I have a ton of adware and spyware and viruses. I have tried spybot, symantec, and spysweeper, nothing is working. i tried restore points, nothing. i think the only answer is to just reformat my harddrive. help...
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Re: Reformat hard Drive
If you want to format your harddisk and reinstall windows just start your laptop, with the xp installation disk in your cd drive. make sure the bios is set to boot from cd choose for clean install in the installation screen and select to create new partitions and format them with filesystem ntfs.
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How long have you waited? Is it loading just REALLY slow? This could be spyware, adware or a virus.. possibly a new piece of software you installed? If you rebooted and repeatidly press the F8 key it should allow you to enter safe mode to resolve any issues with spyware/adware (spybot: http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html)
Sounds like 2 problems. If the laptop does not hold a charge, and if the adapter wiggles, more then likely, you need a new motherboard. You can call manufacturer and see what one would cost.
2nd- Runs slow. Either you need more more Ram, and or You are infected.
You might need to do a Reformat. Be sure and do a Back-up First., because you will loose everything.
If you know how to do a back-up, save all your documents, pictures and music. If not take it to a reputable computer shop to take of this. There will be a slight charge, but they will save all your important data.
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FREE SPYWARE Download Spybot Search & Destroy. Restart computer, then run Spybot to see what spyware comes up, AND DELET IT.
FYI---Virus Protection-- 2 programs of virus protection will conflict with each other and will actually cancel out the protection. SO just download one.
Running Spybot Search & Destroy with EITHER Avast or Avg (great Free virus protection programs ) will keep a computer in good working condition. FREE
There are alot of $ anti-virus and Internet security programs out there-ie: Norton, McAfee, Panda, Bitdefender. If you would like to pay $ then get ***Kaspersky***-- 2010 , I feel that is the best for your money.
REMEMBER TO KEEP UP THE DAILY MAINTENANCE ON ALL OF YOUR COMPUTERS.!
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disable system restore and delete the restore points and then update your anti virus and anti spyware defintions and run a virus and spyware scan in safemode.
How to disable system restore points and delete them How to get into safe mode
Also what anti virus and anti spyware products are you using - if anything symantec then get rid of that and use avg free or avast ( register it for free and then its free for home use )
Also for anti spyware use spybot search and destroy as well as a squared
If you need specific links to those post back. If you need further info / help post back
Also if this resolves your issue please rate it as a fix.
After running your antivirus, clear the virus vault, the reboot, and start the process over again, twice should do it. Also, go to filehip[po.com and download CCleaner and run it. It will help clean out excess build up of unnecessary **** (for lack of space to list all the items included) making your machine run faster and more efficiently. If you continue to have problems, the virus may have damaged the operating system, a system restore or reload will correct this. (Only after removing the virus) If you can't remove the virus, then it has damaged your antivirus software, many of the newer viruses go directly for the antivirus first, then the system. If this is the case the only way to be certain is to completely wipe the hard drive and reload the operating system.
The make model and manufacturer of your laptop, which OS are you on??
Assuming you are running windows, since techs have already looked at this, I would assume its your hard drive or a milicous software running.
-Remove any spyware and viruses, just simply install microsoft defender and let it complete the definitions from the internet.
Schedule a scan on your hard drive with auto fixation of error and bad sectors.
Finally if nothing helps, save your data, reformat the hard drive and install a fresh OS. Make sure your hard drive is fine and has NO bad sectors.
HOpe that helped!