That’s all you need to do. Your PC is clean.
I now suggest you head to the XP forum
if the PC is still running slow – they will be able to provide better advice than I can. ================================
In the meantime, some suggestions:
- to improve general perfomance, consider adding another 1Gb stick of RAM to complement what you already have.
- You can download and use Google Chrome as an alternative browser. It is fast and would make your browsing experience bearable.
- Try uninstalling applications that are installed in your computer and observe for significant changes in perfomance. Doing it one at a time and restarting the machine everytime, until you find and isolate what is hogging the system resources.
We need to remove
all the tools that you have used.
This is so that should you ever be re-infected, you will download updated versions. It will also remove the quarantined Malware from your computer.
- Download OTC to your desktop and run it
- Click Yes to beginning the Cleanup process and remove these components, including this application.
- You will be asked to reboot the machine to finish the Cleanup process. Choose Yes.
Lets Re-hide system files and folders.
Opening Windows Explorer (to get there right-click your Start button and go to "Explore"), please do the following:
- Go to Tools (drop-down menu at the top of the window)
- Go down and click Folder Options
- Click on the View tab
- Find the Hidden Files and Folders section of the box and check "Do not show hidden files and folders"
- Again under Hidden Files and Folders, find "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" and check it (if it's already checked)
- Click Apply, and then Ok at the bottom.
- Close the window
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
Since your system is clean, to help protect your computer in the future I recommend that you get the following free programs.Anti SpywareSpywareBlaster:
- 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.
prevents spyware from installing in the first place. SpywareGuard:
catch and block spyware before it can execute. IESpy-Ad
block access to malicious websites so you cannot be redirected to them from an infected site or email.SUPERAntispyware
a powerful tool which can "search and destroy" spywares that infected your system. Malwarebyte's MBAM
also another very powerful tool which searches and kills nasties that infect your system. Note: If you find your system slows down after installing any of these, just uninstall it, or disable it from running at startup.
Lastly, lets clear out all your temp files. This will help your computer from bogging down and slowing. Many infections sometimes load from a temporary file location.Download TFC (Temp File Cleaner)
to your desktop, or other location.
Save any unsaved work. TFC will close all open application windows.
Double-click TFC.exe to run the program.
If prompted, click "Yes" to reboot.
To give you an insight on how computers were infected in the first place, I highly recommend reading this article originally written by Tony Klein