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#1 deuce23

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 11:20 PM

I have already visited the HJT forum and OldTimer has determined that no malware was found, but recently up to about a month or two ago, my laptop has been taking longer than usual to boot up. It used to take less than a minute but now it's taking 2 or more minutes. What information would I need to present to you to help me fix this delay?
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 12:20 AM

:thumbsup: Hi Deuce :

"OldTimer" saying there is no malware on your computer is technically correct ;
however, in the recent past when a Malware Expert saw the following :

"R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.dell4me.com/myway "

they would mention that Dell's "My Way" program was most likely adware
and about "Removal Instructions" that are at :

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/bo...essage.id=42328 .

You asked about the possible "replacement" of the suspect "XoftSpy"; on the Avast Antivirus
Support Forums, 2 people posted similar XoftSpy "findings" as you. We recommended
uninstalling XoftSpy and getting the Good & Free ( version ) of "SUPERantispyware" from
http://www.superantispyware.com .

As to your "slowness problem", it would be advisable to go through the "Pinned" topic
in this forum called "Slow Computer? " ; have you done that ?
AND since Dell has a reputation of putting a lot of unnecessary programs on a
computer that results in it slowing down, would recommend you check out the info
at http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/ ; it was originally called
"Dell De-Crapifier"

Edited by SpiritWind, 12 November 2006 - 12:32 AM.


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 01:28 AM

:thumbsup: Hi Deuce :

"OldTimer" saying there is no malware on your computer is technically correct ;
however, in the recent past when a Malware Expert saw the following :

"R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.dell4me.com/myway "

they would mention that Dell's "My Way" program was most likely adware
and about "Removal Instructions" that are at :

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/bo...essage.id=42328 .

You asked about the possible "replacement" of the suspect "XoftSpy"; on the Avast Antivirus
Support Forums, 2 people posted similar XoftSpy "findings" as you. We recommended
uninstalling XoftSpy and getting the Good & Free ( version ) of "SUPERantispyware" from
http://www.superantispyware.com .

As to your "slowness problem", it would be advisable to go through the "Pinned" topic
in this forum called "Slow Computer? " ; have you done that ?
AND since Dell has a reputation of putting a lot of unnecessary programs on a
computer that results in it slowing down, would recommend you check out the info
at http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/ ; it was originally called
"Dell De-Crapifier"


I removed MyWay via control panel awhile ago, I guess it didn't actually remove itself entirely.

SuperAntiSpyware sounds good, but can I try the pro version for 2 weeks then it would revert to personal?

I already did everything in the pin topic on "Slow Computer" so I guess the De-Crapifier should do the trick.

Thanks!
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:12 AM

:thumbsup: Hi Deuce :

The Professional version of SUPERantispyware contains a "real-time" component;
as with antiVIRUS program(s), should ONLY have 1 such program providing
"real-time" protection . Since I do NOT know SPECIFICALLY WHICH McAfee
program you have on your computer AND you have Spybot's "TeaTimer" "active"
AND you also appear to have AVG antispyware with its "real-time" component
"active", would recommend you download the FREE ver of SUPERantispyware ONLY,
since that version does NOT have a "real-time" protection "active" AND you would
AVOID any potential "conflict" problems ,

Could not tell from your HJT thread IF you ever uninstalled your out-of-date version
of Sun Java, then went to get the latest !? This is important because having any ver
of Sun Java other than the latest increases your chances of getting a "Virtumonde"
infection .

Edited by SpiritWind, 14 November 2006 - 02:14 AM.


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:57 PM

Okay, I'll just stick to the free version.

I decided to uninstall Java entirely so that wouldn't be an issue with Virtumonde right?

I'll take a look at the thread about Virtumonde to learn more.

Thanks SpiritWind.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:22 PM

As much as you may hate it,, but you're gonna need that Java at one point or another.

What browser are you using?

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 01:34 PM

:thumbsup: Hi Deuce :

No need NOT to have Sun Java on your computer to reduce chances of getting
Virtumonde, just be reasonably up-to-date with their latest . I go to :
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4648.html . They usually have the
latest version or the next-to-last version . To keep informed as to WHEN a new
version has come out, visit : http://www.landzdown.com/index.php?topic=7887.0
on a regular basis .

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 07:47 PM

You can get Java directly from Sun Microsystems and be notified when there is an update or new version.

http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp

You can also inspect your Windows startup menu and eliminate programs that are not necessary from starting when Windows boots and running in the background.

I recommend Startup Inspector to manage your startup menu items because it better identifies the aps connected with the startup entries so mistakes aren't made.

Startup Inspector (manages startup menu helps you identify aps in the startup menu so you can disable unnecessary programs from running in the background when they are not needed)

And

Startup Monitor (a small freeware ap available on the same page to notify you and require your permission for any program to add itself to your startup menu)

http://www.windowsstartup.com/download.php

#9 deuce23

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 03:29 AM

Hmm okay, I'll download and install Java again and try to keep it updated as much as possible.

And I use IE. I know, eww.

Thanks everyone for your input!
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:53 AM

You can try Firefox - it's free, and you'll still have IE on your system if you don't like it. http://www.mozilla.com/

Sun's Java includes an update scheduler that runs in the background on your system - and it will do the checking for you.

PS - recalling the initial subject of this thread - each process that you add will increase your startup time. Generally the difference isn't noticeable with only 1 added process - but the unrestrained addition of processes will slow the system down significantly. This is where Startup Managers come in handy. Here's a link to a free one: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml Just be careful what you uncheck - it may be something essential for your system. If unsure, just ask us about it.

Edited by usasma, 16 November 2006 - 09:56 AM.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:17 PM

Sun Java will work with IE as well.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:26 PM

:thumbsup: Hi Deuce :

From PERSONAL Experience & the Advice of at least one Malware Expert on another
forum, the Sun Java "Updater" does NOT "alert" when a new "Update" has been
released ; if it did , I would NOT have recommended the landzdown link .

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:28 PM

It does for me.
There was a java update last week.


I. What is Java Update?

The Java Update is a feature that keeps your computer up-to-date automatically with the latest Java releases. Installing the Java Runtime Environment automatically installs the Java Update feature.

The Java Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

II. What does it do?

1. Notification of a new update
Whenever there is an update available, a tool tip balloon appears as below:
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http://java.com/en/download/help/5000020700.xml#java_update

You may not have configured your Java installation properly.

Edited by Enthusiast, 16 November 2006 - 02:35 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2006 - 07:43 PM

Mine worked until I killed it. Part of my aggressive system tuneup! :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 03:12 AM

Thank you everybody!

And Java does have an automated update feature.
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