CodingCREW

IT Services

Toolkit - Clean MS Windows

Tools for CodingCREW members.  Below you will find links to tools and software that will help you in the field.  Before use make sure you know how to use these tools.

   "If In Doubt - ASK"  

  CLEAN MY INFECTED MACHINE 

Download the following packages using the
links below - save each to your desktop.
NOTE: These instructions are for Microsoft
Windows operating systems only.

CCleaner
Cleans temp files and such.
This package is a must when cleaning
an infected MS Windows box. Formerly "Crap Cleaner"
First Line item in all CodingCREW toolboxes.

SuperAntiSpyware
The name says it all, this package is a MUST.
First Line item in all CodingCREW toolboxes.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes.org Website
This package is another MUST of anyone dealing
with an infected MS Windows box.
First Line item in all CodingCREW toolboxes.

Process Explorer - Task Manager Replacement
Interactive Windows Process Tool
This tool is part of a suite of tools from
the Microsoft Sysinternals package.
Process Explorer is one of the single most important
tools available when trouble shooting Windows XP.

  1. Download CCleaner first.
    Install this program and exit.
    Do not run yet.

  2. Download SuperAntiSpyware
    Install this program
    Do not install toolbars, or allow to work with recycle bin, etc., Just install a icon on desktop. Do not send any status reports.
    UPDATE DEFINITIONS
    Do not run yet.

  3. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    Do not install toolbars, or allow to work with recycle bin, etc., just install a icon on desktop.  Do not send any status reports.
    UPDATE DEFINITIONS
    Do not run yet.

  4. Step by Step detailed instructions are HERE.  Once you have read the step by step instructions select your operating system at the bottom of the post to be taken to advanced cleaning instructions for your specific operating system.

NOTE: There are additional malware tools
available for download but we are not
going to list them here as you MUST read
the instructions for use on the MajorGeeks
web site before you use the tools.  Go to
MajorGeeks and read cleaning procedure
information for your specific OS.

MajorGeeks
READ ME FIRST
XP Cleaning Procedures

NOTE: All the programs in this section can be
downloaded directly from MajorGeeks web site.
If you are cleaning a machine for the first time
it is RECOMMENDED that you go to MajorGeeks
web site and start reading at the READ ME FIRST
post in the Support Forum under Malware Removal.

Additional Resources

BleepingComputer
This web site has a lot of information on malware
and fixing computers.

 


  DISCLAIMER:

All of the programs and/or software listed on this page are posted here for CodingCREW use.  The CodingCREW makes no warranty expressed or implied for use by the general public.

Use the tools found on this page at your own risk.
 

Process Explorer

Process Explorer is hands down better than TASK MANAGER.

Honestly I have no idea why Microsoft continues to use Task Manager as their flagship process management tool.  The standard Task Manager that ships with all versions of Windows just plain sucks.

All CodingCREW machines have Process Explorer installed on them and we try to use this program exclusively instead of Task Manager.

Process Explorer gives you an overall picture of what process are running and which ones might been to be killed when working on a Windows machine.

Task Manager can take forever to kill a process whereas Process Explorer zaps the process instantly.

We cannot figure out why anyone would want to use Task Manager when Process Explorer is available.