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More darned malware - now is it dying?

Discussion in 'Software' started by ChrisR, 29 May 2011.

  1. ChrisR

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    You can get me on ascii #63#68#72#69#73#31#64#68#40blueyonder.co.uk.

    I used to be a programmer, 80186/286 assembler, but I haven't a clue how PCs work.

    If your tap just needs packing I'll do a FAQ...
     
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    Windows just uses the System 360 conversational transaction architecture from the 1950's. Windows2000 with (pseudo) virtual machine support onwards copies the pseudo-conversational operating system like MVS from the 1970's ! Thin clients are MVS architecture & we should see more of this being copied.

    The real difference is that a £half million mainframe now costs £300
     
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    I'm in a bit of a rush and only had time to read to the third page of this thread, but my advice would be a system restore first and foremost. Go back to a date when you know the virus wasn't there.
    You certainly have too many antivirus programs running and this in itself can cause virus like symptoms. I think AVAST is by far the best free antivirus program out there and better than most paid for ones too. Get the removal tools for any antivirus programs that you don't want and remove them, probably in safe mode. Keep avast.
    Might be worth getting a copy of uniblue registrybooster. Some people think it's a risky program but I have found it to be exceptional at sorting out registry problems especially after years of microsoft updates and removal of unwanted programs and norton etc.
    Good luck.
     
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    instead of uniblue which is a good set of tools try this

    http://majorgeeks.com/RegCleaner_d460.html

    it's extremley lightweight and fast once installed, go to tools>registry cleanup>do them all. then once the scan has run, hit Ctrl+a (which selects everything then remove selected.
    a much overlooked handy program.
     
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    regcleaner is totally out of date for Windows XP.
    System restore does not remove viruses.
     
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    what has reg cleaner got to do with system restore?
     
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    Good point. These are separate comments. Earlier in the thread, someone suggest doing a system restore to remove a virus- that won't work.
     
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    I suggested system restore, which in over 90% of the virus cases I have come across, worked perfectly. The important part is knowing when the virus first happened. But like anything, there are some virus that are deeper rooted than that.
     
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    i would NEVER recommend a system restore to remove a virus, that is the first thing they compromise. :rolleyes:
     
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    I suggested system restore, which in over 90% of the virus cases I have come across, worked perfectly. The important part is knowing when the virus first happened. But like anything, there are some virus that are deeper rooted than that.[/quote]

    There is nothing in a Windows system restore that is designed to remove a virus. A Windows system restore should not be confused with a lay description of a process involving the restoration of files from a system backup. The latter is not a water tight (did you see how I did that on this DIY forum?) method of removing a virus either.

    A system restore only restores the following files so it is not virus specific:
    Registry
    Files in the Windows File Protection (Dllcache) folder
    Local user profile
    COM+ and WMI Databases
    IIS Metabase
    Specific file types monitored [5]
     
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    Look, system restore has worked for me, (after trying several other methods first) on several occasions. It can't all be down to luck. I would NOT suggest system restore as a first option, of course, but it has been successful for me when other things have failed. I have no reason to make that up! :)
     
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    Not pointing this reply at any particular person but if a computer gets a virus then there is no reliable anti-virus software installed. Agreed? If the same computer is believed to be virus free then such a belief only becomes knowledge when reliable anti-virus software is installed.

    The solution to this virus issue has already been posted in this thread.
     
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    agreed this thread should be locked
     
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    First of all, I agree that this thread should be locked, since the problem is solved. However, I shouldn't have to be defending myself from people who must think I am trying to scr*w people over. I have been thanked 10 times because I have helped people. System Restore can place DATA over infected files making them unable to infect. That is how it can work. Then by turning off system restore temporarily you can delete whatever related remaining files from the infection, even if they are no longer harmful.
    So perhaps I didn't word it correctly.
    Anyone can do a google search and come up with opinions from people to support any argument. I'm speaking from experience. Not trying to harm anyones computers. Always trying and willing to help.
     
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