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How to Fix Computer Spyware Issues
A few days ago while I was on my computer browsing the Internet, I unfortunately ran into a bit of a problem. I somehow, mistakenly downloaded a file with a bug while searching online for a solution to my movie maker audio hardware issue, when I came across this software that I thought was the answer to my problem, Unfortunately my download turned out to be my worst nightmare!
This is what happened a "fake" window security Alert Shield or logo kept popping up every 3-5 seconds and the message that followed read" Warning Potential Spyware Operation, Run Full Scan Now to Prevent or Block Unauthorized Access to Your Files." Click yes to Download Spyware Remover." I knew better not to select "Yes" because that would have only made matters worse.
I knew from experience and by taking to others that most of these spyware programs are specifically designed to be extremely hard to locate, unless you have one of these lately developed cutting edge spyware removal software. If you should get infected by some virus, spyware or other malware you cannot just download and install any anti-malware software and expect to get you problem solved immediately. It's as simple as this, how are you going to gain access to your infected computer hard drive? This malware will not allow you to do so.
Each time I tried to run a scan it blocked each and every attempt. I even tried to get to the control panel to use the add/remove features so that I could removed this program, but again I was blocked from doing that. The malware designer had already knew most of the steps I would most likely to initiate in attempt to get this bug removed. Each and every file I tried to open was infected,according to the message returned by this "Fake" Windows XP security Alert. After trying everything but to no avail, I finally decided to re-install windows XP and this was how I got my problem solved. This is what I did, sequentially:
- I first backed up my important data prior to making changes to XP and then boot my computer with a copy of a Windows XP CD.
- I powered off my computer and insert my windows XP CD into the CD drive. I then turned back my computer on while simultaneously pressing down on the F8 key. I do this to get windows to boot from the disc drive.
- A blue screen appeared with the words Windows XP Professional Setup Welcome to Setup.
- I then select the option that reads> To setup windows XP now press enter.
- A new window took me to the licensing agreement > I Choose the option to"Agree"
- From the next list of options I select > To repair the selected windows XP installation, press R>. Xp started installing itself immediately for the first time. You don't have to worry about losing your data and settings, everything will remain intact. I followed the prompt and within minutes it was all done and I had a new non-malware infected download copy of windows XP.
- Please remember to have your CD key/code written down on a piece of paper so that you can enter it when prompted to do so.
- One final word of caution: Please do not go back online until you enable your firewall. You can do so by going to control panel and click on security setting and check enable firewall. The button should turn green!