Don't run off just yet, please! We need to uninstall our tools, update Adobe Reader, get Spybot S&D reinstalled and I have a few tips I'd like to share with you. Please read thoroughly. <--Very Important
To reinstall Spybot S&D, please do so from the Ninite
site. You'll find the download listed under Security
- Click Start > Run and type combofix /uninstall in the Run box.
- Press Enter
This will remove Combofix from your computer.
Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe
to run the tool again.
- Click on the Uninstall button.
- Click Yes when asked are you sure you want to uninstall.
- Both AdwCleaner.exe, its folder and all logs will be removed.
Right click and delete the following:Security Check
Speedyfox (or you can keep to optimize Firefox about once a month or so)
AVG Removal Tool
To remove ESET:
Click on Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features
then right click and Uninstall
Then got to Start > Computer > Programs
and right click on the ESET folder and delete.
And finally! (phew!) Uninstall OTL:OTL Clean-Up
Right click on the
icon on your desktop and choose Run as administrator
to open the main window.
Next click on the
Once clean up is complete you will be prompted to reboot your computer. Please do so.
This will remove the rest of the programs we had used, including OTL itself.If there are any left over tools or logs on your computer please delete them now. Next:Clear Restore Points
Go Start > All Programmes > Accessories > System tools
Right click Disc Cleanup
and select run as administrator
When it pops up at the first prompt select OK after it has done some calculations the tabs will appear
Select More Options
Press Sytem Restore and Shadow Copies Cleanup
It wouldn't hurt to go back and click on the Disk Cleanup
button either, then defrag if you like.Next:Keep your software Updated
:Out of date Adobe Reader installed!
!Your Adobe reader needs updating.
You should ensure you use the latest Adobe Reader and install any security updates that are released. You can download the latest reader and updates from here
.As a side note:
I'd suggest uninstalling it and using FoxIt Reader. Adobe has become very vulnerable over the last couple of years and really uses up resources more than FoxIt Reader. The "footprint" for Foxit Reader is considerably smaller than Adobe's and consequently uses less resources (RAM as well as hard drive space). It's been said that there are a few things Foxit cannot do compared to Adobe, but I haven't come across them yet.
If you choose to install Foxit Reader, please be advised that you may have to uncheck any pre-checked
software. Choose custom install.
If you'd like, you can download Foxit Reader from here
, though make sure to uninstall Adobe Reader.
The choice is yours.Next:Windows Updates
It is essential that you regularly check and install the latest Windows Updates
. Vulnerabilities within Windows can leave your computer open to infection. Regular updates are released to fix these security vulnerabilities. It is recommended that you set Windows to check, download and install your updates automatically.
Next:Ccleaner is already installedNOTE:Ccleaner includes a Registry cleaner, and we advise not to use this or any registry cleaner as there have been reports of them clearing out needed registry entries and messing up PCs. In addition, what they do clean up is so small that little or no advantages are noticed.
- Click Start
- Select Control Panel
- Click on Automatic (recommended)
- Set the day and time for the update check. Set this to a time when your computer will normally be on and connected to the internet.
- Click Apply then OK.
TOUR > http://www.piriform....er-installationNext:TFC-Temporary File Cleaner by Oldtimer
Download TFC-Temporary File Cleaner
to run it.Note:
If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator
TFC will close all programs
when run, somake sure you have saved all your work before you begin
Do not be alarmed when the desktop disappears. It will reappear on reboot.
- Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process.
- Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two.
- Please let TFC run uninterrupted until it is finished.
Once TFC is finished it should
restart your computer. If it does not, please manually restart the computer
yourself to ensure a complete cleaning. Use TFC prior to Disk Cleanup then defrag about once a month. Next:Update Checker
Download and install FileHippo update checker
and run it monthly. It will show you which programs on your system need to be updated and will provide a download link for you.Next:
Malwarebytes AntiMalware (MBAM) is installed as well. Use MBAM at least twice a month depending on how often you use your computer. Make sure to click on the Update tab to update the program before running a scan.And finally:
Here are a few links you might find interesting that will educate and enhance your online surfing abilities: "So how did I get infected in the first place?"
by Tony Klein and updated by Corrine How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected
by quietman7How to prevent Malware:
If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask! Any member on this site will be more then happy to guide you in your quest for safe surfing and to prevent infection.
I'll leave this thread open for a couple days just in case you encounter any issues or have questions.
Happy and safe computing!