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I use the same combination of Spybot and Ad-Aware as well, it seems neither pick up 100% of them, but both together (i always run spybot first than ad-adware after) usually does teh job

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i like usin' sd, ad-aware, and cwshredder-sometimes gets what sd and aa don't. very quick too.

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I have been working on a CD to give to my friends who keep asking me to help them with the puters.
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Upkeep Ver 2.0, set of 3 CDs June 2004

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction / requirements
First things first
Things to install, run etc.
How to
Things to do once a week
Things to do/run one a day
Things to do/run in the background/transparent
Resources
What each program/file is


INTRODUCTION

This Set of CDs contains programs, data, info, etc to help you upkeep/maintain your computer in good running order, protect against viruses, remove viruses, remove spyware, malware, hihacks, etc.

Please read and reread this document so you will be familiar with the procedures/ things to do/ when to do them.

I have gathered all of the data, programs, info from many sources. Some are commercial, some are free, some are shareware. I do not care about the copyright laws since this started out as a project for personal use and for my friends that kept asking me for computer help. All I care about is finding the programs/ info to keep my computer running in good/ safe/ optimal order.


If, after you read and re-read this document, you feel that you can not handle/ perform what is in this CD Set, then pay someone to do it for you. It is like doing a tune up on your car. Some can do it, some can not. To perform the tasks does NOT require Rocket Scientist or Genius status. It can be learned by most people. It just takes some time to learn. Be persistent.

Common Sense:
your computer might require slightly different steps.
Example: if you car is parked in your driveway, can you still open the drivers door?
How about if the car is parked backwards? Can you still find the drivers door?
What is the car is parked sideways, yes weird but possible. Can you still find the drivers door?
That is where common sense comes in. The same applies to computers. Just because one thing is placed differently does not mean you can not do it. Use common sense.


Requirements to perform the tasks required in this CD Set:
1. Common Sense.
2. Ability to read, figure out what to do without someone holding your hand.
3. Ability to go to the internet and ask for help
Example: can you go the following site and find the computer help forums?
http://www.mypcclinic.com/
4.Ability to find other sites that give you information, once you access a site like the one above.
5. Ability not to get tired of asking others for help, advice, info etc.


FIRST THINGS FIRST:

1.Turn off System Restore.
WHY?
Windows ME and XP have a feature known as System Restore, which creates backups of certain files in the _Restore folder.

The System Restore feature usually backs up files with EXE or COM extensions, which may include infected files and malware programs. Files in the _Restore folder are protected and can only be accessed using System Restore.

This feature must be disabled before cleaning any found virii, trojans or other malware whether using an anti-virus program or removing manually.

How? In Win XP PRO, start, right click on My Computer, properties, System Restore tab, place a check mark to the left of where it says Turn off System Restore on all drives, Apply, Ok.
Common Sense: your computer might require slightly different steps.

2 Run an anti-Virus program so that you will not have any viruses in your computer before you start doing any maintenance/updates/ cleaning etc.
Example, if you install Nortons AntiVirus, the program will do a virus check before installing the program.

Before you lock/close the barn door, make sure the cow is in the barn and no wolfs are in the barn. Before you proceed any further make sure you do not have any viruses, junk, in your computer.

You can also go to the internet and do online virus scans.
Example: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_frame.asp
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/licence.php
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp

If some or none of the above links works, then do a google search on “online virus scan”

3.You will have to install most of the following programs before you can run/use them..
How? Each program is installed in its own unique way. You just have to use common sense to install each program.

4. Remember to keep your programs updated after you install them.
How? One way is thru the internet.
Example:
A. Win XP PRO: Start, Help and Support, Windows Update, Scan for Updates, use common sense to find out what to do next.
B. Use liveupdate if its an option of the program you are trying to update.
C. Some programs have an option to update, again use common sense to find out how/where.

