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Old 11-21-08, 11:23 AM   #1
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A question for bigger eggheads than I am

Okay, so my friend's daughter got her laptop infected with AntiSpywareXP 2009 (fake), a couple of viruses, and other crap.

I managed to remove most of it using MalwareBytes, Avast, Security Task Manager, and some other tools I typically use, but there's one nagging thing.

AntiSpywareXP 2009 has changed the links in the Windows Security Center so that they all point to the site that distributes this Malware. Do any of you fellow eggheads know how to restore the Security Center to its proper state?

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Old 11-21-08, 11:25 AM   #2
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try this?
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Here, check this out
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Old 11-21-08, 11:39 AM   #4
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It's amazing how just phrasing things differently in google makes all the difference. Thanks, timmy, even though you're a total smart***
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I got the 2008 version of that and used AVG

Here is my thread.

Antivirus 2008 infection=
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It's amazing how just phrasing things differently in google makes all the difference. Thanks, timmy, even though you're a total smart***
My friend sent that site to me this morning, i've been eager to use it
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Ok next trick... getting windows to see Avast after clearing out the security center...
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It's amazing how just phrasing things differently in google makes all the difference.
I've had lots of instances where I search for something for a long time and find nothing. I post my question on a forum and the first reply is the answer I was looking for that someone else searched. Oh, well.
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spybot S&D can fix your security center registery for you.
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Boy, threads like this make me want to get those "Don't ask me, my name's not Google" T-shirts made up.
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But here is a thought--usually solutions to problems found on Google are found on other forums... so if no one asked on a forum in the first place, then there wouldn't be any results...
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i'm a big fan of wiping everything off and starting over when things get into the system.
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I'm also a fan of the orbital nuke to make sure. Copy vital files off to two places (usually burning CDs and an external drive), disconnect the external drive.

After this, boot up a Linux CD to zero out the partition table. Then disconnect physically the machine from the network, and install Windows. Make sure the firewall is up and operable (this is automatic in XP post SP2 and Vista, manually has to be turned on in pre SP2 XP, and this functionality isn't available in Windows 2000 and earlier.)

Reconnect, install all updates, then install some decent A/V protection. I personally like Symantec Endpoint Protection, but its a heavyweight and may not be usable on older systems.
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