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11-07-2006, 03:58 AM
Viruses? Spyware? A DIRTY COMPUTER?
by Ron

PS: I'm Ron from moparisthebest.com in case you don't trust this topic. Here is a link of this tutorial on Moparisthebest.com (http://www.moparisthebest.com/smf/index.php/topic,2208.0.html).

Hey everyone. I have noticed a lot of people talking about technical problems, too many things on your computer, blah blah blah and much more. I have devised the perfect steps and programs to fix your computer's problems. Don't tune out just yet, this is a very useful guide made by another jerk... like me.

-> The Beginning Steps
The first thing you should do, is go through your list of installed programs. Click on the Start Menu > Settings > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. Now, look through the list and get rid of everything that you don't want anymore (provided you get your parents permission unless you have your own computer). Do NOT remove programs you know absolutely nothing about, because they could be Microsoft Updates or something just as critical.
The next thing you should do is go to where all the crud left behind will probably be from the installed programs. Go to My Computer > Local Disk (C: ) > Program Files. Now look through the folders names and see if any of those names were the same names you removed from the Add or Remove Programs and if nothing but that particular program you uninstalled was in it... then delete it.

-> Disk Cleanup & Disk Defragmenter
One last thing you should do without the aid of programs is to do these things (again, provided you get your parents permission unless you have your own computer).

Start menu > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup (this will take a while, Do NOT run anything else, go to a website, or anything. Just leave it alone.
After that is completed, you may defrag your computer now. Start menu > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter. Again, this will take a while, Do NOT run anything else, go to a website, or anything. Just leave it alone.

-> Turn off Hibernation to Save GBs of data!
Hibernation is a tool that most people who have Microsoft don't even use it. Hibernation saves a lot of energy on your computer when it's idle, but it stores a lot of data on your hard drive. The file is called Hiberfil.sys and it's in your C:\ Drive right in the beginning. Right click on it and select properties and you will see how much space it takes up. Took about 1 GB of space before I disabled it.

Follow these steps to disable it safely.

Right-click on the desktop and click on "Properties".
Click on the "Screen Saver" tab.
Click the "Power" button under "Monitor Power".
Click on the "Hibernation" tab, then uncheck the box next to "Enable Hibernation".
Press "OK" and you have just saved a load of hard drive space!

Source: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/Easy_XP_Tweaks-t2780.html

Check out these programs. I have them all, and my computer is clean except for that crap installed on it (called Microsoft). Don't worry, it's safe to havemore than one anti spyware running on yoru computer. People will tell you all kinds of bullshit on how they conflict with one another, but they don't, so don't worry. :)

-> Good Programs
Program: Iolo System Mechanic Pro 6 - Home Site (http://www.iolo.com/) - Thanks to Starblaster100
Download: Download this from this (http://www.moparisthebest.com/smf/index.php/topic,1266.0.html) thread. Otherwise you have to pay for this program. Scroll down to find the program.
What to do:
Update it.
Go through each category on the left side and do every scan!
Fix all the issues and once you have finished all the scans, your computer will be spic and span!

Program: Crap Cleaner - Home Site (http://www.ccleaner.com)
Download: Link (http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/)
What to do:

Click on Cleaner after you have opened the program and make sure everything is checked except for Advanced options in the category "Windows" and all of them should be checked in the category "Applications".
Click on Analyze, just to see how much crap you have. Then click on Run Cleaner to get that junk off your computer.
Click on Issues. EVERYTHING should be checked, and now click on Scan for Issues.
Click on Fix Selected Issues and MAKE SURE YOU SAVE IT THE FIRST TIME. It will come up in a pop-up asking if you would like to back those registry entries up just as a precaution.

Program: Registry Mechanic - Home Site (http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/)
Download: Download this from this (http://www.moparisthebest.com/smf/index.php/topic,1266.0.html) thread. Otherwise you have to pay for this program lol.
What to do:

Click on Optimize your System which is a big button right in front.
Click on Options and make sure that it creates a system restore point before repair. Uncheck that box after you have run and repaired registry entries for the first time if you like.
Click on Options > Custom Scan and make sure everything is checked and then save it.
Run the scan by clicking on Scan Your Registry and repair everything. Make sure it makes a backup.
Now go back to Status and click on Compact registry to improve speed on your computer.

