaded at http://www.superantispyware.com/SUPERAntispyware Cleaning Procedure



SUPERAntiSpyware Cleaning/Updating Procedure


  1. Install SUPERAntispyware

    1. When prompted to load remote user profiles, select yes. There will be a checkbox to load all remaining profiles. Make sure to check this.
    2. SUPERAntyspyware will check for updates manually.

  1. After updates are complete, click on Scan your computer

    1. Click on Perform Complete System Scan. Note that if you have an external drive plugged in that you deselected it in the upper left hand corner to prevent unnecessary scanning.
    2. Click Next to start the scan.
    3. Let the scan run. Do not click Next until it is prompted that the scan has completed
    4. Click on OK and Next at the bottom to begin removal and cleaning

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Malwarebytes'' Anti-Malware Overview

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes'' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. The Real time Protection Module uses advanced heuristic scanning technology which monitors your system to keep it safe and secure. In addition, we have implemented a threats center which will allow you to keep up to date with the latest malware threats.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will be used to remove spyware, adware and other harmful viruses off a computer that might harm the operating system. As with any other Anti-Spyware programs, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware should be updated before any scans have been ran. This update process must be started manually.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware can be found at http://www.malwarebytes.org/


Malwarebytes'' Anti-Malware Cleaning/Updating Procedure

  1. Install Malwarebytes

    1. First step is to check for updates, to do this click on the Update tab at the top of the program, then simply choose Check for Updates.

  1. Once the updating process has been completed, click back on the Scanner tab at the top of the program

    1. There are two types of scans that can be run with this program; the first is a quick scan, which will only scan a selected number of files
    2. The other scan option is a full system scan which will scan the whole computer
    3. Once the desired scan has been chose, click on the button that states Scan
    4. After the scan has completed, there is an option to remove all found harmful items, please remove these items.

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SpyBot Search & Destroy Overview



Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven''t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.

For the Brainy Bunch, we use Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove spyware, adware and other harmful viruses off a computer that might harm the operating system. As with any other Anti-Spyware programs, Spybot - Search & Destroy should be updated before any scans have been ran. This update process must be started manually.

Spybot - Search & Destroy can also be found at
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html




SpyBot Search & Destroy Cleaning/Updating Procedure

  1. Install Spybot
  2. First time only:

    a. Click Mode -->Advanced

    b. Click Yes on the message box that appears

    c. Click Settings -->File Sets --> Make sure everything is checked

    i. When the wizard comes up, click next until you get to the prompt to Start Using Program click on the link.

    ii. First step is to check for updates, to do this click on the Search for Updates link in the middle of the program

    iii. When available updates come up, make sure all updates are checked, then click Download.

  1. Once the updating process has been completed, click on the link that states Check for Problems

    1. If the Hint of the Day comes up when running the scan, simply click on Hide permanentely
    2. Once the scan has finished, harmful threats that have been found by the program will be listed in red and all should have a check in the box associated with the harmful entry. Click on Fix Selected Problems then click Yes when prompted to remove the found entries.
    3. All problems should now be resolved. Incase Spybot is unable to remove certain threats from the system because they are running in the Windows environment, it will ask to remove these items after a reboot. Reboot the computer and the Spybot scan will automatically start before windows loads and remove the rest of the harmful entries.

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Avira AntiVir Overview

Avira AntiVir Personal Free is a reliable free antivirus solution, which constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc. Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system and reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected. Antivir will be used to remove virus, malicious programs and software off a computer that might harm the operating system.

AntiVir can also be found at http://www.free-av.com/


AntiVir Cleaning Procedure

  1. Install AntiVir
  2. Click on Configuration along the rop right hand side

    1. Make sure Expert mode is selected in the upper left hand corner
    2. Click on the + next to Scanner and Scan

      1. Click on Action for concerning files
      2. Put a dot in the radio button next to Automatic
      3. Make sure the primary action is set to Delete

  1. Click on Heuristic on the left hand side.

    1. Set to High Detection level.

  1. Click on the + next to General on the left hand side

    1. Click on Acoustic alerts and set to No Warning.
    2. Click on OK at the bottom of the window.
    3. Click on Scan System Now in the upper right hand corner.



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