We have a couple of last steps to perform and then you're all set. Any Problems/Questions, let me know
Firstly, lets uninstall the tools we've used:
- 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.
Also, remove the following from the Desktop, if still there after doing the above:SystemLook
Making Internet Explorer More Secure
- Select Start > Control Panel then double-click on the System icon in the Control Panel.
- In the left-hand pane click on the System Protection option.
- When the Dialog comes up, click on the System Protection tab.
- Check that the drive letter where Windows is located (usually C:) indicates System protection ON.
(This indicates System restore is turned ON for the Windows drive).
- Click on the Create button to create a new restore point. In the Name dialog, type a descriptive name and then click on the Create button.
- You will get a message that the Restore Point was created successfully. Click on the Close button.
- Click on the OK button and close the System window in the Control Panel.
Go to Control Panel and open the Internet Options
. Click on the Advanced tab
and do the following:
- Tick Empty Temporary Internet Files When Browser is Closed under Security. Apply
Then, click on the Security tab
and do the following:
Makeing FireFox More Secure
- Make sure the Internet icon is selected.
- Click once on the Custom Level button.
- Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt.
- Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable.
- Change the Initialise and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable.
- Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt.
- Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt.
- When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
- If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
- Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
Please visit this page to explain how to make Firefox more secure - How to Secure FirefoxOther Software Updates
It is very important to update the other software on your computer to patch up any security issues you may have. Go HERE
to scan your computer for any out of date software. In particular make sure you download the updates for Java
as these are subject to many security vulnerabilities.
Also, its a good idea to keep on top of removing any Temp files etc every month or so. To do this, Windows has a pretty good tool.
- Go to Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Cleanup
- It should start straight away, but if you have to select a drive, click on the C-drive.
- Let it run, and at the end it will give you some boxes to tick.
- All are okay to enable, then press OK and then Yes to the question after.
- It will close after its completed.
------------------------Download and Install a HOSTS File
A HOSTS file is a big list of bad web sites. The list has a specific format, a specific name, (name is just HOSTS
with no file extension), and a specific location. Your machine always looks at that file in that location before connecting to a web site to verify the address. So the HOSTS listing can be used to "short circuit" a request to a bad website by giving it the address of your own machine.Install MVPS Hosts File From Here
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.You can Find the Tutorial HERE
Now that you are clean, to help protect your computer in the future I recommend that you get the following free program:
- SpywareBlaster to help prevent spyware from installing in the first place.
You should also have a good firewall. Here are is a free one available for personal use:
and a good antivirus (these are also free for personal use):
It is critical to have both a firewall and anti virus to protect your system and to keep them updated.
To keep your operating system up to date visit
monthly. And to keep your system clean run this free malware scanner
weekly, and be aware of what emails you open and websites you visit.
Have a safe and happy computing day!