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    #16
    I haven't touched Adaware in over 8 years or so after all the trouble it gave me as well. When I tried it back then, it seemed to invite/install more garbage than anything else.

    I think the one name that has recurred is Malwarebytes which you'll see recommended on many antivirus forums. Download the free copy here. (The free version is what they recommend anyway.)

    Before you go the commercial route, could I suggest you give the free route another try? For personal computers, I think there are great free antivirus programs that offer more than adequate protection. Avast and Comodo, to name a few, frequently rate among the highest. I've tried Avast but I've been using Comodo for the last 6 years with no problems at all. I've been using their internet security suite which includes the antivirus program, firewall, and HIPS program (which monitors unwanted, malicious activity in your PC in real-time). I highly recommend it since it can be highly configured by advanced users while the default settings work just as well for novices like myself. Get it here.

    As long as your antivirus definitions are always up-to-date, you should be good. It's better than unnecessarily paying for a costly program.

    On the other hand, if you keep getting virus attacks, there might be a very malicious virus that's getting around your antivirus programs. I'm not an expert but depending on the situation, only a clean, fresh install of your operating system might be able to remove it. I doubt even a commercial antivirus program will be able to remove it in that case. If possible, sometimes backing up your files, doing a clean install, and immediately setting up a good antivirus program could be all you need--no need to go commercial.

    Hope I can help!

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      #17
      Originally posted by nonoise View Post
      The latest to corrupt my computer was CCleaner. It took a few hours to remember all the steps to get rid of all of the ad ons that came with the current copy. They have regeneration exceutables hidden all over the place.
      Surprised to hear CCleaner let you down. Has been a big help managing my systems for years. Do you think it's the version that was corrupt or where you downloaded it?

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        #18
        Originally posted by ChesBay View Post
        Surprised to hear CCleaner let you down. Has been a big help managing my systems for years. Do you think it's the version that was corrupt or where you downloaded it?
        It surprised and disappointed me too. That was a powerful tool that I *used* to use. All I did was to update the copy on my xp computer. All hell broke loose with new programs and icons that kept popping up on my computer. Normal uninstall did not work because as soon as I did, it would notify them and they would replant more. There were six or more programs that had to be killed off before I got back to normal.
        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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          #19
          Thanks Iolas,

          I agree that the free ones seem to be as effective as the commercial versions. What concerns me is getting secure clean updates. Twice I’ve gone to update a freebie from a previous install after using it for years only to be hit with a pile of add on crap that reconfigures my setup.

          With XP I’ve been able to sleuth out the unwanted files and get on with it. But now my new computer has win 7 which is not so user friendly. It’s not friendly to this user anyway. The control panel programs are nearly non existent except by very diligent searching, and too many files and file paths are hidden by default. Anyway so far I still get pissed off trying to find my way around in 7. So I thought a trusted source commercial tool would work out better on that computer.

          But I haven’t bought one ever and may just take your advice. BTW I do have malwarebytes on the xp so I could update it and if it is good to go I could type the web address into the 7 computer.
          I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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            #20
            I use Vipre Antivirus
            SCI Birthday: April 25, 1993
            T4,5,6 Incomplete
            Chair: TiLite TR3

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              #21
              Originally posted by nonoise
              With XP I?ve been able to sleuth out the unwanted files and get on with it. But now my new computer has win 7 which is not so user friendly. It?s not friendly to this user anyway. The control panel programs are nearly non existent except by very diligent searching, and too many files and file paths are hidden by default.
              Off-topic, but this should help. Go to Folder Options from any folder or Control Panel. Go to View tab and change the settings so they look like the below. These are the settings you said you wanted.

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              I would suggest you keep the last one checked though. You can access most all files still. I have yet had a need to un-check it myself.

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                #22
                I don't know how you found the "Folder Options" in the Win 7 control panel. In fact the only way it seems to be available to me is by typing it in the search programs and files box. That said, thanks. This will help. It's a good step forward.
                Last edited by nonoise; 21 Jul 2014, 12:52 PM.
                I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                  #23
                  I use Avast free and have done for many many years with no issues at all.
                  Norton and Mcafee are terrible they drain your Ram something bad and to be honest they are no better than a lot of free anti virus programs available.
                  Avast also reminds you when programs like adobe reader and flash player have updates available.
                  The other good thing about Avast is that it checks incoming and outgoing emails
                  And lastly Avast the company are putting out 1 to 2 virus definitions per day which goes to show they are constantly battling the huge amount of viruses out there and keeping the end user up to date.

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                    #24
                    From memory here coz its midnight in NZ and im using my galaxy note, in windows 7 you have to have the menu bar enabled to do this you right click on the blank space above the web address ( sorry forgot to mention open windows explorer) and a menu will appear make sure you left click menu bar and it will appear, then I think you go to file and in that menu folder options is there.
                    Hope I got that right was doing it from memory lol.

                    P.s I dont remember seeing folder options in control panel but I could be wrong.

                    Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                    I don't know how you found the "Folder Options" in the Win 7 control panel. In fact the only way it seems to be available to me is by typing it in the search programs and files box. That said, thanks. This will help. It's a good step forward.

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                      #25
                      Well that was a tad wrong sorry.
                      you open "Computer" from desktop and on the tabs click "organise" then folder and search options.


                      Originally posted by pcamore View Post
                      From memory here coz its midnight in NZ and im using my galaxy note, in windows 7 you have to have the menu bar enabled to do this you right click on the blank space above the web address ( sorry forgot to mention open windows explorer) and a menu will appear make sure you left click menu bar and it will appear, then I think you go to file and in that menu folder options is there.
                      Hope I got that right was doing it from memory lol.

                      P.s I dont remember seeing folder options in control panel but I could be wrong.

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