All programs should be upgraded/ up dated as soon as possible after you install them.
Why? Most programs are not current since updates are constantly being done. Like the news, what’s on the newspapers is not as current as what’s on the radio.


Messenger Service as defined by Microsoft is a service that sends and receives messages sent by administrators or by the Alerter service. It has also being used for spamming. It is marketed as tool for sending thousands of messages at one time.
http://www.broadcastblaster.com/
http://www.ip-messenger.com/
http://www.broadcastadvertiser.com/

In a default installation of Windows (98, ME, XP, 2000, NT) Messenger Service may allow anyone on the internet to initiate pop up Windows on your screen including spam messages. Unless a user is in a work environment where company administrators determine the need for this service it is recommended users disable it.

If in the future a user determines a need for the service simply enable it again. The procedure for disabling the Messenger Service is as follows.

For Windows 2000 and XP

Click on Start
Click Run
Type: services.msc
Double-click on Messenger
Find Service status and select stop
Click the scroll down box in Startup type, choose Disabled
Click OK.

For Windows 95, 98, and ME

Click on Start
Select Settings
Click on Control Panel
Double-click Add/Remove Programs
Select Windows Setup
Select System Tools
Click Details
Uncheck WinPopUp
Click OK
Reboot


Programs that run as Startups:
http://www.sysinfo.org/startupinfo.php
Download via the ZIP or EXE links.

Programs you see when you run Task Manager:
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm


Things / programs to install


1........ Install nortons systemworks
1B..... if when you install nortons systemworks, it does not do a system anti virus check then run nortons antivirus
1C .....Run Windoc out of Norton's Utilities.
2.... install Ad-Aware and then Run AD Aware
3.... install Spybot-Search & Destroy and then Run Spybot - Search & Destroy
4.... Install spyblaster and then Run spyblaster
5.... Install bazooka and then run bazooka
6.... Install stinger and then Run stinger
7.... Install spyguard and then Run spyguard
9.... Install a firewall
10.... Install an Anti Virus program
11.... De frag the hard drive
12.... Create a Restore point


How to:


vcleaner.exe. Restart your computer in Safe mode and run the remover on the infected computer.

Note: Some viruses can stop the action during the removing process. In this case rename the vcleaner.exe to some different exe file (e.g. something.exe). Restart your computer in Safe mode (recommended) and run the remover on the infected computer.

Thank you for downloading AVG Free Edition. This information will help you to install and use
AVG Anti-Virus.

Installing AVG Free Edition
---------------------------------

Using Windows Explorer or some other file manager program, locate the AVG Free Edition file that
you have downloaded. The location of this file will depend on your Internet browser settings.

The downloaded file is an executable program - please run it. This will start the Installation
Setup Wizard. In the second window you will be asked for the serial number. Please enter this
serial number exactly as you see it in this email below.
Please note it is case sensitive (if the serial number is not entered correctly, you will
receive an "Invalid Serial Number" error message). We suggest that you copy it from this email
and paste it into the appropriate field when prompted to do so.

Your serial number is: AVG-1-19132271-WKV

Enter your name and other information. Continue with the installation according to the
Installation Setup Wizard.

At the end of the installation, it will be necessary to restart your computer to complete the
installation.

First Program Run
-----------------

AVG will launch automatically after you have re-started your computer. If it does not, please
run AVG manually - do so by running the file AVGW.EXE in the folder where you installed AVG.

