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Have just installed the latest Windows (XP) update. It includes a "malicious software removal tool ( KB 890830 ). How do I access it & use it, or is it something that works in the background? :confused:
 

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This article should help. You have to be logged on as administrator and accept the EULA for it to download with the updates. If you didn't do that, then it didn't download.

You can look in C:WINDOWS and see if it's there.

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=890830
 

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Thanks Cookiegal, I had a look at the Windows site & decided to run the on-line malicious software removal tool, very fast & came back 100% negative. A thought...I regularly run Norton Anti Virus, Spybot A&D, AdAware Personal & XSoftspy, all in their most uptodate forms. Is the Window's tool likely to find something that these programs might miss? :)
 

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It's hard to say but many of these tools compliment each other. Some find what others miss and vice versa.

If you're relying on the XP firewall, I would get another one as the XP one only blocks incoming traffic only. Zone Alarm is very good and is free.

Also, I recommend adding SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard for added protection.

You can get Zone Alarm here: http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp?lid=dbtopnav_zass

SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard here:
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
 

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Such a lot of help, huge thank you. I've gone for ZoneAlarm. Found it a little intimidating when I first signed on to AOL, several different elements to give permission for, one after the other! Do I leave Windows firewall on? :)
 

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You're welcome.

You should disable the Windows firewall. I know, at first Zone Alarm seems to be asking for permission a lot but that's normal and it is quite user friendly. If you're not sure of something, don't allow it and if something doesn't work because of it, you can always go into Zone Alarm and allow it.
 

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Windows firewall disabled, after initial batch of "allows", I agree, ZoneAlarm is user-friendly. It never ceases to amaze me, the good people you meet in TSG who are so well informed & so willing to share their expertise. It's an aspect of internet use that deserves much greater exposure & respect. :)
 

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Have also installed SpywareBlaster. What a clever program. I think there is a real risk of becomming overly obsessed with security. There are so many programes available, one has to draw a line & say "I think I've done the best I can to protect my computer".
Thank you very much for your advice, Cookiegal. What with my extra ram & enhanced security, it feels like I've got a new computer! :)
 

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Good afternoon Cookiegal. Thought you might like to know that I've just installed SpywareGuard. Quality freeware like this deserves support, so a modest donation is winging it's way. :) Just noticed, the SG desktop shortcut doesn't work, but right-clicking on the SG icon does, any thoughts?
 

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I'm sure you will be happy with this great free-ware program developped by Javacool. (y)
 
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