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General Computer Help

This page is designed to help you maintain your computer and learn a few things as you do so. By using the tools and information on this site you will be able to keep your system running smoothly and hopefully your computer will make fewer visits to our Helpdesk.

Repair Utilities

Here are some utilities to repair common problems found in Windows

Malware

  • Malwarebytes - Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.
  • Spybot-S&D - Spybot Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
  • SUPERAntiSpyware - SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is 100% Free and will detect and remove thousands of Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, KeyLoggers, Dialers, Hi-Jackers, and Worms. SUPERAntiSpyware features many unique and powerful technologies and removes spyware threats that other applications fail to remove.
  • ComboFix - ComboFix is a program that scans your computer for known malware, and when found, attempts to clean these infections automatically. In addition to being able to remove a large amount of the most common and current malware, ComboFix also displays a report that can be used by trained helpers to remove malware that is not automatically removed by the program.

Removal Tools

  • Norton Removal Tool - If you're having trouble removing an old version of Norton AntiVirus or Internet Security, this utility will strip the application from your computer. This utility is designed for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 systems. You should always try to remove Norton through Windows Add/Remove Programs before resorting to this tool.
  • McAfee Security Center Removal - If you're having trouble removing an old or current version of McAfee AntiVirus or McAfee Security Center, this utility will strip the application from your computer. This utility is designed for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 systems. You should always try to remove McAfee through Windows Add/Remove Programs before resorting to this tool.
  • Kaspersky Removal Tool - If you're having trouble removing an old or current version of Kaspersky AntiVirus this utility will strip the application from your computer. This utility is designed for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 systems. You should always try to remove Kaspersky through Windows Add/Remove Programs before resorting to this tool.