As far as any problems I am not seeing anything else at this time. Obviously I use Eset as my Virus Protection. In your opinion is it any good or something else you would recommend? Also is there a Registry Cleaner you would recommend?
If you have a paid subscription for ESET, then I would continue to use that. If you would like to try something else when the subscription runs out, I recommend the free Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials. As for registry cleaners, you should stay away from them. They will not increase system performance by any appreciable amount and are liable to make yours system unbootable in some cases. The temp file cleaner I recommend below should be sufficient.
Now for the best part,
. Your computer now appears to be clean. Please complete the followings steps to finalize the cleaning process.It would be a good idea also to reset your firewall in case the malware opened any ports.Please update these programs, as old versions pose a security risk.
WARNING: Java is the #1 exploited program at this time. The Department of Homeland Security recommends that computer users disable Java
See this article and this article.
I would recommend that you completely uninstall Java unless you need it to run an important software.
In that instance I would recommend that you disable Java in your browsers until you need it for that software and then enable it. (See How to diasble Java in your web browser and How to unplug Java from the browser)
If you do need java, then you should definitely update to the latest version:
Please download JavaRa to your desktop and unzip it to its own folder
- Run JavaRa.exe, then click Remove JRE.
- Run the built-in uninstallers for all copies of java listed
- Click the Next button
- Click the Next button again
- Click the Java Manual Download link
- A browser window will open with the Java download page
- Click the Windows Offline (32-bit) or Windows Offline (64-bit) link to download Java (based on your browser type)
- Run the installer
- Close JavaRa
- Adobe Reader -> You can get the latest version here.
I would recommend securing Adobe Reader against the latest exploits as follows:
- Launch Adobe Reader.
- Click on Edit and select Preferences.
- Click on the Security (Enhanced) category and Uncheck Automatically trust sites from my Win OS security zones.
- Click on the Trust Manager category and Uncheck Allow opening of non-PDF file attachments with external applications.
- Click the OK button.
Clean up OTL:
- 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.
Delete possibly infected restore points.
- Open OTL and select the "CleanUp" button.
- Allow the computer to reboot.
- Any logs or removal tools left over can be deleted now. If ESET is still installed, you can uninstall it from the "Programs and Features" menu in the control panel.
Your computer may have saved a restore point while it was infected, so we need to delete the old restore points and create a new, clean one.
First set up a new, clean restore point:
- Open System by clicking the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
- In the left pane, click System protection. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
- In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.
Then delete the old, infected ones:
Turn on UAC:
- Go Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools
- Right click Disc Cleanup and select run as administrator
- Then select the more options tab
- Select system restore and shadow copies "Clean up"
- Follow the prompts
You have UAC disabled on your computer. I would recommend turning it on, because it provides additional protection to keep malicious software from running on your computer with higher privileges. To turn it on, do the following:
Empty temp files.
- Open User Account Control Settings by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type uac, and then click Change User Account Control settings.
- Move the slider to the default position, and then click OK. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
I would recommend doing this every so often to free up some space on your computer.
to your desktop
Ensure that Windows is always updated.
- Open the file and close any other windows.
- It will close all programs itself when run, make sure to let it run uninterrupted.
- Click the Start button to begin the process. The program should not take long to finish its job
- Once its finished it should reboot your machine, if not, do this yourself to ensure a complete clean
Keeping Windows updated is very important to prevent security vulnerabilities. I recommend turning on automatic updates following the instructions below:
Always ensure that your firewall and anti-virus program are updated and running.
- First, click on Start and click onAll Programs, then Windows Update.
- Click on Change Settings in the left pane and then check the option for Automatic Updates.
These are your first line of defense against infection.Make sure that you keep all of your programs updated.
Out-of-date programs can make your computer more vulnerable to infection. Software manufacturers release updates to fix security problems as they are discovered. Secunia Personal Software Inspector, free to download here
, is a good program that will scan your computer looking for programs that need to be updated.This article
has good information about how computers get infected. You can read it for good tips on staying clean and safe.