So I restored my computer with the internal image.
Was it relatively painless? Most folks are a little apprehensive, especially if it's their first time.
In the process I have lost my antivirus software. Can you recommend a free program?
Sure I can !
And I will also give you some recommendations for safer computing.
Go to our Free Antivirus and Antispyware Software
Scroll down to the Free Antivirus Software
heading. any of the first three are excellent choices. I personally use Microsoft Security Essentials. It integrates into the Windows operating system with less problems than some of the others have had, mainly because it seems to play better with the OS and other installed programs.
MSSE doesn't include a firewall, so either turn the Windows firewall on or download a free firewall from the Free Firewalls
section.Preventing Re-InfectionBelow, I have included a number of recommendations for how to protect your computer against future malware infections.:Keep Windows Updated:
-Windows Updates are constantly being revised to combat the newest hacks and threats, Microsoft releases security updates that help your computer from becoming vulnerable. It is best if you have these set to download automatically.Vista and Windows 7 Users:
1. Click Start> All Programs
, from the list find Windows Update
and click it.:Turn On Automatic Updates:Vista and Windows 7
1. Click Start> Control Panel.
Under Windows Update
, Click Turn automatic on or off.
2. On the next page, under Important Updates,
Click the Drop down arrow
on the right side of the box and Click Install Updates Automatically(recommended).
If you click this setting, click to select the day and time for scheduled updates to occur. You can schedule Automatic Updates for any time of day. Remember, your computer must be on at the scheduled time for updates to be installed. After you set this option, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to find updates on the Windows Update Web site or on the Microsoft Update Web site that apply to your computer. Updates are downloaded automatically in the background, and you are not notified or interrupted during this process. An icon appears in the notification area of your task bar when the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status. To pause or to resume the download, right-click the icon, and then click Pause or Resume. When the download is completed, another message appears in the notification area so that you can review the updates that are scheduled for installation. If you choose not to install at that time, Windows starts the installation on your set schedule.: Keep Java Updated :
: Keep Adobe Reader Updated :
- Click the Start button
- Click Control Panel
- Double Click Java - Looks like a coffee cup. You may have to switch to Classical View on the upper left of the Control Panel to see it.
- Click the Update tab
- Click Update Now
- Allow any updates to be downloaded and installed
- Open Adobe Reader
- Click Help on the menu at the top
- Click Check for Updates
- Allow any updates to be downloaded and installed
in the left column and uncheck
Close program. It's the same for Foxit Reader except Preferences
is under the Tools
menu, and you uncheck
1. From within Internet Explorer
click on the Tools
menu and then click on Options.
2. Click once on the Security tab
3. Click once on the Internet icon
so it becomes highlighted.
4. Click once on the Custom Level
5. Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to "Prompt"
6. Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to "Disable"
7. Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to "Disable"
8. Change the Installation of desktop items to "Prompt"
9. Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to "Prompt"
10. When all these settings have been made, click on the OK
11. If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, click the Yes
12. Next press the Apply
button and then the OK
to exit the Internet Properties page.:Alternate Browsers:
Using an alternative web browser can help protect your PC from infections which exploit security holes within Internet Explorer. They can also be quicker to load pages and offer more tools and features such as Firefox's huge addon
browser is fantastic; it is much more secure than Internet Explorer, immune to almost all known browser hijackers, and also has a great built-in pop up blocker. If you are interested, Click Here To Download Firefox
If you choose to use Firefox, I highly recommend these add-ons to keep your PC even more secure.
:Install the MVPs Hosts File:
- NoScript - for blocking ads and other potential website attacks
- WebOfTrust - a safe surfing tool for your browser. Traffic-light rating symbols show which websites you can trust when you search, shop and surf on the Web.
- 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
Preventative programs that will help to keep the nasties away! We will start with Anti Spyware programs. I would advise getting a couple of them at least, and running a full scan at least once a month. Run Quick Scans at least once a week. Download the Free versions. And update the definitions before running scans.========Anti Spyware========
- MVPS Hosts file-replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well known ad sites and other bad sites. Basically, this prevents your computer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer, meaning it will be difficult to infect yourself in the future.
- You only need this if you use Firefox.
Firewalls help prevent unauthorized access both to and from the internet or your local network.
- Malwarebytes-Free Version- a powerful tool to search for and eliminate malware found on your computer.Recommended
- SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition-another scanning tool to find and eliminate malware.
- SpywareBlaster-to help prevent spyware from installing in the first place. A tutorial can be found here.
- SpywareGuard-to catch and block spyware before it can execute. A tutorial can be found here.
- WinPatrol - will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. Help file and tutorial can be found here.
A firewall is considered a first line of defense in protecting private information. Read the tutorial Here
for more information on Firewalls. Below are two free firewalls to choose from, if you do not already have one. Note: You only need one firewall one your system.NOTE:
If the Windows Firewall is turned on you must
turn it off before installing a third party firewall.========Free Personal Firewalls========
See the Free Firewalls
section on our Free Antivirus and Antispyware Software
page hereIt's a good idea to clear out all your temp files every now and again. This will help your computer from bogging down and slowing. It also can assist in getting rid of files that may contain malicious code that could re-infect your computer.========TEMP File Cleaners========
- TFC by OldTimer-A very powerful cleaning program for 32 and 64 bit OS. Note: You may have this already as part of the fixes you have run.
- CleanUP-Click the Download CleanUP! link. There is also a Learn how to use CleanUP! link on this page.
:Keep Installed Programs Up to Date:
- Keep a backup of your important files.-Now, more than ever, it's especially important to protect your digital files and memories. This article is full of good information on alternatives for home backup solutions.
- ERUNT-(Emergency Recovery Utility NT) allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed. The standard registry backup options that come with Windows back up most of the registry but not all of it. ERUNT however creates a complete backup set, including the Security hive and user related sections. ERUNT is easy to use and since it creates a full backup, there are no options or choices other than to select the location of the backup files. The backup set includes a small executable that will launch the registry restore if needed.
It is also possible for other programs on your computer to have security vulnerability that can allow malware to infect you. Therefore, it is also a good idea to check for the latest versions of commonly installed applications that are regularly patched to fix vulnerabilities.
A couple of programs that will do this are listed below. Only download and install one
of the programs and run it monthly:Secunia Software InspectorFilehippo Update Checker
Finally, please read How did I Get Infected in the First Place(by Mr. Tony Klein and dvk01)I'd be grateful if you could reply to this post so that I know you have read it and, if you've no other questions, the thread can then be closed.
I Will Keep This Open For A Day or so. If Anything Comes Up - Just Come Back And Let Me Know