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By mctazman2 ·
How can I determine if I have a virus if I can never get a virus scanner to run completely? I have tried numerous software packages and it does not seem to fix the problem. I am almost sure that this is virus related and don;t want to format my machine. (I Just did it for maintenance purposes earlier this month.)The programs will freeze randomly in diffently locations. Otherwise I have no problems with the system freezing and surf the net and do other things without incident. I have WIndows 98SE with all Windows critical updates being done.

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by willcomp In reply to virus help

Have you tried these?

AVG free version available at Grisoft.com

Trend Housecall on-line scanner at link below.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Stinger available at link below.

http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

Dalton

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Try stinger first if you haven't already tried it.

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by mctazman2 In reply to virus help

Sorry but those were the first things that I tried.AVG is the greatest and I never had a problem with it until the 7.0 version. I ended up with a reformat. Thanks anyway.

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by ReWrite In reply to virus help

If it really is a virus and is active there are some that prevent anti-virus packages from installing properly. The only way to eradicate them is by booting with a boot disk and running them outside of windows.

If you do not have an anti-virus app that can run from a boot disk (with avg you can make "rescue disks to do this) then you can download a free one from f-prot. It is a pretty good scanner (I use it frequently when checking for viruses). Here is a link:

http://www.f-prot.com/download/home_user/

If you don't find any viruses then the problems you are encountering could be caused by a number of things (drivers, hardware, settings). Post back with the specifics of your system (hardware, os, memory) and anything else you can think of (did the problem just start, were there any changes right before the problems started etc).

Cheers.

RW

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