[kwlug-disc] [way OT] how to de-virus someone's windows box?

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 19 09:41:31 EDT 2010


I meant "leaves the computer running faster".

Note to self: always check what the fingers write.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Mon, 7/19/10, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] [way OT] how to de-virus someone's windows box?
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Monday, July 19, 2010, 9:36 AM
> Two things:
> 
> 1. Unless it is close family: (father, sister, child) or a
> provider that will give his/her services for free too, tell
> them to take it to a $50 virus removal service. It will be
> cheaper than your time plus they have the tools and the
> expertise. (My son does it for $40 and lives the computer
> running faster than before).
> 
> 2. Advise them to always use antivirus and be very careful
> when they click on things they don't know the source of. The
> free antivirus are fairly good.
> 
> 3. If it already has antivirus instaleld and you really
> want to learn how to do it. You'll need to download some
> live CD antivirus like Panda. Run it before you run the
> installed one. If it does not get rid of it, run the
> installed one. If it does not work, you'll need to research
> what kind of virus it is and how to remove it manually.
> Frequently some viruses hide other viruses, so once you
> remove one, be ready to remove the next one.
> 
> Check the "Run" registry key for current user and for local
> machine. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, then go
> to step 1)
> 
> 4. Yes, frequently the cleanup install is necessary if it
> is one of those very nasty virus.
> 
> Raul Suarez
> 
> Technology consultant
> Software, Hardware and Practices
> _________________
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> 
> --- On Mon, 7/19/10, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> wrote:
> 
> > From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> > Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] [way OT] how to de-virus
> someone's windows box?
> > To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> > Received: Monday, July 19, 2010, 5:04 AM
> > On Mon, 19 Jul 2010, Johnny Ferguson
> > wrote:
> > 
> > > I think the only humane thing to do is take it
> out
> > back with a
> > > shotgun and put the poor thing out of its
> misery.
> > >
> > > Alternatively, I used to swear by Avira Antivir.
> > Viruses are nasty
> > > though. I was hit by one that corrupted every
> archive
> > file on my
> > > system. I lost quite a lot of important stuff,
> and was
> > finally
> > > pushed into using linux.
> > >
> > > I think the basic steps are:
> > >
> > > 1. Find out what the virus is
> > >
> > > 2. Find out what it can do
> > >
> > > 3. Salvage data accordingly
> > >
> > > 4. Get out the windows CD and get ready to spend
> the
> > next hour
> > > clicking buttons and installing drivers for
> > everything.
> > 
> >   and that's a road down which i really don't want
> to
> > go.  i mean, i'm
> > fairly smart and i'm sure i could figure out how to
> be
> > moderately
> > helpful, but unless i *really* know what i'm doing,
> there's
> > a good
> > chance i can make things worse.  so i'd rather be
> able
> > to just give
> > some generic advice -- perhaps a utility that simply
> > *identifies* the
> > viruses -- then point the person in the direction of
> > someone way
> > better at it than i am.
> > 
> > rday
> > 
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> > 
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