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Whats the best way to do a computer sweep after someone else has used your computer?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Tron, Jan 9, 2007.

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  1. Tron

    Tron Thread Starter

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    Hi I'm running XP with XP Firewall, AVG anti virus and Adaware, I was wondering if theres any way I can sweep my computer after someone else has used it?, does anyone else here do this? , I'm not worried about the other user intentionally installing nasties on my computer, It's just that a lot of other users are very blase about what they download, what sites they visit and what emails they open.
    I'm thinking of doing a system restore, would this get rid of any nasties or am I just being paranoid?
    Thanks. (y)
     
  2. Billy the Adult

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    By doing a 'sweep' do you want to just scan it for spware/malware? if so go here and click the free scan button on the left.
    http://www.ewido.net/en/
     
  3. Tron

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    Hi, I downloaded AVG Spyware and ran that, got quite a lot of tracking cookies but nothing else, as far as other unwanted things I now have a toolbar thats been added without my knowledge, I'm thinking system restore would get rid of stuff like that though wouldn't it? , otherwise I could delete it manually, I was thinking that by using system restore it would get rid of any other stuff that I haven't discovered yet.
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    Best way to get rid of the extra things that someone else installed is to go thru add/remove programs and uninstall these things manually.

    Then password protect Windows with a special password that no one will be able to figure out. Do not use birthday or anything that can be associated with you.

    Last way is to not let anybody use your computer at all no matter what. Also find the people who messed your computer up and charge each one $100.00 each for the maintenance you had to perform on your system and basically because they installed stuff on your computer you did not know about or want.

    Security starts with you and as long as it is only you that has access to your own computer it makes security higher than any one can apply.
     
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