Microsoft Virus Scan?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Wayne L, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. Wayne L

    Wayne L Guest

    I just came across this in Wikipedia -
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus

    "If your system is a Microsoft product and you have your 20 digit
    registration number, you can go to the Microsoft web site, and they will do a
    free scan and most likely remove any known virus such as Trojan win32.murlo."

    Is this true, and where would I find my 20 digit registration # and what is
    the web site? Does anyone know? Thanks, Wayne
     
    Wayne L, Jan 26, 2008
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    Jesper Guest

    I was just about to point you there, but you do not need your registration
    number for that site.
     
    Jesper, Jan 26, 2008
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    Wayne L Guest

    Jesper - Thanks for the additional link, however I have a thrifty nature
    and only use "free" remedies. My own link is limited, I know, and probably a
    one time shot, if I can get it to load at all. It's very slow. Thanks again,
    Wayne
     
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    Jesper Guest

    Jesper, Jan 26, 2008
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    mikeyhsd Guest

    occasional scanning is not really enough, you need a GOOD virus program running checking continuously.

    I prefer AVG "FREE" from Grisoft.







    I just came across this in Wikipedia -
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus

    "If your system is a Microsoft product and you have your 20 digit
    registration number, you can go to the Microsoft web site, and they will do a
    free scan and most likely remove any known virus such as Trojan win32.murlo."

    Is this true, and where would I find my 20 digit registration # and what is
    the web site? Does anyone know? Thanks, Wayne
     
    mikeyhsd, Jan 26, 2008
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  7. Wayne I personally don't like OneCare and other than actually beta testing
    it I wouldn't use it on my own machine. If you suspect you have viruses you
    ether don't have virus software installed or your virus application has
    missed the virus.

    If you want something 'free' then download either one of these free anti
    virus applications. Both are excellent and recommended.

    AVG Anti Virus (http://free.grisoft.com)
    Avast Anti Virus (www.avast.com)


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    Wayne L Guest

    John - Thanks, but I was just taking advantage of a "free" offer. OneCare
    never did finish downloading, so I gave up.

    I do have Avast and rely on it.

    Incidentally, I have tried but have never successfully gotten another AV to
    download and operate with my Avast, even though only one was running at any
    given time.

    I want an extra AV to do occasional scanning, but it doesn't work for me, so
    I uninstalled each one. AVG does not work with Avast installed on the same
    computer, even when Avast is not running. Thanks, Wayne
     
    Wayne L, Jan 27, 2008
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  9. Wayne, you don't use two anti virus applications on the same machine, simply
    because, in most cases they will conflict. You only need one. if you are
    happy with Avast then stick with that. Spyware applications are different,
    with these applications many suggest that you have two running, but never
    two anti virus applications.
    On the spyware front I use Windows Defender, simply because it is free. I
    recently downloaded Spybot search and Destroy (www.safer-networing.org).
    However, when I ran it it didn't find anything, which brought me to the
    conclusion that Windows Defender is more than adequate for the job.

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    Wayne L Guest

    John - Thanks again. Yes I've always believed in one AV running at any
    given time, but I'm sure I've read in this very discussion group of some
    knowledgeable people who have numerous AVs on their machine that are used for
    occasional scanning, Perhaps I misread. In any event, I have no virus problem
    at the moment, but have in the past, and Avast always came through on a 2nd
    scan.

    In a few cases I used System Restore when I suspected a virus or spyware.

    Like you, I also have Spybot which runs always, along with Defender with no
    issues, so I just leave them alone. I don't care that Spybot sometimes pops
    up and stops something on my computer with a warning, like System Restore, or
    when I change a startup program, but that's a minor annoyance. Thanks again,
    Wayne
     
    Wayne L, Jan 27, 2008
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  11. You're welcome

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    SG Guest

    Wayne,

    Not AVG, but this one is pretty good and you do not have to install on your
    System. All you need is a flash drive. BTW, many other apps can be installed
    on the drive as well, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware and many more.

    http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/clamwin_portable

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    SG
     
    SG, Jan 29, 2008
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    Jerry Hughes Guest

    You mean that I don't actually have to have the Spyware installed on my
    computer but "waiting" on a flash drive to scan my system if I think I got
    infected??? Never thought of that and I guess that would help with any
    incapability issues? So glad I referred to this forum. I'm learning more
    and more about protecting my system. Thanks,

    Jerry


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