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post #31 of 56
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
OOOOOOOOOH YEAH!!! Alot of them are on photobucket anyway!!

Good call Kenz
No problem, I have my smart moments
post #32 of 56
Oh god, you poor thing! Earlier this year when we had to hook up remote to the office, I got some virus that wiped out my computer - I couldn't even turn it on!

THANK GOD they recovered my pics, songs, documents and contacts. But I lost all my e-mails .

I didn't even get the chance to save anything - so I'm really thankful they were able to recover it. NOW I save everything new to disc every month or so. It's a pain in the butt - but it's worth it after having gone through that!



Laurie
post #33 of 56
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Originally Posted by emily_325 View Post
It usually is all already loaded when you get your computer, but they will usually include a couple of program or restore discs for just such a problem as you're having. If you have to wipe your drive due to a virus or something you can just reload all of the original programs and whatnot from these discs.

And the Photobucket idea is a good one. That's FREE.
OMG, lets pray that I still have those discs. I have a feeling my ex told me to throw them out...OH, I feel sick now.
post #34 of 56
Don't worry Nat, everything will work out!!! I hope your Uncle fixes your comptuer fast....we'll miss you at night!!!!!!
post #35 of 56
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
OMG, lets pray that I still have those discs. I have a feeling my ex told me to throw them out...OH, I feel sick now.
If your uncle is a computer tech, chances are he has some "extra" copies of these programs so you shouldn't be up the creek without a paddle. may not be exactly what you started out with but better than nothing.

If you have paperwork from where you bought your computer from the company you may even be able to contact them with those details and they will send you replacement discs.

We may be getting ahead of ourselves though, as he may be able to fix it without wiping your drive.
post #36 of 56
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Shoot, I don't have a disk or memory stick...I forgot about all my pictures..:censor::censor::censor::censor:, HOW DO I SAVE THEM?? I don't really have $$ to go out and get one either...

Okay, what is the best way to save pictures, thats the only thing I want to save. I have no word docs really or excel docs.
You have a photobucket account at another forum you belong to, silly...
post #37 of 56
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
You have a photobucket account at another forum you belong to, silly...
YOU should know..I don't think clearly while in a crisis
post #38 of 56
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Originally Posted by emily_325 View Post
If your uncle is a computer tech, chances are he has some "extra" copies of these programs so you shouldn't be up the creek without a paddle. may not be exactly what you started out with but better than nothing.

If you have paperwork from where you bought your computer from the company you may even be able to contact them with those details and they will send you replacement discs.

We may be getting ahead of ourselves though, as he may be able to fix it without wiping your drive.
Yeah my uncle did mention "extra" stuff he has..but I wonder about the licensing numbers attached? I should still have some paperwork or discs..I only bought a few months ago..and I usually do keep everything. I seem to remember though..me asking my ex.."do I need this stuff?" and him saying "no"...ACK!
post #39 of 56
Don't worry about original disks. Basically after the economy started its down turn, companies were trying to save money so they hacked the original disks.

You entire setup (for formatting and stuff) is installed on a separate untouchable by any virus drive. You'll see theoption at start up "Press F12 for Startup".

If you bought your computer only a few months ago, most likely it did come with a CD RW drive (the driver will say RW CD-Rewriteable). If you have some CDs, burn whatever you may need to the CDs.

IF you uncle has to reformat, make sure the A/V is installed before loading any stuff you back up. If there are pictures and such, often viruses can infect them.
post #40 of 56
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Don't worry about original disks. Basically after the economy started its down turn, companies were trying to save money so they hacked the original disks.

You entire setup (for formatting and stuff) is installed on a separate untouchable by any virus drive. You'll see theoption at start up "Press F12 for Startup".

If you bought your computer only a few months ago, most likely it did come with a CD RW drive (the driver will say RW CD-Rewriteable). If you have some CDs, burn whatever you may need to the CDs.

IF you uncle has to reformat, make sure the A/V is installed before loading any stuff you back up. If there are pictures and such, often viruses can infect them.
If my windows media player is not working..can I still burn stuff onto cds? And can I burn anything onto a cd? Not just music? And how?

I am so computer DUM.
post #41 of 56
Go to "My Computer" and double click on the drive that is your CDRW drive. Once that's open, drag any and all files that you want to burn to a disc into there. Insert a blank disc in to the drive and click on the text to the left that says "write all files to disc" or something similar. It will walk you through from there.
post #42 of 56
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Originally Posted by emily_325 View Post
Go to "My Computer" and double click on the drive that is your CDRW drive. Once that's open, drag any and all files that you want to burn to a disc into there. Insert a blank disc in to the drive and click on the text to the left that says "write all files to disc" or something similar. It will walk you through from there.

