I'm sorry to hear that, as I think the replacement of Explorer.exe might have got it. Never mind.
Anyway, heres a few tips to help keep you from getting infected again:
An essential is to keep your computer updated with the latest operating system patches and security fixes. Windows Updates
are constantly being revised to combat the newest hacks and threats, Microsoft releases security updates that help your computer from becoming vunerable. It is best if you have these set to download automatically.Automatic Updates for Windows
- Click Start.
- Select Settings and then Control Panel.
- Select Automatic Updates.
- Click Automatic (recommended)
- Choose a day and a time when you know the computer will be on and connected to the internet.
- Click Apply then OK.
In addition to Windows updates, you also need to ensure that your version of Java is the latest.Click here
to download the latest version (Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 7)
. Once downloaded, install it and then Reboot your computer.
It is most important
that you also uninstall older versions of Java.
- Click Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs.
- Delete all Java updates except Java 6 Update 7
This will only apply for future Java Updates.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
OK, now lets download some preventative programs that will help to keep the nasties away! We will start with Anti Spyware programs. I would advise getting a couple of them at least, and running each at least once a month.Anti Spyware
- SpywareBlaster to help prevent spyware from installing in the first place. A tutorial can be found here.
- SpywareGuard to catch and block spyware before it can execute. A tutorial can be found here.
- IESpy-Ad to block access to malicious websites so you cannot be redirected to them from an infected site or email. A tutorial can be found here.
- Spybot Search & Destroy a powerful tool which can "search and destroy" nasties that make it onto your system. Now with an Immunize section that will help prevent future infections. A tutorial can be found here.
- AdAware another very powerful tool which searches and kills nasties that infect your system. A tutorial can be found here. AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy compliment each other very well.
Note: If you find your system slows down after installing any of these, just uninstall it, or disable it from running at startup.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Next lets look at Firewalls. These help to prevent unauthorised access both to and from the internet or your local network. A firewall is considered a first line of defense in protecting private information. Below are two free firewalls to choose from, if you do not already have one. Note: You only need one firewall one your system
On to personal Anti Virus programs. One
AV is a must have! But never
more than one, as this can and will cause conflicts and false readings. I have listed three free AV's below which are as good as any paid subscription AV, as long as you allow them to update themselves.Anti Virus Programs~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nearly done! If you like to use chat, MSN and Yahoo have vunerabilities that can leave you open to infections. There are however a couple of very good, Malware free Instant Messenger programs which allow you to connect to multiple IM services in one program! (AOL, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC, MSN):Instant Messengers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lastly, it is a good idea to clear out all your temp files every now and again. This will help your computer from bogging down and slowing. It also can assist in getting rid of files that may contain malicious code that could re-infect your computer.Temp File Cleaners
To find out more information about how you got infected in the first place and some great guidelines to follow to prevent future infections you can read this article
by Tony Klein.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
OK, all the best, and stay safe!