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    Removing Advanced Antivirus + others?
    So, someone's father went to a porn site and now Advanced Antivirus, Windows AntiVrius 2008, and wcs.exe are on the father's computer.

    What would y'all recommend to remove it?

    I've tried google, and the manual remove, some websites tell me to remove different things. So I'm not sure how well I can trust that. The computer does have McAfee on it, but McAfee can't find anything.

    I downloaded Spyware Doctor, because I remember that use to be good and had a free trial, but now it wants money to remove things. Not against doing that, but thought I'd ask here first, is Spyware Doctor still a good program or would another spyware one be better?

    Or could I just delete these manually on my own? Anyone know a good website that I could trust for something like that?

    Thanks!

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    My plan of attack would consist of Windows Defender, AdAware, Spybot S&D, and then HijackThis (using Hijackthis.de's log analyzer to figure out what to remove). Don't manually remove things or screw with the registry unless you're 100% sure of what you're doing. There's also a tool called SecCheck that's pretty advanced in finding everything (and I mean anything, even stuff that all of the prior programs + AntiVirus don't catch) that doesn't belong on your computer, but I'd recommend that for advanced users only.

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    So, someone's father went to a porn site and now Advanced Antivirus, Windows AntiVrius 2008, and wcs.exe are on the father's computer.
    I used to have a sideline cleaning PCs and the most frustrating thing is that the users tend to be repeat offenders.

    As Joshua said SpyBot, AdAware, and HiJackThis are a good trio and like he said use HiJackThis with caution. I have not tried Windows Defender.

    To me porn is the leading cause of PC contamination with virus and the like and when you work on a lot of them you begin to feel like the priest hearing confessions.


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    Is the computer an XP? If system restore is enabled you may be able to restore the system state prior to the mess.



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    Windows Defender is the one thing MS did right. I rely on it and ESET NOD32 AV which is #1 for stopping internet threats. AdAware seems to worry too much about aff cookies, and it's good for that. SpyBot S&D is good. PCTools SpywareDr. is the highest rated for spyware but not virus/worms/trojans. It's cheap enough and they have a 20% off deal too.

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    We use SUPERAntiSpyware which does a very good job of preventing and eradicating *wares of all kinds. It even got rid of a rootkit that drove me crazy for a while.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 2busy
    Windows Defender is the one thing MS did right.
    I lost confidence in Defender because it continually let stuff through that should have been blocked.



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    Start up in safe mode (F8) and in safe mode run your antivirus plus Search & Destroy. You'll get a list of affected files that are part of the OS.

    Then either using a separate pc, download from the Microsoft site, replacement files (you can get individual files) and put on a memory stick. Or if brave go online and try to get them in normal mode (redoing the stage above if you do).

    Install the replacement files as per the anti-spyware sweep results in safe. Restart in Safe Mode again and run a further check.

    If clear then restart and run a scan in full mode.

    Ensure you have ZoneAlarm installed on the machine. Excellent firewall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomers
    Is the computer an XP? If system restore is enabled you may be able to restore the system state prior to the mess.
    Oh gosh, I feel like an idiot now. Thank you a ton! That fixed it right up. Can't believe I forgot about system restore.

    And thank you everyone else too for your replies.

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    Uninstall them from the Add/REmove Programs

    system restore doesn't uninstall the crapware it will however remove the settings that are giving you issues and set your pc to a previous state but the crapware is still there.

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    I was actually thinking of trying add/remove, beforehand, but thought that might have been bad to do. I checked now and the crapware no longer appears on the list. So restore did get rid of it? Or is it just better hidden now?

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    I find that most of the really bad stuff won't provide an add/remove solution.


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    probably hidden as restore doesn't uninstall anything i had a friend learn that the hardware. it just basically restores your registry to a previous state and system settings to previous state.

    With the exception of Windows Updates and Driver Updates it doesn't uninstall third party software.

    Afterall it wouldn't be good crapware if a system restore could get it.

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