If you’ve used the Internet for a decent amount of time, you will have run into spyware, trojans, and other forms of computer viruses. Don’t you lie! I’m ashamed to admit it as well, but I’ve also went through some incredibly stressful infections that, in the most serious instances, have caused me to toss hard drives and reformat partitions. For casual Internet users who Facebook and Twitter their days away, this is a huge annoyance. For those of us who use the Internet for our work, it can become a serious threat to our financial status. It can get pretty serious.
Although we’ve gone over some great choices for anti-virus software, the “anti-virus” model isn’t and probably never will be perfect. Heuristics are snowballing quickly, as are new instances of trojans. It’s always going to be a sticky situation for us.
With all that in mind, disinfecting our system takes more than the automated tinkering that software like AVG and Malwarebytes can do for us. Sometimes, we have to get our hands dirty. You don’t have to jump in alone though, and I’d like to share with you the three places where you should go if you ever need help securing your system.
BleepingComputer is known to be one of the best all-around technical help communities on the web. The website itself includes a huge variety of resources that have helped hundreds of people bring their systems back to life.
BC plays as home to experts who can guide you through using some of the most well-known tools in this field, like HiJackThis, ComboFix, DDS, and more. The authors of many of these softwares also frequent the community.
You’ll find subforums for nearly every operating system and technical intricacy you can think of. There are always people willing to analyze HiJackThis and ComboFix logs for you, and BC is an extremely helpful place when you’re in need of great technical help.
Safer-Networking, just like BleepingComputer, is the home of one of the most popular tools in this area – Spybot.
S-N offers more than just support for their dedicated software though. The Malware Removal subforum is a great place to seek help from experienced individuals who are willing to offer tips to help immunize and disinfect your system. Just like BC, you’ll find a lot of smart people who will be willing to pick apart your DDS logs.
MajorGeeks is a huge player in tweaking the features and performance of your system. You’ve probably heard of them before.
You’ll be able to find loads of anti-virus solutions over at MajorGeeks, some more obscure and unheard of than others. MG digs pretty deep when it comes to supporting and listing software, with some going as far back as Windows 98.
You’ll also find MG to be one of the most active and responsive tech-related forum communities. Like S-N, you’ll notice MG has a Malware Removal subforum. That forum features several stickied topics that have disinfection instructions that may even put you on the right track before you even feel the need to post a topic.
If you’re still looking for solutions after these forums, check out What To Do If Your Computer Gets Infected By A Virus. Leave me a comment if you have any more questions (although I won’t be personally assisting you in saving your machine)!