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How to remove all spyware/adware/bho

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#1
Here is a guide on how to remove all your spyware, trojans, adware, BHOs, and other malware using all freeware products.

1) Clear all your cookies and temp internet files.
Go to Control Panel->Internet Options.
Next select Delete Files. Wait until it is done and then select Delete Files again but check the unmarked box this time. Next select Delete Cookies.
Next go to Start->Run-> and type in Temp
Delete all the files in this folder.
Now, make sure to show "hidden files and folders".
Go to My Computer->Local C: (or other letter)->Documents and Settings->Youre Name->Local Settings->Temp. Delete everything in here and everything in the Temp Internet Files as well.

2) Download the following freeware products, from either here at aD or your favorite software site.
CC Cleaner
CWShredder
Ad-Aware 1.06r
Microsoft Anti-Spyware
Spybot: Search and Destroy
Spyware Blaster

3) Install and UPDATE all these products. Most are updated every 4-5 days so make sure they are up to date.

4) Now boot to Safe Mode. For windows this means restarting your computer and when it restarts to the opening black screen repeatdly press the F8 key.

5) Go under your name or under administrator and log in.

6) Now run the programs in this order and remove any pests found.

CC Cleaner
CWShredder (select Scan Only)
Microsoft Anti-Spyware (go to scan options and select Run Full Scan and check off all the boxes)
Ad-Aware (press Scan Now and go to Perform full system scan and check off Search for low risk entries)
Spybot: S&D
*Note* If Ad-aware or Spybot find anything, remove it and then run Microsoft AntiSpyware again.

7) Open up Spyware Blaster and enable all protection do avoid future spyware.

8) Use Mozilla Firefox or Opera web browsers, most viruses hit you if you are using IE. Only use IE wen it is absolutely necesary.

9)Boot back to normal mode and enjoy your spyware/adware/malware free computer!

Any questions or comments, feel free to post.


Copyright Andre Yoskowitz (DVDBack23)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Apr 2006 @ 12:11

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#2
i'm not trying to be mean or anything.. but there is this one...

http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/128251


granted i didnt go thru and check everything but its worth checking out


#3
thelox,

I did see that thread, but i know for a fact that MOST people would rather read a guide than sift through 10 pages of peoples questions and comments.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Oct 2005 @ 18:09

#4
Cheers for that DVDBack! I'll definately give that a go sometime soon! :D

-Mike

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#6
Lol :P

Thing is though, I haven't been able to run these programs in safe mode? I keep getting error messages about running them in safe mode. Works perfectly normal in "normal mode" though.

-Mike

http://my.afterdawn.com/mik3h/blog_entry.cfm/1394 - Guides written by me.
http://www.adbuddies.org/ - Join us Live on IRC!

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#7
Go to My Computer->Local C: (or other letter)->Documents and Settings->Youre Name->Local Settings->Temp. Delete everything in here and everything in the Temp Internet Files as well.

I keep trying to do this step, and I am aware that is where the viruses are located, but I am unable to delete that file.

Whenever I try to delete my Temp file, it tells me it is in use by another program or user. When I try to delete individual files in the Temp directory, it tells me "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk".

I would GREATLY APPRECIATE an answer to this post. It would be quite a relief to be adware and virus free!!

Thanks for your prompt response!!
#8
Get CCleaner, it cleans out those sort of temporary files.

-Mike

http://my.afterdawn.com/mik3h/blog_entry.cfm/1394 - Guides written by me.
http://www.adbuddies.org/ - Join us Live on IRC!

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#9
When I try and delete the files in Temp it says 'cannot delete index,dat:It is being used by another person or program.Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.'

I've closed Azureus and windows media player which are the only programs opened and the same thing comes up.
#10
How do you boot back to normal mode.
#11
AND how do you show hidden files and folders.
#12
OK I tried the method that you(DVDBack23) said but I still get pop-ups.And I can't delte all the items in Temp this comes up 'cannot delete index,dat:It is being used by another person or program.Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.'
#13
Quote:
AND how do you show hidden files and folders.
Go to Control Panel->Folder Options->View Tab->Show hidden files and folders
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How do you boot back to normal mode.
Just restart ;)
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OK I tried the method that you(DVDBack23) said but I still get pop-ups.And I can't delete all the items in Temp this comes up 'cannot delete index,dat:It is being used by another person or program.Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.
If you cant delete it, just leave it and delete everything else and it will be fine.



#14
THANX
#15
I've done everything you said but I still get pop-ups and my pc kepps on crashing.Do you have any other advice?THANX
#17
How do you do that?
#18
Lol, better get someone else to do it then :Þ

-Mike

http://my.afterdawn.com/mik3h/blog_entry.cfm/1394 - Guides written by me.
http://www.adbuddies.org/ - Join us Live on IRC!

(Kudos to Ripper For The Beautiful Sig!)

#19
How do you reformat time?PLZ HELP ME
#20
this can cause problems..for pop ups

6. Google's toolbar is spyware:
With the advanced features enabled, Google's free toolbar for Explorer phones home with every page you surf, and yes, it reads your cookie too. Their privacy policy confesses this, but that's only because Alexa lost a class-action lawsuit when their toolbar did the same thing, and their privacy policy failed to explain this. Worse yet, Google's toolbar updates to new versions quietly, and without asking. This means that if you have the toolbar installed, Google essentially has complete access to your hard disk every time you connect to Google (which is many times a day). Most software vendors, and even Microsoft, ask if you'd like an updated version. But not Google. Any software that updates automatically presents a massive security risk.

http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/260165
#21
I don't have google toolbar installed.Could you please tell me how to remove my spyware,viruses and adware.
#22
this is all i ever used was spysweeper.

http://www.webroot.com/consumer/products/spysweeper
#23
Is it any good?
#24
i would of not posted it to you if it was no good...........!!
if they do not remove the spywere and pop ups reformat >>>

heres a on line spyware scanner
http://www.trendmicro.com/spyware-scan/

Trend Micro™ Anti-Spyware for the Web

rend Micro Anti-Spyware for the Web is a free online tool that checks computers for spyware, and helps remove any infections found. When the detection process is complete, the tool will display a report describing the result including which if any, spyware were detected, and prompt you before the removal process.

Symptoms of spyware infections:

* Slow PC performance when opening programs or saving files
* Unwanted pop-up windows
* Browser homepage hijacked
* Repeated change in your browser’s home page
* Random error messages
* New and unexpected toolbars in your browser
#25
I'll try this.
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