Virus & such
by Zolar_1 - 1/20/12 10:28 PM
In Reply to: proble solfing! by rosishere
It's a bit late for this, but if you password protected all user and admin accounts, then activated the GUEST account, then your grandson could use that and you needn't worry too much about the problems.
Microsoft also gives away Shared Access Toolkit (or renamed by now but still offered).
This can prevent ALL changes to your computer unless you decide you want to make changes.
Another suggestion is to go into safe mode with networking then try going to trendmicro for a free scan and cleaning. You have to look around the site to find the free online scan, but it's there.
There is another way to prevent 99.99% of the problems is that you can use a run from CD version of Linux just for your grandson to play his stuff with. PCLinux is most like Windows. Linux Mint is good too. Ubuntu is an awfully bloated OS. Linux puppy is VERY fast.
If you know *exactly* where the virus is and nothing you can do to remove it, you can use a run from CD version of Linux and manually delete the problem. Just be careful though. You delete the wrong thing and Windows may not work.
Some viruses and malware are polymorphic. This means they change themselves with every restart to attempt to foil anti-malware and anti-virus programs.
Some are so effective that I had to actually erase the hard drive and reformat/reinstall windows from scratch.
After a few times of losing everything you learn pretty quickly to prevent the problems if at all possible.
Should you have to go this route, as soon as you get up and running, get every single patch you can from windowsupdate plus a really good (preferably free) antivirus, firewall, and antimalware program.
Once all that is done, get a drive imaging software and make an image of your new install, saving it on another hard drive if possible.
There are some sites that will back up your stuff for you, but be careful - you have NO IDEA what they do with it.
One more thing about Linux - you can install windows in a virtual machine. Each time you close out the virtual machine you can either save changes or discard changes, effectively neutralizing all windows based malware, viruses & such. The virtual machine is free too as is nearly all versions of Linux.
Don't be afraid of Linux. It is both a great operating system and a nice tool for working on windows if need be. It's pretty much point and click, just like windows.
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