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#1 mr benn

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:00 AM

Hello all.

Referred from here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic369683.html ~ OB

My pc has been constantly trying to run software updates for the last few weeks. The yello icon keeps appearing in the system tray, and msiexec keeps randomly running (usually just after Ive logged on).

Ive looked at my microsoft updates and they appear up to date.

I have ran a scan using avast / malwarebytes/ spybot - and Im still having the issue.

Ive ran the prep as advised - please see my results below and attached.

Many thanks for any help - i really is driving me mad and slowing my pc down constantly.

I also ran SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log as advised . Here is the log. I notice AV , which is a virus I had a couple of months agao , and after much work and time, thought I had got rid of.

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Generated 01/08/2011 at 07:57 PM

Application Version : 4.47.1000

Core Rules Database Version : 6161
Trace Rules Database Version: 3973

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 07:30:50

Memory items scanned : 240
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6970
Registry threats detected : 4
File items scanned : 107834
File threats detected : 516

Malware.Trace
HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\AVSolution
HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\AVSolution
HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\AVSUITE
HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\AVSUITE

Trojan.Agent/Gen-Nullo[Short]
C:\QOOBOX\QUARANTINE\C\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SDRA73.EXE.VIR



This is the contents of the DDS.txt file :

DDS (Ver_10-12-12.02) - NTFSx86
Run by nnn at 14:45:39.10 on 14/01/2011
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_16
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.44.1033.18.1503.1069 [GMT 0:00]

AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Outdated* {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}


============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k hpdevmgmt
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HPZ12
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HPZ12
C:\Program Files\Macrium\Reflect\ReflectService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast5\avastUI.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\mscorsvw.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\DADDY\Desktop\spyware stuff\dds.scr

============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uStart Page = hxxp://www.google.co.uk/
uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = <local>
uInternet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:5643
BHO: HP Print Enhancer: {0347c33e-8762-4905-bf09-768834316c61} - c:\program files\hp\digital imaging\smart web printing\hpswp_printenhancer.dll
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection: {53707962-6f74-2d53-2644-206d7942484f} - c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\SDHelper.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
BHO: HP Smart BHO Class: {ffffffff-cf4e-4f2b-bdc2-0e72e116a856} - c:\program files\hp\digital imaging\smart web printing\hpswp_BHO.dll
TB: {4982D40A-C53B-4615-B15B-B5B5E98D167C} - No File
TB: {2318C2B1-4965-11D4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - No File
uRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
mRun: [avast5] c:\progra~1\alwils~1\avast5\avastUI.exe /nogui
mRun: [QuickTime Task] "c:\program files\quicktime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
dRun: [CTFMON.EXE] c:\windows\system32\CTFMON.EXE
IE: {08E730A4-FB02-45BD-A900-01E4AD8016F6} - http://www.skybroadband.com
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
IE: {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - {FF059E31-CC5A-4E2E-BF3B-96E929D65503} - c:\progra~1\micros~3\office11\REFIEBAR.DLL
IE: {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - {FE54FA40-D68C-11d2-98FA-00C0F0318AFE} - c:\windows\system32\Shdocvw.dll
IE: {DDE87865-83C5-48c4-8357-2F5B1AA84522} - {DDE87865-83C5-48c4-8357-2F5B1AA84522} - c:\program files\hp\digital imaging\smart web printing\hpswp_BHO.dll
IE: {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\SDHelper.dll
DPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} - hxxp://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cab
DPF: {233C1507-6A77-46A4-9443-F871F945D258} - hxxp://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cab
DPF: {33564D57-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71} - hxxp://download.microsoft.com/download/F/6/E/F6E491A6-77E1-4E20-9F5F-94901338C922/wmv9VCM.CAB
DPF: {4F1E5B1A-2A80-42CA-8532-2D05CB959537} - hxxp://gfx1.hotmail.com/mail/w2/resources/MSNPUpld.cab
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_16-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {C3F79A2B-B9B4-4A66-B012-3EE46475B072} - hxxp://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/MessengerStatsPAClient.cab56907.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0016-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_16-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_16-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} - hxxp://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - hxxp://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab
DPF: {E77F23EB-E7AB-4502-8F37-247DBAF1A147} - hxxp://gfx1.hotmail.com/mail/w4/pr01/photouploadcontrol/MSNPUpld.cab
Name-Space Handler: ftp\* - {419A0123-4312-1122-A0C0-434FDA6DA542} - c:\program files\coreftp\pftpns.dll
Notify: !SASWinLogon - c:\program files\superantispyware\SASWINLO.DLL
SEH: SABShellExecuteHook Class: {5ae067d3-9afb-48e0-853a-ebb7f4a000da} - c:\program files\superantispyware\SASSEH.DLL

