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Q: removing porno type files and downloads from my Dell windows XP ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: removing porno type files and downloads from my Dell windows XP
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: buckshot12-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 29 Oct 2006 18:22 PST
Expires: 28 Nov 2006 18:22 PST
Question ID: 778291
previously my computer was used by a family member who made contact
with various porno sites, and now I am trying to clean up and delete
all of this mess.  I find that I have infected hidden files, ect.  How
do I delete these unwanted files and stop any of their offensive

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 29 Oct 2006 19:04 PST
You might have some luck with a System Restore, which pulls up your
computer's earlier configuration, and more or less turn's back the
clock on your computer by a few months, hopefully prior to the time
you picked up any undesirable stuff.

Give it a try.  You shouldn't lose any files that have been created,
but you may lose any programs that have been recently installed.

From the Start menu, select All Programs===>Accessories===>System
Tools====>System Restore.

Follow the directions, and keep your fingers crossed.

Let me know how it works out.

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: removing porno type files and downloads from my Dell windows XP
From: canadianhelper-ga on 29 Oct 2006 20:03 PST
System Restore will still leave 'evidence' in the registry.

I'd back up all data you wish to keep (docs/photos/music) to CD/DVD or
external drive and then using the free and recomended by PC World
File Download:

Now do a fresh install and reload your data.
Subject: Re: removing porno type files and downloads from my Dell windows XP
From: andrew_z-ga on 27 Nov 2006 22:42 PST
It should be possible to clear the bad files without wiping
everything.  Do you only see the bad content in the web browser?  If
so, try these steps:

1. To prevent popups and clear adware software, install Microsoft
Windows Defender <>
2. Go to Internet Explorer and clear the cache, cookies, and temporary
files <>
3. Install Mozilla Firefox.
4. Instead of using Internet Explorer, use Firefox.  It does an
excellent job of preventing adware and popups.

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