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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #11 on: Jul 18, 2010, 21:24 »
And malwarebytes is better again  :)

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #12 on: Jul 18, 2010, 22:27 »
Hey Pat, his computer is running slowly, I doubt if its caused by malaware.  More likely rubbish and wrong, obsolete, Registry entries.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #13 on: Jul 18, 2010, 22:30 »
Try CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download yourself whilst you are waiting.  It's free, safe, nothing to loose, and won't wreck anything.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #14 on: Jul 18, 2010, 23:36 »
I stopped using CC when it deleted the registry entries of my Quickbooks! :cry:

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #15 on: Jul 19, 2010, 07:00 »
Hey Pat, his computer is running slowly, I doubt if its caused by malaware.  More likely rubbish and wrong, obsolete, Registry entries.

It's actually a classic symptom of malware Lancelot.

You should run more than one anti-malware product as well, as they tend to catch different infections. I run Malwarebytes, Adaware and Spybot Search & Destroy periodically on my PC. No such problems on my Mac.  :wink:

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #16 on: Jul 19, 2010, 19:02 »
"It's actually a classic symptom of malware Lancelot."

Thanks for that, I hadn't hear it said previouisly.


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Re: Re-formatting Your PC
« Reply #17 on: Jul 19, 2010, 19:43 »
Am delighted to say my pc is now back to being fast and good. Turned out I had five different spyware thingies stuck somewhere, which were removed nicely as well as the 1,900+ errors of various kinds that slowed down the machine, too. All now vanished completely and the pc is running very nicely again. I'm going to keep an eye on things on a weekly basis from now on to avoid any similar situations in the future. Thanks for all your help, people, much appreciated, cheers. What I don't understand though is if spyware is a bad thing, which I found out it is, how come the normal, fully up-dated anti-virus program didn't stop them getting in ? Do I really need both an anti-virus set-up as well as an anti-spyware one and a pc-cleaner program ? And is it normal that I lose all my log-in details to everywhere after each scan ?

Must admit am very pleased I didn't need to re-format the lot. From what I understand it would've been quite a job for someone like me :oops:

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #18 on: Jul 19, 2010, 20:42 »
Glad it's fixed. Anti-virus software won't necessarily detect spyware/malware, so you need to run both to be sure. Just check for spyware once a week, that'll be enough to keep things zinging.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #19 on: Jul 19, 2010, 21:21 »
Cheers, mate, that's my plan, continued daily scans and a weekly clean-up. Am so happy to have everything working this way again. It's like having a new pc. But like I told you in a PM yesterday, for the un-knowing and technically challenged of us it really is a jungle figuring out how it works. I've never had any training or anything in this, mainly use the pc for my work, for casual dating and for surfing. Anything beside that is pretty much lost on me, I'm afraid. Which just makes the feeling even better when it all works out like this in the end. All thanks to you guys. Am just sorry to have come across thick asking stupid questions but it's the only way I learn with these things.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #20 on: Jul 19, 2010, 22:05 »
If you use the new AVG 9.0..it has a Link Scanner.
When used in conjunction with Google, it can warn you of dodgy websites that may pass you a Drive By nasty!...works well

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #21 on: Jul 19, 2010, 22:36 »
neforum, what about Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 which claims that it is all you need?  Any thoughts?

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #22 from previous page: Jul 19, 2010, 23:20 »
neforum, what about Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 which claims that it is all you need?  Any thoughts?

Never used it, but it could do the job if it covers all threat types.

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