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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by mecman, Mar 15, 2009.

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  1. mecman

    mecman TS Member

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    Need help , must have gotten a virus or worm or somethihg, anti-viruses won't update, web pages freezes , etc. my question is there any way to clean up the sysyem. Ihave windows xp, system restore won't even restore I'm not very computer educated so any fix will need to be explained step by step thanks for any and all help will be appreciated, Gary
     
  2. fritzi93

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    For starters, I'd download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Super Antispyware. Google for 'em. Then disable system restore and reboot, hitting the f8 key and select start in safe mode. Run full scans with both programs, one after the other. Quarantine whatever badware is found. Reboot and see if it helps.

    No doubt you'll need to do more, but start with that. Some trojans, etc., can be removed with tools made specifically for them if the above don't do the trick.

    Good luck and I'll check the thread again this evening. You'll get lots more suggestions probably.
     
  3. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Housecall by Trendmicro. Free online scanner/virus removal.

    For the really stubborn ones they have Hijack This! but I is way too potent for most people. Kills everything you put it on.

    Try the Housecall, I use it if my other stuff fails.

    HM
     
  4. ysr_racer

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    Keep your kids and grand kids off your computer. Don't download any "free" games. Stay off the porno websites. If you get a popup that says "your computer is infected, click here to fix it" DO NOT CLICK ON IT.

    Make sure you set your PC to get Windows updates.

    From Internet Explorer go to TOOLS at the top of the screen, and select WINDOWS UPDATE, download any current updates.

    If you're running Windows 95, 98, 2000 or ME, BUY A NEW COMPUTER!!

    Purchase good quality anti spyware and anti virus ware. Install them and run them.

    Oh, and STAY OFF THE PORNO WEBSITES, they're loaded with spyware and virus's.
     
  5. mecman

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    Thanks to all , Fritzi93 your knowledge helped everything now seems to be running fine, Gary
     
  6. fritzi93

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    Good deal, Mecman. Now re-enable system restore.

    If your computer has a restore partition, you can probably run Windows system file check without an install disc. Most folks don't know about it, but you can restore critical system files that badware may have changed. I recommend you do this, it won't take very long:

    Click Start -> Run

    Type in the box this exactly: sfc /scannow

    (You have to have a space after sfc)

    Also run a scandisk on your system partition:

    Right-click you "C" drive and left-click properties. Click on tools. Under error checking click check now. You'll be prompted to reboot, and the drive will be scanned for physical problems, doesn't take very long, and will boot up when finished. Good idea just to double check everything's okay.

    If you want, you can do one of the online scans suggested above as a double-check. But sounds like you're okay now. Good luck.
     
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