You had some adware on your computer which was getting in the way but nothing too serious.
A bit of housekeeping and I think we are all done.
Clear Cache/Temp Files
Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
- Please right click TFC.exe and select Run as Administrator.. (Note: If you are running on XP, just double click the file.
- It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
- Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
- Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.
Good news, it looks like your system is now clean. A good workman cleans up after himself so let's now attend to that
We need to remove the tools we've used during cleaning your machine
- Download Delfix from here
- Ensure Remove disinfection tools is ticked
- Activate UAC
- Create registry backup
- Purge system restore
- Click Run
The program will run for a few moments and then notepad will open with a log. Please paste the log in your next reply
Adobe Flash Player
Your flash player is out of date and needs updating to stay as secure as possible.
- The best place to get Flash Player is from Adobe (click on Adobe to go there now).
- Uncheck the optional offer and then click the install now button
Most security experts and the US CERT (part of the US Homeland Security) now recommend that users uninstall Java from their systems; if you don't have any programs that need Java on your system, you are safe to do this. You can read some of the articles on this here and here. I strongly suggest you uninstall Java unless you need it run certain software; in that case I would recommend that you disable or unplug Java from your web browsers and only enable it when you need it.
To disable / unplug Java in your browsers:
To uninstall Java (on Win7):
- Click Start and then click Control Panel.
- If you need to, click View by: and select either Large Icons or Small Icons.
- Click on Programs and Features.
- Scroll down until you find Java and click on it to select that program.
- (Older versions of Java may appear in the program list as J2SE, Java 2, Java SE or Java Runtime Environment.)
- Click Uninstall.
- If more than one version of Java shows in your program list, you should repeat the selection and uninstall until all of them are removed.
To check for the latest version of Java and installation steps:
- Go to java.com and click on Do I have Java?.
- On the next page, click on Verify Java Version.
- If you get a security pop up entitled "Do you want to run this application?" with the Name: Java Detection and Publisher: Oracle America, Inc., click Run.
- Follow the recommendations (if any) on the results screen.
- If there is a new version (or none at all on your system), there will be a button on the page showing Agree and Start Free Download. Click on it to update or install Java.
- The site will start a download of jxpiinstall.exe. Save the file to your desktop.
- When the download is finished, close your browser.
- Right click on the jxpiinstall.exe and select Run as Administrator.
- On the opening window, check Change destination folder and then click Install>.
- The program will now download the rest of the files needed to install Java.
- On the Destination Folder window, click Next>.
- On the next window, the install will present you the option of adding additional software (this is known as Foistware).
- Uncheck the Set and keep Ask as my default search provider.
- Uncheck the Install the Ask Toolbar.
- Click Next> to finish the install.
- When the installation is finished, you will be taken to a web page that will check to see if Java is working properly.
Keep your machine updated
Due to the ever-present tide of malware, it is important to ensure your computer is kept up-to-date to minimize the risk of future infection. An important step is to ensure that automatic updates are enabled.
To enable automatic updates:
To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:
- Click Start, type Windows update in the search box, and then click Windows Update in the Programs list.
- In the left pane, click Change settings.
- Select the option that you want.
- Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates or Include recommended updates when downloading, installing, or notifying me about updates check box, and then click OK.
It is recommended to install an anti-malware to help prevent reinfection.
Below are some free ones that can help keep you clean.
As you have installed Malwarebytes, I recommend that you keep this program and use it to help you stay clean.
The free version will scan your computer and fix the problems it finds but will not provide real-time protection. You must scan regularly to find any threats.
Consider purchasing the full version for active monitoring of threats.
Update Other Programs
Alongside keeping Windows updated, other programs installed on your computer should also be kept current as they too can introduce security risks.
Filehippo Update Checker will scan your computer for out of date programs and provide download links for the updates. This is worth doing on a regular basis.
Unchecky is a small service that runs in the background to help keep those "extra toolbars" and tag along search engines from automatically installing. By automatically directing you to a custom install with all the options unchecked, only what you manually choose and confirm gets installed. CryptoPrevent is a free program that prevents CryptoLocker / ransomware from infecting your PC by locking down the OS so the malware can not get a grip on your system.Web Of Trust is a browser add-on designed to alert the user before interacting with a potentially malicious website. It will highlight green if a site is known to be safe.
Adblock is a firefox browser add-on that blocks annoying banners, pop-ups and video ads.
- When browsing the internet, look closely at the links you click on. Some aren't always what they seem
- Avoid Peer to Peer file sharing utilities, these are a minefield of malware infections.
- Don't open email attachments unless you are expecting them. Even an email from your best friend can be infected, they might not have sent it.
- Pay attention when installing a program to your computer, particularly to any check boxes that may appear during installation, it is common for unwanted software to be installed in this way.