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a spyward program has attached itself to my pc and i am constantly being
flooded with their diff adds...i tried to remove it and it does nothing...i
can add and remove other programs but this one doesnt go away...what can i do
Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)
thank you so much....there is lots to do and as i was trying to copy and
paste all the info so i could print it out; i read a lot that i wasnt aware
of....again, thank you for coming to my assistance and i hope that i will be
able to understand each and every tip and apply it....
"Shenan Stanley" wrote:
> sassysamsa wrote:
> > a spyward program has attached itself to my pc and i am constantly
> > being flooded with their diff adds...i tried to remove it and it does
> > nothing...i can add and remove other programs but this one doesnt go
> > away...what can i do
> What have you done?
> Anything in Tip 9?
> What about tip 10?
> Microsoft has these suggestions for Protecting your computer from the
> various "bad things" that could happen to you/it:
> Protect your PC
> Although those tips are fantastic, there are many things you should
> know above and beyond what is there as well as other methods and
> applications you can use to protect yourself. Below I have detailed
> out many steps that can not only help you cleanup a problem PC but
> keep it clean and secure as well as running at its top performance mark.
> I know this list can seem intimidating - it is quite long and a lot
> to take in for a novice - but I assure you that one trip through this
> list and you will understand your computer and the options available
> to you for protecting your data much better and that the next time
> you review these steps, the time it takes will be greatly reduced.
> Let's take the cleanup of your computer step-by-step. Yes, it will take
> up some of your time - but consider what you use your computer
> for and how much you would dislike it if all of your stuff on your
> computer went away because you did not "feel like" performing some
> simple maintenance tasks - think of it like changing the oil in your car,
> changing the air filter on your home A/C unit, paying your bills on time,
> Let's go through some maintenance first that should only have to be done
> once (mostly):
> Tip (1):
> Locate all of the software (the installation media - CDs, etc) that you
> have installed on your computer. Collect these CDs into a single pile
> and locate the original installation media (CDs, disks) in a central and
> safe place along with their CD keys and such. Make backups of these
> installation media sets using your favorite copying method (CD Burner and
> application, Disk copier, etc.) You'll be glad to know that if you have
> a CD burner, you may be able to use a free application to make a
> duplicate copy of your CDs. One such application is ISORecorder:
> ISORecorder home page (with general instructions on use):
> Pre-SP2 version:
> Post-SP2 beta version:
> More full function applications (free) for CD/DVD burning would be:
> DeepBurner Free
> CDBurnerXP Pro
> Another Option would be to search the web with Pricewatch.com or
> Dealsites.net and find deals on Nero and/or Roxio.
> Tip (2):
> Empty your Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files and make sure the
> maximum size for this is small enough not to cause trouble in the future.
> Empty your Temporary Internet Files and shrink the size it stores to a
> size between 128MB and 512MB..
> - Open ONE copy of Internet Explorer.
> - Select TOOLS -> Internet Options.
> - Under the General tab in the "Temporary Internet Files" section, do the
> - Click on "Delete Cookies" (click OK)
> - Click on "Settings" and change the "Amount of disk space to use:" to
> something between 128MB and 512MB. (Betting it is MUCH larger right
> - Click OK.
> - Click on "Delete Files" and select to "Delete all offline contents"
> (the checkbox) and click OK. (If you had a LOT, this could take 2-10
> minutes or more.)
> - Once it is done, click OK, close Internet Explorer, re-open Internet
> Tip (3):
> If things are running a bit slow or you have an older system
> (1.5GHz or less and 256MB RAM or less) then you may want to look into
> tweaking the performance a bit by turning off some of the memory
> using Windows XP "prettifications". The fastest method is:
> Control Panel --> System --> Advanced tab --> Performance section,
> Settings button. Then choose "adjust for best performance" and you
> now have a Windows 2000/98 look which turned off many of the annoying
> "prettifications" in one swift action. You can play with the last
> three checkboxes to get more of an XP look without many of the
> other annoyances. You could also grab and install/mess with one
> (or more) of the Microsoft Powertoys - TweakUI in particular:
> Tip (4):
> Understanding what a good password might be is vital to your
> personal and system security. You may not need to password your home
> computer, as you may have it in a locked area (your home) where no
> one else has access to it. Remember, however, that locked area is
> unlocked when you access the Internet unless you are taking proper
> precautions. Also, you aren't always "in that locked area" when using
> your computer online - meaning you likely have usernames and passwords
> associated with web sites and the likes that you would prefer other
> people do not discover/use. This is why you should understand and
> utilize good passwords.
> Good passwords are those that meet these general rules
> (mileage may vary):
> Passwords should contain at least six characters, and the character
> string should contain at least three of these four character types:
> - uppercase letters
> - lowercase letters
> - numerals
> - nonalphanumeric characters (e.g., *, %, &, !)
> Passwords should not contain your name/logon name. Passwords should
> be unique to you and easy to remember. One method many people are
> using today is to make up a phrase that describes a point in their
> life and then turning that phrase into their password by using only
> certain letters out of each word in that phrase. It's much better
> than using your birthday month/year or your anniversary in a pure
> sense. For example, let's say my phrase is:
> "Moved to new home in 2004"
> I could come up with this password from that:
> The password tip is in the "one time" section, but I highly
> recommend you periodically change your passwords. The suggested time
> varies, but I will throw out a "once in every 3 to 6 months for
> every account you have."
