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Old October 15th 05, 09:48 AM
Panda_man
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Default My words

These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and paste
them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by him. I am angry.

I just post to everybody know and understand who these words belongs to.
They belongs to me...:-)

And a question :
Is there a way to stop and prevent him from coping these words fully ?!


MALWARE REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS

Follow them carefully and step-by-step.
All cleaning actions should be done

without internet connection


1. Download the necessary software


@ SpyBot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html


@ Ad-Aware SE Personal
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware


@ Microsoft Antispyware (only for genuie Windows versions)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx


@ CWShredder
http://housecall.trendmicro.com


@ Antivirus software (if you still do not have)

Panda Titanium 2005
http://www.pandasoftware.com/microsoft



Specific

If you are non-XP user and still do not have firewall,
you should get free one from he
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

Optional

There are some malwares that can destroy the internet connection
when you try to remove them.That's why you may get that program
that could restore your internet connection.
I haven't tried it but lots of people like them.

Win Sock XP Fix
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html



2. Create a back-up of all your critical information
This is just an option.
You should check it for viruses later.


3. Run a Firewall

Windows XP

has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2


Windows versions different from XP

They do not have integrated firewall ,they have to use software firewall.

!!! Use only 1 firewall !!!



4. Windows Updates
Connect to internet and
download all the security updates - Critical updates with Express install.

Start - Windows Updates
or
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com



5. Install and Update

SpyBot Search and Destroy
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder



6. Delete all the Internet Explorer's temporary stuff

Start - Settings- Control Panel - Internet Options

There ,on the General Tab you will see where you can delete
internet temporary files
cookies
history

Delete them all.


7. Delete all Temporary files

| Windows XP users (all new versions) |

The path is :
C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Temp
Delete all files from this folder
and also
C:\Windows\Temp

| Windows 98 users (all old versions) |

The path is :
C:\Windows\Temp



8. Remove any unwanted programs

Boot in Safe Mode (see how below)
Then ,in Safe Mode, Start - Settings – Control Panel – Add /Remove programs
See if you have any unknown /unwanted software
installed- toolbars and/or known spy programs.
Remove them with the REMOVE button.
Also check for tracks of these programs in
C:\Program files and delete,if any.
Then restart with booting in Normal Mode .


9. Run Disc Clean up

Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Cleanup

Make sure you have checked :
Downloaded program files
Temporary Internet files
Temporary files
Recycle bin
Web Client/Publisher content



10. Remove viruses /worms /trojan horses


@ Scan with Microsoft Windows Malicious Software removal tool

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove

@ Scan with

Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm


@ Install the antivirus software

Boot in Safe Mode and install the antivirus software
In Safe Mode,because there are viruses
that have the ability to damage an antivirus while installing it



How to boot your computer in Safe Mode

Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)



@ Update the antivirus and scan with it

Boot in Normal Mode and update it.
Make sure you have all functions ON
(scanning all files,heuristic,disinfect,scanning for other threats...)

Perform a full scan in Normal Mode first
Then boot in Safe Mode and also perform a scan


@ While still in Safe Mode,scan with these

SpyBot S&D
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder


and remove the junk
!!! They must have already been updated !!!


When the scan is finished,
DO NOT restart ,if you have Win XP or ME

System Restore (for XP and ME only)



Because of the fact malware is a program,
System Restore also stores all malware tracks and when restarting,it can
replicate some infected system stuff and the malware will be back !!!
So you need to delete all the restore points before restarting :

Right click on My Computer-Properties-System Restore

Check Turn off system restore.Click OK

Restart the in Normal mode.



11. For better performance ,it is advisable to check your hard drives for
errors
Open My computer .
Then right click on the hard drive you want to check - Properties - Tools
In the error-checking area ,click "Check now" to start the process.


At the end (when the system is malware-free)

again Right click on My computer-Properties-System Restore
Uncheck Turn off system restore ,so you'll have your Restore function ON.



After these,your computer should be clean !
If you do not understand something,you can post again and ask for
information
If the instructions seems difficult to you,you can take your computer to
a computer store where IT specialist would help you wipe out the junk!
Don't be shame.



--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best security
software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all for FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)



Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at all
sections!




Panda_man
" Let's beat malware black and blue"
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent"


| SETTING UP A COMPUTER |

When you first turn on your computer
it is adviseable to first have a look at its setings.

** If you use Windows XP **

1 .Create as many computer accouts as you need

If your computer is going to be used from more than one person
(family members,friends,colleagues ,etc...) ,
make others limited users and you - Administrator
So that you'll have full control of the PC,but they would only be
able to change their files and few settings only !

If you are a parent and would like your children to access the internet,
create the limited user accounts.More about the parental control below

!!! Windows XP has hidden built-in administartor account
accessable and visible only in Safe Mode.
Get into Safe Mode and password protect it.
In Safe Mode,goto Control Panel -User accounts and click on the name
of that hidden account,called Administrator !!!

| How to boot your computer in Safe Mode |

Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)



2. Password-protect your account and your files

Make strong password,
with numbers,letters and at least one special character
Start - Settings - Control Panel - User accounts

When you decide to password protect your account,
after creting a password Windows should ask you if you want
to protect your files also.Click YES

or
Click on the folder you want to password-protect-Properties
Click on Sharing tab -Make this folder private



** All Windows Versions **

Start - Settings - Control Panel
or My computer -Control Panel


3. Have a look at

Display settings
Date and time Settings
Mouse and Keyboard settings
Power Options
Regional and language settings
Sound settings
Start Menu Settings



4. I do not recommend any user to install programs like

WinAmp ,Real Player
or WinZip (in Win XP )
Because of the fact Windows has integrated Windows Media Player ( 2 versions)
plus (Zip archiver in XP ) ,it is pointless to install such programs


5. Do install programs like

Adobe Reader / Acrobat because it is useful and with it
you can read PDF files which become more wide-spread everyday
http://www.adobe.com


6. If you do not have Microsoft Office

Download
1. Open Office
http://www.openoffice.org

2.Microsoft Word viewer / Excel viewer / Power Point viewer
http://www.microsoft.com ; ,click on Office

Open Office is free as well as Microsoft viewers.
Open Office is not as good as MS Office but would do the basics



| THINK ABOUT INTERNET |

1. After you go on-line,upgrade to the newest Service Pack available for
your OS .
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
Learn more about the SP in Microsoft web-site and read the preparation steps !

