viruses, bugs, spywares, what ever.. I want to reformat



rejiluk
07-10-2005, 02:11 AM
Hi,

I've been having spywares on my computer for over a month , which seems to
slow down everything and popping-up windows for nothing. I was wondering if
by reformating the computer, it would solve the problem. If so, what are the
steps to follow in order to proceed. I have files that I don't want to lose,
I want to put them on a CD but there are so many how can i zip them.

Once you give the procedure to reformat( xp family) could you suggest me
some security hardware that will keep my computer protected.

Thanks for your support anr reply.

Bert Kinney
07-10-2005, 02:12 AM
Hi Rejiluk,

rejiluk wrote:
> I've been having spywares on my computer for over a month
> , which seems to slow down everything and popping-up
> windows for nothing. I was wondering if by reformating
> the computer, it would solve the problem. If so, what
> are the steps to follow in order to proceed.

XP Clean Install
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

< I have files that I don't want to lose, I want to put them on a
> CD but there are so many how can i zip them.

Select groups of files, right click on one of them and select Sent
to - Compressed (zipped) folder.
When this is complete, burn as many as you can to a CD until they are
all backed up to CD.

> Once you give the procedure to reformat( xp family) could
> you suggest me some security hardware that will keep my
> computer protected.

Here is a combination of utilities that I have found to work very well
in the removal and prevention of virus infection, spyware, parasites,
malware and the like.
http://bertk.mvps.org/html/spyware.html

--
Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://dts-l.org/

Jim Macleod
07-10-2005, 02:12 AM
This is really a follow-up to Bert Kinney's post but I'm sending it here
to keep Rejiluk's original together.

I'm not an expert on spyware or other malicious software so can't
compete with Bert, but one or two thoughts occur.

In article <D400F7BC-B2B7-4363-BCF8-523BE6C0C321@microsoft.com> of Thu,
26 May 2005 08:10:04 in microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,
rejiluk <rejiluk@discussions.microsoft.com> writes
>I've been having spywares on my computer for over a month , which seems
>to slow down everything and popping-up windows for nothing. I was
>wondering if by reformating the computer, it would solve the problem.
>If so, what are the steps to follow in order to proceed.

Seems rather drastic. Wouldn't Rejiluk be better to get two or three
different anti-spyware packages and run all of them, before resorting to
reformatting?

>I have files that I don't want to lose, I want to put them on a CD but
>there are so many how can i zip them.

Again, formatting seems drastic - risk of losing some of these files by
human error in doing all of this manually.

>Once you give the procedure to reformat( xp family) could you suggest
>me some security hardware that will keep my computer protected.

See Bert's post.
--
Jim Macleod

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 02:12 AM
rejiluk wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I've been having spywares on my computer for over a month , which seems to
> slow down everything and popping-up windows for nothing. I was wondering if
> by reformating the computer, it would solve the problem. If so, what are the
> steps to follow in order to proceed. I have files that I don't want to lose,
> I want to put them on a CD but there are so many how can i zip them.
>
> Once you give the procedure to reformat( xp family) could you suggest me
> some security hardware that will keep my computer protected.
>
> Thanks for your support anr reply.


Formatting the hard drive to solve a virus or spyware problem is
rather like using an axe to trim one's fingernails. Sure, it'll
probably get the job done, but it's rather messy...., and almost always
unnecessary.

However, if that's what you want to do:

Simply boot from the WinXP installation CD. You'll be offered the
opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part of the
installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of boot
devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

HOW TO Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;316941

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm


Neither adware nor spyware, collectively known as scumware,
magically install themselves on anyone's computer. They are almost
always deliberately installed by the computer's user, as part of some
allegedly "free" service or product.

While there are some unscrupulous malware distributors out there,
who do attempt to install and exploit malware without consent, the
majority of them simply rely upon the intellectual laziness and
gullibility of the average consumer, counting on them to quickly click
past the EULA in his/her haste to get the latest in "free" cutesy
cursors, screensavers, "utilities," and/or wallpapers.

If you were to read the EULAs that accompany, and to which the
computer user must agree before the download/installation of the
"screensaver" continues, most adware and spyware, you'll find that
they _do_ have the consumer's permission to do exactly what they're
doing. In the overwhelming majority of cases, computer users have no
one to blame but themselves.

There are several essential components to computer security: a
knowledgeable and pro-active user, a properly configured firewall,
reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, and the prompt repair (via
patches, hotfixes, or service packs) of any known vulnerabilities.

The weakest link in this "equation" is, of course, the computer
user. No software manufacturer can -- nor should they be expected
to -- protect the computer user from him/herself. All too many people
have bought into the various PC/software manufacturers marketing
claims of easy computing. They believe that their computer should be
no harder to use than a toaster oven; they have neither the
inclination or desire to learn how to safely use their computer. All
too few people keep their antivirus software current, install patches
in a timely manner, or stop to really think about that cutesy link
they're about to click.

Firewalls and anti-virus applications, which should always be used
and should always be running, are important components of "safe hex,"
but they cannot, and should not be expected to, protect the computer
user from him/herself. Ultimately, it is incumbent upon each and
every computer user to learn how to secure his/her own computer.


To learn more about practicing "safe hex," start with these links:

Protect Your PC
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp

Home Computer Security
http://www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity/

List of Antivirus Software Vendors
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;49500

Home PC Firewall Guide
http://www.firewallguide.com/

Scumware.com
http://www.scumware.com/

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O Noah
07-10-2005, 02:12 AM
I had similar troubles in my PC, but it is clean now and acting OK.
Download these programs and execute them to cleanup your PC.

Following programs will keep your PC Secure -----

1) AVG AntiVirus for your home PC virus protection. You
can run AVG along with Norton or other AntiVirus programs.
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/Get+AVG+FREE/lng/us/tpl/v5

2) Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta - very good program to keep your PC clean.
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/about.mspx

3) Zone Alarm - try the 'home version' for your home use.
If you are using DSL or Cable, Zone Alarm blocks all entries and exits
to and from your PC, to the Internet.
http://www.zonealarm.com/

Run these programs at least once a week to remove remaining spywares ---

1) Ad-Aware program
http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/

2) Spybot program
http://www.pc-privacy-guard.com/spybot/download/

If you are still having problem, run the security analyzer to keep the entry
doors closed.

1) Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsahome.mspx#EEAA

Update all of these programs at least once a month to keep your PC clean.


viruses, bugs, spywares, what ever.. I want to reformat