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Fighting Malware: Speed Up Your Computer with AdwCleaner

Joanne Reid, Kindle Writer

Fighting Malware: Speed Up Your Computer with AdwCleaner

Joanne Reid, Kindle Writer

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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Nasty Things

    • 3. Where Do They Come From

    • 4. Installing AdwCleaner

    • 5. Running AdwCleaner

    • 6. Final Words

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About This Class

Take back your power! Speed up your computer - for free.

Have you ever tried to look at a website only to find your computer screen completely unusable because it is covered with pop-ups?

Do you get big bright messages telling you that you have hundreds of viruses?

Are you tired of taking your computer to the repair shop to pay hundreds to make it work right?

Then this course is for you. It helps you get rid of the most annoying malicious programs that are on your computer, ruining all your fun. You'll learn the value of AdwCleaner -- a free program -- that can do wonders for improving your computer's performance.

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Joanne Reid

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1. Introduction: you may have protection in the form of an anti virus program running on your computer, and you wonder what the heck happened. How could you be attacked by a band program when you have an anti virus program that you trust let you keep up to date? Well, the sad fact is that hackers out there, those delightful people who create the viruses and malicious software that ruins your fun online keep on coming up with new programs. It becomes almost a game to them where they try to find something that they can create that can sneak past the anti virus program. And they do, and they get into your system and do damage. Also, there are viruses that are constructed in a certain way to attach themselves of programs that are already running on your computer, and the structure of them is the typical structure that your anti virus program expects to see and keeps in Iowa, for some of the other malicious software that's created is more subtle, and it's not designed to run as a program is designed to activate certain behavior on your computer. In a sense, it runs a community programme, but it's not there to disconnect from the Internet or to disable one of your programs. It's there to create a pop up that's going to get in your way or to redirect your brows, or so that when you goto log in to your favorite website, it sends you to one of their advertising websites. The thing is, and this has been going on, more and more, the majority of the attacks are coming from programs they're not typically recognises viruses. So no matter how good you anti virus program is, even if you get the most expensive one out there, they're still bits of malicious software. They can sneak past it in. This class will take a look at the first step in getting rid of malware and other bad things on your computer. We're going to deal with a D W cleaner, which is a very trustworthy program for removing the first layer of pests that irritate you . When you're online, why not enroll now? You'll be surprised at the results 2. Nasty Things: What are viruses? Well, there's more the things that attack your computer than viruses. There are a lot of other nasty things, but whether you call him viruses or adware or malware, they all work out the same thing. These air little programs that do destruction to your computer Viruses are the most destructive. They attached themselves to programs you already have on your computer. They can get into your Windows operating system and actually corrupt the files and slow the whole process down until you can't even open up your computer. You can't go anywhere when you do, and sometimes you can't even close it down unless you hold down your on button for 10 seconds or 15 seconds until the computer shuts itself off. And at that point, you might even have trouble turning it back on again. These air programs that run from annoying pop ups and attacks on your computer, where you get these messages saying that you have 638 viruses, and for a mere 1995 or 29 95 or sometimes a much higher price, you can buy something that will remove these threats. Don't do that not only will you not be able to remove the threat? Sometimes you'll find that your credit card has been compromised. This is called ransomware. Basically, it's a little program that holds you ransom. They won't let you get back into using your computer the way you want to until you pay a small ransom. There's also adware, which is not quite the same. It's not designed to be destructive to your computer use. However, it does get in the way of things you want to do. It will redirect your browser to another page where they try to sell you something. They will pop up ads in your face all the time, and it really can destroy your enjoyment off using your computer. All in all, these programs are malicious software. The name for that, his malware. And you'll often see references to Mel where it's just malicious software and it is malicious. It can do anything from annoy you with threats that if you don't pay money of have this virus on your computer forever to getting in your way. When you're trying to check your Facebook or send an email with ads for something Jamaica may not want to buy to a program that will destroy your operating system, 3. Where Do They Come From: The big question is, where does this stuff come from? How did something get on my computer? You know where you go and you figure that you're going to places that are safe. So how does this malicious software get on your computer? Well, it's sneaky. Sometimes you'll get a knee email that looks like it might be from somebody you know, and it'll say, open me first. Or