What is the best 'cleaner'?

Hello :) I'm wondering which is considered the best, quickest, most comprehensive and effective free error/fault/virus checker/finder/fixer.

I have used or am using Norton Sytsemworks 2003, ccleaner.com, A Squared, Ad-Aware, Trend Micro, among others.

I'm not remotely a techie, so, *please*, simple language.

Many thanks

Neil C
EnnnceeeAsked:
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blue_zeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:

This may help because there isn't any one-fix-all-problems product. Therefore you must use a selection, probably has you are already doing.

To Home Users: Do you want free security programs that really works?
http://msmvps.com/blogs/donna/archive/2004/12/06/22450.aspx

Donna includes the necessary comments that will help you select the programs you need.

Zee
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ded9Commented:
Norton Sytsemworks is the best try downloading the latest version

http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/index.jsp


Reps
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blue_zeeCommented:

Reps,

Neil is running Win98SE:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Q_21900232.html

All Norton products after the 2003 release were a pain in Win9x systems.

Zee
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esdxr26Commented:
I like ccleaner www.ccleaner.com

It cleans everything and adds itself to your recycle bin so you can right click and run it whenever you want.

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Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
I use best practices, however with a win98 PC, that really isn't possible as you cannot run as anything other than admin... There aren't any lower privileged accounts...
http://www.xinn.org/win_bestpractices.html
http://www.xinn.org/win_bestpractices.html
-rich
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Rich RumbleConnect With a Mentor Security SamuraiCommented:
oops, double pasted, I meant : http://www.xinn.org/annoyance_spy-ware.html as the second link.
-rich
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OkigireConnect With a Mentor Commented:
For live online scans, Pandasoftware (pandasoftware.com) has an online checker that works well.  Bit Defender (bitdefender.com) also works really well for finding a lot of stuff.  Just remember to disable System Restore, or else anything these checkers find and clean will be restored.
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EnnnceeeAuthor Commented:
Many thanks all.

Zee, that page is very useful, although I notice it hasn't been updated since 2004. Still, some handy suggestions.

Okigire, I'm W98SE so don't think I have System Restore, do I?
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blue_zeeCommented:

Ennnceee,

That date is the date it was first published.

I don't know when you visited it, but today it's different from the day I posted the link..

Zee
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EnnnceeeAuthor Commented:
Now why didn't I think of that. Mind you, the Comment Notification Registration is disabled. Don't know if that's relevant. In any case, as she suggests I've registered with the Calendar of Updates. A full-time job this innit!
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blue_zeeCommented:

FYI, see here who Donna is:

https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=A7C6779B-CCEB-435A-8F3B-C07C89AE77A9

Amazing... ain't she?

And I'm not talking about the picture!
:-))

Cheers,

Zee
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OkigireCommented:
Ennnceee - you are correct, Windows 98 does *not* have System Restore so that's not something you need to worry about.  The best thing might be to uninstall everything, and delete everything else, go through your start menu, do the same, delete temp files, etc...

Windows 98 is pretty quick and easy to set up provided you have the drivers on hand, and the license key+disk, though I know it's not what you were looking for.
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EnnnceeeAuthor Commented:
Zee, found it hard to get past the photograph! Seriously, good stuff.

Now, talking of 'cleaners', I was using Spybot the other day when the following messages appeared:

Access violation at address 0043898E BFF7B9A6 in module SPYBOTSD.EXE KERNEL32.DLL

Write of address 00FF000C 30303058

And when I tried to ok, or delete the messages, more appeared.

Would you know what this is all about? I've only recently added Spybot to my collection of Ad-Aware, A-Squared, CCleaner, Norton Systemworks.

Thanks

Neil
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blue_zeeCommented:

Try uninstalling Spybot S&D, reboot, scan with CCleaner, reboot (a must after every CCleaner scan!), reinstall Spybot S&D.

Reboot and test.

Zee
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ded9Connect With a Mentor Commented:

Check out this award winning software No1

http://www.webroot.com/consumer/products/windowwasher/


Reps
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EnnnceeeAuthor Commented:
That's interesting Zee. Didn't realise had to reboot after using CCleaner. Thanks Reps; will have a look.

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blue_zeeCommented:

There are items that are cleaned only upon reboot.

Zee
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bta-guyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hey,

I use a combination of the following:

Zone Alarm Pro (includes firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware)
Spyware Dr.
Ad-Aware Pro with Ad-Watch Event Log

I also run a program called Tune-Up Utilities, which is a more general system cleaner app.  This takes care of registry errors, general cleanup and repair, and tune-up of the system.

It's not a cheap combination, but I rarely have any spyware or virus issues.  I would rather pay a little for strong protection than get a potpourri of free apps, but that's just personal preference.
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EnnnceeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks all; will leave it another couple of days and then close.

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