================= FIREFOX ===================

FF - ProfilePath - c:\docume~1\daddy\applic~1\mozilla\firefox\profiles\txdld9tc.default\
FF - prefs.js: browser.startup.homepage - hxxp://www.google.co.uk/
FF - plugin: c:\program files\viewpoint\viewpoint experience technology\npViewpoint.dll
FF - Ext: Default: {972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} - c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}
FF - Ext: Java Console: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0016-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - c:\program files\mozilla firefox\extensions\{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0016-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
FF - Ext: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant: {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} - c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v3.5\windows presentation foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension
FF - Ext: Java Quick Starter: jqs@sun.com - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ff
FF - Ext: Web Developer: {c45c406e-ab73-11d8-be73-000a95be3b12} - %profile%\extensions\{c45c406e-ab73-11d8-be73-000a95be3b12}

============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============

R0 pssnap;Paramount Software Snapshot Filter;c:\windows\system32\drivers\pssnap.sys [2008-5-20 15328]
R1 aswSP;aswSP;c:\windows\system32\drivers\aswSP.sys [2010-8-26 165584]
R1 MPFIREWL;MPFIREWL;c:\windows\system32\drivers\MpFirewall.sys [2006-1-28 55936]
R1 SASDIFSV;SASDIFSV;c:\program files\superantispyware\sasdifsv.sys [2010-2-17 12872]
R1 SASKUTIL;SASKUTIL;c:\program files\superantispyware\SASKUTIL.SYS [2010-5-10 67656]
R2 aswFsBlk;aswFsBlk;c:\windows\system32\drivers\aswFsBlk.sys [2010-8-26 17744]
R2 avast! Antivirus;avast! Antivirus;c:\program files\alwil software\avast5\AvastSvc.exe [2010-8-26 40384]
R2 npf;NetGroup Packet Filter Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\npf.sys [2008-6-1 34064]
R2 ReflectService;Macrium Reflect Image Mounting Service;c:\program files\macrium\reflect\ReflectService.exe [2009-8-25 220128]
R3 avast! Mail Scanner;avast! Mail Scanner;c:\program files\alwil software\avast5\AvastSvc.exe [2010-8-26 40384]
R3 avast! Web Scanner;avast! Web Scanner;c:\program files\alwil software\avast5\AvastSvc.exe [2010-8-26 40384]
S2 BT848;Conexant's BtPCI WDM Video Capture;c:\windows\system32\drivers\BT848.sys [2010-7-30 371349]
S2 CCOMSVC;Communication Services;c:\windows\ccomsvc.exe /startedbyscm:50f0c285-40e273a9-gpsservicesvc --> c:\windows\CComSvc.exe [?]
S2 gupdate;Google Update Service (gupdate);c:\program files\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe [2010-12-24 136176]
S2 TTDec;ATI WDM Teletext Decoder;c:\windows\system32\drivers\atinttxx.sys [2008-9-23 20960]
S3 AVC1100;Adaptec AVC-1100 Video Capture;c:\windows\system32\drivers\CA506AV.SYS [2005-7-24 175042]
S3 ca506aaf;Adaptec USB Audio Filter Driver (WDM);c:\windows\system32\drivers\ca506aaf.sys [2005-7-24 14273]
S3 Lavasoft Kernexplorer;Lavasoft helper driver;\??\c:\program files\lavasoft\ad-aware\kernexplorer.sys --> c:\program files\lavasoft\ad-aware\KernExplorer.sys [?]
S3 PSMounter;Macrium Reflect Image Explorer Service;c:\windows\system32\drivers\psmounter.sys [2009-8-25 32224]
S3 usb2vcom;USB Data Cable;c:\windows\system32\drivers\usb2vcom.sys [2006-8-14 28704]

