• Theres a brilliant virus checker by the name of PC Cillin. The best part is that they do something called "Housecall" for free! Close everything including popup blockers, and go to: Let it complete and restart. It should help quite a bit. Good luck:)
  • I really like a program called "System Mechanic."
  • Getting the PC Cillin is good, but I preped myself before I even started websurfing. I have an anti-virus program called Bullguard. It's excellent. Get the free trial, you'll love it. It analyzes all incoming information, and scans it for viruses. You can also set up automatic updates, which you download to protect against newly created viruses. They also have news, greeting you when you cut on or reboot your computer. And did you know, that Bullguard found out that approximately 10 viruses a day are created. Currently, after 3 months of virus protection, my database can guard against nearly 400 thousand viruses. And do scan your computer regularly. It'll find an infected virus, disinfect it, and if that fails, it'll delete it or move it to quarentine to be submitted to the Bullguard team.
  • You need to figure out the name of the .exe file that the virus is masquerading as and terminate it, delete it if you can, then remove any changes it may have made to the registry. Disclaimer: If the above advice doesn't make any sense to you, call a professional to come do it for you! EDIT: Since someone felt the need to rate this answer down, I'll post the FULL instructions on how to manually remove a virus from another thread where I posted it before. If you hit control+alt+delete, you can check out a list of processes that are running on your computer. Some viruses are smart and will disable your antivirus software so you can't detect or remove them as easily. If you know the name of the executable file that the virus is hiding out in and it's currently running on your computer, you need to shut that bad boy down before you'll be able to commence removal. Select the process from the list and hit "end process". Open up your registry editor (go to the start menu > run > and type in "regedit" without the quotation marks). You'll see what looks like a Windows Explorer directory tree. Open up HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software >Microsoft>Windows>Cu rrentVersion>Run and delete any entries under that particular category that match the .exe filename of the process which the virus is attached to. DO NOT ERASE ANYTHING THAT DOESN'T CONTAIN THE .EXE NAME OF THE VIRUS FILE. This will stop the virus from starting again when Windows reboots. Once you've stopped the process and removed the registry entry you can either run a virus scan and let your AV software zap the buggies or you can simply delete the executable file associated with the virus.
  • I use avg,it is free,but somehow I got a trojan too,it only heals it over and over.
  • Personal, i think anti-virus are just cheap stuff. Manually is better, with help of the AVG, registry booster and of course the internet. 1) run:msconfig, and and it the startup, check any suspecious names, for trojans, or opened aplications you're never installed. Google it and if found to be malignant act fast. 2) Then check the location in the HD:C, and run a quick scan, if a virus is scanned, shift+control delete it. 3) Go back and check for the key, in the registry, remove it by editing its value to 0 and delete it. 4) Run rigistry booster and correct the unfragmented rigistry, everything should be okay. This is a proper and olf-facshioned way people do. Don't leave everything up to the anti-spyware and anti-viruses to do. You also need to take action, and not only click on- RunScan.
  • i'm not great with dealing with computers but i have this exe file in a folder called video add ons in my program files called icths.exe. pop ups keep appearing directing to me a website to buy anti-virus software. It also appears in my toolbar beside my clock and shows various types of warnings and when you click on it i'm directed to another anit-virus software page. Can anyone help me
  • Dont spend your money on all that crap that dont work. goto settings in your computor goto all programs and wipe it out it should be right there. r you can just do a complete computor restart where you wipe every thing out and start over like a new one. (its always gud to have a back up cd with all ur data files. etc. and that will save you alot of greaf trust me). Well i hope that helps you!
  • order spysweep for your will detect the trojan virus, you can quarantine the virus and it will be gone and not bother you anymore. i just got rid of one myself today!
