There are other applications available although we wouldn't necessarily consider them "better" - just different. These programs will all pick up malware that the others do not.
Run several. Only one firewall or resident anti-virus program can be used at a time although multiple anti-malware aps can and should be used.
If you are using the firewall that came with Windows XP replace it with one of the following as the Windows firewall only acts against incomming transmissions and not against outgoing.Freeware AntiSpyware and Security ProgramsSoftware firewalls with freeware versions
Zone Alarm: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/Antivirus programs - freeware
Avast Anti-virus freewarehttp://www.komando.com/bestshareware.aspAnti-malware freeware
Use several if not all!- especially use the Microsoft Beta.
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
and a variety of other tools for malware and pestwarehttp://220.127.116.11/~merijn/files/HijackThis.exe
Follow the directions and then post the log in the proper forum here. DO NOT TRY TO FIX ANYTHING YOURSELF USING HIJACK THIS!Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans:
Can be used in addition to whatever resident anti-virus program you are using. Each one may find additional malware that the others may not find.
Panda Activescan (IE only)http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan
Etrust Anti-virus web scannerhttp://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scannerhttp://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest