March 2012Weems Gazetteer
We recently had a client with a dozen web sites which were all infiltrated by an outside third-party "spammer" who, by gaining access to the client's desktop computer which contained the passwords to his web sites, was able to insert redirect codes into all of the client's web sites.
In cleaning up the mess made by the spammer (originating from an IP address in Moscow, using servers in Ankara Turkey, Ukraine, and Italy) the company we lease our server from (Hosting Matters) recommended Avast Anti-Virus.
About Avast, ChiefOnionSauce (from arroward.com) mentioned this:
"Avast Antivirus is a good choice, but one thing you should know about it is that some other antivirus's will claim that Avast is a trojan/virus itself. This is only because Avast uses false-positives as a method for comparison against infected files. Another software that is top in the market is Malewarebytes' Anti-malware. One other good thing to have is a registry key cleaner. Uniblue Registry Booster is a recommended program. Some trojans/viruses will add their own keys to the registry that anti-viruses don't detect, such as proxy servers, auto-runs, editing other program settings or even preventing system processes from running correctly. While I can look in the registry itself and pick out the keys that don't belong through experience... many people cannot, so it's good to have a registry cleaner. "
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