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i think i got a virus, what options do i have?

#11crimsonclaw111Posted 2/5/2014 10:51:28 AM
Make sure to use Windows Defender in the future, it's free and as long as you aren't clicking shady links or sites should serve you fine.
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#12returnofbeans(Topic Creator)Posted 2/5/2014 12:01:08 PM
ok so im back from formatting the OS HDD and installing all my drivers. immediately downloaded steam and ran it. it opened fine. what im planning now is to install my anti-virus again and have it scan my 1.5TB alone and see if it catches anything.

does some one know the name of a site that had a big list of essential downloads? it them categorized too. saves me time and lets me get things that i wouldn't have remembered off the top of my head.
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#13ZazabarPosted 2/5/2014 12:24:58 PM
I'm sure you can find many websites that list "essential" software downloads.

By the way, which antivirus were you using?
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#14lost_withinPosted 2/5/2014 12:29:27 PM
Here are the three rescue cds I can think of off the top of my head.

1. Avira Rescue Disk (based off Ubuntu)
2. AVG Rescue Disk, works well but can be a tad bit aggressive.
3. Windows Offline Defender (basically Microsoft Security Essential/Defender on a CD and live environment)

They all work in similar manners, and can be ran off USB or CD (not sure if Avira has a USB version or not).
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#15PsythikPosted 2/5/2014 12:29:50 PM
returnofbeans posted...
i still have my windows 7 disc, can i reinstall windows 7 while still keeping all my files or does it have to a fresh install? as for safemode, i didn't think of that. ill be right back after trying that.
Only if your Programs, Documents, registry, and Appdata folder are on a different hard drive. Otherwise you *will* lose everything and will have have to reinstall it all if you don't do a backup first.
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#16kingoffpsPosted 2/5/2014 12:31:10 PM
I got a virus from looking at too much porn and it rendered my PC unable to access the desktop.

I basically took out my SSD, put it into an external hard drive caddy, then plugged it into my laptop and threw everything I had at it (I think AVG and Malwarebytes together sorted it).
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#17army_man179Posted 2/5/2014 6:58:21 PM
dump what you want on a flash drive or something and then reformat.
#18returnofbeans(Topic Creator)Posted 2/5/2014 7:05:00 PM
oh hey thanks for bumping. may as well post my status on this.

so i reformatted my 80GB HDD that i use for my OS and yah, it now runs like a champ again. it was a good time i got a virus too since my GTX 580 arrived in the mail. installed my new GPU and was able to open up steam finally, started up AssCreed4 and my god have i been missing out. i use to have a GT 630 before and it barely managed league of legends. with this CPU and GPU setup i scored exactly 1400 on final fantasy 14 benchmark.

all in all, i am going to do a full scan of my 1.5TB over night since its got way to many single files to get it done right now. im virus free again and i dont plan to turn off my avast again lol
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#19LvthnPosted 2/5/2014 7:27:21 PM
Good work fixing it.

In the future this issue is solved most easily by saving unique files (like photos, etc) to a secondary HDD before you have problems, so that when an issue crops up, whether it's a virus or system file corruption or whatever, you can just format and reinstall Windows without giving a damn. It's also a good opportunity to trim the fat from your primary disk, gets rid of programs and assorted junk you haven't used in a long time and forgot existed.