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Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Britfellow, Feb 13, 2020 at 10:03 AM.

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  1. Britfellow

    Britfellow Thread Starter

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    Hello group..... my laptop is running well now .... I have a question about cleaning out Adware .... I used to have a programme installed that was called " Superspyware"....I could run a " clean up " using that programme, that would programme would identify and clean out the Adware. How is that now achieved using Windows security ?.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    You can also still use SuperAntiSpyware on Windows 10.
     
  4. Britfellow

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    Thank you Silversurf and Cookiegal.... I have been advised to not download third party programmes, I have had enough problems with my aging laptop .... now super clean and running well thanks to Macboatmaster , I want to avoid making retrograde steps.
    Thanks again.
     
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  6. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    1. If you feel that you would be happier with a scan on demand for adware/spyware - then I recommend Malwarebytes AdwCleaner as mentioned above
    It is free and will update to the latest version of definitions and every so often the new base engine version of AdwCleaner

    2. It is NOT real time protection and with Defender running, you do not need real time protection for those, as Defender will find more or less anything, in that general category, which is a real risk in the Spyware category and notify you by pop-up in the notifications area of your taskbar

    3. You will probably find that AdwCleaner will find only what it considers to be Potentially Unwanted Programs
    If you decide to install it my recommendation is that in settings you should turn ALL - OFF
    EXCEPT Use Cloud Database and Cleaning Options, ask for confirmation before reboot. both of which should be turned ON - they are by default.

    4. When it scans it will tell you if it has found anything and then present you with a screen listing what it has found and using the > by clicking on it you can see what they are.
    The options are then to quarantine or cancel
    If you choose quarantine the items are moved to quarantine, that means they are deleted from the computer
    Using the quarantine tab on the left pane you can then restore them if you are experiencing problems
    OR you can delete them entirely from quarantine.
    CAUTION if you do that you cannot of course then restore them.

    5. IF AdwCleaner does not find anything the options are then SKIP basic repair or RUN basic repair
    My advise is NOT to run basic repair
    IF you do not uncheck the items I have mentioned in settings above then, if AdwCleaner finds anything, as part of the cleaning process it will run basic repair
    as you can see it then

    6. The cleaning process offers a set of basic repair actions. You can choose which actions to toggle On of Off. See below for a description of each action.

    • Delete IFEO keys: Delete all IFEO subkeys.
    • Delete tracing keys: Delete all Tracing keys.
    • Delete Prefetch files: Delete all Prefetch files.
    • Reset Proxy: Remove all proxies.
    • Reset Chrome Policies: Delete all Google Chrome policies restore the default policies.
    • Reset TCP/IP: Reset TCP/IP settings to default values.
    • Reset Firewall: Reset the Windows firewall rules to default values.
    • Reset IPSec: Reset IPSec settings.
    • Reset BITS: Empty the Background Intelligent Transfer Service queue.
    • Reset IE Policies: Delete all Internet Explorer policies and restore default the default policies.
    • Reset Winsock: Reset Winsock settings to default values.
    • Reset Hosts file: Restore the Hosts file to its default values.
    AS YOU CAN SEE it then resets all shown above. IMHO this is unnecessary for what, with Defender running, AdwCleaner normally finds and I am sure you will encounter problems if you reset all as above .
    That reset should ONLY be done as advised by someone who understands the implications

    7. Also please be aware that if you choose on the settings options remove adwcleaner - you also delete the log files and then you cannot restore.


    8. Here is the full user guide
    https://support.malwarebytes.com/hc/en-us/articles/360038520174-Malwarebytes-AdwCleaner-guide

    and the download link is on the same page to the right of the window, although that has already been provided above by my colleague SilverSurf

    9. As mentioned by my colleague Cookiegal - SuperAntiSpyware can be run on 10.
    However and it is ONLY my opinion, but as I mentioned on your other topic, when we managed to get 10 running quite well, it is now not only the spyware scan that it was originally and I have read many reports if it being extremely slow on occasions to scan, some reports have even mentioned it apparently freezing on a scan.
    https://forums.superantispyware.com/discover/
    Please see this review
    https://www.techradar.com/uk/reviews/superantispyware

    I am of the opinion that AdwCleaner is more suited to 10, than SuperAntiSpyware is, but that is only my opinion and you must make your own decision.
     
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  7. Britfellow

    Britfellow Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your comprehensive explanation of my choices .... as my machine is now running so well, I am inclined to rely on Defender to " oversee " the security aspect and not muddy the water with other programmes.

    Thank you, much appreciated.
     
  8. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    AS I said your decision

    Just to clarify one point- for the benefit of anyone reading the topic
    The quote refers to your other topic where we managed to get the laptop running reasonably well for its age
    https://forums.techguy.org/threads/drop-w-10.1239868/

    I did not mean ANY third party apps. My comment was in respect of those that offer some manner of maintenance/increased efficiency/boost etc., of the Windows 10 system.
     
  9. Britfellow

    Britfellow Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your clarification .... I did not intend to confuse the subject.
     
  10. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Cheers
    I only posted - to clarify for anyone reading the topic.
    I knew that you were clear on the issue
     
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