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If you try it, let us know how you like it.
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More information on this tool: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/04/11/free-virus-removal-tool-for-download-from-sophos/
Windows 7 Pro SP1 (64-bit), avast! v12 Free, MBAM Pro, Windows Firewall, OpenDNS Family Shield, SpywareBlaster, MVPS HOSTS file, MBAE Premium, MCShield, WinPatrol PLUS, SAS (on-demand scanner), Zemana AntiLogger Free, IE11 & Firefox (both using WOT [IE set to WARN, FF set to BLOCK]), CryptoPrevent, Secunia PSI.
[I believe computer-users who sandbox (Sandboxie) are acting prudently.]
SpywareHammer has been testing it.
The download is huge, over 81 Meg. Installation was simple; it placed a program icon on my desktop. It also added a startup SERVICE (which was set to Manual, so it doesn't automatically start with Windows). The program indicates that if it finds anything, it will advise me, so I can decide how to proceed. There was no "percentage" progress window, so while scanning, I had no way of knowing how much longer the program might be expected to run. Their video suggested I step out for "a cup of tea"... I think dinner would have been more appropriate... it took over an hour (but that may just be a reflection of a slow machine??) As I expected, no threats were found on this machine.
My experience mirrors ky331's.
After 1.5 hours I bailed on this "second opinion" scanner, which was less than half completed on my XP system, without finding anything.
I will keep it installed, however, against the rainy day when it might prove useful. I don't see any down-side to doing this.
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Windows 7/sp1 (64- Bit): Panda Free AV, Outpost Firewall Pro, MBAM Premium, WinPatrol PLUS, Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free and HitmanPro Free (on-demand scanners), OpenDNS, MVPS Hosts file, SpywareBlaster, Pale Moon web browser, Zemana Antilogger Free, Secunia PSI, Sandboxie, CCleaner Free, MVPS Hosts file.
Windows 10 (64- Bit): Same, except using Windows Firewall, and standard versions of MBAM, WinPatrol (all free).
"In the future, everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes" - Banksy
My scan took about an hour and it found nothing. I'll run it once a week or so.
Given all the security I believe you already have on your system... and that you're doing your best to keep all your systems clean... I don't know that there's really a point to running another weekly hour-long scan "just because" it's available... of course, that's entirely up to you. Just keep in mind that, on a clean system, the more scans you run, the more chance there is of "creating" a false-positive situation.
We are past 24hrs of running the program. Our Daughters Toshiba laptop has a virus/Trojan. My husband has tried everything he knows of, so we are trying this program. It says it has found 3 threats so far. Just wondering how much longer. Wish it had a progress window..
"My husband has tried everything he knows of..."
Without specific details --- WHAT you've already tried, the "partial" successes (if any), the symptoms you're experiencing, the name/type of virus/trojan found, and the name(s) of the infected file(s) --- there's very little help we can offer.
Having said that, be advised that one-on-one Malware Analysis/Removal is no longer done at the Dell Forums.
I suggest you follow the directions at http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=12262.0 to register and post the requested logs at spywarehammer.com ; there are expert helpers there who can "walk you through" procedures to analyze your system, and clean-up the infection. All help provided there is FREE. If you decide to go for help there, please wait for a response, and do NOT attempt to run any other scans/removers on your own --- haphazzard removals can do more harm than good --- just do exactly what they instruct you to do, no more, no less.
kajones66My husband has tried everything he knows of