=============== Created Last 30 ================

2011-01-08 12:00:10 -------- d-----w- c:\docume~1\daddy\applic~1\SUPERAntiSpyware.com
2011-01-08 12:00:10 -------- d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\SUPERAntiSpyware.com
2011-01-08 12:00:00 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\SUPERAntiSpyware
2011-01-07 07:02:35 -------- d-----w- C:\f9b1401b70ae5819420f
2011-01-04 23:20:07 21504 ----a-w- c:\windows\jestertb.dll
2010-12-30 13:15:18 38224 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2010-12-30 13:15:15 20952 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2010-12-30 13:15:14 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2010-12-26 15:08:50 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Veetle
2010-12-24 15:35:57 -------- d-----w- c:\docume~1\daddy\locals~1\applic~1\Temp
2010-12-20 11:04:38 -------- d-----w- C:\48f572a299ae77b0f0
2010-12-20 09:02:43 -------- d-----w- C:\ad8c25cd745c3c18d033a674b60e
2010-12-16 23:03:44 -------- d-----w- C:\971a87982a250c2ca2a5671bbf0cf16c
2010-12-15 19:28:22 -------- d-s---w- C:\ComboFix

==================== Find3M ====================

2010-11-18 18:12:44 81920 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\isign32.dll
2010-11-09 14:52:35 249856 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\odbc32.dll
2010-11-06 00:26:58 916480 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2010-11-06 00:26:58 43520 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\licmgr10.dll
2010-11-06 00:26:58 1469440 ------w- c:\windows\system32\inetcpl.cpl
2010-11-03 12:25:54 385024 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\html.iec
2010-10-28 13:13:22 290048 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\atmfd.dll
2010-10-26 13:25:00 1853312 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\win32k.sys

============= FINISH: 14:47:02.57 ===============

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Edited by Orange Blossom, 14 January 2011 - 07:29 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:10 PM

Hi,

Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.
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The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:30 PM

Im here !!

Thanks. Appreciate any prompt help :clapping:

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 06:48 PM

Please run Combofix and see if it can find anything

Please download ComboFix from one of these locations:* IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop making sure you rename it comfix.exe
  • Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. (Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive.)
  • Double click on Comfix.exe & follow the prompts.
  • As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
  • Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.

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Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:

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Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:13 PM

Please see combo fix attached. Thanks.

PS - It wasnt clear if you had to stop the Windows firewall. May be worth looking at the instructions to make that clear.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:26 PM

Fair point about the firewall, I have edited my instructions. Thanks :thumbup2:

Combofix also found lowsec and jestertb which aren't nice. Are you aware of CyberSitter? Did you install this program?

In the meantime please run Combofix again, as shown below

1. Close any open browsers.

2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

3. Open notepad and copy/paste the text in the box below into it:

DDS::
uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = <local>
uInternet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:5643


Save this as CFScript.txt, in the same location as Comfix.exe (called ComboFix.exe in the below graphic)


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Refering to the picture above, drag CFScript into ComboFix.exe

If the program requests for you to update Combofix then click Yes.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you at C:\ComboFix.txt which I will require in your next reply.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 05:24 AM

Hi Mole .

I have ran the combofix again as described , by dragging the script onto it. See new file attached (combofix2). Just in case its relevenat, my pc did appear to be locked up when I cam back to it. I did manage to save the file okay, but had to reboot.


On a side issue, no I dont have Cyber Sitter. I am very concious that what sites my daughter is going on may be causing me problems(these 'free' games websites). Ive tried to find the best software to try and control her usage as well i.e where you can make settings at user level.
Id like to seek some help on this once we have run all the virus checks. Thank you.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:59 AM

Yes, we can discuss that after we're done. :)

Okay, well CyberSitter is legitimate but there seems to be some question over it. If you don't want it then we will remove it with Combofix now.

1. Close any open browsers.

2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

3. Open notepad and copy/paste the text in the box below into it:

File::
c:\windows\CComSvc.exe

Driver::
CCOMSVC


Save this as CFScript.txt, in the same location as Comfix.exe (called ComboFix.exe in the below graphic)


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Refering to the picture above, drag CFScript into ComboFix.exe

If the program requests for you to update Combofix then click Yes.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you at C:\ComboFix.txt which I will require in your next reply.


Now please run ESET to clean up any other files.

  • Hold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
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  • For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
    • Click on Posted Image to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
    • Double click on the Posted Image icon on your desktop.
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  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
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  • Push Posted Image, and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 02:57 PM

Combo ran again and ESETs ran . It found 2 viruses . I didnt chose the option to quarantine them - as this wasnt mentioned in the instructions.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:23 PM

How's the machine running now?
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Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:12 AM

Still being prompted to run Microsoft software updates. I have ran the update (see screen shot) succesfully , but Im still showing as being KB2419632 , and the yellow updates icon is still appearing in my system tray.

