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How to get rid of viruses.
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Posted 7/3/10
Well if you have a virus the easiest way to get rid of it is to reload the computer. For this you need to have recovery discs. Recovery discs are the windows operating system disc (Windows XP, Vista....). Now this will erase everthing on your computer and return the unit to factory settings, but it works (later I will discuss a more difficult way to remove viruses). Make sure you have all your data backed up and you can still back you your data to an external hard drive, flash drive or dvds. Dont worry most viruses that are out today will not transfer with that data. So just make sure your data backed up and then put in the recovery discs. Next you want to boot to the CD, but if it does'nt then when the computer first boots up and displays the brand name then at the bottom it should say to hit an F key for boot options (F1, F2, F3....). After that just choose to boot with the DVD player. Then you should load the recovery basically you just need to hit next the whole time and choose the typical install or recommend install and let it run. Some take twenty minutes and others can take a little over and hour.


Most viruses today are not that difficult to remove. So if you dont want to reload your computer then you could try this. Boot into safe mode by holding the F8 key when the unit is booting. Then go into the appdata file (just go to my computer or computer and browse the folders on it under the owner). There you should see a file or two files that says a bunch of nonesense. Right click and delete those files. Then you should have anti malware bytes on a flash drive or dvd. Run anti malware bytes (google the name for the download and download the free version if you dont already have it). That should take anywhere from ten minutes to an hour after that go to the run program in the start menu. Then in the run prompt type msconfig. Then go to the category called startup and remove anything that has an unknown publisher and whatever else you do not recognize. I do this for a living and most of the time this works. If that fails then you could always reload your computer just like in the first paragraph.

If you have anymore questions just ask and I will try my best to keep up with this post.
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Posted 7/3/10
Or just run a scan directly and put infected code in quarantine.


Or just have a decent anti-virus and common sense
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31 / M / Singapore
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Posted 7/3/10
stop looking at porn you nasty bastards
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Posted 7/3/10
I was going to make fun but that was actually a very helpful and informative post.
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Posted 7/3/10


Your avatar is hot.

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Posted 7/3/10
IMO reinstalling Windows should be a last resort. Any programs other than the ones that are included on the factory restore disc need to be reinstalled, and not all PCs come with restore discs (we have some at work that don't seem to have any restore media of any sort.)

Personally, I use Linux and don't have to worry about viruses. Definite advantages to using a minority OS
Posted 7/24/10
Start
Control Panel
Security
Click on "System restore"
Restore the system to a time before the virus got on there.

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Posted 7/24/10
get a mac, and you won't ever have these issues
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26 / M / Jakarta, ID
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Posted 7/24/10
ankyit got a point.

i'd rather stay away from flash disks, so i use disks or hard disks. or just upload and download it when it comes with file transfer.
but when i get the virus, i'll use my anti-virus to (try to) remove it.
if everything fail, i'll just restore it.
restoring fail? i'll think about it later.
Posted 7/24/10 , edited 7/24/10
Ohh please once Mac gets popular (due to ppl's mentality tht Mac's don't get virus), hackers will swarm in and find a whole bunch of security issues like Windows <_<, there's no safe OS system

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-20011403-62.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody


The best way 2 get rid of a virus is 2 not have it at all!!! have a dependable anti-virus, anti-spyware/malware, update ur computer n internet browsers daily (don't be cheap now), don't look at porn (lol), beware of false positives in a comp. scan, n find a good site advisor. Back-up ur systems every once in awhile (and only back-up when ur computer is working as it should) *gasp 4 air*.... But IF you have a virus tht is a b**** 2 get rid of, then i would agree with the other post of either doin a system restore, reformat ur pc, or use the recovery disc 2 go bak 2 it's factory settings..
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Here are a things i use 2 protect my pc:
(btw they're all freeware, but 2 me and the review i have read they are the best windows freeware out there...n 4 Mac? idk shit about Mac's recommended stuff, cuz i don't have a Mac so it could be different)

Antivirus- Avast! 5.0 Free antivirus

Anti-Malware/spyware-

ThreatFire (it's says in it's title tht it's an antivirus, but it's NOT.. top reviewers n threatfire itself says it's just 2 get more attention from ppl.. idk y becuz ppl don't research it n it'll confuse them tht it's an antivirus n they shouldn't get it cuz they have another antivirus... note: suprisingly they know tht they should not have 2 antivirus, but they don't researched tht treatfire is not an antivirus XD)
Malwarebytes
Iobit Security 360

Browser- Mozilla Firefox

SiteAdvisor- Mcafee Site Advisor

Firewall- The boring regular firewall in my comp. lol? but i heard "Comodo's Firewall" is good alternative instead of using ur comps. firewall (idk y?, btw i never personally tried it) *u get it from downloadin Comodo Internet Security, but u can choose 2 install the firewall-only component*


*if u want bettr security, then research ur products and buy it from a bestbuy store or sum other computer store (i wouldn't recommend buyin it on the computer, cuz there are a lot of scammer tht uses programs like the dreaded: Antivirus 2010, a "looks legit" software tht scams u 2 buy they're product (using credit card info) sayin u have a lot of viruses n promises 2 fix it... btw they don't*
Posted 7/24/10
use anti virus
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Posted 7/24/10
Just dont click on anything stupid, duh.
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29 / F / PLACES
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Posted 7/24/10
I would say Malwarebytes.
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33 / M / Oslo, Norway
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Posted 7/24/10
the only way to be 100% virus proof is by turning the computer off, then lock it inside a safe or something.
i use microsoft security essentials tho. its free, cheap on resources and protects alot!

about macs and stuff... there are several hackers who make viruses for apple products. and many of them work pretty good.
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