Rid of Spyware by Restoring the System and by Hacking the Registry
If your computer has spyware or adware, and you do not want to restore your
computer, another option is to hack your registry.
If you are looking for the information on the following:
If you are online, you are
almost certainly aware that spyware is rapidly becoming one of most
dangerous threats on the Internet.
In fact, it has been reported by CNN that approximately 90% of all
computers connected to the internet are infected with at least one
The programmers who create these leaching programs are becoming better
at evading the various applications designed to eradicate these
infections from your computer.
While many applications have been designed to combat this growing
threat, they do not always work correctly. Sometimes it will be
necessary to take more powerful and purposeful actions in ridding your
computer of a virus than just running a scan from one of these
If you are not able to clean a spyware infection out with your
detector, then the next step is probably going to be to try a restore
operation. You can attempt to restore your computer to the state it was
before the computer became infected. You can do this by Selecting the
restore option by following the following course:
Start Menu...Accessories...System Tools...System Restore
Once at this location you can select to restore your computer to an
earlier time before it became infected. This is a fairly safe process
and you should not lose any of your data, but this option is not always
The system restore option commonly takes a system "snapshot" any time
you install new software or on some predetermined schedule, but,
sometimes this does not happen.
System Restore can be turned off either through configuration changes
or through other software installation. In this case you pretty much
only have a couple of choices to rid yourself of the infection. You can
backup your data and perform a clean install.
A clean install is where you reformat your hard drive and reinstall all
your applications. This is not a pleasant experience and could require
hours of your time depending on the type and number of applications you
This, by the way, is a good reason to either back up your files and
records regularly yourself, or to have some service do it for
you. There are many computer backup services around, and a
little judicious shopping will uncover one which suits your
needs. The cost of a computer backup service is not
prohibitive, but you can pay as much as $100 for an annual
contract. However, most home computers will not need such an
expensive service. One company which provides computer backup
service at a reasonable price is SafeCopy
Backup. At the present, they also offer a free 3GB account
which can be upgraded as
necessary...for a fee, of course.
If your computer has spyware, adware, a trojan or a worm, and you do
not want to restore your computer, a second option is to hack your
Right up front, it should be noted that Hacking the Registry is not a
task to be taken lightly and, if done improperly, you could still wind
up having to do a clean install as mentioned earlier.
In order for you to hack the registry to effectively clean a spyware
infection from your machine will require you knowing at least a little
about the Spyware application you are attempting to remove. Before
taking the irrevocable step of touching your registry make sure you
make a backup and have a current windows boot disk. You may need it if
you touch the registry and make a mistake.
When messing with the registry, always have a backup plan.
Once you open the registry by going to Start
> Run >
and then typing in "regedit",
the registry will be opened. The registry in Windows XP is quite large
and if you go through every key then you will be there longer than if
you had re-installed. You can do a search to speed up matters by
pressing F3 and typing in the name of the spyware application that you
are trying to destroy. When you find an occurrence then you can just
delete that key, but be careful because if you delete the wrong key you
can render your computer's entire Operating System worthless1
Scary, isn't it?
If done properly you can effectively kill most spyware instances that
just won’t seem to go away but, you should only resort to
this step if you have no other choice.
The safest solution to eradicate spyware is to utilize one of the many
tools out there such as Windows Defender, NoAdware,
or one of the many others you can find by searching on the internet.
There are also some commercial applications produced by well known
virus companies such as McAffee or Norton that will help clean an
infected system and help protect you from future infections.
One easy-to-use and inexpensive tool you can use is Registry Toolkit.
It Scans your registry and hardrive for invalid registry keys and
program shortcuts and aids with their removal and control.
In this day of rampant Spyware infections you should not go online
until you have one of these protection applications installed as
protection is better than the cure, especially in the case of having to
hack the registry.
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