2. Also download all critical updates with Express install.

I recommend you to use only Internet Explorer as an internet browser
as well as Outlook Express for your mail program
Many people may think them as not as secure as other but that is not true.


| PARENTAL CONTROL |

Internet is useful for everybody and even for the children
They can search information for school project,listen to music,play on-line
games
and even talk to friends
But it is even dangerous
What I recommend is to talk to your child/children and to explain them about
the activities they don't have to do while online

Then,do not trust your children fully.Install a good software/s/ to help
protect your PC and your family's privacy

So....
1. Create your children limited user accounts in Windows XP

So they will have their own My documents folder
but will not be able to access PC settings
Limited users can download everything but cannot install anything
,so they cannot install any spyware/virus in the family's computer.

Children limited account should NOT be password-protected !!!

Parent administartor account should be password-protected !!!


2. Turn on Internet Explorer's Content Advisor

It would help your children not to open pornographic pages
and pages with bad content
Start- Settings - Control Panel - Internet Options - Content tab
and then enable it and check the settings

2.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the Anti-Phishing

Antiphishing would help to protect your family from online fraud

3. Microsoft has made a component to help protect a computer
that is used by many people.It prevents limited users from access to
^chosen by the admin user^ programs and files and also prevent them
from downloading files and other things
It is easy to use and can be configured to meet everybody's needs
It is called Share access tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/s...ccess/faq.mspx

/example : A parent with Administrator rights can prevent a children
with limited account to use a chat program or download a new one /


4. When a child uses the internet ,
the computer should have an antivirus software ON + firewall always ON

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best security
softwares
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005



Please,go through the additional steps below.............


| PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER
AND THE INFORMATION STORED ON IT |

Microsoft suggest 3 +1 steps general steps to help protecting your
computer.Here they are plus some additional !


1. Firewall ON

It is very important to know that you REALLY SHOULD
use only one firewall (to prevent software conflict ) !!!

Firewall is a protective barrier between your PC and the outside world.
It protects you from hackers and other intruders from gaining
remote access to your PC and also from viruses and network worms (like
Sasser).
It also makes your PC invisiable for hacker softwares and
even if hackers find your PC it will block the attack.
Firewalls scans all your incoming (or outgoing) traffic and
immediately block it if it is unsolicated.

** Windows XP **

has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2

Windows Firewall (for SP 2)

is full firewall ,suitable for all kind of users and connections.
Windows Firewall is designed especially for home users with
not very big computer literacy and that's why it works almost
automatically,asks rarely !

When using it,check the Exception list .
If you are home user and do not want to play network games,exchange files
over chat
or you are connected to internet via none/less secure server, you can check
" Don't allow exception "
This guarantees you maximum protection!


Start - Settings - Contol Panel - Windows Firewall .See its settings.

Users with no Service Pack or with SP 1 you should upgrade to SP 2

because ICF is partial firewall made for direct internet connection only


** Windows versions different from XP **

They do not have integrated firewall and they are not protected
from hackers and intruders,network viruses and etc.
They MUST use software firewall.So choose one firewall

You may get Zone Alarm personal (free) from :
http://www.zonelabs.com


2. Windows Updates ON

Windows Updates can protect your PC from different OS vulnerabilities and
security threats.

** Windows XP and ME **

| Critical updates |

Automatic Updates ON
Right click on My computer - Properties - Automatic Updates -
Download updates automatically but let me choose when to install them

** Different form XP and ME **

| Critical updates |

Automatic updates are not offered
Manually download critical updates
Start – Windows Update or http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

** All Windows Versions **

| Optional updates |

Because of the fact Automatic updates downloads only critical updates (they
are the most important),
regularly visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
and download some of the optional software and hardware updates available.


3. Virus Protection ON

Antivirus Software can protect you from viruses,worms,trojans and other
security threats


Always use the latest version of your program and update it at least every two days.

The more often you update it ,the higher protection for new threats you have.

Make sure it has real-time scanner which is enabled


Make sure all security settings are turned ON



(e.g. scanning All files,scanning compressed files,mail scanning,
disinfecting, heuristic scan,behaviour analyze
or detecting spyware,hacking tools, jokes and so on…..)

Use only 1 av software .More than one may cause your PC
problems because of the permanent protection ! ! !


Other : List with all Microsoft Anti-virus partners
http://www.microsoft.com/security/pa.../antivirus.asp



| PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PRIVACY |

1. Spyware protection ON

Spybot Search & Destroy

http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html

Ad-Aware SE Personal

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

Microsoft Antispyware

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

These 3 programs(all free) are the most famous
in the world and ,of course,are the best.
Using two of them guarantees you very ,very good protection !

Microsoft Antispyware is the only one from these above that has
real-time protection,which is very important for dealing with spy junk


2. Manage your Internet Settings

Start-Settings-Contol Panel-Internet Options

| On the General tab |
Delete all temporary internet files,cookies,history ( often do this)

| On the Security tab |
Make sure the Internet level is Medium.Check other levels

| On the Privacy tab |
Make sure the level is Medium High.

| On the Content tab |
Goto Auto complete
Delete(clear) forms and passwords and check the settings


3. Use a pop-up blocker

Internet Explorer 6 with XP SP 2 has integrated pop-up blocker

However ,if you are not XP SP 2 user ,or you are without IE 6
get the Free MSN Tool Bar that has pop-up protection
http://toolbar.msn.com


3.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the Anti-Phishing



4. Other

4.1
( Depending on your mail program - this below is for Outlook Express )
Open Outlook Express
Tools - Options - Security
Make sure you have checked these:
` Warn me when...
` Do not allow...

