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Old 29. Dec 2010, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default antivirus/malware program with com extension

A friend has a vicious virus on her computer that blocks installing any program using an "exe" extension, no doubt to prevent installing an antivirus program that can remove it.

Anyone know of an antivirus/ anti-malware program with a com extension?

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Old 29. Dec 2010, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All executable programs come with an .exe extension, and so you won't find any antivirus/antimalware with a com extension. But, you can always change the extension yourself, to com, or anything you want.

I would advise you to get help on a forum, where you can get help on removing the virus/malware.

If you don't succeed on running scans with antivirus/antimalware, even after changing the extension, it would be good to download an antivirus rescue CD like Kaspersky, or Dr Web Live CD, and booting the computer with it, and then perform scans.

Searching on Google for the virus name, will also help in getting to know about the possible ways in which the infection can be removed.

But, if all this is difficult, as I said earlier, get help on a security forum.
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Old 30. Dec 2010, 12:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there any reason you can't run something like Emisoft anti-malware portable off a USB stick? I seem to think Sophos anti-rootkit can run off a portable too. In fact there are a number of portable A/V scanning and removal tools available so maybe there's something that will sort your problem.
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Try SAS - It worked for me when others failed to run - it has a portable version also.
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Try SAS - It worked for me when others failed to run - it has a portable version also.
Didn't know SuperAnti-Spyware had a portable. Thanks for that
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A friend has a vicious virus on her computer that blocks installing any program using an "exe" extension, no doubt to prevent installing an antivirus program that can remove it.

Anyone know of an antivirus/ anti-malware program with a com extension?

TIA!
My suggestion is that you download MBAM from this link. If the install does not
run, change the name of the installer and try again. Sometimes malware would
not allow you to download it or run the installer when you try to do so.
Changing the name of the installer might take care of that problem, you can
add .com at the end of the installer.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

If you still have problems installing or running MBAM, you ll find other ways to
overcome those problems by reading this link.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/viru...lware-tutorial

By the way, if you can not download, install or run MBAM how its normally
done, probably means that you ll succeed eliminating the infection if you
get to run it.

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Didn't know SuperAnti-Spyware had a portable. Thanks for that
garth, look here.
http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html

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Old 31. Dec 2010, 12:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for that bo
Coincidentally, this SAS portable i just downloaded off the link bo provided has a .com extension. In my own experience you can run any portable from a folder on your hard drive if you choose to. Incidentally, if at any point you are using system virtualisation it is wise to have whatever folder you run a portable from on the virtualised drive or you may get conflicts occurring. I did.
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