Two problems: Spyware AND Disk Cleanup



spyware and disk cleanup
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
#1 - There's several spyware programs on my computer. One of them it won't
let me delete, the others I delete and then when i restart my computer they
come back.
#2 - My diskcleanup is not working. When it starts scanning my hard drive it
freezes in the middle and won't finish the disk cleanup.

If anyone can tell me how to fix either of these problems I would be
eternally greatful. My email address is theiadyyuna@aol.com

Thank you, Jimmie Lynne

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
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spyware and disk cleanup wrote:
> #1 - There's several spyware programs on my computer. One of them it
> won't let me delete, the others I delete and then when i restart my
> computer they come back.

How are you deleting them? Have you looked up the specific spyware names
and ways to remove them using something like Google? Have you used multiple
antispyware applications.. in Safe Mode?

First - make sure you have NOT installed "Rogue AntiSpyware". There are
people out there who created AntiSpyware products that actually install
spyware of their own! You need to avoid these:

Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

Also, you can always visit this site..
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
For more updated information.

Then, my suggestion again is that you at least install the first five of
these: (Install, Run, Update, Scan with..)

Lavasoft AdAware (Free and up)
http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/
(How-to: http://snipurl.com/atdn )

Spybot Search and Destroy (Free!)
http://www.safer-networking.net/en/download/index.html
(How-to: http://snipurl.com/atdk )

Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner (Free!)
http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/
(How-to: http://snipurl.com/ate3 )

SpywareBlaster (Free!)
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html
(How-to: http://snipurl.com/ate6 )

IE-SPYAD (Free!)
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/resource.htm
(How-to: http://snipurl.com/ate7 )

CWShredder (Free!)
http://www.softbasket.com/download/s_8114.shtml

Hijack This! (Free)
http://mjc1.com/mirror/hjt/
( Tutorial: http://hjt.wizardsofwebsites.com/ )

ToolbarCop (Free!)
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/toolbarcop.htm

Browser Security Tests
http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/BrowserSecurity/

Popup Tester
http://www.popuptest.com/

The Cleaner (49.95 and up)
http://www.moosoft.com/

> #2 - My diskcleanup is not working. When it starts scanning my hard
> drive it freezes in the middle and won't finish the disk cleanup.

Start -> Run -> Regedit
Navigate to:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\CompressOldFiles

and DELETE the key: CompressOldFiles

** NOTE: This disables the Compress File function completely

Then reboot.

> If anyone can tell me how to fix either of these problems I would be
> eternally greatful. My email address is xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxxxx

Jimmie, Always "munge" your real email. I would expect some strange email
in your AOL mailbox if I were you.
(Example of a munged version of your email: theiadyyunaSPAMME@NOTaol.com <-
Remove SPAM ME NOT to email me.)

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
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Andrew E.
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
For disk cleanup,read kb812248 Some programs dont have an uninstaller
included with them,youre best bet,use search in my computer,type in the info
and all associating utilitys for it one at a time,then delete.Look up the
same in
regedit,delete.Internet options,settings,view objects,delete it there also.

"spyware and disk cleanup" wrote:

> #1 - There's several spyware programs on my computer. One of them it won't
> let me delete, the others I delete and then when i restart my computer they
> come back.
> #2 - My diskcleanup is not working. When it starts scanning my hard drive it
> freezes in the middle and won't finish the disk cleanup.
>
> If anyone can tell me how to fix either of these problems I would be
> eternally greatful. My email address is theiadyyuna@aol.com
>
> Thank you, Jimmie Lynne

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:23 AM
spyware and disk cleanup wrote:

> #1 - There's several spyware programs on my computer. One of them it won't
> let me delete, the others I delete and then when i restart my computer they
> come back.
> #2 - My diskcleanup is not working. When it starts scanning my hard drive it
> freezes in the middle and won't finish the disk cleanup.
>
> If anyone can tell me how to fix either of these problems I would be
> eternally greatful. My email address is theiadyyuna@aol.com
>
> Thank you, Jimmie Lynne

Run these programs to check for spyware/malware. After installing
update them, then boot into safe mode and run them. You should update
and run them weekly.

Cwshredder
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html

Ad-aware SE
http://www.lavasoftusa.com

Spybot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org

Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner
http://download.com.com/3000-2144-10247783.html

Pest Patrol Free Pest Scanner
http://store.ca.com/dr/v2/ec_main.entry25?page=FindOutWhosWatchingYou&client=ComputerAssociates&sid=35715

If you’re still having problems after running these then run HijackThis
and post the log to one of the specialty forums, _NOT_ this one.

HijackThis
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=3155

Forums to Interpret HijackThis Logs:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/forums/
http://forum.aumha.org/viewforum.php?f=30
http://forums.tomcoyote.org/
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/

After your system is clean use these programs to help keep it clean:

Spywareblaster
www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html

Spywareguard
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sgdownload.html

IE-SPYAD
http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~ehowes/resource.htm

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


Two problems: Spyware AND Disk Cleanup