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My computer is sending out email to various personal addresses and the body of the email has a hyperlink to a website. All this is NOT done by me. I have Norton Protection Center and I run an anti-virus scan that removes and resolves low, medium and high risk viruses, yet the problem still persists. Any suggestions on the RIGHT anti-virus product to use to get the Whole job done?

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A great free AV is Avira Antivir.

Have you ran a scan with MBAM? It is free for on demand scanning and the paid version offers real time protection that will run along side your AV and catch the nastiness that your AV misses ;)

Just make sure you uninstall norton before installing Avira :)

You are saying the Norton (what I have) has a history of "not doing them complete job". What you are recommending will have these unwanted outgoing emails to cease?

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I like what I see ref Kaspersky. I can run what I have with Norton, yet my problem still persist.

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You are saying the Norton (what I have) has a history of "not doing them complete job". What you are recommending will have these unwanted outgoing emails to cease?

No one single security sofware is 100%. That is why, in my opinion, a layered approach is best.

Free AV: Avira

Paid AV: NOD32 or Kaspersky

Run any of these AV's along with MBAM

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No one single security sofware is 100%. That is why, in my opinion, a layered approach is best.

Free AV: Avira

Paid AV: NOD32 or Kaspersky

Run any of these AV's along with MBAM

Actually, I downloaded "SUPERAntiSpyware.com". It's compatable with what I already have, ie Norton (trial), and what windows already have in my cp. I ran a full scan and "Super" detected 44 adware and 1 trojan. For the past 3-4 weeks, I would run a scan on Norton, and at the most, it wouild detect 1 to 3 viruses. I have the full version of "Super". What I have with Norton in it's trail version is professional but only for 60 days. I'll let you know if my software continue to send out bogus emails.

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Actually, I downloaded "SUPERAntiSpyware.com". It's compatable with what I already have, ie Norton (trial), and what windows already have in my cp. I ran a full scan and "Super" detected 44 adware and 1 trojan. For the past 3-4 weeks, I would run a scan on Norton, and at the most, it wouild detect 1 to 3 viruses. I have the full version of "Super". What I have with Norton in it's trail version is professional but only for 60 days. I'll let you know if my software continue to send out bogus emails.

MBAM would work with norton as well, but if you already bought SAS, then you could always use the free version of MBAM which is an on demand scanner with removal for a second opinion as well :rolleyes:

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I'm curious where all these 44 detections were with SAS and if any were cookies? Naturally, cookies can't hurt you the same way malware can, not even close.

If you can, please post the detection info.

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I'm curious where all these 44 detections were with SAS and if any were cookies? Naturally, cookies can't hurt you the same way malware can, not even close.

If you can, please post the detection info.

I removed them from quarintine and you are right. They were adware, just cookies marking web pages I visited. Nothing at all like Malware. All were adware except one, a trojan. I'm running it everyday to see what else it detects. As far as I'm concerned, superantispyware is better than Norton. I have the professional version.

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Ignoring the fact that Norton is by far one of the worst AV's (second worst next to McAfee actually), SuperAntiSpyware is NOT a replacement for it as SAS is NOT an antivirus, it's an antimalware (just like MBAM). You MUST have a resident AV ASWELL AS an anti-malware.

For reference;

http://mysteryfcm.co.uk/?mode=Articles&date=12-08-2008

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Ignoring the fact that Norton is by far one of the worst AV's (second worst next to McAfee actually), SuperAntiSpyware is NOT a replacement for it as SAS is NOT an antivirus, it's an antimalware (just like MBAM). You MUST have a resident AV ASWELL AS an anti-malware.

For reference;

http://mysteryfcm.co.uk/?mode=Articles&date=12-08-2008

...You're saying that what I have now a with SuperAntiSpyware being antiMalware, must work in conjuction with and AV.

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Part II..I looked into your reference hyperlink and settled on "Search Destroy" AV. Whadaya think?

What I'm looking for is something that will "STOP" the bogus unwanted emails that are leaving my cp to various addresses. All this not being done by me. I understand that I must have a antiMalware system monitor and and AV as well, am I right?

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What I'm looking for is something that will "STOP" the bogus unwanted emails that are leaving my cp to various addresses. All this not being done by me. I understand that I must have a antiMalware system monitor and and AV as well, am I right?

Thats correct, yes. Spybot Search & Destroy is also not an AV, but an Anti Spyware (good to have as a backup though).

To stop the e-mails, you will need to follow the instructions at the following to remove any infections as this is the likely cause.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=9573

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