did you know this? And there's a little file attached to it. And you think, Oh, I wonder what that is. You click on you open it. It's a virus or a low level piece of malicious software. Other times you're downloading a program, and the program looks perfectly legitimate. And it's coming from a well known site, and you're just clicking the next button. We we get used to doing that. You're selling this next next. Next, keep clicking the next button. If you stop and read each screen that pops up, sometimes you'll see that it's offering to download a program for you. And if they could, well, looks like a really good program, it's promising. It'll do all this wonderful stuff for me and you accept it and it turns out it's actually malicious software. Other times you go to a website that you're used to going to, but somehow it's been hacked and a little bit of programming code has been attached to it. And when you open it up, that code lands itself on your computer. And guess what? You've been attacked by malicious software. The thing is, even if you go to places that you think you're safe and your download programs, you think you're safe. You're vulnerable to all kinds of viruses and mail where and adware and try as much as you like to prevent these things being on your machine every now and then, it's good to give a good cleaning, and that's what we're gonna look at later on. 4. Installing AdwCleaner: we're going to look at downloading ed wear cleaner or a D W cleaner. You go to Google or whatever your favorite search engine is, and you type in a D W. Cleaner lists of download places will appear, and you'll see that there are a number of different choices to make. It's important that you choose the one I'm choosing here, which is that bleeping computer. There's no magic to bleeping computer other than this is a trustworthy source off this particular program. The reason that I say use this one is that all too often people will go searching for a cleaner and they will type in a good name like a D W cleaner. But they'll be taken to a bad website, and this is where a lot of the problems start. There are people who will post a good cleaner on the site that has a lot of headwear and malware on it. And while you're getting the program, you want your also getting a lot of other little visitors. You'll come to the download page and click on the first button. You're going to download it from bleeping computer. You could go to the author's site, But it's a lot easier just to stay and sleeping computer, and you'll see the download appear in the bottom left hand corner. It takes a little wild to download, and now I'm going to fast forward to this while you're wave with download, you can right click on the downloading 80 w cleaner dot e x e and left click on open when done. And this that's the program run assumes is done. You don't have to go looking for weird stored on your computer. 5. Running AdwCleaner: regardless of where you download from or your operating system, you will probably receive the message. Pop up on your computer asking whether you really want to install this on your computer. Click on Yes, I tried to capture an image of it, but the message supersedes anything else on the computer, so I couldn't video it or do a screen capture. I'm using Google Chrome for this, and the program will begin to install. You'll see it quickly. Download the programs that you need, and then the main screen pops up. You click on scan and then you wait for it to run through. I'm not gonna make you wait. Well runs to the whole thing here, but it looked like this, and when it's completed, it will pop up. Uh, it's finished Now You see that the scan is great out and it says clean. You click on the clean button and this will run through and clean up all the adware malicious software that the program found. What I was doing. It scan, and then it will pop up a message, letting you know that it's gonna close down all the programs that you have running it gives you a chance to close them out yourself. If you have something that you want to save before it closed and when you're ready to have them all closed, you just click on OK on the cleaning continues. This contain a few minutes. I've seen the whole process take longer than an hour, but you see it takes less than 15 minutes. The cleaning is the shortest part of it. When it's cleaned, you'll get this message letting you know that it's gone through what it's clean various things, and this gives you some really good advice. It's worthwhile reading this particular message because it will tell you what you shouldn't shouldn't do, making sure that you choose when you're downloading a program, what to install, Make sure they're no little hidden programs being installed, and also to make sure that your anti virus program, if is possible, being able to check for pops of potentially unwanted programs. You don't need to do that right now, but it's good advice. Once you click on OK, you'll get a message letting you know that adware cleaner is about to close down your computer. You click on OK and your computer will reboot. When you computer comes back on, you will get a report, and it's worth it. If you want to read the report just to see what you did have on your computer, you can printed out, or you can save it and read it at your leisure. The main thing and this is a good time to really take a look is you'll probably knows a huge difference in your computer already. And that's just taking off the first layer of aggravating potentially unwanted programs, malicious software and headwear. 6. Final Words: thanks for taking this class. I hope major computing experience a lot more fun and got rid of some of the malware and adware that had been plaguing you. There are several other programs also free that I will be describing. And they can help you dig a little deeper into cleaning up your computer. I hope to see you again, so