PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE THESE TOOLS. Seek advice of an expert for uses where noted*
- With any of the downloads, do the installation carefully.
- If any toolbars are included as an option during the installation, check or uncheck per your preference. Most toolbars are for the benefit of the purveyor.
- If You Are Having Trouble With A Slow Computer - Look at our Suggestions here: http://www.malwareremoval.com/tutorials/runningslowly.php
CCleaner - for cleaning out obsolete temporary files. Also has program uninstaller and selective cookie removal.
*Do not use the Registry section unless advised by an expert.
Temp File Cleaner (TFC.exe)
- This temporary file cleaner is safe and thorough, but may require a PC Restart after you run it.
- Download to your desktop and run it every week or two to rid your machine of junk files..
MVPS HOSTS - Read about HOSTS file here. Installation of the mvps HOSTS file is very effective at preventing connections to malicious websites.
- Manages your HOSTS file.
- Unzip (extract) the download to your computer, somewhere where you can find it.
- HostsXpert is able to modify your HOSTS file for particular sites, if you wish to add or remove certain entries.
- Download the file, rename it as HOSTS (with NO file extension), and copy it to the folder C:\WindowsSystem32\Drivers\etc\
- If you have trouble renaming it without a file extension, open it in Notepad.
Then use "File, Save As", and name it HOSTS, saving it as File type "All Files".
- hpHOSTS is a large website blocking file that targets known adware as well as malicious sites, preventing access. It has over 100,000 entries.
- If you have trouble installing or replacing your HOSTS file due to permissions, download this batch file (hosts-perm.bat) to your desktop and run it.
- This should fix the permissions issue
MyDefrag - This program defragments files on the hard drive, making for quicker and safer access. It is more thorough than the Windows defrag tool.
- Use a Temporary File Cleaner like CCleaner or TFC before running a defragmenter.
Spybot Search & Destroy - Well known anti-spyware program.
WinPatrol - Program to help you manage your PC, and alert you about any impending changes to your System Registry
- Remove Un-Wanted Auto Starting programs
- Disable Un-Needed Automatic Windows Services
- Remove Annoying Toolbars and Browser Helper Objects
- Create Reports that provide a snapshot of potential problems
- Disable ActiveX Controls
FREE ANTIVIRUS PRODUCTS - Always have ONE and only ONE antivirus product on your PC at the same time.
Microsoft Security Essentials
Avast Free Edition
FREE ANTISPYWARE PRODUCTS - If you install an anti-spyware program that includes active real-time monitoring, then you should only have ONE such anti-spyware product installed on your PC. Anti-spyware products can be used in conjunction with an antivirus program unless the anti-spyware or antivirus product's instructions state otherwise.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Advanced Antispyware removals.
Spybot S&D See entry above. Don't use Teatimer option while your machine is infected.
FREE FIREWALL PRODUCTS
Online Armor Free
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