4.2
Create free web-based mail
Lots of free web-based mail accounts exist.
You may create one in Hotmail , Yahoo , Gmail or Mail.RU

They are all for free with a lot of space and intergrated SPAM and Virus
protection
Yahoo.co.uk and Mail.ru offer free POP 3 / SMTP /HTML access
so you may use them with Outlook Express


4.3
Think first , then click !!!

Nothing can protect the computer from its user.
Even though you could have firewall,av software,
antispyware software and all updates downloaded,
you are not protected 100 %.NOTHING guarantees you 100 % protection.
So if you don't know what exactly to do and when to do it,you'll probably
fall a victim
of a virus , spyware or hacker.
You can find it ridiculous,but it is true! :-)

BE CAREFUL which sites you visit
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL what you install,especially free or shareware software.
ALWAYS check everything you download from internet with AV and AS software.


4.4
Be aware of SPAM messages and especially PHISHING !!!
Spam messages are unsolicated mail.You really do not want them !
In most cases SPAM is just annoying,however PHISHING is a type of spam that
is
is really dangerous.Someone unknown sends you a messages,which is
trying to get personal information,such as bank account number
and passwords ! That's why :

NEVER give your email and/or passwords to strangers.
Don't post your mail or passwords in forums and chats.
NEVER read email messages from people you don't know. Just delete
them!!!
NEVER answer to strangers or even open the attachments,if any !!!
Delete the mail !
NEVER follow links in email from stranger and in mail that you
doubt and do not trust !

For more info about SPAM / Phishing visit
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security ; - Email section

4.5
Regularly :
Run Disc clean-up (with all checked)

Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Clean-up

Check all hard drives for errors
Back-up all your information (at least montly)
Defragment all hard drives
Scan all your computer with antivirus and antispyware software

(should be twice a week)




--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best security
software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all for FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)



Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at all
sections!




Thanks very much !!!
Panda_man


" Let's beat malware black and blue "
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent "



  #2  
Old October 15th 05, 10:09 AM
Uncle Joe
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default My words

Sue for copyright infringement. Otherwise, there's
nothing you can do to stop him.

"Panda_man" wrote in message
...
These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though
Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and
paste
them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by him. I
am angry.

I just post to everybody know and understand who these words
belongs to.
They belongs to me...:-)

And a question :
Is there a way to stop and prevent him from coping these words fully
?!


MALWARE REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS

Follow them carefully and step-by-step.
All cleaning actions should be done

without internet connection


1. Download the necessary software


@ SpyBot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html


@ Ad-Aware SE Personal
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware


@ Microsoft Antispyware (only for genuie Windows versions)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx


@ CWShredder
http://housecall.trendmicro.com


@ Antivirus software (if you still do not have)

Panda Titanium 2005
http://www.pandasoftware.com/microsoft



Specific

If you are non-XP user and still do not have firewall,
you should get free one from he
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

Optional

There are some malwares that can destroy the internet connection
when you try to remove them.That's why you may get that program
that could restore your internet connection.
I haven't tried it but lots of people like them.

Win Sock XP Fix
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html



2. Create a back-up of all your critical information
This is just an option.
You should check it for viruses later.


3. Run a Firewall

Windows XP

has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2


Windows versions different from XP

They do not have integrated firewall ,they have to use software
firewall.

!!! Use only 1 firewall !!!



4. Windows Updates
Connect to internet and
download all the security updates - Critical updates with Express
install.

Start - Windows Updates
or
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com



5. Install and Update

SpyBot Search and Destroy
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder



6. Delete all the Internet Explorer's temporary stuff

Start - Settings- Control Panel - Internet Options

There ,on the General Tab you will see where you can delete
internet temporary files
cookies
history

Delete them all.


7. Delete all Temporary files

| Windows XP users (all new versions) |

The path is :
C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Temp
Delete all files from this folder
and also
C:\Windows\Temp

| Windows 98 users (all old versions) |

The path is :
C:\Windows\Temp



8. Remove any unwanted programs

Boot in Safe Mode (see how below)
Then ,in Safe Mode, Start - Settings - Control Panel - Add /Remove
programs
See if you have any unknown /unwanted software
installed- toolbars and/or known spy programs.
Remove them with the REMOVE button.
Also check for tracks of these programs in
C:\Program files and delete,if any.
Then restart with booting in Normal Mode .


9. Run Disc Clean up

Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Cleanup

Make sure you have checked :
Downloaded program files
Temporary Internet files
Temporary files
Recycle bin
Web Client/Publisher content



10. Remove viruses /worms /trojan horses


@ Scan with Microsoft Windows Malicious Software removal tool

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove

@ Scan with

Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm


@ Install the antivirus software

Boot in Safe Mode and install the antivirus software
In Safe Mode,because there are viruses
that have the ability to damage an antivirus while installing it



How to boot your computer in Safe Mode

Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)



@ Update the antivirus and scan with it

Boot in Normal Mode and update it.
Make sure you have all functions ON
(scanning all files,heuristic,disinfect,scanning for other
threats...)

Perform a full scan in Normal Mode first
Then boot in Safe Mode and also perform a scan


@ While still in Safe Mode,scan with these

SpyBot S&D
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder


and remove the junk
!!! They must have already been updated !!!


When the scan is finished,
DO NOT restart ,if you have Win XP or ME

System Restore (for XP and ME only)



Because of the fact malware is a program,
System Restore also stores all malware tracks and when restarting,it
can
replicate some infected system stuff and the malware will be back
!!!
So you need to delete all the restore points before restarting :

Right click on My Computer-Properties-System Restore

Check Turn off system restore.Click OK

Restart the in Normal mode.



11. For better performance ,it is advisable to check your hard
drives for
errors
Open My computer .
Then right click on the hard drive you want to check -
Properties - Tools
In the error-checking area ,click "Check now" to start the process.


At the end (when the system is malware-free)

again Right click on My computer-Properties-System Restore
Uncheck Turn off system restore ,so you'll have your Restore
function ON.



After these,your computer should be clean !
If you do not understand something,you can post again and ask for
information
If the instructions seems difficult to you,you can take your
computer to
a computer store where IT specialist would help you wipe out the
junk!
Don't be shame.



--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best
security
software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available
here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all
for FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)



Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about
your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at
all
sections!




Panda_man
" Let's beat malware black and blue"
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent"


| SETTING UP A COMPUTER |

When you first turn on your computer
it is adviseable to first have a look at its setings.

