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Just a thought..

Back-Up, Back-Up, Back-Up and Back-Up... [IMHO]

Reformat and Reinstall is the best way to go.

After (atleast watching someone) trying to fix/removing viruses and spyware/adware from a pc.

Now I came to conclusion, that fixing a PC after hit by Viruses or Spyware/Adware etc., is a waste of time... (imagine this.. Scanning, looking, clicking many thing, searching registry, fixing, reboot, testing, scanning, looking, reboot, fixing, testing, scanning and soon, not to mention logon/logoff)

UNLESS you really know how and what to delete, fixed or change.

You will never cleaned your PC, just by running anti virus (locally or online), running utilities (such as spybot sd or adaware etc.), deleting registry entry or running system restore or SFC etc... It always something left behind that 'might' create unknown problem later on.

So please make atleast a couple Back-Up of your data/files, and refresh/renew that back-up atleast every month... (i.e. I can have 3gb of NEW data/files in a month)

You might also want to make a back-up of your whole 'clean' HD (OS and installed program) -- So if anything happened, you can just copy the whole HD plus your data/files, after reformating the problem HD.

Well, that just what I will do from now on... got a virus? spyware? adware? .... Reformat and Reinstall is the best way to go.

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or prevent prevent prevent

i run avg on a fully secure machine, not a virus hit me in yrs.
i dont use kazza, or its ilk, i watch what i open, and fortmating works but you lose alot of stuff

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I 100% agree with you... prevention is the first step.

But after you get infected... cleaning is taking alot of time... and since many people (users) using single pc, and not many people watching what they open, what they run or where they go... All that anti and anti software wouldn't be enough..

Again, this is just my thought.. before enjoying the weekend...

Cheers... and enjoy your weekend...

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In my opinion, it depends entirely on the depth of the infection. With most viruses, if one is fairly attentive, a single virus attack can be removed and cleaned simply by eliminating the file, or files that have been infected. Sometimes the specialize removal tools will clean out the problem quickly and easily.

On the other hand, I have seen computers where the users weren't paying attention at all. Antivirus programs weren't current and when I got to them, cleaning was indeed a waste of time.

So, in my opinion, if the user is taking care of their computer, "normally" a clean up can be fairly simple. Other than that, I agree, IF backups have been made, restoring the computer back to "scratch" is a quicker way to go.

Hope this helps.


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I agree with you IF a PC's condition warrants. However, as already mentioned, self-prevention is extremely necessary. Norton, McAfee, AVG, Avast, etc., etc., etc., techies are working 24/7 for us to help keep our PC's clean ----- and it's up to us whether we take advantage of what is offered. Too, if you are careful in opening emails and use the tools mentioned in Robert Proffit's antiparasite suite, you can prevent many events.

I've not had a virus; however, I have had my homepage hijacked --- boy oh boy, that was a fun one! Thanks to utilities like Lavasoft Ad-aware; Spybot; Spyware Blaster and others, I was able to remedy the invasion.

Again, it's up to the user what they avail themselves of and how secure they want to be. It's all (prevention measures) out there waiting for us ---- as well as the viruses. There are no guarantees--nothing is 100%; but an ounce of prevention saves many headaches. One can never be too careful.

Keep in mind, this is IMHO.


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