Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 19th Oct 2010 23:23 UTC
Windows In previous OS News articles, I described how mature computers up to ten years oldĀ can be refurbished and made useful. One article identified and evaluated different approaches to refurbishing. This article tells how to performance tune a mature Windows computer to make it serviceable again. I hope it will interest anyone who wants to tune Windows.
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Don't believe its easy at all
by alcibiades on Wed 20th Oct 2010 16:49 UTC
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...a step-by-step procedure by which you can easily remove malware from most computers...

I'm no expert, but a while back I spent quite some time on a consulting assignment in the company of an IT department who really were serious experts. Their view, and they convinced me they were right, was that you cannot remove malware from an infected windows machine with an acceptable level of certainty. They did not even try.

Their reasoning was, how do you know you have succeeded? How do you prove a negative? They thought the risk reward ratio was so far against them that they simply reformatted and reinstalled from optical media. They were prepared to recover selected document files. but mostly all that survived was unformatted text however.

I concluded that if these guys could not do it, I certainly could not, and what I say to people now is, they have two choices if they want me to do it. One is Linux. The other is a new clean windows install.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Agreed. The amount of time spent is non trivial, and as you said the risk is that you will leave some malware around. I still do it every now and then for people who have lost their install cds for their os and apps. Its not for the faint of heart or those that charge by the hour. There are no guarantees that it will work, which is okay if you are charging them in non monetary amounts.

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