Question by periwinkle: Slow PC, Trojan detected. Help please?
Hello I am using Windows 8.1 and use the built-in Microsoft Defender as the antivirus. Recently my system started behaving very weirdly, my laptop (HP 2000-2312TU) became slower day by day. Simple tasks took such a long time that I became frustrated. Although I do regular quick scans, I decided to go for a complete scan and Defender detected Lecpetex.A trojan. Defender claimed to have removed it. Yet I am still facing the same problem even now. Speed hasn’t much improved. My laptop has 2GB RAM, so I manually increased the virtual memory to 6GB. There is still some 285GB free space left on my system. Can someone please suggest me some remedy? I am thoroughly disgusted with my laptop speed and performance now. Oh, I did use CCleaner to clean things up too. And my drivers are also updated with the software downloaded from the HP site.
Thanks in advance for the help.
Answer by tumbleweed_biff
Top free AV products
BitDefender Free, ZoneAlarm Free, Adaware Free, Commodo Free, Avast, Avira, AVG
My recent survey of several independent testing labs shows Kaspersky, eSET, and BitDefender as the top paid AV products.
How to remove a virus –
I) The best solution is to back up your data and perform a factory restore. Install a reputable AV program after the restore and download the latest updates before restoring your data.
II) That not being practical for many, try either of the next two methods:
(Please note that it is important to use one of these two methods as you need to boot and scan knowing that no viruses are already in memory. If you try and install an AV product on a machine already infected then there is a decent chance that the virus will be able to hide/relocate from the scanner.)
1) On a clean computer, download 1 or more free bootable AV products. Five I know of are Avira, AVG, Avast, Kaspersky, and G Data. Often referred to as a Rescue Disc.
(There is a handy product called sardu (sarducd.it) which will create a flash drive/Cd capable of having multiple AV products built into it. It isn’t perfect yet, but it does do the job pretty well. I keep a copy on a flash drive for whenever I go to someone’s house to help with computer problems and I have a number of other diagnostic tools included as well.)
2) Create the bootable media and include the latest virus definitions
3) Boot the infected/suspect computer by using the bootable media and run a full/complete/deep scan of the computer using preferably at least two different ones. No AV product gets them all, but 2 different products should find and remove just about anything.
B) Alternative method:
1) remove the hard drive from the infected computer
2) slave the drive to a clean computer which already has at least one AV product already installed with the most current definitions. You can do this by installing it into the case (for a desktop) or by putting the drive in an external drive case which you can get for the low teens $ . These can be USB (get at least USB 2.0) or eSata – if the 2nd computer has an eSata connection.
3) From the clean machine, run a full/complete scan of the slaved hdd. The computer should already be booted when you connect the external drive, with the AV product already in residential memory (it will have an icon down next to the clock). Then open the AV and run it on the drive. In an ideal world, you should really use two different AV products.
III) If you are unable to do the above, then download and install an AV product and then run it at its deepest level scan. This is not the ideal method as many viruses can hide from AV products if they are already in memory and running before the AV software is executed. There are numerous free ones. I strongly recommend two different AV products and one Adware/Spyware product. For free AV, I would typically recommend Avira, AVG, or Avast as the installed resident (always running) AV solution and Malwarebytes as a secondary, on demand AV product which I run on a weekly basis. For Spyware and Adware, the two top performers there are AdAware (Lavasoft.com) and Spybot Search and Destroy (safer-networking.org) Both offer a free and paid version. The free version is good, the paid version offers more bells and whistles, just like with the AV products.
Once the virus(es) is/are removed, change any and all passwords having to do with anything important like e-mail, financial-banking logins, etc. as those have probably been captured and sent to the author of the virus.
Microsoft Security Essentials is NOT a good AV program, providing some of the lowest detection and removal rates in the industry.
Prior to Windows 8, Microsoft Defender was NOT an AV program. Long ago it was a good anti-spy program written by Sunbelt. During the intervening years since Microsoft’s purchase it has lagged far behind other anti-spy/anti-adware programs significantly. In order to add to the confusion and frustration of users around the world, Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, decided to rename the updated Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows 8 as Windows Defender – probably because the reputation of MSSE was so bad.
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