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I now have a crazy virus on my computer, (one of the hard drives I use to run windows). This virus does not let me run any programs, as my virus check is automatically activated and tells me that the exe is infected. I can't even run the virus check because that .exe too is allegedly infected. I also can't seem to install anything, as those .exe's too are allegedly infected. I have a sata cradle and a laptop at my disposal to try and fix the problem. I would much rather fix this by cleansing the drive than having to format and reinstall windows. I am not sure how to clean the registry of a hard drive that is plugged into a USB sata cradle.

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  • thejzone May 02, 2010

    What do I if I get a message saying Windows installer isn't available in safe mode, when I try to install the anti-malware you suggested?

  • thejzone May 02, 2010

    I did what you suggested and everything seems alright now!

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Ok firstly!!! you have a malware (not a typical virus) to remove this.. you need to download super anti spyware (the free edition) get that here

http://www.superantispyware.com

use a working pc to download it and save it on a flash drive.. now to the infected pc..

you have 2 choices 1 of which will work

  • turn on pc
  • keep pressing F8
  • a menu screen will appear,, select save mode and hit enter
  • install and run super anti spyware from the flash drive
the second choice is

  • follow above instructions to get into safe mode
  • in the control panel in user account settings,, enable guest account
  • restart pc
  • click start switch user or click guest account
  • install and run super anti spyware..
that should fix you..

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No you don't. Those free programs often cause more damage than they fix. Just do the following.
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(b) Defragment your hard drive. That's something I'd download a third-party program for like Auslogics Disk Defrag or Defraggler because the Windows Defragmenter takes an absurd amount of time to run.
(c) Turn off some of the programs that load at Boot Time. For some silly reason, these netbooks boot with a bunch of programs you just don't need. Antivirus and hardware-related programs stay. Instant Messenger programs, Skype, webcam software, other stuff that doesn't need to run in the background, turn off. (Make sure you only have one antivirus installed because they will conflict with each other!)
(d) Remember, you're running a netbook with an older Atom processor. They just aren't fast.
(e) If you have some technical skills and don't mind spending money, you could consider putting a solid-state drive in to replace the mechanical hard drive it came with. That'll speed it up quite a bit. Don't try it though unless you're comfortable with disassembling your netbook, swapping out a hard drive, and you have the capability to clone your old drive to the new one.
(f) Lastly, try running a complete virus scan on it. Malware can slow down a PC quite seriously.
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