Ultimate Software Guide to Clean PC

by on May 14th, 2010

guide to clean pc

I have been using many software / programs to clean PC, detect malware, spyware, trojans, rootkits, viruses, security threats and to remove them. I will mention those all essential effective software here. If you are comfortable with installing, uninstalling software and have got a bit of time then you can trust the following software. Believe me when I say, You should change antivirus program like you change your tooth paste. If you are wondering on why to change your tooth paste then ‘May God help you with your data in your PC’. :)

I have got free antivirus programs to share, free online virus scanners and best free tools to clean PC.

Virus, Spyware, Malware Removal Tools

Run CCleaner.

Run ComboFix. If Combofix reboots your pc then you need to be sure and boot back into Safe Mode to complete the other scans. To uninstall Combofix pull up the run command and type in combofix /uninstall (this uninstalls the application, removes the quarantine, resets the clock, and toggles the system restore).

If Combofix refuses to run you may have a rootkit lurking. Run RootRepeal. Click the files tab at the bottom > Scan > anything that starts with UAC, TDSS, Seneka, Skynet, or other random extension ending in .sys is probably the rootkit driver that you’re looking for. You can right-click the file and select Wipe file. If you aren’t 100% sure then generate a log and ask someone expert for advice. Once the file(s) are wiped you should be able to install and run Combo-Fix, MBAM, and other security tools.

Install MBAM (Malwarebytes Anti-malware) and perform a quick scan. Before scan make sure you update MBAM. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates close MBAM and download the database from http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam/database/rules.ref and copy it to Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware on XP or Users\All Users\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware on Vista.

Install and run Ad-Aware Anti-Malware, Anti-RootKit.

Install and run Hitman Pro. Please be aware that some detections may be false positives. You can continue to use Hitman Pro for free as an additional layer of protection since it is an “on demand” scanner and does not run in real-time.

Run HiJack This. Save log file and get expert’s advice.

Use Resource Hacker.

Repair Registry Policies.

Process Explorer tell you about the running processes.

Install and run SpyBot Search and Destroy.

9 Quality Online Virus Scanners

Scan PC using one of these online antivirus scanners you trust.

NOD32 Online Scanner
Bitdefender Online Scanner
Symantec Security Check
Panda ActiveScan
Kaspersky Online Scanner
Mcafee FreeScan
Avast Online Scanner
F-Secure Online Scanner
Trend Micro Online Scan

7 Most Effective Free Anti-Virus software

And finally download and install any one of these free antivirus software.

Free Antivir Antivirus
Free Avast Antivirus
Free AVG Antivirus
Free Microsoft Security Essentials
Free Comodo Antivirus
Free Rising Antivirus
Free Panda Cloud Antivirus

And if you like you can try portable solution to clean PC. Proceed to 10 free and best portable Anti-virus software.

Stay safe, stay clean…