** If you use Windows XP **

1 .Create as many computer accouts as you need

If your computer is going to be used from more than one person
(family members,friends,colleagues ,etc...) ,
make others limited users and you - Administrator
So that you'll have full control of the PC,but they would only be
able to change their files and few settings only !

If you are a parent and would like your children to access the
internet,
create the limited user accounts.More about the parental control
below

!!! Windows XP has hidden built-in administartor account
accessable and visible only in Safe Mode.
Get into Safe Mode and password protect it.
In Safe Mode,goto Control Panel -User accounts and click on the name
of that hidden account,called Administrator !!!

| How to boot your computer in Safe Mode |

Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)



2. Password-protect your account and your files

Make strong password,
with numbers,letters and at least one special character
Start - Settings - Control Panel - User accounts

When you decide to password protect your account,
after creting a password Windows should ask you if you want
to protect your files also.Click YES

or
Click on the folder you want to password-protect-Properties
Click on Sharing tab -Make this folder private



** All Windows Versions **

Start - Settings - Control Panel
or My computer -Control Panel


3. Have a look at

Display settings
Date and time Settings
Mouse and Keyboard settings
Power Options
Regional and language settings
Sound settings
Start Menu Settings



4. I do not recommend any user to install programs like

WinAmp ,Real Player
or WinZip (in Win XP )
Because of the fact Windows has integrated Windows Media Player ( 2
versions)
plus (Zip archiver in XP ) ,it is pointless to install such programs


5. Do install programs like

Adobe Reader / Acrobat because it is useful and with it
you can read PDF files which become more wide-spread everyday
http://www.adobe.com


6. If you do not have Microsoft Office

Download
1. Open Office
http://www.openoffice.org

2.Microsoft Word viewer / Excel viewer / Power Point viewer
http://www.microsoft.com ; ,click on Office

Open Office is free as well as Microsoft viewers.
Open Office is not as good as MS Office but would do the basics



| THINK ABOUT INTERNET |

1. After you go on-line,upgrade to the newest Service Pack
available for
your OS .
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
Learn more about the SP in Microsoft web-site and read the
preparation steps !

2. Also download all critical updates with Express install.

I recommend you to use only Internet Explorer as an internet browser
as well as Outlook Express for your mail program
Many people may think them as not as secure as other but that is not
true.


| PARENTAL CONTROL |

Internet is useful for everybody and even for the children
They can search information for school project,listen to music,play
on-line
games
and even talk to friends
But it is even dangerous
What I recommend is to talk to your child/children and to explain
them about
the activities they don't have to do while online

Then,do not trust your children fully.Install a good software/s/ to
help
protect your PC and your family's privacy

So....
1. Create your children limited user accounts in Windows XP

So they will have their own My documents folder
but will not be able to access PC settings
Limited users can download everything but cannot install anything
,so they cannot install any spyware/virus in the family's computer.

Children limited account should NOT be password-protected !!!

Parent administartor account should be password-protected !!!


2. Turn on Internet Explorer's Content Advisor

It would help your children not to open pornographic pages
and pages with bad content
Start- Settings - Control Panel - Internet Options - Content tab
and then enable it and check the settings

2.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the
Anti-Phishing

Antiphishing would help to protect your family from online fraud

3. Microsoft has made a component to help protect a computer
that is used by many people.It prevents limited users from access to
^chosen by the admin user^ programs and files and also prevent them
from downloading files and other things
It is easy to use and can be configured to meet everybody's needs
It is called Share access tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/s...ccess/faq.mspx

/example : A parent with Administrator rights can prevent a children
with limited account to use a chat program or download a new one /


4. When a child uses the internet ,
the computer should have an antivirus software ON + firewall
always ON

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best
security
softwares
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005



Please,go through the additional steps below.............


| PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER
AND THE INFORMATION STORED ON IT |

Microsoft suggest 3 +1 steps general steps to help protecting your
computer.Here they are plus some additional !


1. Firewall ON

It is very important to know that you REALLY SHOULD
use only one firewall (to prevent software conflict ) !!!

Firewall is a protective barrier between your PC and the outside
world.
It protects you from hackers and other intruders from gaining
remote access to your PC and also from viruses and network worms
(like
Sasser).
It also makes your PC invisiable for hacker softwares and
even if hackers find your PC it will block the attack.
Firewalls scans all your incoming (or outgoing) traffic and
immediately block it if it is unsolicated.

** Windows XP **

has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2

Windows Firewall (for SP 2)

is full firewall ,suitable for all kind of users and connections.
Windows Firewall is designed especially for home users with
not very big computer literacy and that's why it works almost
automatically,asks rarely !

When using it,check the Exception list .
If you are home user and do not want to play network games,exchange
files
over chat
or you are connected to internet via none/less secure server, you
can check
" Don't allow exception "
This guarantees you maximum protection!


Start - Settings - Contol Panel - Windows Firewall .See its
settings.

Users with no Service Pack or with SP 1 you should upgrade to SP
2

because ICF is partial firewall made for direct internet connection
only


** Windows versions different from XP **

They do not have integrated firewall and they are not protected
from hackers and intruders,network viruses and etc.
They MUST use software firewall.So choose one firewall

You may get Zone Alarm personal (free) from :
http://www.zonelabs.com


2. Windows Updates ON

Windows Updates can protect your PC from different OS
vulnerabilities and
security threats.

** Windows XP and ME **

| Critical updates |

Automatic Updates ON
Right click on My computer - Properties - Automatic Updates -
Download updates automatically but let me choose when to install
them

** Different form XP and ME **

| Critical updates |

Automatic updates are not offered
Manually download critical updates
Start - Windows Update or http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

** All Windows Versions **

| Optional updates |

Because of the fact Automatic updates downloads only critical
updates (they
are the most important),
regularly visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
and download some of the optional software and hardware updates
available.


3. Virus Protection ON

Antivirus Software can protect you from viruses,worms,trojans and
other
security threats


Always use the latest version of your program and update it at
least every two days.

The more often you update it ,the higher protection for new threats
you have.

Make sure it has real-time scanner which is enabled


Make sure all security settings are turned ON



(e.g. scanning All files,scanning compressed files,mail scanning,
disinfecting, heuristic scan,behaviour analyze
or detecting spyware,hacking tools, jokes and so on...)

