I am confused abut adware removal. Are you recommending using each tool to remove it or one over the other? Onee of the tool

Penny_8

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Toms,
I am not a PC geek, just a newbie trying to get rid of adware. I have run the malware thing that is recommended twice now and it helps for about a week. I was reading your recommendations and I am confused. Do you recommend using each and every one of those tools? One of the tools on bleeping computer cautions about damage to one's computer which concerns me. How realistic are those concerns? Help please!
 

davesnothere

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Well I've been using computers since 1988 and I've seen the trend on how a computer gets attacked. Viruses used to come in on distributed software, but now it is planted by scripts. I stop using scanners and antivirus software on machines because they are pretty useless because the system has to get infected first before it is detected. Some of them attentionally disable scanning software from working properly too.

so every week or so, I install the malwarebytes, run it the uninstall it, then I install and run spybot Search and destroy, then uninstall it, then I run trend micro's housecall (online virus scan)

Since most of my web sites I go to don't need microsoft applications to work, I installed Ubuntu Linux for my web activities. I have never gotten any malware or virus issues with that OS.

The other day I battle a sick windows 10 machine which was a real battle because the web browser is launched at startup and its part of the desktop environment.
 

Ralston18

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Your concerns are realistic. Bad stuff disguises itself as something good and as a result the good can get targeted and removed unless the tool is renfined enought to distinguish between the two.

As with most tools you select the one or ones that are the most needed and most effective. Some detect better, some clean better, some request user intervention/consent to proceed. Others do not ask and those are the ones that can delete away files (of any type or sort) forever. Hence the warnings. Lack of any warnings does not mean that the tool will not make a mistake....

If one tool fails then you try/apply another. Just as some AV software product will get one bug and miss another or vice versa.

What caught my eye was your "helps for about a week". What happens after a week? Does it stop finding malware or just keep finding more?

It is the latter of the two that what you want. Being on the internet alot and doing lots of clicking can easily result in more stuff getting secretly placed on to your computer. Lots of "PuPs" for example. You may have inadvertently, unknowingly, or simply been tricked into allowing the stuff to be installed.

So keep running your removal tools. Keep them up to date, learn to use and apply them well. If one tool does not remove a potential threat then try another tool. If something proves stubborn then google for any additional, specific removal solutions.

And as always, set up and maintain a good backup process.
 

wildcard1978

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never have more then one antivirus program installed they can cuase a software conflict on each other and cuase both not to work .
what version of windows or os ya running ectt.
they are some good passive scanner out there for adware only and ya have to do manual scans like sbybot search and destroy from safer networking .org .
and a good adware rtemovel program like that one doesn't interfere with antivirus programs . I still use the old archived version of sbybot search and destroy.hate the new one ya don't need the fangled extensive gyui ect..

but if ya got windows 8.1 or higher windows has antivirus and malware detection built in but still a good idea to find a good passive reputable adware removeal program that does passive scans sby bot always found stuff nortons mcafee avast andf other never found let alone the built in windows antvirus and adware removeal
 

davesnothere

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Actually its a very common operating system. Most internet servers are linux. It is more common for users outside the US because manufacturers signed an agreement with microsoft a long time ago agreeing to exclusively install windows on machines sold in the US. Of course in return they get an extreme discount on the current microsoft os.

As far as games, yes there are more mainstream games in windows, But there is some mainstream games that are cross platform too. I would recommending running a dual boot system so you can get the best of both worlds.
 

wildcard1978

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Dual boot no thanks can't stand Linux or Ubuntu or windows only osmimlike is windows and android
 
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