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#1 toughguy1

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 03:54 PM

Hi everybody, I need help please.

Im a computer novice but im learning. I have Windows 98, and recently I downloaded what I thought was free anti spyware, it was'nt free, so I deleted it, but this Spy Shredder keeps popping up on my screen, and I keep getting rid of it by clicking on the top right hand corner as with anything.

Ive been to "my computer", and clicked onto get rid of it, but it tells me it will not uninstall. Can somebody please give me some advice on what to to please.

Moved from the Windows 98 form. ~acklan~

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:03 PM

Super Antispyware will work on your Windows 98.

Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

How to Start Windows in Safe Mode:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 05:53 AM

Hi Buddy215, I clicked onto and read about safe mode as you instructed, and it is a minefield, and im a novice, any suggestions please ?

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 06:12 AM

These are the instructions using Windows 98:
Using the F8 Method

1. Restart your computer.
2. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a menu.
3. When you have the menu on the screen. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode.

You do that AFTER installing Super Antispyware. Then reboot into Safe Mode. Run a full scan with SAS.

You can also try running Super Antispyware in regular mode. The reason for using safe mode is the malware is easier to find and remove.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 08:03 AM

Buddy215, Forgive me, but I need to have your instructions again, from when I turn my computer on, blow by blow please, Im sorry to be a pain.

Thank you.

Toughguy1 ( some toughguy1 ).

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 08:32 AM

First, download Super Antispyware free for home users. Follow the prompts to install. Click on the check for updates and update the program. Run a full scan in REGULAR mode and allow it to QUARANTINE ALL THAT IT FINDS.

Let's see if it will remove the malware in regular mode. If it doesn't then we will try safe mode.
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 12:35 PM

Hi Buddy215, Well what can I say ?, my Spy Shredder appears to have gone, ( touch wood ), if it come back I will let you know, the anti spyware ran for around one hour and 30 minutes and dug out quite a lot of viruses.

So thank you very much Buddy215, I am indebted to you for your sound advice.

Now I have another little gem, as follows,

I have AOLCHECK appearing on my screen, it is connected to AOL Broadband. I have deleated everything I can connected to this AOL, but it still keeps coming up on the desk top, and I have to keep getting rid of it, can you help me here also please.

This AOLCHECK is also located firmly at the base of my computer with all the other little bits and pieces, but it wont delete.

Cheers
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 01:34 PM

Here is a link to program that will help you find the AOL item and when you identify it, simply uncheck it. This will disable the startup item. Do not delete the item unless you are very sure what it is.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/AutoRuns.mspx

Glad you got rid of the malware. Keep SAS around and just manually update it once a week or so. That way it will be available when needed. There isn't a lot of programs that work with 98. The best security program though is the one between your ears.
Don't click on any link unless you are 100% sure what it is for. NEVER click on any link in an email or Instant Message.
Avoid programs such as free screen savers, porn sites, gambling sites.

I am assuming that you have done a file search for the AOL item and you were unable to find it.

Edited by buddy215, 25 August 2007 - 01:38 PM.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 02:29 PM

buddy215, Ha Ha, I loved the "one between your ears" bit, how true, and you have helped me to get it between my ears, now I need you please to go to the page you gave me to download, and help me to click on the item I need to, then that will be between my ears as well.

I clicked on what you gave me, but again it's a minefield, so im ready again for your helpful instruction please

Many thanks.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 03:11 PM

I have been trying to use the program myself so I could give you the best guide but I am having a problem with my computer. I have asked someone to give you some help. I suspect your problem is going to be a lot easier to fix than mine is. Good luck to you.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 03:49 PM

Hi, no worries, I will wait for you to get fixed up.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 03:51 PM

Hi, toughguy1, I think I have an easier way to remove the aol check thing.
  • Download Spybot Search & Destroy
  • There is no need to run any updates
  • Run the installation program by double clicking the icon.
  • In the top menu, click the mode item and select advanced.
  • Click the + button next to tools.
  • Click on the System Startup item.
  • Select the Aolcheck item in the list in the right pane. This should highlight it in blue.
  • In the top menu, find the red X.
  • Click on the X to remove the startup entry. Restart the computer.

If AOL is not your internet provider, use the add/remove programs feature in the Control Panel to remove all AOL programs, Pure Networks, and Viewpoint Programs. If you wish Spybot is a great program to use as an additional malware scanner. If you choose to use it, make sure that you run the updates now, and that you do not use resident protection, as this can interfere with other programs.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 05:20 AM

Hi, I clicked on "Spybot search and destroy", then clicked on the "download" icon as you suggested, but nothing happened.

Incidently, AOL is not my service provider, and ive been in "my computer" and deleted all the neccessary files for everything connected with AOL, yet I cannot get rid of the plaque that comes up when my computer is warming up as they say.

The AOL is connected to AOL broadband that the previous owner had on this computer, I had to delete everything on this computer to do with all that he had, and put my own programmes ect on it, but this AOL plaque which reads, "PLEASE INSERT YOUR AOL BROADBAND INSTALLATION CD ROM", "Your computer cannot find your AOL broadband installation CD Rom please insert it now to complete your AOL Broadband installation"

This is what is written on it when it appears on my screen, and this is what I cannot delete.

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:29 PM

That link takes you directly to the softwares download page at safer-networking. Try this: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html these are all the safe places to download.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 02:51 PM

buddy215, Im afraid I am unable to gain access to what you have sent me, I click on but nothing happens, can you send the information again please.

Cheers
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