Program: Spybot - Home Site (http://www.safer-networking.org/)
Download: Link (http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10401314.html?tag=pop)
What to do:

Update it and download all the updates.
Immunize and then immunize again, but this time click on Immunize button next to the Check Again button to make sure it has been fully immunized.
Run it.
Bring up TeaTimer.exe by clicking on Mode at the top and selecting Advanced Mode. Then click on Tools > Resident > Check both Resident "SDHelper" and Resident "TeaTimer". If TeaTimer ever comes up, that means someone or you are trying to make a registry change. If you are installing something or changing settings, just click on Allow but if you aren't changing anything, click on Deny. There is a bug with TeaTimer, and you can't see the buttons on it except for a small piece. Just remember, Allow is on the left and Deny is on the right.
Spybot (TeaTimer) should be running on the bottom right of your computer.
Note: Spybot has a small problem with the TeaTimer and I don't know why, but they never fixed it. So if you do install Spybot and have TeaTimer running, please check out this guide, so you can fix that small bug. Apparently when a registry entry is changed, TeaTimer will come up if you want it to either Accept or Deny this registry change. If you don't fix this bug, then you won't be able to see those 2 buttons and will not be able to accept any changes. If you're installing something, the install won't work properly. Please, go view the guide. Link to Guide (http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=122)
Also, go to Tools > System Startup and each one of those files are automatically started once you restart your computer. Read the information on each one and disable the ones you don't need. Uncheck all the ones that are Highlighted in Red. Those are spyware. If there isn't any information about that process, then simply leave it the way it is.

Program: SpySweeper - Home Site (http://www.webroot.com)
Download Link (http://www.download.com/Webroot-Spy-Sweeper/3000-8022_4-10405877.html?tag=pop) - Free Trial sorry, but i think you get a 30-day free trial.
What to do:

Update if you can.
Run it.
After it has finished, you can configure the settings however you like. SpySweeper has many useful shields to help you.
SpySweeper should be running on the bottom right of your computer.

Program: Spyware Doctor - Home Site (http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/)
Download: Download this from torrents or you will have to pay.
What to do:
Update it.
Scan your computer.
Spyware Doctor should be running on the bottom right of your computer.

IE Fans: Internet Explorer SUCKS! It has the most vulnerabilities, every time a new viral infection is out, it most likely (99.999999% of the time) hits Internet Explorer only. Get Firefox. It's free, fast, secure, better, and it's the best! Don't believe me? Then look at this (http://goons.freepgs.com/stuff.php?p=Mozilla_Firefox_vs_Internet_Explorer).
Program: Mozilla's Firefox - Home Site (http://www.mozilla.com)
Download: Link (http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/)
What to do:

It's better than Internet Explorer in so many ways, and I can't sit here and type them all up. Just install it, to see why it's so much better.
You can customize the buttons, search engines are built in, bookmarks are much easier to use, much more secure, able to add modifications exclusively from Mozilla.org to make Firefox even better!
Tabbed browsing, and soo many More features and it's very VERY easy to setup.

Program: FreeRAM XP Pro - Home Site (http://www.yourwaresolutions.com/) (Thank you Kurt and BlackThursday)
Download: Link (http://www.download.com/FreeRAM-XP-Pro/3000-2086_4-10516960.html?tag=pdp_prod)
What to do:

First download my settings if you like: Ron's FreeRAM XP Pro Settings (http://www.uploading.com/?get=HXKNUPT7).
Click on Information > Check for Newer Version...
Click on Settings > Configure Settings and just look through them if you like. I tried to make it to your liking as much as I could.
Now get out of the settings and click on Go! at the bottom of the program to free up your ram.
There is one thing you can do. But I would ask your parents to look at it first. Click on Tools > Advanced Configure Options and look through those 4 checkboxes and see which one(s) you want to do.

Program: HijackThis - Home Site (http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/) - Thanks inholtz
Download: Link (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html)
What to do:

Download HijackThis and extract it to your desktop.
Open it and click on "Do a system scan and save a logfile" and save the logfile also to your desktop.
Look over your logfile, if you're afraid to do anything, ask for help.
Post the logfile here even if you think nothing is wrong with it. You never know, someone hear could find a problem.
There are more features of HijackThis, but I wouldn't try them, since they may prove fatal to your computer. Just stick with the basics...for now. :)

-> Notes on the Good Programs
Having anti-spyware programs is great but running them once in a lifetime is NOT GOOD! You must run these scans regularly, just in case of that slight (huge) chance of your computer getting infected. You don't want to lose your game accounts, Credit Card Numbers (don't even put that on your computer), E-Mails, Personal Chats, Website Information, Things you could get Black Mailed for... ANY information stolen off your computer could be useful to someone else. Try to run these programs just before you go to bed, right before you go to school, or even right before you go out and do anything. Just make sure you run them!