  • SIMPLE STEPS TO DOWNLOADING VIRUS & SPYWARE PROTECTION (& steps for protecting PC) For XP NEWEST AVG 8.0 BOTH ANTI-VIRUS & ANTI-SPYWARE (for those running Vista you must have all updates done plus SP1 to use) AVG FOR VIRUS PROTECTION AVG anti FOR SPYWARE, MALWARE, ROOTKITS AVG Vcleaner-cleans 704 viruses and variants ALL FOUND AT or go to yahoo and enter in search box - AVG VIRUS PROGRAM 1. FIRST STEP GO TO YAHOO AND TYPE IN: AVG FREE DOWNLOAD 2. CHOOSE THE ONE THAT SAYS :AVG FREE ADVISOR - FREE ANTIVIRUS AND ANTI-SPYWARE DOWNLOADS (should be about the 3rd one down) CLICK IT (avg-anti spyware is also for mal-ware and root kits- this one also works in safe mode F8) 3. ONCE THAT PAGE OPENS YOU WILL SEE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF PAGE FREE BASIC PROTECTION AND A ORANGE BOX THAT SAYS DOWNLOAD, CLICK IT 4.NEXT PAGE OPENS YOU WILL SEE PRODUCT COMPARISON, GO TO THE ONE ON THE FAR RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM, SEE WHERE IT SAYS FREE AND ANOTHER ORANGE BOX, CLICK IT 5. CLICK CONTINUE TO DOWNLOAD ANTI-VIRUS DOWNLOAD ONLY, CLICK THOSE WORDS 6. NEW PAGE OPENS WITH DOWNLOADS ON IT, SEE THE ORANGE BOX AGAIN SAYS DOWNLOAD NOW AT DOWNLOAD.COM AND YOU ALSO SEE 5 RED STARS, CLICK THE BOX 7. LAST STEP, NEW PAGE OPENS, CLICK THE DOWNLOAD NOW BOX AND WHEN THE NEXT BOX OPENS CHOOSE SAVE TO DESKTOP AND LET THE DOWNLOAD BEGIN, SIZE IS 31.45MB ONCE YOU DONE WITH THIS FILE MOVE IT TO A FOLDER IN MY DOCUMENTS IN CASE YOU NEED IT AGAIN Now for your next layer of protection download the following also but remember you can only run one program at a time, but each of these will fine things the other didn’t. Spybot search & destroy found at DOWNLOAD SPYBOT SEARCH & DESTROY ONCE YOU HAVE TYPED THE YOUR SEARCH BAR IN YAHOO 1. IT WILL LOOK LIKE: SpyBot Search and Destroy (S &D) CLICK 2. CHOOSE YOUR LANGUAGE - EXAMPLE ENGLISH 3. AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE WHERE IT SAYS DOWNLOAD - CLICK 4. LOOK DOWN THE PAGE TO WHERE DOWNLOADS START, YOU NEED THE FIRST ONE IF YOU HAVE VISTA AND WORKS FOR XP AS WELL SpyBot-Search and Destroy 1.5.2 CLICK DOWNLOAD ***NOTE (For those who are looking for version 1.4 it’s the 5th one down, it does not work on Vista, but does on XP) click download 5. NEXT PAGE OPENS CHOOSE A MIRROR SITE I TEND TO USE SAFER-NETWORKING LTD CLICK DOWNLOAD HERE 6. BOX OPENS CHOOSE SAVE AND DO SO TO YOUR DESKTOP OR TO YOUR DOCUMENT FILE AND OPEN AND RUN FROM THERE FILE IS 9.27MB Superantispyware found at SUPERANTISPYWARE DOWNLOAD ONCE YOU HAVE TYPED YOUR SEARCH BAR IN YAHOO YOU WILL SEE: AntiAdware, AntiSpyware, AntiMalware CLICK 1.LOOK FOR BIG BLUE BOX ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE SAYS DOWNLOAD FREE VERSION HOME USERS - CLICK 2. NEXT PAGE SCROLL DOWN, AGAIN LOOK FOR THE BIG BLUE BOX SAYS DOWNLOAD FREE VERSION HOME USERS - CLICK 3. NEXT PAGE DOWNLOAD SHOULD START AUTOMATICALLY 5.64MB VERSION 3.9.1008 ****NOTE (if it doesn’t start at once look at the top of the page for a light yellow bar, its basically a security bar, click and choose allow, it usually has to do with Active X) If still does not open look on the page under the words Download progress: If the download does not begin shortly please (click here is in blue) Click it 4. DO SO AND A BOX OPENS, SAVE TO DESKTOP OR MY DOCUMENTS, OPEN AND RUN FROM THERE And finally go to this web site for this program to clean up your internet history, cookies, browser history, recycle bin, IE Explorer, etc all the boxes can be preset and basically in 4 steps you can clean computer. It does so