Sweet, thanks Emily!! I am so sending all of you a gift when this is over!!
post #43 of 56
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Sweet, thanks Emily!! I am so sending all of you a gift when this is over!!
No worries. That's what friends are for.
post #44 of 56
Hey, I hope you get all fixed up soon!
post #45 of 56
I hope he gets it fixed soon!!!! I'm gonna miss you girlie!!!!!!!!!
post #46 of 56
Aww were going to miss you! Hopefully your uncle will be able to get rid of that nasty virus fast
post #47 of 56
Noooooo! I hope you can get it fixed soon! Gonna be way to quiet without you and Trout in the evenings!
post #48 of 56
Hope you're back up and running soon, Nat! I was down in the summer for almost a week because of multiple viruses, so I know what it's like! Note to self - NEVER accept an email from Natalie!
post #49 of 56
Nat - If you don't want them all to be uploaded to photobucket, you can purchase (really cheap!) some blank disks to burn to at Walmart and you can even purchase a fairly cheap memory stick these days also. If you get a fairly small one like a 256MB or 512MB then that should hold all your stuff (depending on how many pictures you have). Memory sticks are very simple to use. In most operating systems you simply plug them in and they come up as another drive (like now you have a C drive right? That's your computer hard drive) - the memory stick will come up like F, or G or M - or one of those. It will be labeled "removable drive". Then you just copy stuff onto it by drag and drop. If you prefer to burn - you can download a decent free program for burning at Downloads.com.
As for your other programs - you will need the codes IF you have to have them reinstalled. Hopefully your uncle can save those and you won't need to do that, but cross that bridge when you come to it. I would worry about saving all your important documents and pictures to either a CD or memory stick first. Those are most important now. Programs can be replaced.
In the future - when you install a program on your computer, just write all the necessary codes right on the disk itself with a disk safe marker. That way you won't have to worry about losing or throwing away any of the paperwork. I write all mine on all my disks so it's always there with it.

I wish you weren't so far away - I'd come help you in second. Poor thing.
I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's an easy clean. If not though - and you've got everything saved that you want - formating your computer can actually be quite fun and quite a learning experience. I saved an old computer just so I can play with it.
post #50 of 56
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Alright I will update you guys..My virus thread was moved to TCS Support so WYAN can help me I guess He better be prepared, I am a question freak and DO NOT understand computer language at all!!

Okay..

So, last night once I got the thing up and running, I installed some antivirus and adware programs. On the adware side, it just found some tracking cookies..which I think most computers have? Anyway, I then scanned with the antivirus, and it found 5 infections : 2 adwares, and 3 trojans, all with the first Characters of Win32..Which I think come from the original virus I got from MSN..It's called W32.Gangbot. I guess maybe its a hybrid that can put a bunch of different crap on the puter? Not sure though..they might have to be seperately removed?

Anyway, I deleted anything that came up last night. Then this morning, I got a deletion warning from my McAfee that a trojan tried to get in, but it was deleted. THEN it suggested I do a scan, and another trojan came up..which I deleted. I read that Trojans are malicious, so I don't think they should be in there.

Nothing is happening on my computer that is weird yet, its just the scans are coming up with stuff all the time.

Also, when I am finding these things on the scans, is it better to delete or qaurantine?

:censor::censor::censor::censor:.
post #51 of 56
It is usually better to quarantine them to see if your computer needs the file before deleting (especially if you are not sure what the file does) that way you have a hope of 'cleaning' the file should you need it. It can always be deleted from the quarantine later.

As far as back ups, I can recommend www.box.net they give you 1GB of free space (you can pay for more) to back up any kind of files to if you run out of CDs or want to access your files from anywhere without carrying CDs (for others reading) I do a weekly backup of my important files to my box.net account.

At least your computer is picking them up now and not letting them infect it!
post #52 of 56
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
It is usually better to quarantine them to see if your computer needs the file before deleting (especially if you are not sure what the file does) that way you have a hope of 'cleaning' the file should you need it. It can always be deleted from the quarantine later.

As far as back ups, I can recommend www.box.net they give you 1GB of free space (you can pay for more) to back up any kind of files to if you run out of CDs or want to access your files from anywhere without carrying CDs (for others reading) I do a weekly backup of my important files to my box.net account.

At least your computer is picking them up now and not letting them infect it!
Thanks Eithne. I have backed everything up on the recovery discs so I'm good to go there..
post #53 of 56
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Thanks Eithne. I have backed everything up on the recovery discs so I'm good to go there..
Excellent news! I'm so glad you didn't lose anything. I'm also glad you're getting help from so many people who know what they're doing!

Laurie
post #54 of 56
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Excellent news! I'm so glad you didn't lose anything. I'm also glad you're getting help from so many people who know what they're doing!

Laurie
I am very grateful for all the help here ...There is just so much info, and about stuff I have no idea about, it is really overwhelming for me. Everyday I wonder..Hmm, what can I try today..and then end up going crazy fiddling with it for hours on end and then not getting anywhere

I wish one of you could come over!!
post #55 of 56
We will miss you if your not here, but hopfully you won't be gone long. I have had computer problems in the past to the point where the IT guy said "It's fried get a new computer" I feel your pain *HUGS*
post #56 of 56
Come back soon! (and get a good program to protect your pc)
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