Spyware, Popup's and the Nasties
This is how I remove Spyware and the
like from my clients PCs
Step 1: Okay, start your computer up in Safe Mode. You
do this by rebooting or turning on your PC and holding down the
F8 key right before the Windows logo appears. On some PCs with
this cause an error screen to appear so you might want to try
tapping it every second. All your icons will look a little funny
and some people might see icons the size of silver dollars, but
this is for your own good so grit your teeth and bare it...
Click on Start / Run and enter
this command on the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC.
Double-click on the "hosts"
file and you'll see a new window appear...
Now scroll down to Notepad
and highlight and click OK or just double-click it and
that will open up the hosts files in editor mode...
This is my Hosts file. It's just
a normal plain jane hosts file. 97% of all Windows users hosts
file looks just like this too.
You can highlight the text and
copy it then paste it into your hosts file if need be. But this
is what a normal hosts file should look like. There are some
legitimate programs our there that modify this along with programs
to actually help stop spam and such so always make a backup of
this file before you save it. You may need something from it
in order to make one of those programs to work right. But this
would be rare indeed.
Anyway. Cut and paste this into
your hosts file and save it, then reboot your computer. I wouldn't
be surprised if all your popups and hijackers (if you have them)
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names.
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 18.104.22.168 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 22.214.171.124 x.acme.com # x client host
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