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Well first. I forgot that my other computer is 8 years old and has been jacked with by many nerdy friends I dont think it has the windows service pack and runs xp professional. NOW, my wife desided that she wanted a new computer anyways because she couldnt play some games and some were running slow. So...Now we have a new dual core Dell. I set that up for here tonight. What I plan on doing in the next couple day is set up hers again (the one with the virus and restore problems) and continue to fix it and use it as my primary computer. So, give me a little time and I will let you know when I am ready
ok, first I can not find C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles on any of my computers. Second, A while back I contacted emachines and bought the 4 disc bootable Restore cd. Do you think I could explore those disks and find those files? Ok, I need to talk to you about this computer now that my wife bought her "Monster" computer. Man I wish I had her computer. Dual core Amd Athalon 5600+ with 3 gigs of ram and a 24 inch flat screen lcd monitor. So my plans with this computer is to get rid of all the junk and start fresh. I am going to copy the pictures and mp3s I have on it and Restore it. I hate to see we went through all this work not to fix it. But even if we do I am going to Restore it anyways.
Thanks Scotty. Ok, yes I could still use your advice. I have reformated this computer. I have uninstalled McAfee and Norton and have installed Malwarebytes and AVG. While doing a complete scan with AVG is saw it scan some Norton files still on my computer. I would like to get rid of them. I am now going to install Comodo. Again thanks for all your help.
Set correct settings for files that should be hidden in Windows XP
Click Start > My Computer > Tools menu (at top of page) > Folder Options > View tab.
Under "Hidden files and folders" if necessary select Do not show hidden files and folders.
If unchecked please checkHide protected operating system files (Recommended)
If necessary check "Display content of system folders"
If necessary UncheckHide file extensions for known file types.
Download and install the free version of WinPatrol. This program protects your computer in a variety of ways and will work well with your existing security software. Have a look at this tutorial to help you get started with the program. If you want to help the developer of the program and get more information about what the programs that you see in Winpatrol please check out Winpatrol Plus. It does not need a new download.
Use an Anti Virus Software - It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future.
Update your Anti Virus Software - It is imperative that you update your Anti virus software at least a few times a week (Once a day is a good idea). If you do not update your anti virus software it will not be able to catch new variants that come out.
Use a Firewall - I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly. Windows Firewall is not recommended. Be restrictive with granting access to the Internet. If you are unsure if the program really needs the access, test it by denying the access and see if this has any negative effects. If not, make the block permanent.
Never run two Antivirus programs or two Firewalls at the same time. They can interfere with each other and cause problems.
Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently or better yet set computer for automatic updates.
Update all these programs regularly - Make sure you update all the programs I have listed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious programs are released.
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