The AVG First Run Wizard will appear and prompt you to perform several important steps:
- check for the most recent virus database base update
- create a rescue disk for your computer
- perform the first virus test (or scan) of your computer


Everyday Usage
--------------

Your behavior as you use your computer is critical to maintaining the highest level of
protection against viruses. Using AVG Anti-Virus is an important step! Your anti-virus program
(the resident shield and email scanner functionality) will continuously monitor your work on the
computer to ensure that no viruses harm you or your data, however it is up to you to be aware of
the threat of viruses. We recommend that you:
- check for virus database updates frequently
- create and maintain a rescue disk for your computer
- use AVG to perform tests of your computer on a regular basis
- maintain your computer's operating system up-to-date by installing the security updates as
they become available
- and above all, that you use common sense when accessing the internet and email messages from
unknown senders



Startup Delayer 2.0.54
delay the startup of programs

Do you have a ton of programs that start automatically each time Windows starts? Surely you are not using all of them right away, so there is no sense waiting for all of them to load and to star at the hourglass. Startup Delayer allows you to specify which programs to start first and which ones to delay. You can set a custom delay for each one, even drag the visual display graph which shows you exactly how your programs are starting and allows you to easily modify the order or adjust delay times.


Run the following daily, ie in the background. When you install most of these programs, they run in the background. This way you are not even aware they are running, ie they are transparent.
1. Run spyblaster
2. Run spyguard
3. Install a firewall
4. Install an Anti Virus program

Do/run the following at least once a week. Do them in the order I have them. Once you are well versed with the procedure, you can do them in the order you prefer.

1. Turn off system restore
2. Run WINDOC out of Norton's Utilities.
3. Run AD-Aware
4. Run Spybot & Destroy
6. Run bazooka
7. Run stinger
11. De frag the hard drive
13. Turn on system restore.
12. Create a Restore point
14 backup your bookmarks (from your internet browser)


1. Turn off/on system restore: Start, right click on "my computer", "properties", select "system restore" tab and put a check mark on "turn off system restore on all drives"

1. at least Once a week run nortons Windoc from the file windoc.exe, windoc.hlp is its help file
Fixes computer problems, see program.
IF u have Nortons utilities installed
run from: start, all programs, norton systemworks, norton utilities, norton windoc

2. at least Once a week Ad Aware Removes programs that spy on you on the net,
that send info back to the sites.
3. Once a Week Spybot and destroy
4 run spywareblaster on your computer, always "on"
5 Run Bazooka
6 Run stinger at least once a week
7 Run Spyguard Always on


9 Install a firewall, ie , like Zone Alarm or Norton's Firewall.

10 Install either Norton's AntiVirus or McAfee AntiVirus and run in the background every time you computer is on.

11 Once a week de frag the hard drive. From start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools,
and then disk defrag.......if you have Norton's Utilities, then you can run Speed Disk


12 Create a restore point once a week and anytime right before you upgrade any software.
13 Turn off system restore so other programs will not control when u delete stuff.

Bookmark_Wizard is for making a copy of your bookmarks in IE.




WHAT THE FILES AND FOLDERS ON THIS CD ?

Adobe_reader
Anti Virus Utility
antivirus
spyware removers
startup cleaners
virus fixers

Bookmark_lister
Browser Utility
Browsers
Clockrack
Digital_camera_file-info_viewer
editors
emails
firewalls
games
google-toolbar
hardware
ims p2p
marine aquarium screen saver
mp3inflist_v2e
nero63115
norton-windoc
other
password reseters
read these
resources
system utility
tests
virtual drive 7
tests
win xp os
winamp
xptips
zip utility

0. Folder ReadThese has 6 files you should read. Click on each htm file.
1. Folder ebooks has many different stories: click on the htm files to read the stories.


2. BS225.exe is a peer 2 peer program that connects u to the Gnutella file sharing network
& allows you to search, download and share files on the internet or local area networks.

3. Yahoo!_Messenger is a program like ICQ, MSN Messenger,and AOLs Buddy list. It is an IM,
instant messenger.

4. ZoneAlarm is a personal firewall. Install if you connect to the internet and do not have any other firewall.

5. MP3inflist is a program to list your mp3 files.

6. InforTool.exe is a program to give you details on your CD Drives on your computer.

7. Advisor is a program to analyze your computer, ie, tell you what's in it must be connected
to the internet.

8. Winzp_boot_disk.ext is a program to make a bootable Win Xp disk

9. Wcpuid is a program to id your Computer, ie, id your cpu

10 Under the Windows Utility folder you have a few powertoys from MS

11. Clockrack is a program to display different clocks to show time around the world.

12. Fixblast. Fixblast if you have the blaster virus, it removes the

Assuming you're using Internet Explorer, then before closing IE and without connecting to the internet, go to Tools/Internet Options and clean out the temporary internet files and cookies.


