Use a Flash Drive to Rescue a Malware-Infested PC

Last Updated Jan 20, 2010 2:52 PM EST

There's a particularly nasty virus making the rounds right now. It's informally known as the Antivirus Live virus, as it bombards your PC with scary, real-looking security warnings and masquerades as a program -- Antivirus Live (pictured) -- that can protect and repair your system.

A co-worker of mine caught it. I won't say which legitimate anti-virus utility he was running that didn't block it, but it's a popular one.

Ridding yourself of infections like these can be a major hassle -- unless you have the right tools. In this case, the right tool is SUPERAntiSpyware (which sounds like one of the fake, made-up programs it's meant to remove, but isn't). It's free, and it works.

The developers just released a portable version of SUPERAntiSpyware, meaning it can run from a flash drive. That's critical, as malware-infested systems often block anti-virus and anti-spyware software from running.

Bottom line: If you don't own a flash drive, now's the time to pick one up. (Here's a 4GB Iocell drive for just $10.99 shipped -- great deal.) Toss SUPERAntiSpyware Portable on it and hope you never need it. The system you save could be your own. [via Lifehacker]

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