…(not the one used for the audio rig) go down in a flurry of ‘antispyware soft’ malware. Now I can’t even get it to boot up.
Arrgh, arrgh, arrgh.
Are you doing something on that computer that can’t be done on Mac or Linux? If not, then a woid to da wise is efficient, as Archie Bunker used to say.
I had this exact thing hit our computer…MalwareBytes is your friend 🙂 If you need to go extreme:
This set of instructions saved my computer TWICE….but you have to invest the time and energy (and boy is it long) and do it exactly as shown…
You should have a bootable Bart PE disc or flash drive with Spybot S&D on it. Also, if you’ve got a wired internet connection, go to superantispyware.com and run it’s online scan; the file gets renamed every time it’s updated, which makes it difficult for malware to block it from running.
Or BitDefender’s online scanner: http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html
Also, BitDefender makes a product (search for it) which uses a bootable Knoppix-driven antivirus/antimalware iso that you can burn to a CD. When you boot up on the CD, the system goes immediately into a deep scan.
Other possible choices: Malwarebytes Antimalware is great, but no portable version exists; IObit 360, which let’s you create a portable version, which I just happen to carry with me.
One final thought: once you get your PC clean, periodically create an image backup of your hard drive. Makes getting back up to speed much simpler. Use Kleo Backup (free and makes a software and driver backup, along with the data, Clonezilla (not user friendly) or Norton’s Ghost (the old DOS version is better).
Good luck, and sorry for your troubles. I was there about five months ago.
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