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Re: McAfee and Microsoft Malicious RemovalTool scans

mm wrote:
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As far as emails are concerned I don't worry. All the phishing stuff,
anything I regard as spam/junk gets binned as soon as it arrives.
Anything left is from people or websites I'm familiar with. Never touch
attachments unless I know who's sending them. As you may have gathered I
don't bother running AV and never have, because it tends to slow down a
pc, and I'm careful about the sites I visit. I've always viewed AV as a
scare tactic by those who sell it,  and as long as I am aware and
careful of the pitfalls of introducing viruses I can probably stay clear
of them. Furthermore I've read so many cases of people who have bought
all this security stuff only they STILL get infected. So that's why a
weekly or fortnightly virus scan is good enough for me. Trouble is
Kaspersky whom I used to use for this purpose don't run it any more, so
I've turned to Symantek's scan, which seems thorough. So far over the
past decade I've only recorded 2 occasions of a Trojan, and a few
cookies claiming to be spyware, but mild threats.  I removed them
successfully and have had no further trouble.

I do run a software firewall though in case you were wondering as well
as the hardware router one.


Re: McAfee and Microsoft Malicious RemovalTool scans

On Wed, 27 Oct 2010 20:29:33 +0100, Frank Booth Snr wrote:

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...as having a lucky rabbit's foot.

Re: McAfee and Microsoft Malicious RemovalTool scans

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IMO, Bit Defender is the best online scanner. Should be run with
Internet Explorer (when I ran it with Firefox it only did a quick
scan) and it takes a LONG time to complete. Took about 6 hours on my
computer.

http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html

Re: McAfee and Microsoft Malicious RemovalTool scans

Ron wrote:
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Yeah, thanks for that. Very useful.

Now here's a strange thing. Bit Defender identified 3 Trojans, being of
medium and low threats. These happened to reside in my email inbox file,
but had already been deleted by myself months ago, although I remember
those emails. They are certainly not visible. TrojanHunter found
nothing, likewise Symantek's online scanner. I'm not sure how to delete
deleted messages, other than save my inbox contents elsewhere on the
disk, delete my email provider account, then re-create it and import my
saved inbox contents. But will it include those deleted messages too as
BD reckoned they were still within my inbox file?

Re: McAfee and Microsoft Malicious RemovalTool scans

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Compact your Inbox file and see if it still detects them.



Re: McAfee and Microsoft Malicious RemovalTool scans

mm wrote:
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Takes even less CPU cycles
if your system needs no extended scanning in the first place.
Just properly configure against malware intrusions
and be done with it.

Re: McAfee and Microsoft Malicious RemovalTool scans

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I think that the distinction you are trying to make here is between
"content scanning" and "context scanning" and not really between
"on-demand scanning" and "active (and/or on-access) scanning" or an
ability/inability to use "heuristics (behavior)" methods.

...but I could be wrong.

If all they (online scanners) can do is scan files stored on a local or
remote filesystem, then they are indeed limited regarding context.

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