I dont understand why , if ESET found 2 viruses, why didnt I have to check the box to say delete them ?

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:31 PM

I dont understand why , if ESET found 2 viruses, why didnt I have to check the box to say delete them ?


They aren't viruses as such, just a copy of the virus that Java has cached. Run a Java cache clean up

To Clear the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) cache, do this:
  • Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  • Double-click the Java icon. If you don't see it, go to Other options in the left panel or change to Classic View
    -The Java Control Panel appears.
  • Click "Settings" under Temporary Internet Files.
    -The Temporary Files Settings dialog box appears.
  • Click "Delete Files".
    -The Delete Temporary Files dialog box appears.
    -There are three options on this window to clear the cache.
    • Delete Files
    • Applications and applets
    • Trace and log files
  • Click "OK" on Delete Temporary Files window.
    -Note: This deletes all the Downloaded Applications and Applets from the cache.
  • Click "OK" on Temporary Files Settings window.
  • Close the Java Control Panel.
You can also view these instructions along with screenshots here.


As to the update failure I think that needs to go to the XP forum for support. The PC is clean though so let's clear up first

You're clean. Good stuff! :thumbup2:

Let's do some clearing up

Uninstall ComboFix

Remove Combofix now that we're done with it.
  • Please press the Windows Key and R on your keyboard. This will bring up the Run... command.
    (For Vista/Windows 7 please click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Run)
  • Now type in Combofix /Uninstall in the runbox and click OK. (Notice the space between "Combofix" and "/")
  • Please follow the prompts to uninstall Combofix.
  • You will then receive a message saying Combofix was uninstalled successfully once it's done uninstalling itself.
This will uninstall Combofix and anything associated with it.


We Need to Clean Up our Mess
Download and Run OTC

We will now remove the tools we used during this fix using OTC.

  • Download OTC by OldTimer and save it to your desktop.
  • Double click Posted Image icon to start the program. If you are using Vista, please right-click and choose run as administrator
  • Then Click the big Posted Image button.
  • You will get a prompt saying "Being Cleanup Process". Please select Yes.
  • Restart your computer when prompted.
If you still have any tools or logs leftover on your computer you can go ahead and delete those off of your computer now.
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Here's some advice on how you can keep your PC clean


Use and update your AntiVirus Software

You must have a good antivirus. There are plenty to choose from but I personally recommend the free options of Avast and Avira Antivir. If you want to purchase a security program then I recommend any of the following: AVG, Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky and ESET Nod32.

It is imperative that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out. If you use a commercial antivirus program you must make sure you keep renewing your subscription. Otherwise, once your subscription runs out, you may not be able to update the programs virus definitions.


Make sure your applications have all of their updates

Use this next program to check for updates for programs already on your system. Download Security Check by screen317 from here or here.

  • Save it to your Desktop.
  • Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
  • A Notepad document should open automatically, make sure that updates on any that are flagged are carried out as soon as possible

It is also possible for other programs on your computer to have security vulnerability that can allow malware to infect you. Therefore, 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.


Install an AntiSpyware Program

A highly recommended AntiSpyware program is SuperAntiSpyware. You can download the free Home Version. or the Pro version for a 15 day trial period.

Installing this or another recommended program will provide spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should scan your computer with an AntiSpyware program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software.


Finally, here's a treasure trove of antivirus, antimalware and antispyware resources


That's it mr benn, happy surfing!

Cheers.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:30 AM

Thanks Mole.

Wish somebody had sent me to the XP forum at the start though :-( Though I guess it was worth checking my pc for viruses first ?

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to install some software that helped me control the level of access my daughter has on my pc. She likes to use some of these free games sites, but I want to make sure she doesnt hit any viruses form there (which I hope Avast will trap), but also stop her going to 'adult' websites by mistake from there - which did happen before . (due to dodgly links).
Can you recommend any software that allows you to set up settings for different users ? eg if I login i can go to any site, but if she uses her windows login , it stops her going to 'adult' related sites ?

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 07:37 PM

I think something like K9 Web Protection might be what you're looking for. Free download too. :thumbup2:
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:50 PM

I will have a look Mile - thanks.

Ive logged a ticket at the Windows XP Forum. 3 days and no reply - do i have to wait a while for a forum meister to look at it , like on this forum ?




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