At 3/22/04 10:32 PM, joliet_jane wrote:
I have Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy, but everything they kill keeps coming back! My homepage is always being changed, and it used to be NG, BTW!
I am getting quite annoyed. It feels like my computer and I are getting violated up the ass. I've never felt this helpless, and I don't like it.
I'm sure nobody on NG wants my life story but I used to be a hardcore Mac user up until last summer. Nobody could ever picture me using a PC. I was used to both platforms but my expertise leaned toward the Apple side. I used a PC laptop all summer and bought my first PC this past October. Between both computers I have had zero problems with virii, spyware, etc.
I got in the habit while using my Mac of keeping track of what belonged in the system folder, if something were placed there by a new program, I would get rid of it upon uninstallation of the program.
It probably comes down to me being obsessive but I check Windows Update, LiveUpdate, SpyBot, SpywareBlaster, and others on a daily basis.
I know what should or should not be in my programs list. If I uninstall a program, I run TweakXP to clean the registry and remove ALL traces of the program. Temp folder is cleaned twice a week, Cache is cleaned daily. Virus scans 3 times a week.
Call me meticulous or whatever you want, I spent quite a bit of money on this 17" laptop and it will continue to look new and run like new for as long as I own it.
My only recommendation is to go through your computer and take a look at everything in your Program Files folder, maybe find a registry cleaner, and use whatever tools necessary to take back your computer. I personally can't really help unless the computer is in front of me.