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Re: Urgent Help Needed With Internet Explorer IE 6.0

Fred Atkinson (
Sat, 13 Aug 2005 07:41:11 -0400

> PAT,

> I had a similar problem before. A good lesson was learned by my kids
> about downloading stuff from web pages. It took me days to clean the
> mess up.

> The procedure that worked the best for me was using as many "free"
> spyware removes as possible: Spybot search and destroy and others. I
> needed three (don't remember the other two) before I got the mess
> cleaned up. I don't know if this will work for you or not, but it is
> worth a try.

> Good Luck,

> Bill

Spyware removal programs such as Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy
do a pretty good job if you run them from time to time.

My brother's girlfriend has a daughter that is constantly downloading
all kinds of junk off of the Internet. My brother cautioned her that
she was garbaging the computer with all kinds of Spyware and viruses,
but she didn't seem to care one way or the other. Teenagers can be
like that.

Finally, she had gathered so much stuff on it that my brother asked me
to go over and try to fix it. When I arrived, there was so much junk
on it that pop ups and other malicious wares kept jumping in front of
me that I couldn't even make a boot disk so I could delete the
partition to start again.

We wandered next door to one of her neighbor's house. The neighbor
allowed me to use his computer to make a boot disk. There was spyware
on his computer, though not nearly as bad. I installed a copy of
Adaware on his PC and wiped most of it out. Then I was able to make a
boot disk and also downloaded onto the boot disk a piece of freeware
called 'Delpart' that will wipe out any partition you care to blow
away ('be careful how you use it', to steal a slogan from an old Hai
Karate commercial).

When I returned to the computer the teenage girl had trashed, I
rebooted on the floppy and used Delpart to blow away her partition.
The I created a clean one and reinstalled the OS.

Of course, the teenage daughter lost all of her files. But she had
been cautioned that that would happen at the rate she was going. I
installed Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy and showed my
brother's girlfriend how to run them.

It can be a real mess.



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