Well so far so good. The start up was a little slow but then, we rebooted the computer & it started back up faster that time. Also, it doesn't take as long on the surfing. Thank you.
No all can be deleted/removed now apart from the mentioned TFC etc.
Now do I keep all the downloads to the desktop that you had me do? Besides the TFC shortcut that I run once per week, do I run any of the other ones at anytime?
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 slowly
Clean up with OTL:
- 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.
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(say All Clean for example) and click Create.
- When the new restore point is created click on OK >> close the System Properties window.
Flush Old System Restore points:-
- Next click Start(Windows 7 Orb) >> Run (or the Windows key and R together) to bring up the Run box and and copy and paste in:
- in the box and press OK.
- Select the system drive, C >> OK.
- Ensure the boxes for Recycle Bin, Temporary Files and Temporary Internet Files are checked, you can choose to check other boxes if you wish but they are not required.
- Click on Clean up system files >> Select the system drive, C >> OK.
- Now click on the More Options tab.
- Click on Clean up... >> Delete >> OK >> Delete Files.
This is a excellent application and I advise you keep this installed. Check for updates and run a scan at least once per week.
Other installed security software:
Your presently installed security application, Norton 360(the actual Anti-Virus component) 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.
I advise you also run a complete scan with this also once per week.
I advise you keep this installed as a means to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.
Myself I would actually create a new back up once per week as this along with System Restore may prove to be invaluable if something unforeseen occurs!
Be careful when opening attachments and downloading files:
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 FileHippo or Sourceforge.
Stop malicious 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.
This is a very helpful/useful set of advice from Microsoft: Microsoft Safety & Security Centre
Any questions? Feel free to ask, if not stay safe!