Installations finished. Don't notice any issues.
Congratulations your computer appears to be malware free!
Now I have some tasks for your good self to carry out as part of a clean up process and some advice about online safety.Importance of Regular System Maintenance:
I advice you read both of the below listed topics as this will go a long way to keeping your Computer performing well. Help! My computer is slow!
Also so is this:What to do if your Computer is running slowlyUninstall ComboFix:
Clean up with OTL:
- Click on Start(Vista Orb) >> Run...
- Now type in ComboFix /Uninstall into the and click OK.
- Note the space between the X and the /Uninstall, it needs to be there.
- Right-click OTL and select Run as Administrator to start the program.
- Close all other programs apart from OTL as this step will require a reboot.
- On the OTL main screen, depress the CleanUp button.
- Say Yes to the prompt and then allow the program to reboot your computer.
The above process should clean up and remove the vast majority of scanners used and logs created etc.
Any left over merely delete yourself and empty the Recycle Bin.Reset the System Restore points:
Create a new, clean System Restore point:-
- Right click on Computer and select Properties >> System protection >> Create.
- Give this restore point a descriptive name and click Create.
- When done, click Apply >> OK.
Do not clear infected/old System Restore points before creating a new System Restore point first!
Flush Old System Restore points:-
Now some advice for on-line safety:Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware:
- Right click on Computer and select Properties >> System protection.
- (untick) Vista C system box an click Turn off system restore then Apply >> OK.
- Restart your computer.
- Navigate back to System protection >> (tick) Vista C system box >> Apply >> OK
This is a excellent application and I advise you keep this installed. Check for updates and run a scan at least once per week.
As in scan wise...a quick scan and a actual full scan the minimum of say every two weeks etc...Other installed security software:
Your presently installed security application, Microsoft Security Essentials
automatically checks for updates and downloads/installs them with every system reboot and or periodically if the machine is left running providing a internet connection is active.Note:
Updates are also available via checking with Windows Update manually etc.
I advise you also run a quick scan with this also at least once per week and a actual full scan the minimum of say every two weeks etc..Keep your system updated:
Microsoft releases patches for Windows and other products regularly:
Be careful when opening attachments and downloading files:
- Click on Start(Vista Orb) >> All Programs >> Windows Update.
- In the navigation pane, click Check for updates.
- After Windows Update has finished checking for updates, click View available updates.
- Click to select the check box for any found, then click Install.
- When completed Reboot(restart) your computer if not prompted to do so.
Never open email attachments, not even if they are from someone you know. If you need to open them, scan them with your antivirus program before opening.
Never open emails from unknown senders.
Beware of emails that warn about viruses that are spreading, especially those from antivirus vendors. These email addresses can be easily spoofed. Check the antivirus vendor websites to be sure.
Be careful of what you download. Only download files from known sources. Also, avoid cracked programs. If you need a particular program that costs too much for you, try finding free alternatives on Sourceforge
.Stop malicious scripts:
by Symantec or Script Defender
by AnalogX to handle these scripts.Avoid Peer to Peer software:
P2P may be a great way to get lots of seemingly freeware, but it is a great way to get infected as well. There's no way to tell if the file being shared is infected. Worse still, some worms spread via P2P networks, infecting you as well. My advice is avoid these types of software applications.Hosts File:
A Hosts file is like a phone book. You look up someone's name in the phone book before calling him/her. Similarly, your computer will look up the website's IP address before you can view the website.
Hosts file will replace your current Hosts file with another one containing well-known advertisement sites, spyware sites and other bad sites. This new Hosts file will protect you by re-directing these bad sites to 127.0.0.1.
Here are some Hosts files:
Only use one of the above!Install WinPatrol:
WinPatrol alerts you about possible system hijacks, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission.
Download it from here
You can find information about how WinPatrol works here
.Check your third party software is upto date:
Via visting the Secunia Online Software Inspector
This is a very helpful/useful set of advice from Microsoft: Safety & Security Center
Any questions? Feel free to ask, if not stay safe!