Re: How do I fix what spyware has done?
I agree with mr pickles, somewhat. Your computer is heavily infected with viruses/spyware/adware, but I wouldn't recommend a reformat just yet. Before you do any of the below, try to backup as much data as you can!! Some tried and true programs I would use in a situation like this are:
Spybot- Search and Destroy (Free)
AdAware SE (Free)
Avast! Home Edition (Free)
You can easily find and download the above by searching Google. Attempt to get these three programs installed on your PC. Once installed, update and run. You may want to start the computer in safe mode with networking (reboot and tap F8 until you see the text selections, highlight safe mode with networking, enter). Run all these programs, remove what it finds. Reboot. If you have your orginal XP disc, pop it in, disconnect the modem, and go to start>run and type "sfc /scannow" without quotes. This will help alot, due to entries in the host file, etc. Another note, is to turn of system restore while performing these actions. If you don't want to potentially go through hours of this- then a reformat is suggested, after you backup your data.
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