Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Best Virus-Removal Programs

Virus removal is a necessary evil in today's computer world, and taking each computer to a professional every six months can get pricey. It's easier to use antivirus software on your computer to automatically take care of the problem, or to run several programs yourself every six months for free. Here's a short list of some of the best (and cheapest) options available to regular computer users.

Free Software Worth Trying - There are several free software choices on the web that do a great job of cleaning your computer, the registry, virus files, Trojan horses, anything that causes you headaches. They are Ccleaner (, Malwarebytes (, Avira Anti-vir (, and AVG Free ( For regular use, these do an excellent job of keeping your computer clean.

Commercial Anti-Virus Software - Commercial anti-virus software tends to be more full-featured than the free versions, and the automatic updates often make it worth the extra money. One of the best is Norton AntiVirus. Norton has been around for decades, and what started out as system-recovery software soon evolved to antiviral support. Norton's experience is reassuring. Other excellent programs are Kaspersky Antivirus 2010 and AVG Internet Security. Like Norton, Kaspersky and AVG are both well-known names in the antiviral market, and they both do an excellent job of updating as new viruses are released.

A newer product is Spyware Doctor with Antivirus. Reviews for it are excellent (PC Magazine), and its prices (as of 2010) are competitive with the best anti-virus software.

Other Options - Besides taking an infected computer to a professional, another option is to create bootable rescue disks. There are several rescue disks available for download that work well. They include SystemRescue, Dr. Web Antivirus, Kaspersky Antivirus, AVG Rescue CD and BitDefender Rescue CD. All have Linux as their base "kernel." You'll need to download one, burn it to CD, boot from the CD and scan your hard drive for viruses and other nasty files.

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