Scan & Clean Your PC With Free Tools

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Cure Your Malware Problem

I have written a bit about how to clean your PC with Free Tools but I don’t think I have ever done a video SHOWING how to do it, so I figured it’s about time.

Below you will find a new video embedded that will cover the exact process I use on my own PC’s whenever I have any reason to suspect a virus, trojan or malware infection of any kind.

I am not disparaging any paid tools here, there are advantages to them and value received (usually) but not everyone can afford the cost or has often enough use (thankfully) to justify the expense. And since the economy still sucks for a good many people out there, the timing is right for the video.

Free Computer Security Tools

Here are the free tools we will be using in the video:

  • The first is TDSSKiller by Kaspersky Labs (and no, as you will hear in the video, I can never say that name right!) It is an anti-trojan software. Trojans are some of the NASTIEST infections you can get. Here is the link to TDSSKiller at BleepingComputer
  • The second is the FREE version of MalwareBytes excellent anti-malware software. It will scan AND clean your system. They do have a paid upgrade to the software but for the video we use only the free version. Yes, I do recommend the paid version as being worth the cost unless you consider your computing to be low risk. Here is the link to MalwareBytes.org
  • Finally, we take a look at the anti-virus/computer security software we are running. It’s Microsoft Security Essentials which is not only free but also one of the LEAST performance reducing security software packages out there. Get MS Security Essentials here

Watch The Video

Other, More Robust Computer Security (Paid)  Software

A lot of my clients feel more secure with a more robust, paid, security product protecting their PC. Sometimes it’s because they know they have a greater chance of malware due to the types of email they get from friends, the sites they visit (not nasty ones, but ones that get attacked because they are popular) or they download some combination of screensavers, wallpaper, “free” music and videos.

Here are some of the paid security programs we recommend and have worked with:

For Really Stubborn Malware

If you have an infection and can’t seem to get it cleaned, check out this post using yet another free malware cleaning tool or another rather long post I did over at PCRoger.com

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Euro Millions Jackpot Winner Wants To Share With Me

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Email Scams - Don't Believe Them

Today is my lucky day, if you believe the email scam I received explaining that a family who won the Euro Millions Jackpot of (Pounds Sterling) 148 Million (over US$238 Million) wants to share the wealth with 25 other people of whom I happen to be one of.

Really?

Who believes this stuff?

How did they select my email, if it were legit (which it’s not).

Breaking Down The Scam Email

When trying to determine if an email is a scam, here are some helpful tips.

I know YOU don’t need these tips, but somebody does, because if this stuff didn’t work, no one would do it. Since they keep doing it, we know it works.

  1. First, if it sounds like a “free lunch” remember that there is no such thing. Free money from a European lottery winner? Right. Nigerian Prince? Right.
  2. Look at the email address. I’m in the U.S. and this email came from a .se domain (@igp.uu.se), which is Sweden. Yes, Sweden is in the continent of Europe, and maybe they have the Euro lottery there, but there currency is the Swedish Krona – actually a pretty strong currency. The igp.uu doesn’t look too promising either.
  3. What do they want you to do? Well, this email simply gives another email address to contact, and it happens to be an address at @yeah.net. Not one I’ve heard of, but who knows on that. Typically they want more out of you but in this case I’m sure that will come in the next email – if I contact them, which I won’t.
  4. Look at the grammar. This one isn’t too bad, but it’s not perfect. And the use of “Surplus Greetings” and “Surplus Regards”??? Is this from Google translate or what?
  5. Does it make sense? Besides someone giving away money, why wouldn’t a Euro Millions lottery pay out in Euros and not British Pounds? Maybe, I didn’t check into whether such a lottery even exists, but it just doesn’t smell right.

Here is the text of the SCAM Email

Surplus Greetings,

If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky fellow to
benefit from us.On behalf of my self and family i am happy to inform you that i and my wife Gillian have chosen you to be
one of our beneficiaries on our Euro Millions Jackpot win of L148m(One hundred and Forty Eight Millions Pounds)that held
last August.Based on the win we decided that just 25 people be selected for this
benefit,leaving each beneficiary with 1.5 million Great Britain Pounds each to better their lives because we cant enjoy it all
alone,as the win is for sharing.

This might appear strange but its a reality,so do get back to Adrian and Gillian  quickly via email at
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Surplus Regards,

Anna Segerman

    FOR
 Adrian and Gillian Bayford

So there you have it.

What To Do If You Get This SCAM Email

If you get this Scam email, do this:

  • Smile, because you’ve been warned about it
  • Delete it
  • Never think of it again. No, you did not miss out on 1.5 Million British Pounds

Best Regards,

PCRoger :)

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DIY Hard Drive Data Recovery

November 22, 2012

Save Money Recovering Data The topic I get the most requests for help on, by far, is DIY hard drive data recovery. Now, if the hard drive is physically damaged, there is less chance you will recover data successfully without employing a professional service. But in most cases only the operating system has crashed; maybe [...]

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SugarSync Online Backup 30% Off for Black Friday

November 20, 2012

Here is a special deal on Online Backup with SugarSync – 30% Off! Black Friday Limited Time Offer: Save 30% on Your First Year of SugaySync! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Protect Your Identity With LifeLock – Rare Coupon Deal

November 6, 2012

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PCTools HUGE Sale – 30% Off Coupon Codes

October 4, 2012

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New Acronis Coupon Codes – Home And Business

August 9, 2012

Brag time here. We were using Acronis products long before they were “mainstream”. Acronis True Image saved our butts more than once and was one of the few true values in PC software. It has always been my mission to save clients and friends money, so here are some Acronis Coupons for both home and [...]

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Microsoft MBA – or – Life Under Ballmer

July 3, 2012

I was offered the use of this graphic and I just couldn’t refuse. Too bad I didn’t short Microsoft stock and buy Apple – oh, well. It’s like when someone opens a restaurant and then hires someone else to run it while they do other things. You can tell the difference. We’ll see how Apple [...]

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ChkDsk Cannot Open Volume – Video Shows Solution

April 27, 2012

How To Exclude Drive in MS Security Essentials Here is a video I did in conjunction with a data recovery, drive repair issue with my laptop. A lot of people run into the error message “ChkDsk cannot open volume for direct access”. The problem could be your antivirus software has the drive locked since it [...]

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Recover Data After Blue Screen Of Death

April 24, 2012

Data Recovery Options Better With Mozy Backup My 8 year old laptop hard drive decided it was old and worthy of failure generating a Windows Blue Screen Of Death. Panic, right? Well, a BSOD is a guaranteed inconvenience at least. Time is valuable. Knowing, though, that one has backups is always a comfort, one that [...]

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