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Old 14th December 2009, 19:04   #481
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My office pc (WinXP SP3) has been infected. It had a regularly updated installation of Avast Home. Today I noticed explorer.exe trying to send mails to unknown addresses in the background and Avast trying to block them. But then explorer.exe must have been infected. When I checked the virus database version in use I was shocked to see one dated July 2007. It seems that some malware first stopped the automatic update and replaced the newer virus database by the an older one. I tried Malwarebyte to clean up but without much success. Any solution?
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My office pc (WinXP SP3) has been infected. It had a regularly updated installation of Avast Home. Today I noticed explorer.exe trying to send mails to unknown addresses in the background and Avast trying to block them. But then explorer.exe must have been infected. When I checked the virus database version in use I was shocked to see one dated July 2007. It seems that some malware first stopped the automatic update and replaced the newer virus database by the an older one. I tried Malwarebyte to clean up but without much success. Any solution?
The most effective solution is to reinstall your system. Since the infection is deep a re installation is recommended. Also use some other antivirus program, it may help but not sure. (try zone alarm, I've 3years of experience with it, very good program )
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My office pc (WinXP SP3) has been infected. It had a regularly updated installation of Avast Home. Today I noticed explorer.exe trying to send mails to unknown addresses in the background and Avast trying to block them. But then explorer.exe must have been infected. When I checked the virus database version in use I was shocked to see one dated July 2007. It seems that some malware first stopped the automatic update and replaced the newer virus database by the an older one. I tried Malwarebyte to clean up but without much success. Any solution?
there is a reason why such stuff does not happen on linux and no its not security by obscurity anyways i am not solving your problem here, am i!
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Old 14th December 2009, 20:01   #484
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I'm using avast home for past 3 years or so . I update it manullay as auto update might not work always.No problems till now.
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Old 14th December 2009, 20:48   #485
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WIn 7 with ESET NOD32 4.467 AV, Outpost Firewall, AdAware Pro. No infections since last one year, thankfully.
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Old 14th December 2009, 20:58   #486
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tried out several anti virus programs in the past few years finally using avast home from last 3 years its the best one all you have to do is register for free on the avast website and they will send you the serial for free
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My office pc (WinXP SP3) has been infected. It had a regularly updated installation of Avast Home. Any solution?
One solution is to try the free nod32 virus scan.

In all probability you had not registered your Avast, hence the program lagged behind. Even though it is a free program, it needs to be registered for effective functioning.

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Mc-Afee seems the best to me. Its used in our office Desktops and laptops too. Keeps our 16K terminals virus free.
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Old 14th December 2009, 22:27   #489
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I used Norten, Macafee, Avast, kaspersky and now I am using a Bitdefender 3 users version. It works well. The virus which Kaspersky could not clean is cleaned by Bitdfender,
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I used Norten, Macafee, Avast, kaspersky and now I am using a Bitdefender 3 users version. It works well. The virus which Kaspersky could not clean is cleaned by Bitdfender,
From what I have experienced, Kaspersky is not the best. It works well initially, but gradually eats resources.

Bitdefender is one of the best. As long as it was there in my father's PC, no issues. Kaspersky is more affordable but I am not sure of latest prices.

Free versions will not be as effective as fully paid version, but of all free versions/trials, I think AVG is the most effective.
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^^^ AVG is a memory hog. Uptil 7.5 it was a greatest AV beating even the expensive Mcafee then.

Kaspersky needs some maintainance. You need to clear temp and resudual files from time to time.

and for the price i feel Kaspersky is the best ever. only problem it never tells you what its doing. Its acts with little user intervention. which is good BTW for layman.
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^^^ AVG is a memory hog. Uptil 7.5 it was a greatest AV beating even the expensive Mcafee then.

Kaspersky needs some maintainance. You need to clear temp and resudual files from time to time.

and for the price i feel Kaspersky is the best ever. only problem it never tells you what its doing. Its acts with little user intervention. which is good BTW for layman.
Yes, it slows down PC and after a couple of months, the PC startup and performnace suffers more. Even with 3GB RAM this happens.

Kaspersky has a mind of its own, and that is why I dont like it. I am doing disk fragmentation and this Kaspersky utilizes resources for its own work. And maintenance is something one has to do if Kaspersky is there, but that individual brain hits me.
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there is a reason why such stuff does not happen on linux and no its not security by obscurity anyways i am not solving your problem here, am i!
Only reason why I haven't deleted the Windows partitions is that it is a licensed version. Ubuntu is doing just fine in the other partitions.

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My office pc (WinXP SP3) has been infected. It had a regularly updated installation of Avast Home. Today I noticed explorer.exe trying to send mails to unknown addresses in the background and Avast trying to block them. But then explorer.exe must have been infected.
My question, can I delete the infected explorer.exe, accessing it from Linux and replace it by the same file from a healthy pc to get rid of the infection?
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Kaspersky needs some maintainance. You need to clear temp and resudual files from time to time.

and for the price i feel Kaspersky is the best ever. only problem it never tells you what its doing. Its acts with little user intervention. which is good BTW for layman.
Kenden, i have been using Kaspersky since the past two years, and although i have used CCleaner to clean out the temp files occassionally, i didnt realize that Kaspersky demanded the same. why do you say we need to clean 'em periodically?
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Kenden, i have been using Kaspersky since the past two years, and although i have used CCleaner to clean out the temp files occassionally, i didnt realize that Kaspersky demanded the same. why do you say we need to clean 'em periodically?
Kaspersky stores a lot of temp files. I was able to free up 1.8GB of disk space by removing those files.
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