My computer may be infected with a bot [Solved]
Posted 19 January 2015 - 12:58 PM
Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:39 PM
Yea I am able to download the Norton Download Manager. I downloaded the link you provided. I will start with the Norton link you provided since that is the actual installation file.
Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:42 PM
Remember to read the instructions carefully - especially the part on removing attached devices.
Posted 19 January 2015 - 05:20 PM
I completed the restore without any issues. Turns out the factory settings did have MacAfee included (30 day subscription) so I didn't need to load AV from the USB drive. I loaded all the updates and ran a scan. I also have finished loading all of the Windows updates. Thanks for your help.
Posted 20 January 2015 - 09:20 AM
I completed the restore without any issues.
Excellent. I'm very pleased to hear.
Is there anything else I can help with?
Nowadays, a multi-layered approach to your security solution is required to protect your computer from the latest threats in the wild. Many of today's attackers employ advanced techniques which involve sophisticated Backdoor Trojans, Rootkits and Bootkits to hide their presence on a computer. As such, I have compiled below a list of recommend software and resources that will assist in reducing the risk of reinfection.
Consider installing some of the recommended programmes below to help reduce the risk of reinfection.
- AdBlock is a browser add-on that blocks annoying banners, pop-ups and video ads.
- CryptoPrevent places policy restrictions on loading points for ransomware (eg. CryptoWall), helping prevent the execution of malware.
- Emsisoft Antimalware (free) acts as an additional on-demand scanner, and can be used in conjunction with your Anti-Virus.
- Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (MBAE) is designed to prevent zero-day malware from exploiting vulnerable software.
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium (MBAM) works in real-time along side your Anti-Virus to prevent malware execution.
- NoScript is a Firefox add-on that blocks the actions of malicious scripts by using whitelisting and other technology.
- Sandboxie isolates programmes of your choice, preventing files from being written to your HDD unless approved by you.
- Secunia PSI will scan your computer for vulnerable software that is outdated, and automatically find the latest update for you.
- SpywareBlaster is a form of passive protection, designed to block the actions of malicious websites and tracking cookies.
- Unchecky automatically removes checkmarks for bunlded software in programme installers; helping you avoid adware and PUPs.
- Web of Trust (WOT) is a browser add-on designed to alert you before interacting with a potentially malicious website.
Setup on my Windows 8 machine:
- ESET Smart Security
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
- Emsisoft Antimalware
- Secunia PSI
- WOT, Adblock & NoScript
Posted 20 January 2015 - 07:29 PM
Thanks Adam for all your help. Can't think of any other help I need at the moment.
Posted 21 January 2015 - 08:07 AM
You're more than welcome, Mark.
Please confirm once more that you are happy for me to mark your topic as solved.
My help will always be free. But if you are happy with the help provided, and would like to support my fight against malware, please consider a donation.
Recommended Reading on Preventative Measures and How to Avoid Infection
- Answers to common security questions - Best Practices by quietman7, MVP
- How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected? by quietman7, MVP
- Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet by Lawrence Abrams, MVP
- How to Prevent Malware by miekiemoes, MVP
- How to backup and restore your data using Cobian Backup by YourHighness
- Slow Computer/browser? It May Not Be Malware by quietman7, MVP
Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:14 AM
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