Aside from viruses, other things can be in your computer that cause problems. These are Malware such as Trojan Horses, Worms, Browser Hijackers, Scumware, Dialers and Adware. Many virus protection programs do not find and remove things other than viruses. So you will need some other programs to find and eliminate computer pests that are not actual viruses.
To download the programs below or make use of the free online scans, turn off all popup stoppers before beginning, as a new window will come up with the screen to allow the download and scans.
Note that different programs can find things the others don't, so it is worth scanning your computer with more than one program.
Free virus scans and removers
Panda will scan, disinfect and eliminate over 90,000 viruses, worms and Trojans from all system devices, hard disks, compressed files and all your email folders, for free!.
McAfee will only scan for free, but you then will know if you have a virus or not. If you do, you can then decide to buy a virus detection and removal program.
Symantec, makers of Norton Antivirus, will scan your computer for free for viruses and trojans, but will not eliminate them. Still, the results will be very helpful to you to know what problems your computer might have.
Trojan horses, Adware and Worms
Some virus removal programs do not detect or remove trojan horses, worms, dialer, malware and hijackers, or at least not all of them.
Simply Super Software's Trojan Horse Remover will scan and remove trojan horses and worms for free! But only for a 30 day trial period.
Lavasoft's free Ad-Aware program is designed, as they say, "to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. With the release of Ad-Aware SE Personal edition, Lavasoft takes the fight against Spyware to the next level."
This is a "must have" that one should run on a regular basis. For home use, download the Ad-Aware Personal
Spybot-Search and Destroy. This free program will scan for and remove spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software. Another "must have".
Pandawill scan, disinfect and eliminate over 90,000 viruses, worms and Trojans from all system devices, hard disks, compressed files and all your email folders, for free!.
a-squared Personal is a malware, trojan, dialer and spyware scanner and remover. They have a free version to download that will find and clean Malware from your system, including Trojans, Dialers, Worms, and Spyware. The pay version will block Malware from becoming active on your computer.
Spyware Nuker will scan for free for spyware, hijackers, and adware progams that were installed on your computer without your knowledge. You have to pay to have it automatically remove the items found. But, the listing of the results can be removed manually by you if you know what you are doing, since the location of the files are given.
Articles on worms, trojans, hijackers, etc.
http://babylon.troubledog.com/malware.html (Has links to various helpful programs.)
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