Use only 1 av software .More than one may cause your PC
problems because of the permanent protection ! ! !


Other : List with all Microsoft Anti-virus partners
http://www.microsoft.com/security/pa.../antivirus.asp



| PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PRIVACY |

1. Spyware protection ON

Spybot Search & Destroy

http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html

Ad-Aware SE Personal

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

Microsoft Antispyware

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

These 3 programs(all free) are the most famous
in the world and ,of course,are the best.
Using two of them guarantees you very ,very good protection !

Microsoft Antispyware is the only one from these above that has
real-time protection,which is very important for dealing with spy
junk


2. Manage your Internet Settings

Start-Settings-Contol Panel-Internet Options

| On the General tab |
Delete all temporary internet files,cookies,history ( often do this)

| On the Security tab |
Make sure the Internet level is Medium.Check other levels

| On the Privacy tab |
Make sure the level is Medium High.

| On the Content tab |
Goto Auto complete
Delete(clear) forms and passwords and check the settings


3. Use a pop-up blocker

Internet Explorer 6 with XP SP 2 has integrated pop-up blocker

However ,if you are not XP SP 2 user ,or you are without IE 6
get the Free MSN Tool Bar that has pop-up protection
http://toolbar.msn.com


3.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the
Anti-Phishing



4. Other

4.1
( Depending on your mail program - this below is for Outlook
Express )
Open Outlook Express
Tools - Options - Security
Make sure you have checked these:
` Warn me when...
` Do not allow...

4.2
Create free web-based mail
Lots of free web-based mail accounts exist.
You may create one in Hotmail , Yahoo , Gmail or Mail.RU

They are all for free with a lot of space and intergrated SPAM and
Virus
protection
Yahoo.co.uk and Mail.ru offer free POP 3 / SMTP /HTML access
so you may use them with Outlook Express


4.3
Think first , then click !!!

Nothing can protect the computer from its user.
Even though you could have firewall,av software,
antispyware software and all updates downloaded,
you are not protected 100 %.NOTHING guarantees you 100 % protection.
So if you don't know what exactly to do and when to do it,you'll
probably
fall a victim
of a virus , spyware or hacker.
You can find it ridiculous,but it is true! :-)

BE CAREFUL which sites you visit
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL what you install,especially free or shareware
software.
ALWAYS check everything you download from internet with AV and AS
software.


4.4
Be aware of SPAM messages and especially PHISHING !!!
Spam messages are unsolicated mail.You really do not want them !
In most cases SPAM is just annoying,however PHISHING is a type of
spam that
is
is really dangerous.Someone unknown sends you a messages,which is
trying to get personal information,such as bank account number
and passwords ! That's why :

NEVER give your email and/or passwords to strangers.
Don't post your mail or passwords in forums and chats.
NEVER read email messages from people you don't know. Just
delete
them!!!
NEVER answer to strangers or even open the attachments,if
any !!!
Delete the mail !
NEVER follow links in email from stranger and in mail that
you
doubt and do not trust !

For more info about SPAM / Phishing visit
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security ; - Email section

4.5
Regularly :
Run Disc clean-up (with all checked)

Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Clean-up

Check all hard drives for errors
Back-up all your information (at least montly)
Defragment all hard drives
Scan all your computer with antivirus and antispyware

software
(should be twice a week)




--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best
security
software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available
here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all
for FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)



Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about
your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at
all
sections!




Thanks very much !!!
Panda_man


" Let's beat malware black and blue "
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent "





  #3  
Old October 15th 05, 07:51 PM
Plato
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Uncle Joe wrote:

Sue for copyright infringement. Otherwise, there's
nothing you can do to stop him.


1. Did the Author fill out the paperwork for a copyright with the
Library of Congress and send in the required fee?

2. What are the monetary damages?


  #4  
Old October 16th 05, 03:53 AM
Uncle Joe
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You'll need to ask the author, Plato. I'm not
a mind reader.

Monetary damages? That's up to a court to
decide. Unfortunately, the expenses of bringing
a lawsuit for copyright infringement is more
costly than any monetary award he'd get
for copyright infringement in this forum.

If the defendant were to have compiled "my
words" into a book or magazine article, then
it would be worthwhile to go after him.

"Plato" |@|.| wrote in message ...
Uncle Joe wrote:

Sue for copyright infringement. Otherwise, there's
nothing you can do to stop him.


1. Did the Author fill out the paperwork for a copyright with the
Library of Congress and send in the required fee?

2. What are the monetary damages?




  #5  
Old October 16th 05, 06:43 PM
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
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"Plato" |@|.| wrote in message

Uncle Joe wrote:

Sue for copyright infringement. Otherwise, there's
nothing you can do to stop him.


1. Did the Author fill out the paperwork for a copyright with the
Library of Congress and send in the required fee?

2. What are the monetary damages?


1. is not necessary.

--
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
Please respond in Newsgroup only. Do not send email
http://www.fjsmjs.com
Protect your PC
http://www.microsoft.com./athome/sec...t/default.aspx
http://defendingyourmachine.blogspot.com/


  #6  
Old October 17th 05, 09:20 PM
Plato
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Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE wrote:

Sue for copyright infringement. Otherwise, there's
nothing you can do to stop him.


1. Did the Author fill out the paperwork for a copyright with the
Library of Congress and send in the required fee?

2. What are the monetary damages?


1. is not necessary.


Depends on the Judge. Best bet is to have the proper paperwork in
advance and NOT take a chance on the Judge.



--
http://www.bootdisk.com/


  #7  
Old October 15th 05, 11:13 AM
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
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"Panda_man" wrote in message

These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though
Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and
paste them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by
him. I am angry.

I just post to everybody know and understand who these words belongs
to. They belongs to me...:-)

Thanks very much !!!
Panda_man


If you must post identical messages in more than one newsgroup please
crosspost, i.e. please place all of the newsgroups in the Newsgroup field of
one message, separated by commas. That way when someone reads the message
in one newsgroup it will be marked as read in all of them. In addition, an
answer posted in one newsgroup will generally show up in all of them.

This is usually not necessary since most of those who answer posts read
more than one newsgroup.

