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Posted December 28, 2004 at 09:34:22 AM by Bean

I spend a hefty chunk of time this weekend cleaning up a laptop that was completely overrun with spyware, adware, and virii.  I don't even know if I got it all, but the thing is atleast usable again.  So, as a gentle reminder to all the beanbloggers out there, I suggest you spend a few minutes this holiday season performing a little computer maintenence.  I guarentee that your computer has some 3rd party crap on it that is either hindering your performance, spying on you, or generally tarking up your system.  Get rid of them now.  Some of them open up doors for more crap to get installed and before you know it, your computer will be virtaully unusable.

Get the following programs.  Install them (or just download them, in the case of stinger), check for updates, run them (in order), and clean everything off.  Reboot into safe mode (using f8 at boot time) and run them all again.  A little preventative maintenence goes a long way.

  1. Stinger
  2. Spybot S&D
  3. Ad-Aware SE

Also, for crying out loud, don't "Punch the monkey to win a free I-Pod" or "Click here for a free Spongebog Squarepants screensaver."

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