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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! v2014 Free, MBAM Pro, Windows Firewall, OpenDNS Family Shield, SpywareBlaster, MVPS HOSTS file, EMET+MBAE, 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 Home Premium (64- Bit), Panda Cloud AV Free, OpenDNS, SpywareBlaster, MVPS Hosts file, WinPatrol PLUS, IE11, HitmanPro (on-demand 2nd opinion AV scanner), Windows software firewall, MBAM Premium, CryptoPrevent, Zemana Antilogger Free, Secunia PSI, WOT, Sandboxie, CCleaner Free.
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