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Spyware Removal

Discussion in 'Software' started by datarunner, May 24, 2007.

  1. datarunner

    datarunner Byte Poster

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    Hi All

    Hope this is the right thread. Just a quick question. I do a lot of PC repairs and spyware seems to be the biggest problem with PCs ground down to a near halt and egg timers everywhere.

    I use a bootable CD with an up to date version Adaware on it and scan any drives on the PC. This seems to work well but I just wanted to know what you guys were using.

    All info appreciated.
     
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  2. onoski

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    Am using spybot and ad-ware removal as a combo.
     
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  3. datarunner

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    Is that on your own PC tho? What do u use if u face one thats wrecked? And is it pre boot like a bootable CD?
     
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  4. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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  5. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    This is on a work environment computer and has worked always.
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    If I'm able to locate and pry everything out, I do so... one gremlin at a time. But if it's absolutely wrecked, I nuke it and rebuild.
     
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  7. Tinus1959

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    I'm using spybot S&D, Adware, hitman-pro and SpyWare doctor.
    As a virus scanner I use Norton (symantec).
    Never had a problem and that's now for at least 14 years. BTW, my computers at home (network with 5 computers) are on 24/7.
     
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  8. datarunner

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    Please guys. Im not asking wot u have on your machines. Im asking wot procedures and tools u use to repair one that might or might not have had any AV or spyware progs on it (like most people lol) and is totally goosed.

    Cheers
     
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  9. Tinus1959

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    I just told you.
     
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  10. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Check my post above, thats exactly what ive told ya :)
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    I told you what I do... I pry them out manually, or I wipe the box and start over. Every piece of spyware and adware and virus is different with regards to the specific removal process. If the machine is totally goosed, like you say, and you can't ensure that you can remove all of them with 100% certainty, you should most certainly wipe and reinstall.
     
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  12. kat731
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    Do what Raff said, iv posted about UBCD before. Its great!!

    Kat
     
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  13. datarunner

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    Thanks buddy. Thats certainly an improved version of the one i had. More apps. Same interface as well. Thanks.

    Thanks guys for your comments on this.
     
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  14. shaggy

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    I just made myself a copy of the UBCDwin too, best ive found
     
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  15. Raffaz

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    Glad its helped :)
     
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  16. SamSixty

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    If the machine is messed up and it is just someones leisure PC I would usually ask them to make backups of any pics / music etc they want to keep then reinstall the OS from scratch, this way I know its clean. Then I would put spybot S&D on it and firefox + adblock

    During the reinstall I try to educate them on good and bad web surfing policies and tell them I will not do this again for free.

    I personally use no anti-malware software apart from adblock.
     
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  17. zebulebu

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    I tend to use this:
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    Works every single time :biggrin

    I can;'t be arsed removing spyware. I usually find that if its not something simple but has something like a SpyAxe or CWS variant then it isn't worth the time or effort to remove it - format and reinstall works every single time, takes about an hour and usually acts as a reality check for the poor lUser (usually a relative) whose PC has just been hosed
     
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  18. greenbrucelee
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    I use spyboy S&D, ABP, Nortons Internet Security and AVG

    AVG is on a disk
     
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  19. greenbrucelee
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    forgot to say I also use firefox.

    Internet explorer has so many holes it could be used as a tea leaf strainer:biggrin
     
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