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#1 Anonix

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:42 PM

Hello All -- I am following the recommendations in the 'pinned' folder for 'slow computer' fixes. I don't have a particularly slow computer, but I have not performed maintenance in awhile, so this can only help. I've defragmented and run disk cleanup from system tools. I use Counterspy as my anti-virus and it updates the definitions automatically, and scans in the wee hours every 24 hours. The scan usually takes about an hour, and it almost always only finds 'low risk' cookies which I clean immediately. The pinned folder's recommendation is to run more than one anti-virus program, so I will likely add spy bot, etc. It also recommends that I perform an anti-virus scan in safe mode. Why safe mode? I know how to get my computer into safe mode, but am not sure how to scan in safe mode. I'm sure I can figure that out. But before I 'go there', is this even necessary given that the anti-virus program already scans each night? If there is an advantage to scanning for viruses in safe made, then I will do that...otherwise...no. Thank you.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:00 PM

Please disregard. Had I scrolled to the bottom of the tutorial page, I would have seen the reasoning (behind safe mode) explained (plus the links to the good, free anti-virus page).

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:02 PM

The pinned folder's recommendation is to run more than one anti-virus program.


I think what was suggested is that you run more than just a anti virus, like having a firewall, anti spyware, anti malware.

One of the reasons to run the scans in Safe Mode is because there are a limited amount of applications running which makes this a ideal mode for running scans. There are also some types of infections that can hide is normal mode. I'm sure that someone from our HJT Team can address this in more depth.

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