MSblast virus you should also install the win patch to prevent
this virus from getting into your system. Its located in
software\en\com_microsoftwindowsxp\x86winxp\com_microsoft....
It is the 823950 patch. Remember to disable restore overwrite.
13. aaw6.exe is the ad aware program, install this one
AdAware is a privacy tool, that scans your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical
drives for known data-mining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components. It then lists
the results and offers to remove or quarantine the components. The program detects a wide
range of adware/spyware related issues and can be updated with the latest signatures via
the built-in update utility. Please be advised that removing certain components may impact
the functionality of effected software applications. You should fully read the included
Ad-aware documentation before removing any files!


14. adberdr60_enu_full.exe is the adobe reader version 6, install this one
15. bookmark_wizzard_201.exe is for making a copy of your bookmarks in IE
16. FixBlase.exe is tool to remove the MSBlast virus
17. FisSbigF.exe is tool to remove the Sobig virus
18. InCD4010.exe is program to read CDs using Mt Rainer
19. InfoTool.exe is program to give you info on your CD drives
21. Htm files are for you to read and learn about different things.
22. Windoc.exe is Norton's Win Doctor
23. WindowXP-KB823980-x86-ENU.exe is patch for MSBlaster virus, install it.
24. Winxp_boot_disk.exe is program to make bootable XP Floppy.
26. Clockrack is program to view times in different parts of the world.
27. Games has two games: WEP under games has cruel, jezzball, klotski, and rodent games.
29. ICQ is an instant messaging program
30. MIRC is a program to chat with people all over the world.
31. Folder Tests, advisor.exe,burnin.exe, wcpuid are programs to test your system.
32. Folder Winamp contains the program WinAmp to play MP3 files
33. Folder Windows Utility contains different Tweak programs. install tweak.exe
34. Folder Zip Utility contains pkzip program to zip and unzip compressed files.
35. Folder Zone Labs contains the firewall, zone alarm.
37. Folder Software contains the patch for the blaster virus, install it.
38. Folder Other has other programs you might find helpful.
40.
SpyBot-S&D is an adware and spyware detection and removal tool. This includes removal of
certain advertising components, that may gather statistics as well as detection of various
keylogging and other spy utilities. In addition, it also securely removes PC and Internet
usage tracks, including browser history, temporary pages, cookies (with option to keep
selected) and more. The program offers an attractive outlook-style interface that is easy
to use and multi-lingual. SpyBot-S&D allows you to exclude selected cookies, programs or
extensions from being reported, allowing you to prevent false positive messages for items
that you dont want to be alerted of every time. It can even scan your download directory for
files that have been downloaded, but not yet installed, allowing you to detect unwanted
programs before you even install them. SpyBot produces a detailed and easy to understand
report before it deletes any files and allows you to deselect any item that you do not want
to be processed. In addition, a recovery feature allows you to restore your settings if
needed. Very nice tool, that exceeds the capabilities of the popular Ad-Aware application.

LSIfixer is a file to fix your computer if the new.net messes it up. symptom, you can not connect to the internet.
update to R4 via integrated update check


RESOURSES:

Go to these sites and learn a little, do some computer tests, etc.

