Automatically starting programs and services for virus detection

SearchSecurity member Ronald Tuik shares this tips for identifying viruses on a computer.



This tip was submitted to the searchSecurity Tip Exchange Contest by user Ronald Tuik. Let other users know how useful it is by rating the tip below.

If your computer is acting weird all of the sudden, there is the possibility that you've been infected by a virus.

One quick way to find out is to check the automatically starting programs and services by running msconfig.exe and choosing the last tab. This only works on Windows 98+, though. Windows 95 users can use poledit, which is located on the Win95 CD.

When doing this, check for anything weird, like automatically starting vbs-scripts, programs with unusual names, or programs starting up from unusual places (such as the Recycle Bin).
This was last published in August 2001

Dig Deeper on Malware, Viruses, Trojans and Spyware

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCloudSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchCIO

SearchConsumerization

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

SearchCloudComputing

ComputerWeekly

Close