IF you decide to stay with this installation (again, this is your right to do so) of the OS, then let us cleanth e removal tools off the system and I'll give you some closing advice. I'm not sure how long the analysis of the MBR.dat file will take but I will let you know one way or another (either on this thread or via a PM).
Just run through the steps from the Cleanup of Tools to the Program Update Checker.
Clean up of Malware Removal Tools
Now that we are through using these tools, let's clean them off your system so that should you ever need to have malware removed again (we hope not) fresh, updated copies will be downloaded.
If you did not do so at the end of its scan, please uninstall ESET Online Scanner at this time. You can use the Control Panel 'Add / Remove Programs' or 'Programs and Features' utility to uninstall it.
- Download Delfix from here or here
to your desktop and double click it to start the program
- Ensure Remove disinfection tools is ticked
- Activate UAC
- Create registry backup
- Purge system restore
- Reset system settings
- 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.
You can delete
any log files
left on your desktop
as these are no longer needed.Keep Windows Updated
Microsoft issues updates to Windows to close vulnerabilities as they are discovered. Staying updated helps protect your system from current exploits.
Keep other Important Programs Updated
- Click Start and then type Settings.
- Whe the Search list is populated, under Programs, click on Settings.
- Click on the Update and Security and select Advanced Options under Windows Updates.
- Check that Automatic (recommended)is selected.
- You can close the Settings page after that.
Along with keeping Windows updated, it is a good idea to keep important programs updated
. Java and Adobe Reader
both need to be kept updated to the latest versions
; malware writers utilize exploits in the unpatched versions to their advantages.Consider a program that will check for out-of-date programs on your system
Some programs don't have update checks built in or make you run the application to start the check for updates process. An easier way to stay on top of the current versions of your installed programs is to use a version checking program like Heimdal Free
from Heimdal Security (you can get the software from here
and read more about it on the same page).You are now done! Now some information on programs to help keep you safe:
First, an Antivirus program
. You NEED
one; free is just as good as paid-for as long as you keep them updated. ONLY use one at a time
as having more than that will cause system problems. Here are some free ones to check out:Microsoft Security EssentialsAvast! Free Antivirus
Next, a firewall
is a must have now-a-days. The built in firewall in Windows 7 is fine (just make sure it is turned on (Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall)). Or, if you like, you could choose one of the free ones listed here:Zone Alarm Free Firewall
- installer includes foistware so read the options very carefully=== options ====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. You can read the details about this program here
Also, consider keeping MalwareBytes Antimalware
in your arsenal of safe keeping programs. Use the free version
(not the paid or trial version) and you won't have a problem with your antivirus scanner program. Keep it updated and run a scan with it once a week
Lastly, if you use Firefox
as your main web browser, consider adding the NoScript
add-ons to the browser to block scripting hijacks and remove unwanted ads from the pages you view.
You may also find some information and tips at this thread: How did I get infected in the first place?
andCOMPUTER SECURITY - a short quide to staying safer online
I'll leave this topic open for a few days so that if you have any questions you can come back here. Surf safe, my friend!!