1. This is a electronics forum help site
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/electronics/?7303

2. This is a computer help forum
http://www.mypcclinic.com/

3. This is a computer help forum but to post one has to subscribe, ie pay. I just lurk.
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/comphelp/
4 this is to a site to make bootable disks, ie floppies.
http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm


https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
This site tests your internet security

this site has most device drivers:
http://members.driverguide.com/ums/index.php
login is: drivers, password is : all

http://www.securityfocus.com/
This site has internet security info.

http://www.staysafeonline.info/
This site explains how to stay safe on the internet
http://www.firewallguide.com/

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/
This is Norton's security site

http://www.cert.org/
This sites has info on internet security

http://computingcentral.msn.com/internet/speedtest.asp
this site tests you internet connection speed

http://webservices.zdnet.com/zdnet/bandwidth/
This site tests your internet bandwidth

http://www.bombayinstitute.com/
This site is for everyone, esp STUPID people.


Windows Annoyances
http://www.annoyances.org/

Windows XP Tips
http://www.tipsdr.com/

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm

Active Networks Windows Tips
http://www.activewin.com/tips/

Bob Cerelli's Window Page
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/index.html

AXCEL216's MAX Speeed WinDOwS
http://members.aol.com/axcel216/

hijack forum site
http://forums.net-integration.net/

LSP fix site
http://www.cexx.org/lspfix.htm

BeClean is the complete suite of system cleaner. It has Registry Cleaner, Internet Cleaner, History Cleaner, Temporary Files Cleaner, Disk Cleaner, Desktop Cleaner and Start Menu Cleaner. You can even create your own cleaner!

Site for several virus removers
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_ts_removers.php
site to test your computer
http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/default.asp

site with software patches, all kinds
http://www.softwarepatch.com/

Site with answers that work
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm


wireless security setup info
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/support/wireless_secure.htm

info on removing spyware from your system

http://www.geekradio.com/spyware/


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Originally posted by Talon_66:
Im not trying to bash you. But I worked tech support up until recently. I was under 2 Different contracts. Ive found that Norton/McAfee both REALLY suck when it comes to viruses. We never endorsed either. We ALWAYS recommended a customer use www.trendmicro.com. Way better then Norton, doesnt use up system resources like the power hungry Norton's does. And its FREE!

And on another Note, most Firewalls (Norton, McAfee, ZoneAlarm, etc) are just a big joke!
Can you please post a link where to download trendmicro? Their homepage is weird, and I can't find where to download it.

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go here and do a search for pc-cillin

http://search.suprnova.org/


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I tried a pirated version and the key got rejected after a few months... and with anti-viruses, Its all about the updates

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Norton is also a nice anti-virus but I prefer to AVG anti-virus. I've been using it for almost a year and I have no problem with it.







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Dump Adaware and get Malwarebytes. I got infected and malware fixed me up when nothing else could. That damn antivirus 2009 virus. I've used Zonealarm security suite for the past few years and no real issues. I go to and down load a lot of,,,stuff and when I suspect I may have an issue I run my virus scan then go to Trendmicro and do their on line scan. So far no problems. Important if you do online banking too.

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jeomancer20 wrote:
Norton is also a nice anti-virus


Norton is a joke and should be avoided at all costs! It's bloated over-hyped, under-functional software with a name from a company that used to make quality products many years ago.

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It is also a massive memory hog. Same with any HP software.

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Stay off of Limewire, Kazaa, Porn sites, Warez sites, and anything that says "free", and you wont get any virus.

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Limewire Pro is a little better. They have a scanner that detects problems with files and notifies you. I use to get all my music there now it's a jungle of viruses and false music files. Is there no honour amongst theives anymore?

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i download from soulseek and through torrents all the time, I generally don't run any virus software on my machine, i have it on there, but never have it running. I have yet to encounter a virus, trojans, worms on my home machine. So the best way to keep viruses off your machine, be smart where you get yo stuff.

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I like Frostwire, a bit cleaner and keeps the ratio up.

Ya, I don't run an antivirus either. I rarely get virus's. I got one a few months back becaues it auto-loaded on a "questionable" site. Was from a flaw that was patched up not long after, clean up was a pain, but didn't need to reformat at all.

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