-> Saved Passwords and Forms
If you guys save passwords or form information for searches and stuff... DO NOT! You must turn them off immediately or any hacker on your computer could easily get access to them.
Turn it off for IE: Tools > Internet Options > Content > AutoComplete > Uncheck everything and click on Clear Forms and Clear Passwords.
To turn it off for Firefox: Tools > Options > Privacy > Saved Form Information > Uncheck Save Information I enter in web page forms and the Search Bar. Also in the Privacy Panel (where Saved Form Information is), click on Saved Passwords and uncheck Remember Passwords.

-> Remember
Spyware/Viruses could do anything. They could key log your strokes, they could delete your files, they could keep restarting your computer each time it loads Windows, and yes they can even cause freeze ups. They can do ANYTHING! Especially to Microsoft Users. I wish I had Linux or a Mac. They have only about 10 or 12 holes where as Microsoft has 55 or more.

-> Free Online Scans
If you want to do some online scans or port scans or any other kind of those scans to see if your computer has any vulnerabilities or if your Anti-Spyware software and/or firewall has been compromised, then try some of these free scans. Also, each port scan in the below, are different from one another. I know I know, why can't they just have one scan that scans everything...but sadly they don't, and you need to use your Internet Explorer for the below scans because everyone is prejudiced against anything different (better).

Shields Up (https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2) - Has many scans for you to choose from. File Sharing Scan, Common Ports Scan, All Service Ports Scan, Messenger Spam Scan, and Browser Headers Scan. Excellent!
Sygate (http://scan.sygate.com/) - Long Port Scan, but very very good!
A-Squared (http://onlinecheck.emsisoft.com/en/) - Port Scan, Security Test, Exploit Test, and Browser Check scans.
Jotti's Virus Scan (http://virusscan.jotti.org/) - Upload a malicious file you think is corrupted, and Jotti will scan it for you.

-> What you should do anyways

Stay away from websites with possible spyware/viruses such as hacker sites, pornographic sites, and downloading anything illegal.
Definitely stay away from programs such as Limewire, Kazaa, and don't give me bull by saying "That program doesn't have any viruses" bull bull.. and more bull. The program may not, but you are downloading from individual people.
Watch out for weird looking links from people on your buddy list. Some of my friends used to have many AIM/MSN viruses, and the virus would actually IM each person on the buddy list and send them a link. It might be a picture, program, flash file, ANYTHING, and it may give you a virus. Just make sure it's not.

-> Last Notes on Security
To be very secure, you NEED a firewall. I have a modem firewall, a router firewall, a hardware firewall, Norton 2006 firewall, A-Squared Background Guard, Ewido, SpySweeper, and the Spybot (TeaTimer). NOTHING gets in my computer. If you want to be secure, you got to go above and beyond. And yes I am paranoid, and a little nuts lol, but that's okay. And to be perfectly secure, you need to take your computer (if its running windows) and throw it straight out the window, lol.

Now I hope you are as secure as me and now have a clean computer as well. :D

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-> Updates
05/14/06: Added Iolo System Mechanic Pro 6 (thanks to Starblaster100).
05/14/06: Added HijackThis info (thanks to inholtz), attached logfile, and minor changes/fixes.
05/01/06: Added FreeRAM XP Pro.


11-07-2006, 09:43 PM
don't forget Cleanup 4.5.2 (http://www.stevengould.org/downloads/cleanup/CleanUp452.exe). I use this alot. It can clean up a few gigabytes after using it once a month. ALthough. DONT use the demo cleanup.

Nice tutorial ron. I'll be using this. ( i have a crappy 10gb hard drive:mad: :( )

11-07-2006, 10:31 PM
Very nice Ron. I would add that 3rd party defraggers are much better and faster than the windows included. Also, I read somewhere that a new feature on crapcleaner is on by default, but you should turn it off, I can't remember what it was though. It may have been in an issue of MaximumPC, I'll try and look it up later. Also ZoneAlarm is a pretty good free firewall.

