Less Simple Steps for Eliminating Viruses and Spyware

If your computer is completely infested with spyware and/or viruses, booting up in safe mode and running ad-ware and avast might not cut it.

You'll know if you boot your computer up and the viruses/spyware is back. For instance, you might run ad-aware a second time and still find things.

Unfortunately Ad-Aware isn't perfect and can miss things. There are several other tools you can use. Note: you can mess your computer up doing these things - however if you have Windows XP you should be able to get out of trouble by running System Restore.

Msconfig
Hit the windows key. "Run" and then type in "msconfig". Hit Enter or click on Ok to run it. Click on the Startup tab and this will show you some of the processes that are starting when you load windows. You can disable processes here that look suspicious. You can identify whether a process is suspicious by googling its name. If it doesn't show up in a search, it is more likely to be a virus or spyware using a randomly generated name. If it has a name that appears random and nonsensical like zqidiwlfr - then it is most likely a virus/spyware.

Deactivate the processes you don't want and reboot your computers. This also saves a little memory, makes your computer run faster, and boot up faster. You can also get rid of annoyances like instant messenger loading every time you turn your computer on.

Services.msc
You load this the same way you do msconfig. Windows key - run - "services.msc".

This is like an advanced version of msconfig. You can see which processes are running, which are set to run up automatically on startup, and read descriptions of what they do.

Be suspicious of processes that do not have any description or have weird names, and google everything that starts up automatically that looks suspicious (or you don't know what it does). You can configure processes to not start when your computer boots up by right-clicking on them and selecting "properties".

Hijack This
A useful tool that seems to have the most comprehensive list of processes, however it doesn't give good descriptions of them, so know what you are doing before you turn them off.

Check Your Hosts File
One of the sneakier attacks changed a users host file so that localhost was no longer the local pc (eg a virus/spyware convinced your computer to trust it by writing that it was trustworthy in the hosts file).

C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
The only line that is necessary in this file is: 127.0.0.1 localhost
If there is anything else, be suspicious and check out what it is.

Windows XP is not a good os system

I have compare win2000 server and windows xp, the face that i recognised is win2000's performance is better than windows xp. My computer has 512MB RAM, when i use winxp, i feel the system is very slow , especially in open more than 10 internet explorer windows, but when i change it to win2000, i feel my computer is work very well .

Hijack This is really useful software, but it maybe can not kill all Spyware, so the better way is backup your system and install a firewall software. If the firewall alarm for some unknow process are try to send message out, you could consider it as a virus, and restore your system backup by use the Ghost 8.0.
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