Updated last on: 08/03/10
NOTE: The "r 2010 " "Win PC Defender" "Personal Anti-Virus or Internet Security 2010 "and similar programs are NOT LEGITIMATE!!! THIS IS A WAY TO FOOL YOU INTO BUYING IT TO REMOVE ITSELF-FILES THAT IT SAYS ARE VIRUSES!!! Some have a silver shield logo like Microsoft's and it has four colors like the AVG logo. DO NOT DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL IT! This is a virus and\or spyware! They usually show a "My Computer" type of page scanning for viruses and they are being detected while scanning your C drive. This is fake! They want you to think it's your computer and to buy their program to "remove the viruses" which doesn't happen since there are fake! If the name of the program isn't your anti-virus program or your anti-spyware program DON'T USE IT! It would be best for you to immediately turn off your computer and have a computer tech check it out. THE LONGER YOUR SYSTEM IS RUNNING WITH THIS PROGRAM, the more likely you'll have to pay to have windows reinstalled on your system!!! No matter what anti virus program you use, you can get this fake security program while surfing the web.
Basically if the program does not have the same name as your anti-virus or spyware program, IT'S FAKE DON"T BUY IT!!!
Download and use the free MALWAREBYTES program each week. NOTE: You have to make it run and always run it in FULL SCAN MODE. Click here.
NOTE: In Windows Vista and Windows 7 it might give you an error message saying you have to have “Administrator rights” to perform this action. Close AdAware or Spybot and then right click on the icon. Left click on properties and then left click on compatibility and on the bottom, check the administrator box. Left click apply and ok. Then immunize Spybot until “0” unprotected files appears.
NOTE: Either Ad-Aware or Spybot might ask you if it can come on at start up to finish removing spyware. Click yes and restart your machine. After the program is finished, delete what they find. Viruses and spyware will show up in red color and they need to be deleted from your system. I don’t recommend putting them into the quarantine folders in the programs. Delete them if there are any files in them. Check your anti-virus program’s “Vault” or “Quarantined” folders and delete the infected files inside that have viruses in them. Someday someone will find a way to release viruses that can not be quarantined and then will continually infect your system until the file is “deleted” or the code is scrambled. When the Spybot registry checker asks you to allow or deny a registry change, check the box that says to remember this decision and then click allow. IF you do not know the change it wants to make, click the deny button.
Monthly system checks: Note: depending on if you have Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7,the wording might be different that listed below. Pick a day like the 1st so it's easier to remember to do this. Always perform these tasks in order:
To check the hard drive for errors:
Open My Computer
Right click on “local drive C” it should open a menu window
Left click on “properties”
Left click on the “tools tab”
Left click on the “Check Now” button under “Error checking”
#1- Check both boxes and then click the “ok” button. Restart the computer and do not touch the system. It will go through a 5 point check and then boot into windows.
#2- Then run disk clean-up. Open My Computer,
right click on “local drive C” it should open a menu window.
Left click on “disk cleanup”
Check all of the boxes and delete the files.
#3- To defragment the hard drive:
Do the same as above and then click on the “defrag” button
You can “analyze” the drive to see if it needs to be defragged or not. You can click on the defrag button to over-ride the check and run the defrag program anyway.