Sat, Jun 12 2010 23:45
Fixing a bit of computers
I was fixing a computer for a friend and was considering using a boot disk to clean the machine and several of them have easy ways to update the boot disk with latest a/v signatures. The avast bart cd/iso is probably the easiest - http://www.avast.com/bart-cd but it's also not free.
http://thepcsecurity.com/clean-malware-from-unbootable-pc-with-ultimate-boot-cd/ There are other offerings that are free.
However given that in chatting with the computer user we opted for the reinstall from fresh and this time use Microsoft security essentials. What was probably slowing her system down, in addition to the rogue antivirus software that was obviously on the system, was that the computer only has 256 of RAM. I haven't seen 256 of RAM on a system in ages. Even with Microsoft Security Essentials the MSE doesn't turn on right away and takes a bit of time to load up.
Needless to say I'm going to see if I can scrounge up some RAM before sending this computer back to it's home.
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