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08-16-2004, 09:45 PM
I've got AVX Virus scanner, ad-aware and spybot. I run them all the time, and I always have new viruses and spyware everytime I run them! I have programs that start-up everytime I reboot, tons of them in the right hand corner-- and things in my task manager that I'm just clueless as to what they are. This is mainly because I have brothers who use this computer, also....... I really want to clean it up, but beyond running these programs I'm not sure where to begin. I try getting rid of these programs so that NOTHING opens on startup, but it simply doesn't work. Any help?
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08-16-2004, 09:53 PM
From personal experience trying to repeatedly fix a friend's computer, I can tell you that you're screwed. The problem is that other people are using your computer. You'll have to explain to anyone else who uses it what not to do (open random email attachments, answer 'yes' to just about any question that IE asks you, etc) or else your computer will never get and stay clean.
<P ID="signature"></P><P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by Ugly Joe on 08/16/04 05:53 PM.</FONT></P>
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08-16-2004, 09:54 PM
> Any help?
Get Startup Control Panel (by Mike Lin) and make sure anything you don't want starting up is not starting up. Also, if this is running XP, be sure to check and see what services are running and what services you do not or may not need (when in doubt you can put them on 'launch when needed' so if they are needed they'll be started up).
Other than that, smack your brothers for being so irresponsible as to let tons of viruses and spyware infect your PC.....actually, if this is your PC and it is running on XP you *could* set yourself up with an admin or poweruser account and them with an account that can't change the more advanced settings... hmm. <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif> If a user doesn't have the capability to modify those settings, other software shouldn't be able to either.
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08-16-2004, 10:23 PM
have you tried running your virus program, ad-aware, and anything else you may have, in safe mode? A lot of those thigs things they find cant be removed sometimes if you are not in safe mode.
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Sure fire way to clean up your computer and keep it clean.
1. Install Windows XP.
2. Set up a password on the administrators account
3. Setup your own Windows XP account with your own password.
4. Block the guest account
5. Do not set up an account for your brothers.
There, no mess, no fuss. Your brothers i guess might complain...
If they complain hard enough, set them up each a very limited guest account!
08-17-2004, 12:12 AM
Holy crap, http://www.mlin.net/Mike Lin</A> has written some useful utilities. Just installed four of them.
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08-17-2004, 01:00 AM
I have had somewhat similar problems, I recommend getting HijackThis, It's really useful IMO, There is some stuff in there you might not want to delete but there is detailed on the items it brings up, and their forums are really helpful for telling you how to get rid of certain stuff.
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08-17-2004, 03:34 AM
In this order:
The first 3 apps are specialized, and do things the last two simply suck at. Run the online Housecall! anti-virus, and after you clean up, run BugOff!, which you can find at the same site as CWshredder.
08-17-2004, 04:03 AM
Here's a tip, do NOT LET ANYONE ELSE USE IT!
1) Lock your machine out from EVERYONE until you know for certain it is clean.
2) If you use 2k or XP, then create some accounts and lock out certain access levels. You want it clean or not? Block websites, do what you gotta do.
3) Finally, let them know what they are doing, and if it's so annoying for you...perhaps you should play the "can't use this anymore" card. Educate them, and make them listen and understand.
Can I assume that this machine you use is bought and paid for by you? If so, I think you would understand why I stated what I did. If it's not, then are you the computer literate person that uses it?
In any event, that's one mess you have on your hands. <img src=smilies/erm.gif>
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08-18-2004, 03:35 AM
i definatly would restrict the user access level on your system if you are on XP or 2000. restrict it down to school status (only able to browse the web, download programs to the minimal 'my documents' folder) else you have
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