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Discussion in 'Gadgets and Gizmos' started by cathydisneynut, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. cathydisneynut
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    cathydisneynut Earning my ears

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    Guys, my DSis managed to lose her firewalls without noticing and now her PC is loaded with nasty stuff that downloaded before it was switched back on. Can you suggest a program I can install and help clear this out? She normally uses Norton, but it had expired and she was not paying attention to the renewal date. I now use Mac, so I'll have great fun helping her with this tomorrow!
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    Nut will be more help to you on this one because Im of the opinion that once infected, a complete reinstall of the OS is usually the best way out of trouble.

    That aside, run the norton scans and an ad-aware scan http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

    in THEORY these should be run after booting from the OS CDROM rather than just normally because things can hide themselves but even running them normally is something
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    agree totally with keith you can spend hours and hours trying to clean up an infected pc, when you can rebuild a pc in less than 30mins with a restore cd or just a couple of hours with a manual install

    there is a sticky for avg v8 in the gadgets forum cathy
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    cathydisneynut Earning my ears

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    Thanks guys! She did this to me a few years ago, I thought she'd learned from then!
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    oh well it happens cath cant be helped some people only know what they know

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