--
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
Please respond in Newsgroup only. Do not send email
http://www.fjsmjs.com
Protect your PC
http://www.microsoft.com./athome/sec...t/default.aspx
http://defendingyourmachine.blogspot.com/


  #8  
Old October 15th 05, 10:52 AM
Lil' Dave
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Maybe a semicolon and following one space to separate newsgroups in the
header?

"Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE" wrote in message
...
"Panda_man" wrote in message

These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though
Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and
paste them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by
him. I am angry.

I just post to everybody know and understand who these words belongs
to. They belongs to me...:-)

Thanks very much !!!
Panda_man


If you must post identical messages in more than one newsgroup please
crosspost, i.e. please place all of the newsgroups in the Newsgroup field

of
one message, separated by commas. That way when someone reads the message
in one newsgroup it will be marked as read in all of them. In addition,

an
answer posted in one newsgroup will generally show up in all of them.

This is usually not necessary since most of those who answer posts read
more than one newsgroup.

--
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
Please respond in Newsgroup only. Do not send email
http://www.fjsmjs.com
Protect your PC
http://www.microsoft.com./athome/sec...t/default.aspx
http://defendingyourmachine.blogspot.com/




  #9  
Old October 15th 05, 03:07 PM
Joan Archer
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There is nothing wrong with using copy/paste on your post as long as the
person doing it gives credit that the instructions came from you.
I have used that method a number of times but always tell the person who
asked the question that the following might help courtesy of ----
inserting the name of where the answer came from.
Joan



Panda_man wrote:
These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though
Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and
paste them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by
him. I am angry.

snip



  #10  
Old October 15th 05, 03:58 PM
John7
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To Panda-man,

To avoid other ppl using 'your words' stop posting in public channels.
True, paying credits to authors is a matter of decency.

But where did you get your knowledge ... ?
Are your words not already a collection of other peoples words ...

John7



Decency
"Joan Archer" wrote in message
...
There is nothing wrong with using copy/paste on your post as long as the
person doing it gives credit that the instructions came from you.
I have used that method a number of times but always tell the person who
asked the question that the following might help courtesy of ----
inserting the name of where the answer came from.
Joan



Panda_man wrote:
These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though
Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and
paste them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by
him. I am angry.

snip





  #11  
Old October 16th 05, 04:07 AM
Uncle Joe
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It is perfectly acceptable to avail oneself of the
"fair use" doctrine to acquire information, and
to compile that information into another form.
It is not legal to copy another's complete work
and maintain it as being one's own. By his lack
of attribution, Mr. E. is passing off Mr. P's help
information as being his own. That's not honorable.

The sad part is that Mr. E. will get away with it
as long as he confines his copy & paste responses
to this forum. It's simply not worth fighting over.

If Mr. E. were to start copying and pasting help
responses from a number of MVPs in this forum,
all hell would break out. As long as he's merely
"copying" Mr. P's work, well, that's okay.

"John7" wrote in message ...
To Panda-man,

To avoid other ppl using 'your words' stop posting in public channels.
True, paying credits to authors is a matter of decency.

But where did you get your knowledge ... ?
Are your words not already a collection of other peoples words ...

John7



Decency
"Joan Archer" wrote in message
...
There is nothing wrong with using copy/paste on your post as long as the
person doing it gives credit that the instructions came from you.
I have used that method a number of times but always tell the person who
asked the question that the following might help courtesy of ----
inserting the name of where the answer came from.
Joan



Panda_man wrote:
These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though
Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and
paste them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by
him. I am angry.

snip







  #12  
Old October 15th 05, 05:55 PM
Panda_man
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"Joan Archer" wrote:

There is nothing wrong with using copy/paste on your post as long as the
person doing it gives credit that the instructions came from you.



Panda_man - I agree.But this person (Engel) didn't even mention anything
about me while coping them.

I have used that method a number of times but always tell the person who
asked the question that the following might help courtesy of ----


Accept my greetings.You are reliable person :-)

And to Jonh7 = I got and get my knowledge from my work and from what I
study and have been studing and also from Microsoft web-pages and other IT
pages.
What I post is posted by everyone because it is generally known -like using
firewall and AV and stuff like this.
He and every one else can use my words and any other words but not exactly
to just copy/paste them,because we all modify Microsoft's knowledge.

Nice computing to everybody ! :-)

Panda_man
" Let's beat malware black and blue "
" No new epidemics of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent "


  #13  
Old October 15th 05, 08:39 PM
Wesley Vogel
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Learn how to crosspost.

http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/usenet/xpost.html#why

[[Crossposting is easier than sending separate postings. You don't really
need any other reason. The following discusssion is here to tell you why
failure to crosspost really disturbs people.]]

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In ,
Panda_man hunted and pecked:
These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and paste
them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by him. I am
angry.

I just post to everybody know and understand who these words belongs to.
They belongs to me...:-)

And a question :
Is there a way to stop and prevent him from coping these words fully ?!


MALWARE REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS

Follow them carefully and step-by-step.
All cleaning actions should be done

without internet connection


1. Download the necessary software


@ SpyBot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html


@ Ad-Aware SE Personal
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware


@ Microsoft Antispyware (only for genuie Windows versions)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx


@ CWShredder
http://housecall.trendmicro.com


@ Antivirus software (if you still do not have)

Panda Titanium 2005
http://www.pandasoftware.com/microsoft



Specific

If you are non-XP user and still do not have firewall,
you should get free one from he
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

Optional

There are some malwares that can destroy the internet connection
when you try to remove them.That's why you may get that program
that could restore your internet connection.
I haven't tried it but lots of people like them.

Win Sock XP Fix
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html



2. Create a back-up of all your critical information
This is just an option.
You should check it for viruses later.


3. Run a Firewall

Windows XP

has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2


Windows versions different from XP

They do not have integrated firewall ,they have to use software firewall.

!!! Use only 1 firewall !!!



4. Windows Updates
Connect to internet and
download all the security updates - Critical updates with Express install.

Start - Windows Updates
or
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com



5. Install and Update

SpyBot Search and Destroy
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder



6. Delete all the Internet Explorer's temporary stuff

Start - Settings- Control Panel - Internet Options

There ,on the General Tab you will see where you can delete
internet temporary files
cookies
history

Delete them all.


