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Tarq57

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    XP Home
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    High maintenance

    Best procedure I've read regarding keeping the home computers clean was regarding a man who had 2 teenagers, each with their own computer. Periodically they'd come to him for help because "something got in". The first two or three times it happened he could spend sevaral hours cleaning them, re-setting the connections etc, and then telling the kids how to update software, what not to click on, why etc etc. Came the point it happened again, 'twas obvious the advice had gone in one ear and out the other. Sick of spending the hours, he simply re-formatted and reinstalled. Handed them back, good as new. All files, pics, favourites gone forever. The kids learned to take responsibility for their software pretty fast after that.
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    antivirus software

    There's a pretty good range of views here. Seriously, though, I doubt there is a "best". (There may be a "best" in one small time period, for a particular malware, on a particular machine, but there are too many variables.) "Best" is what works well on your machine with the configuration you have, that you can understand and get help for if needed, and that provides good blocking/cleaning abilities. I find Avast! Home works well on mine (in combination with a few other goodies) and have no need nor reason to want to change. It raises the question, what are you using now, to get all these virus attacks of which you speak, and typically how do they happen? What actions or websites trigger them?
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    Alarm Clock?

    3rd one down, here. Only drawback is it starts with Windows. I quite like the Karens' tools. You can configure the clock to play any sound you want. There are probably others. This is the only one I know of, though, not ever having had cause to look.
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    Avast Professional Edition

    As well as script blocking the pro version has the ability to schedule a scan from within the interface (as opposed to using a workaround task-scheduler system for the free) and the ability with that scan to decide in advance how malware should be treated when detected. Frankly, if the lack of that ability in the Home version was an issue for me, I'd be prepared to purchase the pro if I was in the market for a paid AV. I believe it's that good. Never had an issue, nor any malware worth speaking of.
  5. Avast has an antirootkit module that scans after startup, silently. I believe it's based on Gmer.
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    Your browser

    Firefox 2 w/ noscript, adblock plus, download helper, and IE extension (can use this for ms update.) Popular, innit? IE for those few sites that don't display well with FF.
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    Question on Spyware Terminator

    I don't remember them being bad in the past, but maybe now..... But seriously, I have a bit of a low opinion of the current AdAware. The parent has never been "rogue",though, AFAIK.
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    Question on Spyware Terminator

    Minor point of correction, here. The reason the company was listed on Spywarewarrior as a rogue was because of an association with a known spyware or adware vendor, Ibis. Crawler dot com subsequently cleaned its act up. Some 18 months later it was de-listed. The program (SpywareTerminator) has never come bundled with malware of any kind, although for a time there were a few sites or programs flagging it as such, because of this past association of the parent company. ZoneAlarm was one, MVPS Hosts was another. I was a happy user of the program for about 18 months, indeed recommended it for a time. It now comes bundled with the Crawler toolbar; installation is optional. The reason I became somewhat disillusioned with it is because it appeared that the company were placing greater resource into marketing the toolbar than into improving the bugs/shortfalls in the program. That may have changed, don't really know. At the time I last used the application over 6 million installs had been recorded. It has quite a few happy users. There's also no shortage of problem reports at its forum, unfortunately. I haven't felt seriously tempted to try it again.
  9. I have SAS on the PC, have had for a while. Reading a few HJT logs, over a time (I browse these a bit) it's quite telling how many malware-affected computers are using WD. Not so many running SAS, especially resident, seem to have these issues, and sometimes SAS is recommended- and does the job- for some malware that in the past would need a few more specialist tools, involving the "helper" writing several scripts to run. I think any malware toolkit could only benefit by its inclusion. Others I think worth giving consideration to are MBAM, and (bit more specialist/noob unfriendly) the excellent AVZ antiviral toolkit. I indicate this as "noob unfriendly" because AFAIK the only help files/support forums are in Russian, and it's possible to seriously bork the OS if misused.
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    Hello guys!

    Don't have the required skills to usefully test Beta's, but I'll be watching this thread with interest. The descriptions posted on the website for each application look quite interesting. Question, Mihail, does the Privacy Cleaner eliminate file references stored in the MFT for files that have been deleted/erased?
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    XP SP3 vs. Dial a Fix tools

    Oh, really. Shame, but good to know. I'd read some good things about nlite. Are there any particular "risk factors" for such a "botching"? Or does it seem to be somewhat random? I was just thinking of doing pretty much a standard install (not adding drivers, nor removing Windows components- which can be disabled from the OS easily enough once installed) but slipstreaming SP3 into it, using nlite. A main reason for getting the program, and for downloading the whopping MS install package. Must be about 20 past midnight last night in your part of the world. (Over here, it's 20 past 5 tomorrow afternoon )
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    XP SP3 vs. Dial a Fix tools

    Would creating an ISO with the original disc, the SP3 installer (full download from Ms) using the program nlite, then burning it to disk (in effect, creating your own up-to-date installation media) be an answer to this? (thinking of doing just this, haven't created the ISO, yet.)
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    Spybot S&D 1.6

    Working well, here. Full scan seems a bit faster, 8 min,didn't time the earlier version but I'm pretty sure it was at least 10.
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    yer not gonna believe this one

    Brilliant. Worth going through the hassle, if you get to keep it!
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    error mscoree.dll ?

    You could try re-installing the .Net framework, that's what it appears to be related to. Some info Here, and here. (Thanks, Google.)
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