Will re-formatting my PC get rid of adware?

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  1. BoredRec

    BoredRec New Member

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    I haven't tried the 3 programs that are recommended in the sticky, but I'm currently running Spy Sweeper and Microsofts Antispyware. I bought Norton Internet Security 05, but it won't load on my computer for some reason. And now I can't even check my mail (yahoo) or eBay without the screen being hijacked to some search page. I'm just about ready to pull my hair out over this. The only other thing I can think of is doing a system restore, but I'm afraid I will lose a lot of stuff. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    If you re-format and re-install you'll be free of all adware and spyware (for the moment anyway), but you'll lose everything on your hard drive.
     
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    reformat == surefire way of fixing any software-related problem.
     
  4. 01000101

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    try the progs in sticky. run them in safe mode

    *spybot
    *ad-aware
    *crap cleaner
     
  5. MP

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    yes but if you got spyware before chances are you'll get it again.
     
  6. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    agreed.
     
  7. C_Blyth

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    this will definatly get rid of it, and then you need to go about the propper precausions to stop the spyware
     
  8. EvilSS

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    Yup. So clean the machine off, install spyware detectors (yes, plural), and stop downloading crap.

    That means no download accelerators, screensavers, smilies, P2P programs, or any other crap that you see on the net. Want free software, find reputable sites and programs, then google the program name to see people are reporting that it has spyware, or go open source and check places like sourceforge.
     
  9. BoredRec

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    Yeah, I guess I shouldn't have d/led grokester, but its been awhile since I was connected to the web...i'll try the other adware programs first <crosses fingers>
     
  10. RoblesGT

    RoblesGT [Track Days: 19 ][Crashes: 1] [SuMo Days: 1 ][Cras OT Supporter

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    buy an external HD to backup all the files you want to keep ... das what i done ...
     
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    Sonar_un Prowler Orange

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    A word of note..

    whatever you do, don't install Norton ANYTHING. It should be classified as spyware and adware. What a peice of shit program.
     
  12. P07r0457

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    the only useful norton program is ghost.
     
  13. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    thats not true. i formatted my music drive by mistake and i got all my music back (all 20something gigs of it) using EZ Recovery or something like that i dont remember wat it was called
     
  14. Goonigoogoo

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    If you reformat you'll get rid of all you spyware yes, but you will also lose everything else on your harddrive.

    Personally i use the following:

    Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition
    AVG Antivirus
    Microsoft AntiSpyware - its always on
    Ad-aware - once a week
    Spybot - once a week

    Pretty much nothing will get through this defence. I alternate internet browsers I.E. and Firefox and have not had 1 single malicious software enter my system after i installed SP2. I also disabled the firewall that Windows urges me to have running post-SP2.
     
  15. StevesVR4

    StevesVR4 Get Arrested

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    If you format the drive and then do nothing to it before you try to recover, sure you will get your data back. The OP is planning on doing a format then a reinstall of the OS. Things will be overwritten and it will be hit-or-miss on getting the data back because there is no telling where the new copies of files will be stored in relation to the files that were wiped clean from the format.
     
  16. Alt+F4

    Alt+F4 official OT hockey stud

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    And might I suggest FIREFOX. Whenever I get people's computers to clean out spyware, it always goes back to them with no IE, and firefox installed. So much better.
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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  18. torquehead

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    There's a difference, too, between a quick and dirty reformat and writing zeros to the drive...if you reformat your computer and can still get your junk back using a program, you haven't really gotten rid of the problem...you've just jostled files around and are preparing to re-write the operating system...doing the long reformat with writing zeros will write over everything, and there isn't anything left lurking that you can recover...
     
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    And that wasn't even theirs. I still have my Ghostie from back in the day.

    As much as I hate to admit it, the norton ad blocker part of their security suite works almost perfectly.
     
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    Firefox = the shiz.
     
  21. P07r0457

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    opera > firefox

    opera supports everything that firefox does -- and more... And it's much better on resources (especially ram)

    firefox is a dog when it comes to ram -- not good, at all.
     
  22. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    opera's tooltips really piss me off, how to view the tooltip you have to be slightly off the text of the link. i wouldn't use it just for that.
     
  23. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I've never been a fan of Opera's interface myself. Also it's not free.
     
  24. COMplex

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    I still hate firefox.

    I use IE, but I'm also not an idiot like a lot of people. I've never had spyware on any of my personal systems.

    Microsoft's Anti Spyware looks to be an awesome tool and I will use it next time a friend needs spyware removal.
     

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