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How to Properly Scan Your Computer for Malware

Rid Your Computer of Trojans, Viruses, Spyware & More

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Completely and correctly scanning your computer viruses and other malware like Trojan horses, rootkits, spyware, adware, worms, etc. is often a very important troubleshooting step. A “simple” virus scan will no longer do.

Many forms of malware cause or masquerade as seemingly unrelated Windows and PC issues like Blue Screens of Death, issues with DLL files, and other serious Windows problems so it’s important to properly check your computer for malware when working to solve many problems.

Note: See my Free Bootable Antivirus Programs list if you need to scan for viruses but don’t have access to Windows right now. More serious viruses can prevent youroperating system from starting in the first place and so you’ll have to use one of those tools instead. Continue reading

Do not install MacKeeper

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Many users will see references to an application called MacKeeper on various web sites and via pop-ups on their browser. Not only is it expensive for what it purports to do (freeware applications that do the same or more are readily available), it can sometimes install itself without the user realising it, and it can be very tricky to get rid of.

MacKeeper has been described by various sources as highly invasive malware* that can de-stablize your operating system, adding that it is Continue reading