Additionally, if anyone can tell me, is there anything I should know before going ahead with things like Smitfraud-Fix and the one that removes Vundo? I looked over some of the stuff and I think it's safe enough for me to go ahead following the directions posted in the forums, but I am a newbie when it comes to this techie stuff; anything I wouldn't be anticipating? Any common problems that arise? I know a couple of people posted things that happened, but it seems as though they didn't quite follow the directions to a T as I plan to. (Currently I am infected by Virtumonde [Vundo, as I understand it], Smitfraud and Smitfraud-C and a few-thousand variants, as well as Zlob and possibly WinFixer or something like that and possibly a couple of variations on that name as well; I have heard that viruses of the nature of these will cause problems that compound quickly, but I seem to have had these for a number of months and have yet to experience the "Blue Screen of Death," so what gives? Also, why did none of these problems go away when I reformatted my computer?)
I guess the bottom line for me is that I don't know anything about how to protect my computer from malware/spyware/adware/any-kind-of-ware/viruses/trojans/worms, etc. Can anybody give me any tips or refer me to a good antivirus, maybe something better than what I've got? And can anyone tell me if Spybot Search & Destroy is truly reliable? What about Windows Defender? Which is right? Which is wrong? Who's good? Who's bad?
I know I've just asked an awful lot of questions. If you can answer even just one, please do. And, yes, I'm a complete computer idiot--if you couldn't tell reading my questions, I'm telling you now...computers just aren't my thing. If you can help it, when you answer my questions, please try to put them in Layman's terms.
Thanks in advance.