I'll post my usual 'prevention speech', but you'd better wait for Jack123 to give a final OK as well
Everything looks great --- you seem to be clean.
Below I have included a number of recommendations for how to protect your computer in order to prevent future malware infections. Please take these recommendations seriously; these few simple steps can stave off the vast majority of spyware problems. As happy as we are to help you, for your sake we would rather not have repeat customers. 1)
Please navigate to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
and download all the "critical updates" for Windows, including the latest version of Internet Explorer. This can patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer. Your current versions are outdated. I cannot stress enough how important this is.2)
In order to protect yourself against spyware, you should consider installing and running the following free
A tutorial on using Ad-Aware to remove spyware from your computer may be found here
.Spybot-Search & Destroy
A tutorial on using Spybot to remove spyware from your computer may be found here
. Please also remember to enable Spybot's "Immunize" and "TeaTimer" features.SpywareBlaster
A tutorial on using SpywareBlaster to prevent spyware from ever installing on your computer may be found here
A tutorial on using SpywareGuard for realtime protection against spyware and hijackers may be found here
Make sure to keep these programs up-to-date
and to run them regularly
, as this can prevent a great deal of spyware hassle.3)
Please consider using an alternate browser. Mozilla's Firefox browser is fantastic
; it is much more secure than Internet Explorer, immune to almost all known browser hijackers, and also has the best built-in popup blocker (as an added benefit!) that I have ever seen. If you are interested, Firefox may be downloaded from here:http://www.mozilla.o...oducts/firefox/4)
Also make sure to run your antivirus software regularly, and to keep it up-to-date.5)
Finally, consider maintaining a firewall. Some good free firewalls are ZoneAlarm
, or Sygate
A tutorial on understanding and using firewalls may be found here
Please also read Tony Klein's excellent article: How I got Infected in the First Place
Hopefully this should take care of your problems! Good luck.
Edited by Swandog46, 22 January 2006 - 06:25 PM.