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    So I'm fixing a friend's computer b/c he says he has tons of pop-ups and his PC is really slow. I get over there and his PC is slow as shit.

    I run AdAware SE. His definitions are 605 days old and it finds over 700 files.

    I then run S&D which finds another 56 files.

    I download HiJackThis! and play with that for about an hour, deleting tons of shit.

    I then ask him what anti-virus software he's using so I can run that as well. He says he's not sure he has any. Ends up he doesn't. I download AVG and get this - it finds 1909 viruses.

    Fix all that which takes about another hour.

    I left and everything seemed to be OK surprisingly. I'm shocked that his PC was even responsive with all those problems.

    Friends shouldn't let friends buy computers.



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    Busyman™'s Avatar Use Logic Or STFU!
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    With all 1909 viruses there I'm sure you did a nice fresh reinstall....right?

    It's hard to believe that they were all deleted properly.

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    If he's done the job properly, there's no need to re-install.
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    Mr. Mulder's Avatar pepper your angus BT Rep: +10BT Rep +10
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    i would have re-installed the friends face for trying to use a computer

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    I hope you left the homepage on ie/fox, he had become accustomed to

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    Dont forget windows update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewie UK View Post
    If he's done the job properly, there's no need to re-install.
    In theory, I agree.
    In practise, I no longer perform virus/spyware removal at all.
    A PC riddled with malware typically has been so mishandled and badly managed that a fresh install is actually the best and most efficient use of (my) time and (their) money.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    30 mins to do a re-install as opposed to fuckin about for 2-3 hours trying to get rid of the crap,I'm with clocker on this one.

    All spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in my post's are intentional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gripper View Post
    30 mins to do a re-install as opposed to fuckin about for 2-3 hours trying to get rid of the crap,I'm with clocker on this one.
    Hey and and with me, with me tooooo. I said it fiiiirrrst.
    Last edited by Busyman™; 10-20-2006 at 02:33 PM.

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    Busyman™'s Avatar Use Logic Or STFU!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewie UK View Post
    If he's done the job properly, there's no need to re-install.
    1909 viruses?

    I think not.

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