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By JoePlaisted ·
Hello,
Somehow a couple of wonderful (heavy on the sarcasm) programs known as weatherbug, 2nd thought, and PC Search have attached themselves to my daughter's PC. I am unable to manually delete these files as they have attached themselves to my system files like the fungus they are (a curse of boils on the creator of any program that can not be erased if it is not wanted). My question is, If I reload Windows will it erase these programs or is it a wasted effort. It is not financialy an option at this time to buy new software to eradicate these programs so if reloading windows 98SE is not an option I will need to reformat C: to take care of this problem unless someone in the REPUBLIC can help me.

Thank in advance for your time and assistance.

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You have already been given excellent advice with Ad Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy. I would like to add that both of these programs have updateable detection rules just as an anti virus program has updateable virus definitions. Make sure that you update these programs with the most current detection rules they have available. Ad Aware also has a "Custom Settings " tab you can use and make sure that all available options for a scan are enabled. Spybot Search & Destroy has an option to " Immunize " the registry. This is rather misleading for this is not what it actually does. Spybot will add lines to the HOST file that redirects the spyware back to the local computer when the spyware looks for its own updates. This is a very effective tactic that some viruses will use to trick your anti virus software into thinking it has no available updates when it checks for its own definition updates.
Ad Aware and Spybot may report that some files could not be removed after it attempts to do so and offer to run at the next reboot. Allow them to do so but also write down the files and their respective paths that Ad Aware can not remove. Reboot and come up in " Safe Mode ". Manually delete these files yourself that Ad Aware could not delete. Open REGEDIT and do a backup of the registry. FILE>EXPORT>ALL and save this to your "My Documents " folder. This will give you an opportunity to restore the registry in the event of an error. Search for the files in the registry using its search features that Ad Aware had detected. EDIT>FIND> and type the filename into the search box.
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There is another important thing to remember when using Ad Aware and Spybot and this is for computers running Win 2K or Win XP with multiple user profiles. You MUST scan with Ad Aware and Spybot under each profile by logging onto each profile, one at a time, and scanning for spyware. The reason for this is that each profile will store files specific to that profile, even spyware files.
The best pop up stopper that I have found, hands down, is Pop Up Stopper at http://www.panicware.com . There is a free version and a Pro version. While the Pro version offers more features, the free version will usually suit your needs and it can be disabled ( double click the hand icon on in the Task Bar )for forms that you need to appear on web sites.

I hope this helps you.

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