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Windows 7: Scanners


19 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Scanners

With everyone offerring to scan our machine the choice of a good scanning program is like trying to find a good dentist. Is there a really reliable, yet relatively cheap, anti-(whatever), sanning program out there?

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19 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

What do you mean with "scanning your machine"?
For performance, for malware, or what?
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19 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you are talking about security scanning their are many opinions.
I will just tell you what I use and so far it works quiet well.
Just Google them.
Microsoft Security Essentials, free
Malwarebytes Anti Malware, free stand alone
Super Anti Spyware, free stand alone.
P/S Stand alone means you tell the program what to do and when.
You have to start it and update it and tell it to scan.
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19 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

For all kinds of malware, etc. I know that programs identify files as corrupt, when the files aren't, inorder to sell their scans but there has to be more reliable programs available. I'm also familiar with Malwarebytes and Spybot S&D but many are not. I'm just wondering if these are the only ones. My son has a laptop with (what he calls) a worm. Can I scan? With what?
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19 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This works quiet well for many.

https://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper
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19 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Layback Bear already mentioned a few. You could also take a look at the thread
above "What's the best anti-virus".
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19 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies! Just frustrated, I guess.
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19 Sep 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
My son has a laptop with (what he calls) a worm
What's the worms name and what anti-malware programs found it?
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20 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Also let us know what anti-virus program is already installed on the computer, as well as what firewall.
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20 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'd reply to Jacee, she was a tremendous help when I had a Win 7 problem a few months ago, and FranzB but can't because my son is a newbie and tends to dramatize. It is possible that an advertizing program said he had one inorder to be able to fix it. He can still get Windows Updates and his Windows Defender comes up zero but believes everything he reads on his computer. Such is life.
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