Regarding questions added to the HJT log, you may just want to give a brief description on some of the unfamiliar activity the computer is experiencing.
Questions that pertain to Win98 can be posted in this forum with the subject line pointing to the category the question(s) at hand.
If you have security issues, try that particular thread. The reasons being are so that the appropriate help is given and also so that others with similar problems can view the thread for advice as well.
The antivirus can be seen often at bootup right after (usually) WindowsME loads. If your daughter kept the AV that came with the system, it will be Norton or McAfee. If she removed the manufacturer installed AV, she may have gone with AVG or Avast, just to name a couple. If she has nothing, she's got a major problem. Computers can live without a firewall but not an antivirus. I can give my personal opinions as well as the other members here, but take it for what it is. Do what you feel is most comfortable. I believe we all have something to offer but some of us are wiser than others. IF you were to ask me, here's what I would be sure your daughter's system had installed.
AVG is an awesome AV program. Free and easy to use and install.
Spybot S&D is a great program for detecting and removing spyware and other baddies. Free and easy to use.
Ad-Aware is a spyware/adware removal program. Free and easy to use.
HijackThis is vital for spyware/adware/virus/browser hijacks. Free and easy to use.
SpywareDoctor, SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper are all awesome as well. All free and easy to use.
The most important are the first four I've listed. AVG, IF she has no AV. If she has Norton or McAfee or any other AV, that's great. The next most important thing is to make sure EVERYTHING she has is updated regularly. Check for updates with each program every week or two (you have to be online).
Just don't feel overwhelmed. Once she has some protection on her system and her issues at hand are resolved, Dad gets to relax. But have her bake you a pie for all your hard work.
P.S. The Log will give us plenty of answers to our questions on what is installed on her system. I'll be looking for the log.
Edited by TexasAngel67, 01 March 2005 - 02:10 PM.