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#1 Meesh

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 09:38 PM

I don't know what I'm doing. I am trying to remove software that is launching pop ups (xlime.offeroptimizer.com) and I think I may have deleted folders that changed things on my computer. I am just wondering if I can restore my computer to a previous date to help with this problem. When I go into system restore, it doesn't give me any way to do anything, except turn off system restore. I have Windows XP home version, and have just installed service pack 2 update. And if anyone knows how to remove the hardware that creates these annoying popups, that would be fabulous. Thank you for your help!!!!

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 02:20 AM

First, you need to download and install two very good applications that will help remove spyware from your system:
1. Spybot Seach and Destroy.
2. Ad-Aware SE
use Google to find download sites, install both programs, and then be sure to update both. Once you have update their definitions, run Ad-Aware and the Spybot in that order. Let these programs present what they find, make a decision, and then let them do their work. Both will save a backup file so if you screw up, you can restore what you have deleted.

Once you have cleaned your computer of spyware, you need to take some common-sense approaches to computer security. Hold in memory that most spyware is downloaded by users. Read the EULA carefully, then check Google; the latter may indicate that spyware is attached to the program---certainly you will find user comments, or notices by "experts."

Cheers,
John
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