Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/school/sysinternals-pro/lesson6/
Most geeks have their tool of choice to deal with processes that start up automatically, whether that is MS Config, CCleaner, or even Task Manager in Windows 8 — but none of them are as powerful as Autoruns, which is also our Geek School lesson for today.
there’s a good chance your malware is running as administrator as well.
If you really want to be a pro, you could save a clean configuration from a new install of Windows and put that on a flash drive to take with you. Save a new version every time you touch a PC for the first time to make sure you can quickly identify all of the new crapware the owner has added.
There's a great feature I didn't know about! Unfortunately, I'll probably only get around to doing this when I finally do a re-build where I actually stop to make a clean backup, too - i.e.: probably never.
@geek What does it mean to have un-checked items in the list? Should they be deleted? I notice that there seems to be a lot already, before I even tried unchecking things.
Rather than pull the “reinstall” card, which is often just the “I give up” card
I wouldn't necessarily say it's giving up. If the machine is really messed up, unbootable, or you know it is virus infected, reinstalling may be the best option. Reinstalling is the only way to know with 100% certainty that all traces of the infection/malware are removed. With any other type of removal you can never be absolutely sure you have removed every part of it. Reinstalling may also be faster than trying to clean up a severely infected machine.
One of the first things I do after a rebuild or fresh install is install all the needed updates and then run a backup. That way if something gets messed up with reinstalling all the applications or user data I can easily restore from the backup and not have to reinstall all the updates. The updates usually are more time consuming then the fresh Windows install.
I wholeheartedly agree with you in principle. In practice, I'm usually too eager to (finally) use my computer after the whole process of rebuilding and updating that I just can't bother myself to stop and do backups or other configuration management type stuff until months later.
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