The PC Perspective Spyware, Trojans and Viruses Guide
With the ever increasing threat of spyware, trojans and viruses, we have felt it necessary and beneficial to create a specialized guide for dealing with malware and viruses. Our aim is to provide our members with a dedicated place to discuss issues surrounding spyware, trojans and viruses together with expert information for protecting your computer and removing such malware should you become infected.
It is important to recognise that there is often no simple way to remove malware from your computer. No single anti-virus program is ever going to automatically detect and remove everything, no matter how good it is. Similarly, because of the ever increasingly wide range of threats (viruses, adware, spyware, trojans, keyloggers etc), you may need to employ a range of dedicated scanners to successfully detect everything. For example, you may need to employ a dedicated anti-virus package, an anti-spyware package and an anti-trojan package. Even then, it is also good practice to employ at least 2 dedicated scanners for each area as one will often catch what the other misses.
Note: running 2 AV programs with real time protection/scanning enabled can cause conflicts. We would recommend only running one AV package with real time protection/scanning enabled and using a second AV on demand scanner for catching viruses your main AV program misses.
Luckily, a lot of the tools needed are freely available. Below we have created some short guides designed to help you secure your computer so you don't become infected in the first place, remove infections if you have become infected, and a collections of links to the most popular software and resources available.
If you manage to read, digest and implement the information contained below, you too will become an expert spyware assassin in no time.
Good luck and happy blasting
The PC Perspective STV Team