December 28th, 2008 12:04 PM
Originally Posted by Rcher
Hadn't thought of trying that, because I'm able to use the 2 wireless connections (we do have a wireless router, with the desktop being wired to it). Why not? I think I can spare a minute to try.
December 28th, 2008 02:37 PM
There's a lot of good advice in this thread for you to try. Everyone has their favorite virus scanner (mine is TrendMicro) but you can see from everyone's posts that Norton is not what it used to be. Neither is McAffee. I wouldn't use either one of these. Ditto for Microsoft's scanner.
I rarely have serious problems with malware or viruses, but when I do, I do what carver posted in post #2. I remove the drive, install a new one and reinstall the operating system, patches & updates and all of my software. Once everything is back like I want it, I create a restore point and a backup. Then (and only then) I hook up the original drive as a secondary drive and do a full scan on it. When it passes, I move my data over to the new drive, format the old one and off I go.
This process takes a lot of time and costs you the bucks for a new drive, but as someone said above, it is beneficial to start from scratch periodically to get rid of all of the crap left behind on an operating system that has been up and running for a long time. The experience will make you more aware and careful in the future.
The best way to protect your PC, though, is what I did years ago. Get your wife and kids a computer for their use and password protect yours. Nobody, and I mean nobody, touches my PC but me, period. That is the only way I know of to control sites visited, email accepted, etc and prevent problems....
Coimhéad fearg fhear na foighde; Beware the anger of a patient man.
December 29th, 2008 07:10 PM
A true Image backup will allow you to restore in a matter of minutes when needed. This is not something windows can do, their backup is not a complete backup. You need a 3rd party image backup program such as Ghost or Acronis.
As mentioned before windows restore is dangerous. It is very handy for reinstalling viruses though. It you insist on keeping it, make sure to remove it before removing any viruses from your computer.
You can make a new restore point later if you wish.
Also Highjackthis was mentioned. Its a very powerful program. This makes it very dangerous. Remove one wrong line and your out of luck. There are sites that will allow you to upload the results of the program and they will analyze it for free for you.
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