posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 09:35 PM
reply to post by VoidHawk
I suggest it as a possibility precisely because it will be protected and I understand only too well HOW protected, if it's really a required file for
Win 7. I just got done removing said protections, system wide and it's a real pain in the butt from start to finish.. whew... Anyway.. If it let him,
it wasn't...and Win 7 falls back and punts to a default driver in a full tilt anyway. Oh well... If backing up isn't done first, well, I agree.
Indeed, doing that cold and without backup would be awfully confident or reckless.
However, anything could be interesting on a Laptop just bought from a Pawnshop on a 'gotta have' deal circumstance.. Who knows what mods, tweaks or
just dumb mistakes lurk to find. Either way I hope a full backup is a priority.
No Problem.... For very simple solutions.. AVG works and is free with removal function. MalwareBytes as someone mentioned, can't be beat for malware
removal. One other major resource is the Online Scanner at ESET. They are among the best in pro-grade software and their free online scanner is worth
it. The major benefit is the scanner and files are on their server, not yours, so an infection doesn't have a scanner to attack and corrupt.
If all else fails Combofix at the link below is effective. It's a last resort before considering a windows reinstall. The site there also has very
reliable and professional guides on cleaning specific bugs that are especially difficult. Combofix comes with enough warnings to make a paranoid
scared for a month but I've used it on several machines to clean them for clients and never had a problem. Just run it through defaults if you get to
that and it WILL absolutely remove just about anything out there. It's a sledgehammer solution.
Bleeping Computer's site for ComboFix and Great Anti-Vir info.
Anyway, take care and good luck with it!
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