well that disc clean usually only will find 32-100MB after its done go to the freeware section, look for Internet Cleanup, then look for the software called IE Privacy Keeper IE PRIVACY KEEPER DOWNLOAD WHEN YOU TYPE WWW.SNAPFILES.COM IN YOUR YAHOO SEARCH BOX THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL SEE WHEN IT OPENS Snapfiles - software reviews, download freeware and trial programs - CLICK 1. WHEN THE PAGE OPENS LOOK FOR A TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE THAT SAYS FREEWARE - CLICK 2. WHEN PAGE OPENS SCROLL DOWN AND FIND INTERNET CLEANUP TOOLS - CLICK 3. WHEN PAGE OPENS SCROLL DOWN TILL YOU SEE THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE LIKE ABOUT THE 14TH ONE DOWN - CLICK THE BLUE DOWNLOAD BUTTON FILE SIZE IS 1128kb 4. NEXT PAGE OPENS IF DOWNLOAD DOESN’T START LOOK FOR A LIGHT YELLOW BAR AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE, CLICK THE OPTION TO ALLOW TO OPEN, USUALLY HAS TO DO WITH ACTIVE X ***NOTE If for some reason still doesn’t start click the blue words click here they are in the middle of the page in tan box. 5. WHEN THE BOX OPENS SAVE TO DESKTOP OR MY DOCUMENTS, OPEN AND RUN FROM THERE. Last but not least do Defrag at least 2-4 times in a row even if program says not needed, as XP Defrag program isn’t the best and needs to be run more often. And also go to for free registry repair programs GLARYULITILIES DOWNLOAD GO TO 1. WHEN PAGE OPENS TYPE IN THE SEARCH BOX - REGISTRY REPAIR PROGRAMS - CLICK GO 2. LIST WILL OPEN, SELECT THE SECOND ONE - GLARY REGISTRY REPAIR (ITS FREE) CLICK IT 3. NEXT PAGE, YOU WILL SEE A RED ARROW AND DOWNLOAD NOW IN BLUE WORDS - CLICK 1.30MB 4. NEXT PAGE BLUE BOX DOWNLOAD FREE REGISTRY REPAIR NOW- YOU CAN CLICK HERE BUT REAL SLOW (works on 98, XP, ME, 2000, 2003, Vista) just not 64 bit supported 5. For a faster download click where it says - mirror here 6. NEXT PAGE IF IT DOES NOT START IN 5 SEC LOOK FOR A SECURITY BAR, WHICH IS LIGHT YELLOW AT TOP OF PAGE, CLICK THE OPTION TO ALLOW IF FOR SOME REASON IT STILL DOESN’T USE THIS OPTION: LOOK FOR THE LINE THAT READS CLICK HERE IF IT DOES NOT 7. BOX OPENS SAVE TO DESKTOP OR TO MY DOCUMENTS AND OPEN AND RUN FROM THERE or to and to their freeware section to find them also. (can only run one virus program at a time on a PC but you may have as many spyware programs as you wish as long as you run only one at a time, and only one firewall) A GREAT FREE ONE IS ZONE ALARM FOUND AT under the freeware section, personal firewalls. *** Note: It is wise to only run one virus program at a one time but run as many spyware as you like, only run them one at a time, other wise they will conflict with each other, it is good to have more than one as each will find some thing the other did not. Unistall any other program as they may conflict such as Norton,MacAfee etc. The only one this list that runs in safemode F8 is AVG anti-spyware, which does work great in safemode. Also wise thing to do is to run the virus & spyware program once without internet connection and then again with internet, as some times the virus will try to block program other wise when internet is running. This list has been drawn up by me and designed by me and is not copyed from anywhere as it has been suggested, please feel free to use as much as you like, and I hope it helps in some way. G_tech
  • is that the one that keeps dialing 1-900 numbers... hahaha. would that not suck? if a free anti-viri does not do it then re-format after backing up what is important.

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