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By steve.wellstead ·
I have a Desktop PC with a 2.8GHz Intel processor 80GB Hard Disk, and 512Mb Ram, it has been recently working slow, so I decided to invest in McAfee Virus Suite 2006 to scan and monitor the system.
However on loading the software, and scanning, it came back with 87 possible hamful files and one Trojan which could not ne cleaned but quarantined.
I cleared the Trojan then set about the possible harmful files which it suggested I delete.
On deleted the first two, the PC required a restart, which it has now not come out of.....
I think I may have removed some components of Windows XP, is this possible? and if s how do I rectify it?
I have bought a new External hard drive 200GB which I intend to put all music and picture files on and then perhaps format the HD/somehow reload XP. Should I do this or recover to factory settings using the support CD, I don't have the Windows XP software to reload as it was done at the factory.
Please excuse my ignrance as I don't have much technical experience with PC's
Regards/Steve

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by ctrservices In reply to Virus software

When you reboot, try to start up in Safe Mode. Just tap the F8 key until you are given a list of choices, then use the up or down arrow keys to choose Safe Mode then press Enter. If you get safely into Safe Mode, click Start--Help and Support--click "Undo changes to your computer with System Restore"--select "Restore my computer to an earlier time--click next--select a time and date prior to your scanning with McAffee-- complete the wizard (including the reboot).

If it restarts normally, restart in Safe Mode and rescan with McAfee, deleting all files it finds, then reboot.

You may also have some other spyware which needs to be removed. Spybot, which is free, is a good start, along with Microsoft AntiSpyware, also free. If the computer is now working normally, download these, update and then scan the computer. (You may need to load these in Safe Mode with Networking, then update and scan if normal mode still doesn't work properly).

If you can't get int Safe Mode or any of the above doesn't work, repost with the results.

You may have to reinstall XP, but if you can't rid the machine of all virus and spyware contaminations, you are better off to reformat and reinstall the hard drive.

Using the CD to recover factory settings may work, however there are spyware now which can corrupt these partitions, thus making it necessary for you to order the original installation CD's from the manufacturer.

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by ctrservices In reply to

You need both Spybot and MS AntiSpyware.

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by wlbowers In reply to Virus software

Do an inplace upgrade.

XP Q315341
http://tinyurl.com/2zgk

Lee

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by BorgInva In reply to Virus software

Do you get any errors when booting up? If not, at first glance, does not look like anything that valid got removed. If everything is fine upon boot, try out some apps. Make sure everything works as it normally did.

Here is my personal list of other stuff. I like sharing.

As of 4/23/05

To completely avoid spyware and viruses, turn PC off. Truthfully.
If you really want to use it, prevention with running programs are best. Read their docs on how to use them and update them. All these are FREE.
Oh, yes! KEEP WINDOWS UP TO DATE! Use the AUTOMATIC UPDATE feature.

ONLINE VIRUS CHECKS, no software install required other than an Active X component if required (some do removals):
Symantec Security Check
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/home.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym&plfid=23&pkj=QQWRORVWHFHMFNZMBBX
BitDefender
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/licence.php
Panda ActiveScan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm
Trend Micro Online Virus Scan
http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
Trend Micro Housecall
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
Virus Threat Center Blog
http://virusthreatcenter.com/?tag=zd.ft.fs.vtc
McAfee Virus Removal Tools
http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=vrt

ONLINE SPYWARE CHECKS
ZoneAlarm Spyware Check
http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/promotions/spywaredetector/index3.html

REFERANCE
http://www.download.com/spyware-center/2001-2023-0.html?tag=note

ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (again all FREE)
Free avast! 4 Home Edition
http://www.asw.cz/eng/avast_4_home.html
AVG FREE
http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php
AntiVir? PersonalEdition Classic
http://www.free-av.com/index.htm
BitDefender Free Edition v7
http://www.bitdefender.com/bd/site/products.php?p_id=24

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by BorgInva In reply to

ANTI SPYWARE
About:Buster
http://www.malwarebytes.biz/index.php
Bug Off
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
CWShredder
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html
HijackThis 1.99.1
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
Ad-Aware SE Personal edition
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
Microsoft? Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) [I believe updates are done through Windows Update)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
Spybot Search and Destroy 1.3
http://www.safer-networking.org/
SpywareBlaster 3.3
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
X-RayPC Spyware Process Analyzer 1.001
http://www.x-raypc.com/

TO WATCH YOUR START UP PROGRAMS

MSCONFIG (not on W2k)
Use RUN and type MSCONFIG and then hit ENTER
Use these programs too
Startup Monitor
http://www.mlin.net/index.shtml
StartupRun v1.22
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/strun.html

FREE FIREWALLS:

ZoneAlarm (one of the BEST, even for free)
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp?lid=staticcomp_za
Sygate Personal Firewall 5.x (never used myself but it is a good one)
http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm

AND MORE ONLINE FIREWALL TESTS
ShieldsUP!
https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
LeakTest
http://www.grc.com/lt/leaktest.htm
Symantec Security Check
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/home.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym&plfid=23&pkj=QQWRORVWHFHMFNZMBBX

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