Virus & Spyware Guide – Part 2

What Is Spyware?

spyware: “programs that surreptitiously monitor and report the actions of a computer user”

– Wikipedia

Essentially, malware is the master term for anything that harms your system maliciously and as such is short cheap mlb jerseys for the term MALicious softWARE.

It is a common misconception that malware is wholesale nba jerseys ‘another’ Windows type of virus or spyware.

Spyware tends to be less malicious but none the Part less is capable of gathering a user’s information from files, internet browsing habits and emails.

This article describes my preferred methods SNIPER for ridding a Windows PC of such software.

Like most, I use a few pieces of cheap mlb jerseys software that are quite common like Adaware but my main arsenal against such threats and definitely the most useful files in my toolkit are ComboFix & SDFix.

These are powerful tools wholesale nfl jerseys so read on for my step by step guide.

So how do I know if I have an infection such as spyware or malware??

Some common symptoms of a spyware cheap mlb jerseys infected PC are:

  • Regular pop-up windows when browsing the internet
  • An unusually slow PC
  • New colorful and wonderful things like toolbars have been added to your Internet Browser that you don’t remember adding yourself
  • You see new icons in your Start menu that you don’t remember adding
  • Your internet start page has been changed and you may not even be able to change it back

Solutions Below….

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Solution – Remove the spyware

Standard Spyware Scan

There’s never a point in going all guns blazing if you only have a minor piece of spyware installed that’s annoying you more than anything else so go ahead and run your favorite anti-spyware tools first before trying the heavy duty options.

Try downloading one of the following spyware scanners and run it in safe mode if possible.

If Greenloans it clears your problem then great, if not then read on to the Advanced Spyware Scan steps below.

Advanced Spyware Scanning

OK, so the standard scan got rid of a few things but you’re still showing symptoms of spyware infections.

Here’s the news – it probably ain’t spyware but is more like some malicious trojan or worm virus (i.e. Malware).  I Support recommend the following tools:

Both are powerful and should be used with caution.  SDFix has worked for me time and time again.

SDFix Instructions

  1. On a known virus free PC, Download SDFix
  2. Copy SDFix.exe to a virus free USB stick or burn to a CD
  3. Go to the infected PC and reboot into Safe Mode
  4. Insert the CD or USB key and open Windows Explorer so you can browse to the file
  5. Double click the file and accept any Security Warnings.
  6. SDFix will now be extracted to c:\SDFix folder and notepad will launch the readme file with further instructions
  7. Click Start > Run and type c:\SDFix\RunThis.bat and press enter or click OK
  8. SDFix will open a blue screen and you will be asked if you wish to continue – press Y
  9. SDFix will begin scanning.  It could take a while so go make some coffee, that’s what I do.
  10. When it’s finished, it will display a message indicating that it’s going to reboot.  Remove all USB sticks, CD’s, etc and hit any key to reboot.
  11. Let Windows reboot into normal mode and Serial SDFix will restart and do a few final checks before showing you a report.

All done now.  Virus free again.

If you want to try using ComboFix, then download it and follow the included instructions.

Preventing Future Infections

  • As a start, here’s a tip – get a decent antivirus! –  Here’s my choice.
  • Stay away from slightly savory websites
  • If something pops up  at you on a website promising vast fortunes, free diplomas, free electronics, or vertical a larger weener then it’s probably trouble
  • Scan any removal media before opening the files on it – removable media includes USB sticks, floppy disks, CDs, DVDs and external hard disks
  • Be wary of Training downloading from torrents – if you know what these are then you’re clever enough to know that they can be filled with viruses.

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Virus & Spyware Guide – Part 1

What’s a virus?

“a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer …”

– Princeton University

There are literally thousands or possibly millions of viruses on the internet today. It’s practically impossible to avoid them if cheap nfl jerseys you use a Windows PC or Server.

This guide discusses techniques for cleaning an infected system, preventing future infections and also discusses a less destructive but increasingly more common threat – spyware & malware.

How do I know if I have a virus??

Some common indications of an infected PC are:

  • Quite sudden and unexplained performance problems i.e. Windows has slowed down suddenly.  (Don’t confuse cheap nfl jerseys this with Windows slowing down over a long period of time.)
  • Windows restarting your computer by itself
  • Frequent crashes, hangs, lock ups, etc across multiple programs
  • Trying to boot results in a blue screen
  • Programs don’t launch when you double click the icon
  • Files have 2 extensions
  • Your antivirus program has being disabled and cannot be re-enabled properly
  • You cannot access certain websites
  • You are running out of disk space suddenly due to a virus multiplying itself
  • Your anti-virus has notified you that a virus was found

Removing viruses

Two possible scenarios –

1) You know the name of the virus or viruses you have been infected with or 2) you don’t know.

If you don’t know, find out.  It’s essential that we know the name of the virus before cleaning it.  You can find out by performing an online scan at one of wholesale mlb jerseys the sites below.

All for are free but will not repair the virus – they will only check and give you the name of the virus – which is Th? what we need right now.

Kaspersky’s Free Online Scanner

Trend Micro’s House Call

Symantec’s Free Security Check

Now, you know the name of the virus

If you Debunking already know the name of the virus then you will need to either update your virus definitions and then run a full scan or if there is a removal tool available then you should download that and run it.  Removal tools are available from the major anti-virus manufacturers such as Symantec and McAfee.

Symantec’s removal tools site is linked below:

Symantec:  Removal Tools

If there is no removal tool available for the virus you have then it’s likely that running a full scan of your computer will clean the virus.

Removal tools are generally only required for particularly aggressive viruses that cannot be removed by Windows normal scanning.

Running a full scan or using a removal tool

Now that you know what you have to do, here’s a few tips on how to do it successfully.

1.  After you have downloaded a removal tool or updated your virus definitions unplug your PC from the network, internet, etc.  The PC should be isolated from any connectivity.

2.  Unplug any USB sticks or removal Serial drives such as floppy disks, external hard disks, etc

3.  Run the removal tool or full system scan in Windows normal mode first and then run it in Safe Mode if possible.

In Part 2 – how days to remove stubborn malware & spyware including browser hijackers.