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By benjwie ·
How to avoid being infected with spyware, adware and virus, if infected how to clean them without
formating the hardisk. I thank you

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by AllyCatUK In reply to windows problems

Invest in good antivirus and spyware protection software! I would recommend McAfee for anti virus and either Pest Patrol, Adaware or the new Microsoft antispyware beta. All of these products will scan and remove most nasties, but the best way to avoid being infected is just use common sense. Never download activex controls from sites you dont know, never open email attachments from people you dont know the drill :-)

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by dmiles In reply to windows problems

1. Make sure to run an antispyware application. Perform on-demand scans regularly to root out spyware that slips through the cracks. Reboot after removal and rescan to make sure no ticklers, which are designed to reinstall spyware, have resurrected any deleted apps. Additionally, even though we are not overly impressed with any app's real-time blocking abilities, activate whatever your app of choice offers; it's nearly always better than nothing.

2. Give your antispyware some backup. In addition to an antispyware app, make sure to run both software and hardware firewalls and antivirus applications to protect yourself against Trojan horses (and viruses, naturally).

3. Beware of peer-to-peer file-sharing services. Many of the most popular applications include spyware in their installation procedures (see the sidebar "Spyware-Free P2P?for Free"). Also, never download any executables via P2P, because you can't be absolutely certain what they are. Actually, it's a good idea to avoid downloading executables from anywhere but vendors or major, well-checked sites.

4. Watch out for cookies. While they may not be the worst form of spyware, information gathered via cookies can sometimes be matched with information gathered elsewhere (via Web bugs, for example) to provide surprisingly detailed profiles of you and your browsing habits. PC Magazine's own Cookie Cop 2 ( can help you take control of cookies.

5. Squash bugs. Web bugs are spies that are activated when you open contaminated HTML e-mail. Get rid of unsolicited e-mail without reading it when you can; turn off the preview pane to delete messages without opening them. In Outlook 2003, Tools | Options, click on the Security tab and select Change Automatic Download Settings. Make sure Don't download pictures or other content automatically in HTML e-mail is checked.

6. Don't install anything without knowing exactly what it is. This means reading the end-user license agre

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by Black Panther In reply to windows problems

If you have no budget then a few good FREE programs exist.

AVG for Virus Scanning ( includes FREE updates )
Sygate Personal Firewall, Kerio or Zone Alarm all FREE ( with some features disabled from the full versions )


Adaware for Adware FREE includes updates.

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by BorgInva In reply to windows problems

To completely avoid, 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.

ONLINE VIRUS CHECKS, no software install required other than an Active X component if required (some do removals):
Symantec Security Check
Panda ActiveScan
Trend Micro Online Virus Scan
Trend Micro Housecall
Virus Threat Center Blog
McAfee Virus Removal Tools

ZoneAlarm Spyware Check


Free avast! 4 Home Edition
AntiVir? PersonalEdition Classic
BitDefender Free Edition v7

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by BorgInva In reply to

Bug Off
HijackThis 1.99.1
Ad-Aware SE Personal edition
Microsoft? Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) [I believe updates are done through Windows Update)
Spybot Search and Destroy 1.3
SpywareBlaster 3.3
X-RayPC Spyware Process Analyzer 1.001

MSCONFIG (not on W2k)
Use RUN and type MSCONFIG and then hit ENTER
Use these programs too
Startup Monitor
StartupRun v1.22


Hope this gives you what you want. Good luck.

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by irctrix In reply to windows problems

You arent really going to be able to stop adware.
As for the free antivirus programs listed there are a few others to chooses from. You could try avast! antivirus which has a free version and a professional version.

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