I am working through the list that you linked.
One challenge. When I click on the "Hijack This forum" link, I am taken to: http://www.usgs.gov/
. I am sure this is not what you intended.
Any specific instructions for dealing with this challenge?
Also, as I was working my way through your Click Here!
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When attempting to run Trend Micro Housecall, the program cannot find the c:/programs/netscape/plugins folder, even though one does exist. I have deleted the .exe and the plugins folder and started fresh, only to receive the same challenge.
After the listing for AVG, "NOTE: DO NOT install more than one antivirus program. ... less protection, not more." Just to help me clarigy, Ewido, Trend Micro Housecall, Panda, and AVG are ALL AV programs, right? So.... do I install one, use it, de-install it, install the next one, use it, de-install it..........? It has been my understanding that using more than one AV program is vital in being able to get to the majority of viruses. Just after Spybot S&D, "No single program removes every threat. A multi-prong approach is best." Does this not apply to AV software, also?
Please do not be offended at the question, I just want to learn and know what approach will work best.
Windows update: Here is a touchy one for me. I have read at several sites how installing SP2 can cause erractic behavior and even cause loss of data and functionality. Even so, I am willing to take the steps required to protect my PC from more of the junk that has infested my PC. However, as long as I am going to need to do a complete backup prior to installing SP2, wouldn't it be easier to just reformat the HD, reload WIN XP Home SP1, go to: http://www.windowsupdate.com
, update to SP2, and then reload my programs and data? Because I did not know your site was available when my PC was attacked B4, I just did a complete data BU, (after cleaning), reformatted the HD, reinstalled the OS, reinstalled the applications and replaced the data.
Which process do you recommend?
Thank you very much for your time!