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« on: December 07, 2008, 09:00:01 AM »

If you have any questions -  please post back

I'll leave you with........

Some Preventive Maintenance:  (some you may have already done)


Delete your system restore files and create a new restore point:

XP operating systems:

Note: This will remove all previous Restore Points!

1. Turn off System Restore:
  • On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.
  • Click Properties.
  • Click the System Restore tab.
  • Check "Turn off System Restore".
  • Click Apply, and then click OK.
  • Restart your computer.
2. Turn on System Restore:
  • On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.
  • Click Properties.
  • Click the System Restore tab.
  • UnCheck "Turn off System Restore".
  • Click Apply, and then click OK.

Vista operating systems:

1. Create a new Restore Point:
  • Click on the Start button to open your Start Menu.
  • Click on the Control Panel menu option.
  • Click on the System and Maintenance menu option.
  • Click on the System menu option.
  • Click on System Protection in the left-hand task list.
  • Create the manual restore point you should click on the Create button. When you press this button a prompt will appear asking you to provide a title for this manual restore point.
  • Type in a title for the manual restore point and press the Create button.
  • Close the System window after you have been advised that the procedure has been successfully completed.
2. Clear your existing system restore points except for the new clean restore point you just created:

  • Go to Start > Run and type in cleanmgr
  • Select the More options tab
  • Next to System Restore click Clean up
  • This will remove all restore points except the new one you just created.

Install all critical Windows Updates:

Visit Windows Update and install all the lastest critical updates.


Optional programs you may need:

Please note:  DON'T download and install any scanner listed on THIS LIST.
They're scanners that are blacklisted because of their questionable reputation.

Note: Please only install one anti-virus program, one firewall and one anti-malware program that provides real-time protection.

A good security plan:

An anti-virus program, a firewall (other than windows), an anti-malware program that provides realtime protection, SpywareBlaster, keep the registry backed up, and install the Windows XP Recovery Console.

Links below:

Anti-Virus (free):
Comodo just released their new Comodo Internet Security which offers free Antivirus, Firewall and Defense. Just add BOClean, SpywareBlaster and you're ready to go.
Avast Free
AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic
ThreatFire free
Dr.Web CureIt!® Utility (Free) scanner only
-->Check for updates - daily<---

Anti-malware with "real-time protection" (free):
BOClean <==> Free Realtime Protection
This is the only "free" one I know of right now.
Does offer some "realtime protection", prefer you use BOClean.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware will provide "real time protection" only if you purchase the upgraded version.

Comodo Free Firewall w/anti-virus
Outpost free Firewall
Online Armor Personal
Jetico Personal Firewall
Sunbelt Personal Firewall

Hosts File:
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
 MVPS HOSTS Tutorial

Free malware removal programs:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
SUPERAntiSpyware (free edition)
Dr.Web CureIt!® Utility (Free)

Windows XP Recovery Console:
 If a Windows XP-based computer does not start correctly or if it does not start at all, you may be able to use the Windows XP Recovery Console to help you recover the system software.

Back-up the registry:
EURUNT tutorial

Keep those temp files off your system:
 Use ATF Cleaner - hit "select all" then just uncheck "cookies" (uncheck cookies is optional - leave it checked if you want to delete all cookies) then "empty selected"

Sun Java:
Keep your Sun Java up-to-date  JRE Version 6 Update 11<--newest version
Delete ALL old versions from add/remove programs if listed first!
Check HERE

Manage you startup programs and services:
Try Starter

Please consider using FireFox  instead of Internet Explorer.  A more secure browser! Easy to make the change!
FireFox Tutorial

Anti-Rootkit Software - Detection, Removal & Protection

Useful information:

Reduce Online Fraud

Slow Computer - Check Here
and HERE

How to Prevent the Online Invasion of Spyware and Adware

Miekiemoes Prevention Tips

Some of  My Tips
Don't open e-mail attachments without first scanning them with an up-to-date anti virus program, even after doing that I would be very careful.
Don't click on any executables in e-mails or any other links that you're not sure of.
Don't believe e-mails from your bank, financial institution, etc asking for personal informations - they're most likely fraudulent no matter how authentic they look.
Don't download any  kind of Video Codec when prompted to while watching a movie...it's most likely malware.
Watch your surfing habits, don't click on or download anything you're not sure of.
Don't install a program that hasn't been recommended by a reputable organization.

Malware Fighter:
If you would like to become a malware fighter, there are schools offering free training and you are welcome to sign up. (it's not easy though!)
WhatTheTech Classroom
Malware Removal University
GeeksToGo University


Good luck and thanks for using the forum -  MrC[/b]

My help is always free here but if you would like to show your appreciation, it will be much appreciated.
Thanks MrC
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