PC Problems?

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Advanced Poster
Location: Australia

Date: 28/4/2006 at 5:04

Some people have problems, others don't. The main purpose of this thread is to raise alertness to the Atorian community of what problems can affect your pc and to help everyone protect themselves from these problems.

Malware is essentially a programme that is installed onto your computer (usually unknowingly) that does things that you are unaware of. For instance companies, like Microsoft or advertising agencies, put tracking cookies or data mining cookies on your system that will provide them information about your computing practices. Most of these are not dangerous but sometimes a more malicious one will take control of parts of your computer. For instance when you connect to the Internet it takes you to a website you haven't seen before, or you get pop up ads from dodgy places (often pornographic), or it tries to dial another phone number instead of your ISP.

Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. Spyware is programming that is put in someone's computer to secretly gather information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties. Spyware can get in a computer as a software virus or as the result of installing a new program.

Adware is any software application in which advertising banners are displayed while the program is running. The authors of these applications include additional code that delivers the ads, which can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen.

The following programs are free, easy to use, effective and safe to use:

Adaware 1.06 :

Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4 : (scroll down past donation stuff)

SpywareBlaster 3.5.1 :

SpywareGuard 2.2 :

Winpatrol :

Ccleaner 1.28.277 :

The following are programs i am unfamilar with but others here have recommended them:

Microsoft Windows Defender Beta 2
A review on beta 1:

Zone Alarm Firewall

Avast Antivirus

Note: I couldn't find a link or version that wasn't only a trial edition for avast

If all of the above fails and you still have problems with your pc i suggest going to http://www.techguy.org/ and registering an account to seek professional help.

If any of the links no longer work please let me know, i have tested them all today, but 6 months down the line they may no longer work

Advanced Poster

Date: 30/4/2006 at 3:34

Avast antivirus registration is free for home PC use (You may have to register every year and all updates to software is free - you may have to re-register every year - it's free)

Advanced Poster
Location: Chicken Shack

Date: 30/4/2006 at 9:40

I haven't tried all the above, but would make the following additional comments:
Prevention is better and much easier than cure - Norton Internet security 2006 will stop 99% of all problems occuring but costs £40 or so.

Adaware free version is safe and easy to use, but only tries to fix after you have been infected. Spend the extra £20 or whatever and you can get the version which monitors in real-time and tries to stop the infection occuring.

Moral - free is good, paid for is better

Advanced Poster

Date: 30/4/2006 at 15:38

Off topic: Looks can be deceiving, if somebody knew your empire name, Grievous :D

On topic: zonealarm, and avast can do same thing that norton suite does. Also adaware has an option to always run in background. Also with Norton, you have to pay subscription every year (not just one time, else you won't get updates)

Now I rarely run adaware, as zonealarm is getting better and better, but if you don't know how to play with the detailed technical settings, you should run adaware / spybot frequently.

Advanced Poster
Location: New York USA

Date: 30/4/2006 at 16:39


It is a free online antivirus and it is always up to date on the new viruses. It is very good but it takes a while. It detects all viruses malware,spyware and adware. I compared it to my paid version of panda software and it found out more viruses and spyware

Location: Belgium, Ieper

Date: 10/5/2006 at 11:16

Avast Antivirus

Note: I couldn't find a link or version that wasn't only a trial edition for avast


that nlink is the free version of avast ;) you just need to register your free version and a key will be provided by email!

Mean Mayhem
Advanced Poster
Location: Bournemouth,England

Date: 6/6/2006 at 20:52

And i can guarantee they work, i use to have arguably the worst virus problem the world has ever seen, pesti sorted me out :) cheers pesti

Advanced Poster
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date: 7/6/2006 at 2:54

tec2, i would like to add something about Norton.. you pay a subscription fee to get any latest upgrade on the LiveUpdate, Antivirus Engine and the Support service.. you still can get the virus definition update for free.. :).. and for me Norton still is one of the best antivirus ever.. hehe.. :)

mayhem.. hehe... i don't think you have virus problem.. but i do think you have a lot of spyware, adware and browser hijacking problem.. heheh.. ;)

Mean Mayhem
Advanced Poster
Location: Bournemouth,England

Date: 7/6/2006 at 17:12

Probably, i lable them as a whole as 'virus', but you are probably right, however isnt a trojan horse a bad virus, my spysweeper thing picks them up every half an hour? but nothing happens.

Twice i have had my computer stopped by problems, once i couldnt get past the screen where you use the computer user, you would pick the user, it would look like it was going to log in, but wouldnt.

The other, when the computer was turned on it would just run everything, every single operation on the computer, and then it would say your computer has encountered a problem and shut down, well no S***, but still it was annoyin.

Are these common virus' if i can call them that?

Advanced Poster
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date: 8/6/2006 at 2:41

i give you a tip..

1. Go To Start.
2. Choose Run..
3. Type in MSCONFIG
4. Go To The Startup Tab.
5. UNTICK anything that looks suspicious.
6. Go To The Services Tab.
7. UNTICK anything that look suspicious (do not UNTICK Microsoft or Antivirus (symantec, avg etc) services).
8. Restart the computer.

If you do it correctly, you could improve the time taken for windows to start-up and also free some of your resources and make your computer perform better. :)..

Do it at your own risk or better refer to knowledgeable person before doing this.. hehehe.. :)..

p/s: if you need help, give me the list of content inside the Startup Tab and i can help you determine which item can be disabled.. :)

Advanced Poster
Location: New York

Date: 26/3/2007 at 9:18

So pesti what do you recommend when your brother turns plugs his ipod in your pc the pc turns off and never turns on again? lol thats what happened to my last pc.....

Advanced Poster
Location: Australia

Date: 27/3/2007 at 11:07

i recommend buying a new power supply :-p or if you don't want to do that explain the symptoms more ;-)

Advanced Poster
Location: Odus Nanosuit

Date: 4/11/2007 at 19:19

I TOTALLY SAY FOR BEST RESULTS: Get Avast Antivirus. AA is fantastic, does automatic scans, and doesint interfere wiht any programs etc. Im not talking about the problem with Mean Mayhem's PC.

Major Poster

Date: 13/2/2008 at 1:17

Spybot: Search and Destroy.

Rookie Poster
Location: Lancashire

Date: 11/8/2008 at 15:44

Another good option is www.comodo.com.
They have a set of free products, no subscriptions etc.
PC runs faster than it used to with McAfee and has less problems.

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