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Too much spyware removal stuff

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My browser was hijacked about two weeks ago. I spent a very long time cleaning it up with the help of the Malware forum. In the process, I downloaded the following list of software:


Spybot S&D




Spyware Guard

Spyware Blaster

Registry Mechanic

Trojan Hunter

CW Shredder


and registered for a 90 day free trial of McAfee. I also switched from IE to Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1. I am having a few problems with this, but no pop-ups is great.


I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 with XP Pro Windows NT 5.1. I would like to know what I need for good security without going overboard. Also, I find the McAfee annoying with all the messages that things have changed in the Privacy Service and it should be restarted, so I'd like a recommendation for anti-virus.


Would someone advise me about what I should have? Also, is there a registry cleanup that is free?




Edited by tprotani

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Your post has most of the stuff, but check out my website below.


With spybot do use the teatimer feature if not already doing so. Belt and braces I also use winpatrol from www.winpatrol.com but it does the same job as teatimer.


Use hijackthis and make a copy of the current good state of play (save Log) - that will always show any additions when you do it the next time. Check (and save a new log) each time you add new software.

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