11-10-2006, 10:03 AM
Man.. most of that is bullshit :P

Just delete windows firewall disable all shit

Get Nod32 + Spybot S & D there you go

Don't run those registry shit cleaners they just fuck up



11-10-2006, 04:33 PM
Home you're silly! :P

Thanks for the comments r!ch!e and Boreas. I'll look into Cleanup 4.5.2. By the way, this tutorial has been up on Mopar's forums for about... 5 months lol. I haven't updated it that much, but it's pretty much up to date. :)

Boreas, when you find that option, could you tell me about it please. Thanks man.

11-20-2006, 11:05 PM
nice tut. ill prlly be using it soon. good job

11-21-2006, 12:48 AM
I can't find where I heard it, and I know this isn't it, but it could be (probably) talking about the same thing http://poptech.blogspot.com/2005/10/ccleaner-cripples-application-load.html

I just built a new computer the other day, and used this

Apparently Spybot and Zonealarm aren't the best now. Comodo owns if you like detail.

11-21-2006, 12:57 AM
I use NOD32, which i consider the best. Partly cause its updated daily. :).

My firewall is a bit lacking... McAfee... ill probably update after i stop being lazy.

Free anti spyware:
SpyBot: Search & Destroy
Ad Aware

All free, all awesome.
Good pay program:
Webroots Spy Sweeper (it hogs resources a little, but protects EVERYTHING completely.)

Bam Bam
11-21-2006, 12:14 PM
add the bitdefender.com online scanning engine
Online scans are good when you suspect you anti virus has been fucked up

11-25-2006, 02:31 PM
try out xoftspy its a really advanced antispyware only problem is its just an on demand system so you have to scan regularly but it has an excellent feature that starts a scan when youve been idle for so long so i come back to my pc checking a download and it has removed about 15 tracking cookies witch is nice there are cracks on many websites i cant remember where i got mine when you scan it will spot the crack so just add it to your ignore list.
EDIT:phew no punctuation

11-30-2006, 12:24 AM
Great Adivce Looks Better Than my Edited Version of S&D

08-10-2008, 12:09 AM
dude how could you forget opera 9.51 !!

opera > firefox
Acid test 3 proves so

firefox scores- 71
Opera Scores -83

opera browser is much better imo !! xD

Runescape Pro
08-10-2008, 12:13 AM
11-29-2006, 07:24 PM
You should be banned for grave digging!

08-10-2008, 12:36 AM
No, this deserves to be read more... Let it be bumped.

11-25-2008, 11:24 PM
go with Homes advice. he no's what hes talking about. disable windows firewall

xix brad xix
12-10-2008, 10:47 AM
Man.. most of that is bullshit :P

Just delete windows firewall disable all shit

Get Nod32 + Spybot S & D there you go

Don't run those registry shit cleaners they just fuck up



Wow; thanks i needed Spybot S & D i found so much adware on my computer it wasn't even funny lol, sorry for Changing topic lol.


12-15-2008, 09:32 AM
Yes, I liked your last post very much. Having a virus can reason computer to loosen up. Experiencing how to fresh virus-infected computer is gentle. I applied search-and-destroy. Thence it is assistive to solve anti virus problem. Thanks

12-20-2008, 01:30 AM
thanks. although ive been usin Spybot for years nao :)

01-17-2009, 03:00 PM
NOD32 Should be on the list you just cant go past NOD32 and S&D (Search and Detroy) Best Programs in the world.

01-18-2009, 06:49 AM
IE Fans: Internet Explorer SUCKS! It has the most vulnerabilities, every time a new viral infection is out, it most likely (99.999999% of the time) hits Internet Explorer only. Get Firefox. It's free, fast, secure, better, and it's the best! Don't believe me? Then look at this.

Not to piss off FireFox fan boy's but that is a load of crap. (No I am not attacking Ron) The difference between FireFox and IE is simple this, FF is open-source which is the only reason it has the more common exploits fixed. Where as IE has many many more exploits patched than FF does, the only problem is they aren't the common exploits that you run into quite often.

Just had to put my 2 cents in on that. Personally I love Google Chrome =]

02-22-2009, 09:54 PM
allright this will most likey help me clean up a little