LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 740 times:
Quoting Jush (Reply 3): Adaware is the best in my opinion. Free as well.
google for adaware and forget about that MS crap.
Bullshit. Ad-Aware doesn't catch the same stuff MS Antispyware does. Too bad the things MS does catch I can't get rid of (unless I go in Safe Mode I suppose).
But hey, I reformatted my HD the other week. Once I got Windows (SP1) up and running I opened up IE and went to download Zone Alarm and Firefox. Before I was done doing that my computer was already infested with spyware and my browser got hijacked. Got rid of most of the spyware (using SpyBot, AdAware and MS), but IE won't open anymore (except the occasional random pop-up ad. Go figure). Oh well.
Windows Update turned out to be a POS too, after a few days of fruitlessly trying to get the thing to download SP2 (instead of 30 trivial updates at a time), I resorted to just downloading a copy of the SP2 installer manually. It had to be an "illegitimate" copy off a file sharing network, because microsoft.com wouldn't let me do anything other than say "go use Windows Update" (which is harder than it sounds considering my IE doesn't work and the WU page is only accessible with IE) great customer service there jerks. They're lucky I'm not MattD, or some emo kid with a blog.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 12 Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 669 times:
Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 6): Something is wrong. When I go into safe mode all I get is a black screen with the words safe mode in each corner of the screen.
Safe mode runs you in a basic VGA setting, at the lowest resolution, depending on how your desktop is arranged it can move your icons off the screen. Do you have the button? Can you do and see the start menu?
If none of those work you may have a problem, but the fact that you see 'Safe Mode' in the corner tells me you've got the OS up.
Last option, while still in safe mode, try the three finger salute , this will bring up Task Manager, from the menu select File, New Task (Run), then run MS AntiSpyware (path should be C:Program FilesMicrosoft AntiSpywareGIANTAntiSpywareMain.exe). Then reboot normally.
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