Secure and Clean your Windows in Safe Mode – 5 Steps

On 4 February, 2007 by Carol

Every now and then I feel that my computer needs a real deep cleaning and scanning.

A usual cleanup and scan is done while Windows runs on normal mode but many services are running at this point and the scanning for adware/ spyware and viruses will never be a complete and good scan…no matter if you have the best scanner.

Some spyware and malware and nasty enough to make it hard for the scanners to detect them, but the safe mode will help you get to them.

This is how I do it:

Start your computer, hit F8 key and then enter in Safe Mode.

Before doing that, make sure that you have updated your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and to make things safer, make a Restore Point.

When entering the Safe Mode, your Windows will run only with only few basic services and nothing else so it’s the best moment to get into cleaning and scanning.

But… it might take a while, so make sure you’ve got something else to do until all this is done.

First thing – Start your anti-virus and hit the scan button. When the scan is done, clean up the mess you found…if nothing is found, your Windows has a good protection.

Second thing – Start your anti-spyware/ adware program. Set it to a Full / Deep scan mode, if possible. When that’s done, clean up and go to the next step.

Third thing – Start your Registry cleaner. You know what to do here.

Fourth thing – scan your computer for junk files. If you don’t have a software for that, then go and download one of the following : Zappit (beginners and advanced users), Hard Drive Cleaner, or Disk Cleaner.

Fifth thing – optional but recommended – do a defragmentation.

Restart.

You are done.

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  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    You misunderstand Vikki.
    Step 4 is to clean Junk, like temp files for example, left overs, files that can’t be removed by the registry cleaners.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    You misunderstand Vikki.
    Step 4 is to clean Junk, like temp files for example, left overs, files that can’t be removed by the registry cleaners.

  • Vikki

    Other than the registry clean softwares I’m not sure what you mean by start your Registry Cleaner in step 3 because you turn around & say to use the regristry cleaner software in step 4.

  • Vikki

    Other than the registry clean softwares I’m not sure what you mean by start your Registry Cleaner in step 3 because you turn around & say to use the regristry cleaner software in step 4.

  • Bernard

    oops, sorry, I actually found the link to your blog here
    //blog.wired.com/monkeybites
    it linked to your top freeware in 2006 post.
    Again, great site… I’ll be coming back.

  • Bernard

    oops, sorry, I actually found the link to your blog here
    //blog.wired.com/monkeybites
    it linked to your top freeware in 2006 post.
    Again, great site… I’ll be coming back.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Why the defrag should be a problem, Ashish?

    Bernard, thank you . I am happy that you have enjoyed my blog.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Why the defrag should be a problem, Ashish?

    Bernard, thank you . I am happy that you have enjoyed my blog.

  • Bernard

    Great site… found it a few days ago linked from techmount.com.
    Your site is a really helpful resource. I’ve spent a few hours following links to some great programs you’ve spotted… thanks :)

  • Bernard

    Great site… found it a few days ago linked from techmount.com.
    Your site is a really helpful resource. I’ve spent a few hours following links to some great programs you’ve spotted… thanks :)

  • http://technospot.net/blogs Ashish Mohta

    I hope to make the comment this time.I liked this post and its really good.Just defrag could be a problem

  • http://technospot.net/blogs Ashish Mohta

    I hope to make the comment this time.I liked this post and its really good.Just defrag could be a problem

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