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Hard drive cleaned.

by irishrock / March 13, 2007 5:55 AM PDT

I needed some help last wk (I think) about trying to install Adobe & having all kinds of trouble with them & the Microsoft "people" I got the Comcast tech to come out & ck my computer & he suggested that I get the hard drive cleaned, which I did. I had no idea it would lose everything..but it did. My questions for your opinions are: the spyware..I have Aware & have always had Norton too. Right now I'm on a 15 day trial with Norton. Microsoft has Windows Live OneCare that does basically the same as Norton. What's your opinion on them? Also Adobe or Foxit. Seeing I have to reinstall everything anyway..I thought I would ask people who know alot more than me. Please keep in mind that I'm more a "newbie" than anything else.. Thanks Diane

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Hi Diane
by tomron / March 13, 2007 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard drive cleaned.

Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem.....

What is your OS and which browser do use?

Where did you download adobe from,was it from HERE?


Regarding Windows Live OneCare:I don't care for anything from MS.

Regarding norton:There are many complaints,such as difficult too remove which I personally went through and it still is not totally gone.Also norton can bog down your computer.


Click on my user name and check out which programs I use,and yes,they are freevies and the work.


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In addition
by tomron / March 13, 2007 6:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi Diane

Windows Live OneCare and norton are anti viruses and this could be a conflict.

The rule of thumb is one anti virus and one firewall.You can have more then installed,just don't have two anti viruses enabled simultaneously and the same for firewalls.


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Security Software FREE
by draveport / March 13, 2007 6:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard drive cleaned.

I'd suggest that you do some research on the internet, like maybe google for "Norton problem".
Norton is the biggest piece of bloatware on the planet. It will drag your computer down and never give you the protection you need.
AVG 7.5 FREE would give you better performance for your system and better AV protection too.

Microsofts One Care has been blasted from one end of the internet to the other as being NO GOOD. So take some friendly advise and stay away from it.

The two most prominent Anti Spyware programs are AdAware SE/Personal and Spybot Search & Destroy and they are both FREE.
In fact, all the best software is FREE. Put your wallet away and just do some downloading. Here's my own package that I use and share will all my hundreds of computer customers. We all stay 100% malware FREE.

These are the programs I use every day to keep my own PC spotlessly clean.
I suggest every person having any Virus or Spyware issues get these programs
and use them immediately.
Do check for updates to all your security software on a DAILY basis.


Trojan Hunter, is a first class Trojan Horse Virus removal program.
The downloaded version is a 30 day, Fully Functional, free trial.
Use the Free Trial to clean up a Dirty system or buy the retail license to have a year of
full service plus updates. Download "Trojan Hunter" here:
From the web page, just click "Download Free Trial Version"
It's a 5.9 meg download.

Spybot Search & Destroy, a great anti Spyware program.
Can be downloaded from:,fid,22262,00.asp
For instructions on how to set up Spybot for best operation,
See my Spybot Setup instructions on this webpage.

AdAware SE/Personal. Another top notch anti Spyware program.
Can be downloaded from:

Spyware Blaster, a great Spyware Blocker.
Protects both I.E. and Mozilla Firefox.
Can be downloaded from:
DO NOT use in conjunction with Microsoft Office


World famous AVG FREE will keep your computer free of viruses, trojans, dialers, etc.
By default, it updates and scans for viruses on a daily basis.
Can be downloaded from:
Scroll down the page to the orange area and then click on:
avg75free_446a965.exe (or the currently posted version)
Save to your desktop and run the install from there.
If you have an older version of AVG free already installed,
use the 'Repair Install' option when installing v. 7.5.
Immediately get updates. More than one may be required.


Easy Cleaner, the best Registry Cleaner I've found so far.
Can be downloaded from:
Personal Website = (
Just scroll down to "Download & Installation" and click on the first floppy disk

Just copy and paste the links into your browser to access the sites.

Happy Computing!
The Doctor Happy

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by tomron / March 13, 2007 6:28 AM PDT
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AdAware SE/Personal
by draveport / March 13, 2007 6:39 AM PDT
In reply to: DrMorbius

Thanks for your assistance.

You're absolutely right.
That is a better site.
I'll make the change in my info.

The Doctor

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(NT) Your welcome
by tomron / March 13, 2007 7:02 AM PDT
In reply to: AdAware SE/Personal

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