Change from AVG to Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes

            “Fakealert” spyware came out around Christmas of 2009.  It was written buy a hacker and sold as a package to other hackers.  The other hackers dress it up how they want it to look and how much they want to scam you.  They also add other nasties to the program.  This guy covered all the previous bases and covered the social engineering bases.  You may get a minor glitch when it is installed and then several days later it rears it’s ugly head.  I have researched it on the net several times and no one knows how or where they got it. This Spyware is continually evolving and is tough for all the Antivirus companies to keep up with.  Malwarebytes AntiSpyware is dedicated to Spyware only and keeps up with all the new Spyware on a daily basis.

            AVG rewrote their antivirus engine in November, 2010.  Their idea of protecting you from “Fakealert” Spyware is to let it install itself, detect it and prompt you to restart your computer.  On restart AVG scans your computer, removes “Fakealert” but it doesn’t repair all the damage that “Fakealert” did to your computer.  You may not be able to surf the net or open programs.  This is unacceptable.  Also AVG 2011 can be the only scanner on a computer.  You may experience lockups with another scanner installed.

UnInstall AVG:
Click Start, Programs, AVG 2011, UnInstall AVG 2011.  When presented with a window with two check boxes, put a check in both boxes.  ReStart the computer when prompted.

Download and Install Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus and AntiSpyware:
Click on the above link and download Microsoft Security Essentials for your operating system,
Windows XP 32‐bit , Windows Vista/Windows 7 32‐bit or Windows Vista/Windows 7 64‐bit.  If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 go to the control panel and double click “System” to determine if you have a 32- bit or 64 – bit operating system.  Download the file to the desktop.  When the download is complete close all open windows and double click the file on the desktop that was downloaded to install Microsoft Security Essentials.  Allow the quick scan to complete after installation.

Download and Install Malwarebytes AntiSpyware:
Click on the above link and download Malwarebytes. 
Download the file to the desktop.  When the download is complete close all open windows and double click the file on the desktop that was downloaded to install Malwarebytes.  After Malwarebytes is installed and running click on the “Purchase” button.  Pay $24.95 with a credit card and they will send you an email with the keys to make Malwarebytes Free version into Malwarebytes Professional version.  When you get the email with the keys, leave the email open and startup Malwarebytes.  Click the “Register” button and copy the keys from the email to Malwarebytes.  The difference between the two is the free version is after the fact that your computer is infected with spyware and the professional version runs in the backround like antivirus and knocks down spyware before it is installed.  Some Spyware like Fakealert will not allow Malwarebytes free version to startup.

Startup Microsoft Security Essentials, click on the “Settings” tab and then click on “Excluded Files and Locations:” in the left pane.  Copy and Paste, one line at a time, the three file paths below for your operating system to the “File Location:” window in the right pane of Microsoft Security Essentials and click the “Add” button for each line.

Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows 7 32-bit:
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe

Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe

The combination of  Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes should keep your computer clean.