No problem you're welcome. Glad the Firewall is now working normally
Aside from adding RAM now, there isn't really anything else we can do to optimize it any more. RAM upgrades aren't too expensive, so see what you think after a fews days use, like you said. If you ever want me to check what type of RAM this netbook would take, just let me know the Model of the Netbook.
I'll now post my cleanup steps which will guide you through removing the tools we have used and provide some tips on staying safe. I'll leave the topic open for a while, so if you have any other questions or want to check up on the type of RAM etc, just let me know.
Thank you for following the procedures, your system now appears free from Malware. It's now time to remove the programs we have used throughout this cleanup and make sure important programs are updated to their latest versions. This all helps in the fight against being reinfected.
Please make sure you follow the steps below, as they are highly recommended
.========== CLEANUP ==========
Remove the Tools used in this cleanup1)
Tools on the Desktop:
You can now safely remove aswMBR
, Security Check
and Farbar's Service Scanner
from the Desktop (if present). It will probably be worth leaving the Auslogics Disk Defrag and TFC on there, as these can be run every couple of weeks for routine housekeeping.2)
- Hold down the Windows key + R on your keyboard. This will display the Run dialogue box
- In the Run box, type in ComboFix /Uninstall (Notice the space between the "x" and "/") then click OK
- Follow the prompts on the screen
- A message should appear confirming that ComboFix was uninstalled
- Open OTL
- Click the CleanUp button at the top, it will ask to reboot your PC, please allow it to do so
We will now confirm that your hidden files are set to that, as some of the tools I use will change that
========== Anti Malware Protection ==========
- Click Start.
- Open My Computer.
- Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
- Select the View Tab.
- Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Do not show hidden files and folders.
- Click Yes to confirm.
- Click OK.
Having a good Anti Virus program and an on-access Anti Malware program, is great in the battle against malware and various other forms of infections. You should aways make sure your Anti Virus is Enabled and has the latest defintions downloaded (Anti Virus software will nearly always update it's definitions automatically)
Here are some recommendations:Free Anti Virus Protection
If you haven't got an AntiVirus or are thinking of changing, my personal recommendations are Microsoft Security Essentials
, both are free to use. Remember though, you can only have one Anti Virus installed at any one given time.Paid Anti Virus Protection
If you want a bit more than just an Anti Virus and would like extra features such as Firewall and Anti Spam, you will have to look at purchasing an Anti Virus product. A lot of people do use free AV software as these products use the same virus databases as the paid ones, but some people prefer to have the extra features and the help and support that the paid products tend to offer. If you are looking into purchasing one, my recommendations would be Kaspersky Internet Security
or ESET Smart Security
. There are however many different ones out there and it is wise to just download trial versions to see which ones suit you best, before actually buying.MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
This is an excellent Anti-Malware product. It is recommended to periodically run a Quick Scan
to keep your PC as clean as possible. Remember to check for updates before running a scan, so click the Update
tab along the top, then click Check for Updates
.========== Updates ==========
Keeping your PC updated is vital in the battle against infections and exploits. This is where a lot of people fall down, as there are many infections which will exploit loopholes within Windows itself, Java and Adobe Reader. Keeping these updated is a very worthwhile habit to get into.Windows Updates
Updates to your Operating System are vital in closing loopholes and fixing bugs which some infections exploit.
Here's how to check to see if you are missing any updates. Just click your version of Windows below, to see how to check...Windows XPWindows VistaWindows 7Java updates
Adobe Reader updates
- Click the Start button
- Click Control Panel
- Double Click Java
(If you don't see the Java icon - In XP, click Switch to Category View. In Vista, click Classic View. In Windows 7, click View By: in the top right and change it to Large Icons)
- Click the Update tab
- Click Update Now
- Allow any updates to be downloaded and installed
========== Key Tips ==========
- Open Adobe Reader
- Click Help on the menu at the top
- Click Check for Updates
- Allow any updates to be downloaded and installed
- Never be tempted to download software you didn't ask for
If for example you see a "Free Registry Booster" or "Get rid of all your malware problems or blue screens by using this software", don't be tempted to click on them. The software is often useless, could actually be harmful to your PC and they are generally just out to get your money. If you didn't ask for the software, don't download it
- Run regular scans
Set yourself a date, approximately every 2, 3 or 4 weeks, whereby you run a Full Scan with your Anti Virus and a scan with any Anti Malware/Spyware program you may have installed, like Malwarebytes' Anti Malware.Have fun and stay safe online