For AntiVirus I usually have Spybot's Teatimer running... is that adequate or do you believe I should use a different program?
Spybot is not an antivirus application in the first place, its only antispyware. Teatimer only scans for registry changes that are made on your system. It does not scan for active spyware. So no, it is not adequate....UPDATE XP
--------------Your Microsoft Windows installation is out of date
. Using unpatched Windows systems on the Internet is a security risk to everyone
. When there are insecure computers connected to the Internet, malware spreads faster and more extensively, distributed denial-of-service attacks are easier to launch, and spammers have more platforms from which to send e-mail. Whenever a security problem in its software is found, Microsoft will usually create a patch for it. After the patch is installed, attackers can't use the vulnerability to install malicious software on your computer. Keeping up-to-date with all these security patches will help prevent malware from reinfecting your machine. If you are not sure how to do this, see How to use Microsoft Update
For additional information, be sure to read "Windows Xp Service Pack 3 (sp3) Information
Then go here
to check for & install updates to Microsoft applications.Note: The update process uses ActiveX, so you will need to use Internet Explorer for it, and allow the ActiveX control that it wants to install.Please reboot and repeat the update process until there are no more updates to install.[/color]INSTALL FIREWALL
--------------------------Install and use a firewall with outbound protection
While the firewall built into Windows XP is adequate to protect you from incoming attacks, it will not be much help in alerting you to programs already on your PC attempting to connect to remote servers
I therefore strongly recommend that you install one
of the following free firewalls: Outpost Firewall Free
, Sygate Personal Firewall Free
See Bleepingcomputer's excellent tutorial to help using and understanding a firewall here Note - If you connect to the internet using a router, you are already behind a hardware firewall.Note: You should only have one firewall installed at a time. Having more than one firewall program installed at once is likely to cause conflicts and may well decrease your overall protection as well as seriously impairing the performance of your PC.ALL CLEAN
Your machine appears to be clean, please take the time to read below on how to secure the machine and take the necessary steps to keep it clean Please do the following to remove the remaining programs from your PC:
Please read these advices, in order to prevent reinfecting your PC:
- Delete the tools used during the disinfection:
- Click start > run and type combofix /uninstall, press enter. This will remove Combofix from your computer.
- Delete DDS, GMER (this is a random named file) and RootRepeal.
Some more links you might find of interest: Please reply to this topic if you have read the above information. If your computer is working fine, this topic will be closed afterwards.
- Install and update the following programs regularly:
- an outbound firewall
A comprehensive tutorial and a list of possible firewalls can be found here.
- an AntiVirus Software
It is imperative that you update your AntiVirus Software on regular basis.If you do not update your AntiVirus Software then it will not be able to catch the latest threats.
- an Anti-Spyware program
Malware Byte's Anti Malware is an excellent Anti-Spyware scanner. It's scan times are usually under ten minutes, and has excellent detection and removal rates.
SUPERAntiSpyware is another good scanner with high detection and removal rates.
Both programs are free for non commercial home use but provide a resident and do not nag if you purchase the paid versions.
- Spyware Blaster
A tutorial for Spywareblaster can be found here. If you wish, the commercial version provides automatic updating.
- MVPs hosts file
A tutorial for MVPs hosts file can be found here. If you would like automatic updates you might want to take a look at HostMan host file manager. For more information on thehosts file, and what it can do for you,please consult the Tutorial on the Hosts file
- Keep Windows (and your other Microsoft software) up to date!
I cannot stress how important this is enough. Often holes are found in Internet Explorer or Windows itself that require patching. Sometimes these holes will allow an attacker unrestricted access to your computer.
Therefore, please, visit the Microsoft Update Website and follow the on screen instructions to setup Microsoft Update. Also follow the instructions to update your system. Please REBOOT and repeat this process until there are no more updates to install!!
- Keep your other software up to date as well
Software does not need to be made by Microsoft to be insecure. You can use the Secunia Online Software occasionally to help you check for out of date software on yourmachine.
- Stay up to date!
The MOST IMPORTANT part of any security setup is keeping the software up to date. Malware writers release new variants every single day. If your software updates don't keep up, then the malware will always be one step ahead. Not a good thing .