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Rootkit Hi Recently received warning about rootkit being in my computer, an old Compaq Presario that my young daughter and her mother mostly use. Research tells me I'm supposed to clear everything out and re-install. Have very little expertise with computers, so would probably hire you guys to do this and to install serious security suite of software. Don't really want to buy new computer right now. So trying to decide between two options: 1. keep this old computer, have you guys remove rootkit and add security stuff (cost all in?) or 2. just get new, inexpensive computer with basics What do you think is better option? Is there any easier way to verify in fact that there is a rootkit and, if so, to remove it?

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If you have a virus/spyware which it sounds like you do, you are going to be paying $200 for removal and about 129$ for a standard security setup! It will be cheaper to fix the problem, You are looking around a min. of $400 for a new pc and $149 for the full advanced security! Cheaper to fix it.

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Before reading the rest of this article, make sure the DVD is
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1) Make sure that the correct Windows drivers are installed.
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Many rogue programs and commercial computer games
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Games that use "Star-Force" copy protection and SONY
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2) Run a good malware scanner on your computer to make
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Try utilities like: F-Secure, Black Light, Rootkit Revealer,
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