hello folks. I have a laptop given to me which came with a grand quota of nasties, and though I think I have probably dealt with most of the problems now, I can't remember how to get the antivirus and spyware software re-enabled.

It is probably a registry value I need to modify I s'pose, and I know I have had and sorted this problem before, but I just can't bring it to mind how I did it... any wise ones here to remind me please?

uh, you prolly have to install it first. if its installed look for it in the start menu. There are lots of av and anti spware software out there. if you need assistance you gota let us know what you have. if its installed its on the start menu some where. try under "all programs" or "program files"
if you can't find it on the start menu, chances are you dont have any.

oh it's there alright Binary, but each time the machine is booted, the AV and the firewall are set to disabled, even though I have enabled them. It is a common result of infection, like when the system folder disappears, and I ought to know how to fix it - must be an attribute or a reg setting I suppose, but I just can't bring it to mind. Must be getting old... :)

well, if you have spyware and the like still on the machine you need to remove it before you can enable thse things. spyware and virues target these items and turn them off. most of em watch for changes in the program status and turn them off as you try to turn them backon so that wont work.

you will need th following tools:
hijackthis: http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/programs.php
winpfind: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/winpfind.php
adware: http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-...bj=dl&tag=top5
spybot: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html
process exploer: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilitie...sExplorer.html
rootkit revealer: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilitie...tRevealer.html
nod32: http://www.eset.com/download/download_NT.php?lang=en

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I would like to see the Hijack this logs and winpfind logs. since were dealing with virus and spyware you will need to post these logs in virus spyware and other nasties forum.