> Tip (5):
> This tip is also "questionable" in the "one time" section. However,
> if properly setup, this one can be pretty well ignored for most people
> after the initial "fiddle-with" time.
> Why you should use a computer firewall..
> You should, in some way, use a firewall. Hardware (like a nice
> Cable Modem/DSL router) or software is up to you. Many use both of
> these. The simplest one to use is the hardware one, as most people
> don't do anything they need to configure their NAT device for and
> those who do certainly will not mind fiddling with the equipment to
> make things work for them. Next in the line of "simplicity" would
> have to be the built-in Windows Firewall of Windows XP. In SP2 it
> is turned on by default. It is not difficult to turn on in any
> case, however:
> Enable/Disable the Internet Connection Firewall (Pre-SP2):
> More information on the Internet Connection Firewall (Pre-SP2):
> Post-SP2 Windows Firewall Information/guidance:
> The trouble with the Windows Firewall is that it only keeps things
> out. Truthfully, for most people who maintain their system in other
> ways, this is MORE than sufficient. However, you may feel otherwise.
> If you want to know when one of your applications is trying to obtain
> access to the outside world so you can stop it, then you will have to
> install a third-party application and configure/maintain it. I have
> compiled a list with links of some of the better known/free firewalls
> you can choose from:
> ZoneAlarm (Free and up)
> Kerio Personal Firewall (KPF) (Free and up)
> Outpost Firewall from Agnitum (Free and up)
> Sygate Personal Firewall (Free and up)
> Symantec's Norton Personal Firewall (~$25 and up)
> BlackICE PC Protection ($39.95 and up)
> Perhaps you can find the right firewall for your situation in that
> list and set it up/configure it. Every firewall MAY require some
> maintenance. Essentially checking for patches or upgrades (this
> goes for hardware and software solutions) is the extent of this
> maintenance - but you may also have to configure your firewall to
> allow some traffic depending on your needs. Also, don't stack these
> things. Running more than one firewall will not make you safer
> - it would likely (in fact) negate some protection you gleamed
> from one or the other firewalls you run.
> Now that you have some of the more basic (one-time) things down..
> Let's go through some of the steps you should take periodically to
> maintain a healthy and stable windows computer. If you have not
> done some of these things in the past, they may seem tedious at
> first - however, they will become routine and some can even be
> automatically scheduled.
> Tip (6):
> The system restore feature is a new one - first appearing in Windows
> ME and then sticking around for Windows XP. It is a VERY useful
> feature - if you keep it maintained and use it to your advantage.
> However, remember that the system restore pretty much tells you in
> the name what it protects - "system" files. Your documents, your
> pictures, your stuff is NOT system files - so you should also look
> into some backup solution.
> I'll mainly work around Windows XP, as that is what the bulk of this
> document is about. I will, however, point out a single place for you
> poor souls still stuck in Windows ME where you can get information on
> maintaining your system right now:
> Windows ME Computer Health:
> Pay close attention to the sections:
> (in order)
> - Clean up your hard disk
> - Check for errors by running ScanDisk
> - Defragment your hard disk
> - Roll back the clock with System Restore
> Now back to the point at hand - maintaining your system restore in
> Windows XP SHOULD be automatic - but I have seen the automatic go wrong
> too many times not to suggest the following.. Whenever you think about
> it (after doing a once-over on your machine once a month or so would
> be optimal) - clear out your System Restore and create a manual
> restoration point. Why? Too many times have I seen the system restore
> files go corrupt or get a virus in them, meaning you could not or
> did not want to restore from them. By clearing it out periodically
> you help prevent any corruption from happening and you make sure you
> have at least one good "snapshot".
> (This, of course, will erase any previous restore point you have.)
> - Turn off System Restore.
> - Reboot.
> - Turn on System Restore.
> - Make a Manual Restoration Point.
> That covers your system files, but doesn't do anything for the files
> that you are REALLY worried about - yours! For that you need to look
> into backups. You can either manually copy your important files, folders,
> documents, spreadsheets, emails, contacts, pictures, drawings and so on
> to an external location (CD/DV - any disk of some sort, etc) or you can
> use the backup tool that comes with Windows XP:
> How To Use Backup to Back Up Files and Folders on Your Computer
> Yes - you still need some sort of external media to store the results
> on, but you could schedule the backup to occur when you are not around,
> then burn the resultant data onto CD or DVD or something when you are
> (while you do other things!)
> Tip (7):
> You should sometimes look through the list of applications that are
> installed on your computer. The list MIGHT surprise you. There are more
> than likely things in there you KNOW you never use - so why have them
> there? There may even be things you KNOW you did not install and
> certainly do not use (maybe don't WANT to use.)
> This web site should help you get started at looking through this list:
> How to Uninstall Programs
> A word of warning - Do NOT uninstall anything you think you MIGHT need
> in the future unless you have completed Tip (1) and have the installation
> media and proper keys for use backed up somewhere safe!