Your machine appears to be clean! I highly recommend that you read through the below set of very helpful suggestions and implement them; they will help protect you from reinfectionDisable and Enable System Restore.
- You should disable and enable system restore to make sure there are no infected files found in a restore point. You can find instructions on how to disable and enable system restore here: Windows XP System Restore GuideRe-enable
system restore with instructions from tutorial above.
Next, please hide
your System Files. To do this, please refer to the following guide and reverse its steps: "How To See Hidden Files in Windows
This should give you a good start into malware free pc usage. However I do suggest to visit the following additional information listed below:
I recommend you regularly visit the Windows Update Site
- Lots of Hacking/Trojans use the methods found (plugged by the updates) that have not been stopped by people not updating.
- By updating your machine, you have one less headache!
- Update ALL Critical updates and any other Windows updates for services/programs that you use.
- If you wish, you can also use automatic updates. This is a good thing to have if you want to be up-to-date all the time, but can also be a bit of an annoyance due to its handling and the sizes of the updates. If you wish to turn on automatic updates then you will find here is a nice little article about turning on automatic updates.
- Note that it will download them for you, but you still have to actually click install.
- If you do not want to have automatic updates turned on, or are on dial-up, you can always download updates seperately at: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
It is also a good idea to check for the latest versions of commonly installed applications that are regularly patched to fix vulnerabilities. You can check these by visiting Secunia Software Inspector
and Calendar of Updates.
For a nice list of freeware programmes in all categories, please have a look at this thread with freeware products that are regarded as useful by the users of this forum: Commonly Used Freeware Replacements
Another recommendation, is to download HostMan
. It safeguards you with a regularly updated Hosts-file that blocks dangerous sites from opening. This adds another bit of safety while surfing the Internet. For installlation and setting up, follow these steps:
- Double-click the Downloaded installer and install the tool to a location of your choice
- Via the Startmenu, navigate to HostsMan and run the program.
- Click "Hosts" in the menu
- Click "Manage Updates" in the submenu
- Out of the three, select atl east one of them (I have MVPS Host as my main one)
- Click "Add Update." After that you will only need to click on the following button to retrieve updates:
- Click the X to exit the program.
, and definitely the MOST IMPORTANT
step, click on the following tutorial and follow each step listed there:Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the InternetGlad I was able to help and if there any other problems related to your computer please feel free to post them in the appropriate forum. Though we help people with spyware and viruses here at BC, we also help people with other computer problems! Do not forget to tell your friends about us!