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I was lurking to this section and they always ask you to install something but users there seem to solve their problem with no issues. I am worried that they might install another malicious program in one of their links.

I am trying to clean my computer but before i post there i just want to ask some approval from you guys.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by heavyd, Journeyman Geek, CharlieRB, Tog, Mokubai Aug 14 '13 at 18:02

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Take any website like this with a grain of salt. Follow their advice if it makes sense. – Ramhound Aug 14 '13 at 14:33
For what it's worth, I got some great help from the folks there to remove some truculent malware from a friend's laptop. – Al E. Aug 14 '13 at 14:59

I have used AdwCleaner from Bleeping Computer and it is a truly excellent piece of software, that has gotten rid of toolbar addons (such as the Babylon toolbar) that other software had failed to remove.

If that is testament to Bleeping Computer's software then you should have no worries.

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Seconded; I can further give Bleeping Computer's ComboFix tool an excellent report, having successfully used it many times, in my former professional capacity as an IT support specialist, to get malware off machines so thoroughly pestiferated that nothing else would even install, much less actually work. – Aaron Miller Aug 14 '13 at 16:15
@AaronMiller AdwCleaner not only removed nasties from my PC, but did it blisteringly fast too. I'll checkout ComboFix :) – Simon Aug 14 '13 at 16:37
If AdwCleaner can't get rid of it, ComboFix will. If ComboFix can't get rid of it, it's time to repave the machine. – Aaron Miller Aug 14 '13 at 17:07
@AaronMiller Good to know, thanks... – Simon Aug 14 '13 at 17:15

Most of the tools on sites like this are information gathering tools, looking for installed applications, running applications and weird startup items.

This is generally for identification of the malware or problem, and then the forum users generally recommend third party tools to fix the identified problem. Many forums use this approach.

That said, BleepingComputer is reputable enough, but the advice is given by individuals. Be mindful that someone could always have a bad recommendation or have mal-intent.

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