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#1 PureTragedy

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 12:01 AM

Hello and Happy Holidays!

Ok, I am leaving for a college internship in a few weeks for about eight months. I'm worried about my computer being left alone with my mom since she knows absolutely nothing about them, but still wants to use it while I'm gone. Anyways, my computer has been running a *bit* slow lately and I just want to make sure it's clean enough to last me being gone for so long without it. She knows how to run Norton and Ad-Aware, which are the only things I use... but she would never know what to do if something weird would happen.
I just ran Norton and it found no viruses, yet when I run Ad-Aware, Norton will come up saying it found something... is that normal? What else can I do to make sure the computer will not crash while I'm gone? I'm really worried because it's not that great of computer -at all- but I don't want anything to go wrong while I'm gone. Should I run Hijack This? I don't remember how to do that so if anyone could help me through this I would REALLY appreciate it! Thanks!

PS Sorry I'm kind of a worry-wart... but we're poor and we would never be able to buy another computer if it broke.. so I'm kind of over-pretective :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 12:17 AM

Normally I don't favor one AV over another but with what you describe I would uninstall Norton and install one of the more stable freeware antivirus'.
I also would recommend Spybot S&D, MS Antispyware, cCleaner. I have listed a complete list of recommended software.

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Antivirus (Run only one.)
AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)
Avast Home Edition Antivirus Freeware
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic Freeware
BitDefender 8 Free Edition

Antispyware
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)
Spybot
AdAware SE Personal Edition
Ewido Security Suite - 14 day trial(2000, and XP only)(Features)
A Squared Free
SpyBlaster
SpywareGuard

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer Only
Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only
Panda's ActiveScan
F-secure's Virus Scan
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer Only

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools
BitDefender Removal Tools Free

Utility
cCleaner
Everest Home (hardware and software information)
Belarc Diagnostic Tool
Fresh Diagnose (Diagnostic and system resource)
Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test
Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility)
www.bootdisk.com
BIOS beep & POST codes
Firewall Security Test
Snap Backup (Backup Utility)

Firewalls(Run only one.)
Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use
SyGate Personal Free Edition (I personally use)
OutPost Firewall Free
Jetico Personal Free
Kerio Free Personal Firewall


Best of all... they are free.
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Posted 26 December 2005 - 06:19 AM

Yup, i would suggest AVG over Norton which is heavy on system resources.
You could scan for spyware, cleanout your temporary files etc and run a defrag on ur system for performance improvement. Here are some links which cud help.
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/slowcom.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/AtWork/getstarted/speed.mspx/

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 11:55 PM

Thank you both very much!

Acklan, I tried to run SyGate's Trojan scan and F-Secure's Virus scan but neither would work. SyGate told me my ports were blocked or something...? Just a reminder, I know very little about this kind of stuff. But I think I'll uninstall Norton and install AVG. I downloaded the CCleaner and really like it!

I had a problem earlier today though, I went to ebay and all of a sudden I kept getting pages from IE (I don't use that server) popping up... they were just blank but they kept coming up and finally it stopped after 57 pages. But then I couldn't close any of them (without more coming up) and I couldn't close my original page, and I couldn't even bring the alt+ctrl+delete thing up, and I couldn't shut down or restart, I just had to turn it off. Does anyone know why this happened or what I could do to make sure it's not anything real serious? Thanks again!

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 08:44 AM

Sounds like a bad case of malware (virus' and/or spyware). could you get Spybot or Adaware loaded and working? Can you boot into Safe Mode with network support?Tap F8 repeatly as you boot you computer. It will bring you to the boot menu. The second option should be Safe Mode with Network. Run your antivirus and antispyware from there.
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Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:02 AM

:thumbsup:

I did what you said and ran them in safe mode w/ network, but nothing found anything, and it seems like my computer is getting slower. :flowers: :trumpet:
Is there anything else I could do?

Edited by PureTragedy, 28 December 2005 - 12:03 AM.


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Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:13 AM

Defrag:
Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter

Scandisk:

Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scan Disk



A Defrag done for the first time may take awhile. Be prepared. :thumbsup:

Defrag and Scan Disk are best done in Safe Mode.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :flowers:

Be sure to stay away from the registry cleaner option.
Unless you are sure of what you are doing. As it involves editing the registry and one wrong move could render your computer inoperable.

Edited by Scarlett, 11 January 2006 - 03:58 PM.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 10:58 PM

Thanks again to everyone thats helped me so far, you've been a big help!! :thumbsup:

However, I'm having another problem. I uninstalled Norton and installed AVG. Now Windows is not detecting any Anti-virus OR firewall, and won't let me use the windows firewall anymore for some reason. Windows SHOULD be detecting AVG... can someone help me? Should I get a new Firewall program? I've always used Windows...

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:44 AM

I had to reinstall ver 7 when I upgraded from ver 6 of AVG. It did the same thing to me, back in '05.
For a firewall program I recommend SyGate Personal Firewall. There are several out there but that is what I use. Windows firewall was probably disable by Norton. It was not a very good firewall anyways.

Here is a list of recommended freeware firewall programs...

Firewalls (Run only one.)
Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use
SyGate Personal Free Edition (I personally use)
OutPost Firewall Free
Jetico Personal Free
Kerio Free Personal Firewall
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 02:42 AM

So should I uninstall and reinstall AVG? Or tell Windows to ignore that it can't detect it...?

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 10:47 AM

I would reinstall the entire AVG program. Sorry I took so long to get back to you, but I was at work.
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 08:40 PM

It's okay... Windows has detected AVG suddenly. But it doesn't detect Sygate.... should I un/reinstall that?

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 08:43 PM

With what happen to AVG I would give SyGate a chance.
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