Removing Spyware

Title: Removing Spyware and Malware
Removing Spyware/Malware and Viruses is a tricky business. The people that write the stuff have criminal, devious minds…and this is reflected in the way that they attack your machine. You will notice that I didn't say 'smart'. Most of the stuff that they do is actually very simple, but the results can wreck your day, week, month. In the beginning there was really no reason for them to do these kinds of things. All that has changed in the last few years.
With the popularity, easy access, and total obliviousness to reality that the Internet has brought us… these deviants can now attack your wallet from the comfort of their mom's basement. All they have to do is write a virus… then charge the unsuspecting victim to remove it. It's called Ransomware. What it means is that your machine is held for ransom, until you pay them for their removal process.
Don't ask who would pay for their services. Plenty of people pay them or else they wouldn't engage in this type of activity.
At any rate… here are my notes on a few things you can do to remove Antispyware from your machine. Each version is a little different, so some of these may not work on your actual installation. If none of this works, then contact me through the comment section of this post and I'll provide you with other options.

  • Check for any files in windows/system32/drivers with 0KB file size and delete them.
    • The way I do this is to boot the PC using a PE disc, use the command line to browse to the system32 directory… then run 'dir' and physically look for a file with a 0KB size…then delete it using the del command. If you have a better way, please let me know.

  • If that doesn't work...You can try the following method.
    • 1. Insert you're windows installation disk.
    • 2. Type R in XP installation disk or select recovery mode in vista installation disc
    • 3. Select command prompt

    • 4. Type this command -->
      cd %windir%

      sfc /scannow

    (this will scan your registry and Windows will attempt to fix any corrupt files by extracting them from your original CD)

  • If it's attempting to scan every three seconds… then copy the below into a text file…save it to your desktop as 'fix.reg'… double click it…and hope it stops the scanning.
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    @="\"%1\" %*"

    "Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

    I personally use a suite of AV /Malware/ Spyware apps that do a good job of keeping me protected. I'll be getting a list of those up soon…

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