When I sign in somewhere as Administrator, do I have to un-sign?
When you right click a program and run as administrator, you're not signing in as administrator, just running the specific program with administrator right. So you don't have to sign out, just close the program.
The free version of Malware Bytes antimalware is used just for scanning, so it won't affect performance or conflict with the other security programs. However you have too many security programs that significantly reduce performance and doesn't mean that they increase security due to their number. If I were you I would keep the antivirus (AVG), Mbam for scanning and Super Antispyware for additional security.
shall disable all UAC pop ups.
The arrow that you're referring is hiding inactive icons (system tray programs). If none of them are open, then it will not show.
To check that this is active, right click on the taskbar and select properties. Go to notification area tab and select make sure that Hide inactive Icons
Do you still get the message about virtual expander at start up? If yes, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features. Find Virtual Expander, double click it and see if you can repair install itNext:
I'm going to remove the tools we used here, but we can continue trying to fix the USB problem next. Otherwise, you may want to return to the hardware forum so the techs can help you there.
Congratulations! Your logs are clean!
Now that you are clean, please follow these precautions in order to keep safe:
Over the course of the fix you've used a variety of special tools to help with the cleaning process - none of these are of any use to you now that you're clean, and it's best not to have them hanging around on your computer.
- Under the Custom Scans/Fixes box at the bottom, paste in the following
- Then click the Run Fix button at the top
- Let the program run unhindered, reboot the PC when it is done
- Open OTL for the last time and hit the cleanup button. It will remove all the programs we have used plus itself.
Uninstall ComboFix from your computer:
Next:Note: If you are using Firefox I would suggest the use of these add-ons:
- Click on Start > Run
- Type Combofix /Uninstall in the run box and click Ok. Note the space between the x and the /u, it needs to be there.
Next:Automatic Updates for Windows
- NoScript - for blocking ads and other potential website attacks.
- McAfee SiteAdvisor - this tells you whether the sites you are about to visit are safe or not. A must if you do a lot of Googling.
Next:Additional security programs
- 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.
- For additional security, the use of these tools is important:
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. - Update the free version and scan with it often. It is an excellent scanning tool to have on your side.
- The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your computer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer. This little program packs a powerful punch as it block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and many hijackers. For information on how to download and install, please read this tutorial
Next:Update all these programs regularly
- Go here and click Do I have Java
- It will check your current version and then offer to update to the latest version, if there are any.
- Make sure you update all the programs I have listed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT
be protected when new malicious programs are released.Next:Keep a backup of your important files
to prevent future data loss.
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Just a quick attempt, can you try turning the computer off, unplug it from the socket and then wait a moment, plug it again and start it. This may fix this glitch as described here