7. Delete all Temporary files

Windows XP users (all new versions) |


The path is :
C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Temp
Delete all files from this folder
and also
C:\Windows\Temp

Windows 98 users (all old versions) |


The path is :
C:\Windows\Temp



8. Remove any unwanted programs

Boot in Safe Mode (see how below)
Then ,in Safe Mode, Start - Settings – Control Panel – Add /Remove
programs See if you have any unknown /unwanted software
installed- toolbars and/or known spy programs.
Remove them with the REMOVE button.
Also check for tracks of these programs in
C:\Program files and delete,if any.
Then restart with booting in Normal Mode .


9. Run Disc Clean up

Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Cleanup

Make sure you have checked :
Downloaded program files
Temporary Internet files
Temporary files
Recycle bin
Web Client/Publisher content



10. Remove viruses /worms /trojan horses


@ Scan with Microsoft Windows Malicious Software removal tool

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove

@ Scan with

Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms


http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm


@ Install the antivirus software

Boot in Safe Mode and install the antivirus software
In Safe Mode,because there are viruses
that have the ability to damage an antivirus while installing it



How to boot your computer in Safe Mode

Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)



@ Update the antivirus and scan with it

Boot in Normal Mode and update it.
Make sure you have all functions ON
(scanning all files,heuristic,disinfect,scanning for other threats...)

Perform a full scan in Normal Mode first
Then boot in Safe Mode and also perform a scan


@ While still in Safe Mode,scan with these

SpyBot S&D
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder


and remove the junk
!!! They must have already been updated !!!


When the scan is finished,
DO NOT restart ,if you have Win XP or ME

System Restore (for XP and ME only)



Because of the fact malware is a program,
System Restore also stores all malware tracks and when restarting,it can
replicate some infected system stuff and the malware will be back !!!
So you need to delete all the restore points before restarting :

Right click on My Computer-Properties-System Restore

Check Turn off system restore.Click OK

Restart the in Normal mode.



11. For better performance ,it is advisable to check your hard drives for
errors
Open My computer .
Then right click on the hard drive you want to check - Properties -
Tools
In the error-checking area ,click "Check now" to start the process.


At the end (when the system is malware-free)

again Right click on My computer-Properties-System Restore
Uncheck Turn off system restore ,so you'll have your Restore function ON.



After these,your computer should be clean !
If you do not understand something,you can post again and ask for
information
If the instructions seems difficult to you,you can take your computer to
a computer store where IT specialist would help you wipe out the junk!
Don't be shame.



--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best
security software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers


http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all for
FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)



Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at all
sections!




Panda_man
" Let's beat malware black and blue"
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent"


SETTING UP A COMPUTER |


When you first turn on your computer
it is adviseable to first have a look at its setings.

** If you use Windows XP **

1 .Create as many computer accouts as you need

If your computer is going to be used from more than one person
(family members,friends,colleagues ,etc...) ,
make others limited users and you - Administrator
So that you'll have full control of the PC,but they would only be
able to change their files and few settings only !

If you are a parent and would like your children to access the internet,
create the limited user accounts.More about the parental control below

!!! Windows XP has hidden built-in administartor account
accessable and visible only in Safe Mode.
Get into Safe Mode and password protect it.
In Safe Mode,goto Control Panel -User accounts and click on the name
of that hidden account,called Administrator !!!

How to boot your computer in Safe Mode |


Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)



2. Password-protect your account and your files

Make strong password,
with numbers,letters and at least one special character
Start - Settings - Control Panel - User accounts

When you decide to password protect your account,
after creting a password Windows should ask you if you want
to protect your files also.Click YES

or
Click on the folder you want to password-protect-Properties
Click on Sharing tab -Make this folder private



** All Windows Versions **

Start - Settings - Control Panel
or My computer -Control Panel


3. Have a look at

Display settings
Date and time Settings
Mouse and Keyboard settings
Power Options
Regional and language settings
Sound settings
Start Menu Settings



4. I do not recommend any user to install programs like

WinAmp ,Real Player
or WinZip (in Win XP )
Because of the fact Windows has integrated Windows Media Player ( 2
versions) plus (Zip archiver in XP ) ,it is pointless to install such
programs


5. Do install programs like

Adobe Reader / Acrobat because it is useful and with it
you can read PDF files which become more wide-spread everyday
http://www.adobe.com


6. If you do not have Microsoft Office

Download
1. Open Office
http://www.openoffice.org

2.Microsoft Word viewer / Excel viewer / Power Point viewer
http://www.microsoft.com ; ,click on Office

Open Office is free as well as Microsoft viewers.
Open Office is not as good as MS Office but would do the basics



| THINK ABOUT INTERNET |

1. After you go on-line,upgrade to the newest Service Pack available for
your OS .
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
Learn more about the SP in Microsoft web-site and read the preparation
steps !

2. Also download all critical updates with Express install.

I recommend you to use only Internet Explorer as an internet browser
as well as Outlook Express for your mail program
Many people may think them as not as secure as other but that is not true.


PARENTAL CONTROL |


Internet is useful for everybody and even for the children
They can search information for school project,listen to music,play
on-line games
and even talk to friends
But it is even dangerous
What I recommend is to talk to your child/children and to explain them
about the activities they don't have to do while online

Then,do not trust your children fully.Install a good software/s/ to help
protect your PC and your family's privacy

So....
1. Create your children limited user accounts in Windows XP

So they will have their own My documents folder
but will not be able to access PC settings
Limited users can download everything but cannot install anything
,so they cannot install any spyware/virus in the family's computer.

Children limited account should NOT be password-protected !!!

Parent administartor account should be password-protected !!!


2. Turn on Internet Explorer's Content Advisor

It would help your children not to open pornographic pages
and pages with bad content
Start- Settings - Control Panel - Internet Options - Content tab
and then enable it and check the settings

2.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the
Anti-Phishing

Antiphishing would help to protect your family from online fraud

3. Microsoft has made a component to help protect a computer
that is used by many people.It prevents limited users from access to
^chosen by the admin user^ programs and files and also prevent them
from downloading files and other things
It is easy to use and can be configured to meet everybody's needs
It is called Share access tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/s...ccess/faq.mspx

/example : A parent with Administrator rights can prevent a children
with limited account to use a chat program or download a new one /


4. When a child uses the internet ,
the computer should have an antivirus software ON + firewall always
ON

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best
security softwares
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005



Please,go through the additional steps below.............


PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER

AND THE INFORMATION STORED ON IT |

Microsoft suggest 3 +1 steps general steps to help protecting your
computer.Here they are plus some additional !


1. Firewall ON

It is very important to know that you REALLY SHOULD
use only one firewall (to prevent software conflict ) !!!

Firewall is a protective barrier between your PC and the outside world.
It protects you from hackers and other intruders from gaining
remote access to your PC and also from viruses and network worms (like
Sasser).
It also makes your PC invisiable for hacker softwares and
even if hackers find your PC it will block the attack.
Firewalls scans all your incoming (or outgoing) traffic and
immediately block it if it is unsolicated.

** Windows XP **

has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2

Windows Firewall (for SP 2)

is full firewall ,suitable for all kind of users and connections.
Windows Firewall is designed especially for home users with
not very big computer literacy and that's why it works almost
automatically,asks rarely !

When using it,check the Exception list .
If you are home user and do not want to play network games,exchange files
over chat
or you are connected to internet via none/less secure server, you can
check " Don't allow exception "
This guarantees you maximum protection!


Start - Settings - Contol Panel - Windows Firewall .See its settings.

Users with no Service Pack or with SP 1 you should upgrade to SP 2

because ICF is partial firewall made for direct internet connection only


** Windows versions different from XP **

They do not have integrated firewall and they are not protected
from hackers and intruders,network viruses and etc.
They MUST use software firewall.So choose one firewall

You may get Zone Alarm personal (free) from :
http://www.zonelabs.com


2. Windows Updates ON

Windows Updates can protect your PC from different OS vulnerabilities and
security threats.

** Windows XP and ME **

Critical updates |


Automatic Updates ON
Right click on My computer - Properties - Automatic Updates -
Download updates automatically but let me choose when to install them

** Different form XP and ME **

Critical updates |


Automatic updates are not offered
Manually download critical updates
Start – Windows Update or http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

** All Windows Versions **

Optional updates |


Because of the fact Automatic updates downloads only critical updates
(they are the most important),
regularly visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
and download some of the optional software and hardware updates
available.


3. Virus Protection ON

Antivirus Software can protect you from viruses,worms,trojans and other
security threats


Always use the latest version of your program and update it at least
every two days.

The more often you update it ,the higher protection for new threats you
have.

Make sure it has real-time scanner which is enabled


Make sure all security settings are turned ON



(e.g. scanning All files,scanning compressed files,mail scanning,
disinfecting, heuristic scan,behaviour analyze
or detecting spyware,hacking tools, jokes and so on…..)

Use only 1 av software .More than one may cause your PC
problems because of the permanent protection ! ! !


Other : List with all Microsoft Anti-virus partners
http://www.microsoft.com/security/pa.../antivirus.asp



PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PRIVACY |


1. Spyware protection ON

Spybot Search & Destroy

http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html

Ad-Aware SE Personal

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

Microsoft Antispyware

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

These 3 programs(all free) are the most famous
in the world and ,of course,are the best.
Using two of them guarantees you very ,very good protection !

Microsoft Antispyware is the only one from these above that has
real-time protection,which is very important for dealing with spy junk


2. Manage your Internet Settings

Start-Settings-Contol Panel-Internet Options

On the General tab |

Delete all temporary internet files,cookies,history ( often do this)

On the Security tab |

Make sure the Internet level is Medium.Check other levels

On the Privacy tab |

Make sure the level is Medium High.

On the Content tab |

Goto Auto complete
Delete(clear) forms and passwords and check the settings


3. Use a pop-up blocker

Internet Explorer 6 with XP SP 2 has integrated pop-up blocker

However ,if you are not XP SP 2 user ,or you are without IE 6
get the Free MSN Tool Bar that has pop-up protection
http://toolbar.msn.com


3.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the
Anti-Phishing



4. Other

4.1
( Depending on your mail program - this below is for Outlook Express )
Open Outlook Express
Tools - Options - Security
Make sure you have checked these:
` Warn me when...
` Do not allow...

4.2
Create free web-based mail
Lots of free web-based mail accounts exist.
You may create one in Hotmail , Yahoo , Gmail or Mail.RU

They are all for free with a lot of space and intergrated SPAM and Virus
protection
Yahoo.co.uk and Mail.ru offer free POP 3 / SMTP /HTML access
so you may use them with Outlook Express


4.3
Think first , then click !!!

Nothing can protect the computer from its user.
Even though you could have firewall,av software,
antispyware software and all updates downloaded,
you are not protected 100 %.NOTHING guarantees you 100 % protection.
So if you don't know what exactly to do and when to do it,you'll probably
fall a victim
of a virus , spyware or hacker.
You can find it ridiculous,but it is true! :-)

BE CAREFUL which sites you visit
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL what you install,especially free or shareware
software. ALWAYS check everything you download from internet with AV
and AS software.


4.4
Be aware of SPAM messages and especially PHISHING !!!
Spam messages are unsolicated mail.You really do not want them !
In most cases SPAM is just annoying,however PHISHING is a type of spam
that
is
is really dangerous.Someone unknown sends you a messages,which is
trying to get personal information,such as bank account number
and passwords ! That's why :

NEVER give your email and/or passwords to strangers.
Don't post your mail or passwords in forums and chats.
NEVER read email messages from people you don't know. Just
delete them!!!
NEVER answer to strangers or even open the attachments,if any !!!
Delete the mail !
NEVER follow links in email from stranger and in mail that you
doubt and do not trust !

For more info about SPAM / Phishing visit
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security ; - Email section

4.5
Regularly :
Run Disc clean-up (with all checked)

Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Clean-up

Check all hard drives for errors
Back-up all your information (at least montly)
Defragment all hard drives
Scan all your computer with antivirus and antispyware software

(should be twice a week)




--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best
security software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers


http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all for
FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)



Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at all
sections!




Thanks very much !!!
Panda_man


" Let's beat malware black and blue "
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent "


 




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