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VERY slow computer (not sure what is the cause)


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#1 tamarar

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:04 PM

I'm sorry, but I'm not sure why my computer is running slow. I have taken it apart and physically cleaned the hardware. I have defragmented, done a disk clean, used ccleaner (registry cleaner), eliminated any unnecessary startup items ..(that I could find). I've Run avast anitvirus full and boot scan. I have even recently wiped my computer. it was fine for a bit, but slow again. The computer can't hand;e doing more than one thing at a time and constantly freezes. I know I have lots of disk space now, so that's not a problem. I'm not sure what the problem is, so I was hoping you would be so kind as to help me out. I have tried to follow the instructions closely, hope I did ok! I've also included my highjackthis log, if it helps. If not, just ignore it. I've tried to run gmer, but my computer freezes half way through every time.

Thank you so much!
Tamara


DDS log:

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DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Tamara at 16:23:45.22 on Sun 03/13/2011
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLIDSVC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLIDSvcM.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe
C:\Windows\system32\AUDIODG.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
C:\Windows\explorer.exe
C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Tamara\Downloads\Defogger.exe
C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe
C:\Users\Tamara\Downloads\dds.scr
C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchProtocolHost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe
C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k hpdevmgmt
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k HPZ12
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k HPZ12
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k HPService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
.
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
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BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper: {72853161-30c5-4d22-b7f9-0bbc1d38a37e} - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office14\GROOVEEX.DLL
BHO: avast! WebRep: {8e5e2654-ad2d-48bf-ac2d-d17f00898d06} - c:\program files\avast software\avast\aswWebRepIE.dll
BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c02-4abf-8ecc-5164760863c6} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
BHO: Skype Plug-In: {ae805869-2e5c-4ed4-8f7b-f1f7851a4497} - c:\program files\skype\toolbars\internet explorer\skypeieplugin.dll
BHO: Office Document Cache Handler: {b4f3a835-0e21-4959-ba22-42b3008e02ff} - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office14\URLREDIR.DLL
TB: avast! WebRep: {8e5e2654-ad2d-48bf-ac2d-d17f00898d06} - c:\program files\avast software\avast\aswWebRepIE.dll
uRun: [Google Update] "c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
uRun: [Sidebar] c:\program files\windows sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
mRun: [BCSSync] "c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\BCSSync.exe" /DelayServices
mRun: [avast] "c:\program files\avast software\avast\avastUI.exe" /nogui
mRun: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
mRun: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE c:\windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
mRun: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "c:\program files\adobe\reader 10.0\reader\Reader_sl.exe"
mRun: [Adobe ARM] "c:\program files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
mPolicies-system: ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin = 5 (0x5)
mPolicies-system: ConsentPromptBehaviorUser = 3 (0x3)
mPolicies-system: EnableUIADesktopToggle = 0 (0x0)
IE: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office14\EXCEL.EXE/3000
IE: Se&nd to OneNote - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office14\ONBttnIE.dll/105
IE: {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - {48E73304-E1D6-4330-914C-F5F514E3486C} - c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\ONBttnIE.dll
IE: {789FE86F-6FC4-46A1-9849-EDE0DB0C95CA} - {FFFDC614-B694-4AE6-AB38-5D6374584B52} - c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\ONBttnIELinkedNotes.dll
IE: {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5} - {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5} - c:\program files\skype\toolbars\internet explorer\skypeieplugin.dll
Filter: text/xml - {807573E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945} - c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\office14\MSOXMLMF.DLL
Handler: skype-ie-addon-data - {91774881-D725-4E58-B298-07617B9B86A8} - c:\program files\skype\toolbars\internet explorer\skypeieplugin.dll
Handler: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - c:\progra~1\common~1\skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
Handler: wlpg - {E43EF6CD-A37A-4A9B-9E6F-83F89B8E6324} - c:\program files\windows live\photo gallery\AlbumDownloadProtocolHandler.dll
SEH: Groove GFS Stub Execution Hook: {b5a7f190-dda6-4420-b3ba-52453494e6cd} - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office14\GROOVEEX.DLL
.
============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============
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R? b57nd60x;Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet - NDIS 6.0
R? clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_32;Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X86
R? Microsoft SharePoint Workspace Audit Service;Microsoft SharePoint Workspace Audit Service
R? osppsvc;Office Software Protection Platform
R? WatAdminSvc;Windows Activation Technologies Service
S? aswFsBlk;aswFsBlk
S? aswMonFlt;aswMonFlt
S? aswSnx;aswSnx
S? aswSP;aswSP
S? avast! Antivirus;avast! Antivirus
S? SrvHsfHDA;SrvHsfHDA
S? SrvHsfV92;SrvHsfV92
S? SrvHsfWinac;SrvHsfWinac
S? vwififlt;Virtual WiFi Filter Driver
.
=============== Created Last 30 ================
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2011-03-13 22:45:13 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\CCleaner
2011-03-13 01:32:22 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{59F9FE1B-573F-451D-B628-DF9A21F2BD58}
2011-03-12 20:59:14 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\ElevatedDiagnostics
2011-03-11 11:30:04 5943120 ----a-w- c:\progra~2\microsoft\windows defender\definition updates\{bc2cdf18-d382-44ea-9def-dec98ad539b5}\mpengine.dll
2011-03-11 05:20:40 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{A7168A99-E7B9-41B4-A044-39C4A4EB9A6C}
2011-03-10 01:16:50 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{8D0A4FCD-0372-406C-B13B-B20805910EC7}
2011-03-09 07:37:18 1074176 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\DWrite.dll
2011-03-09 07:37:16 802304 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\FntCache.dll
2011-03-09 07:37:16 739840 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\d2d1.dll
2011-03-09 07:37:13 642048 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\CPFilters.dll
2011-03-09 07:37:12 534528 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\EncDec.dll
2011-03-09 07:37:11 850432 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\sbe.dll
2011-03-09 07:37:11 199680 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mpg2splt.ax
2011-03-09 07:37:06 2690560 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mstscax.dll
2011-03-09 07:37:03 1034240 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mstsc.exe
2011-03-08 19:57:18 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{6C9B59B1-331A-4300-8187-EC557D94CCD9}
2011-03-08 05:41:48 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{2A465485-35B8-4AC5-8B10-4BDAA9847F54}
2011-03-06 19:03:31 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{85DB547D-6676-4C26-8E20-53E17C59CD13}
2011-03-06 05:48:47 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{C63177FD-D81E-4E75-9A68-F20F658AEF91}
2011-03-05 17:48:05 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{FA8EC1A6-C683-4377-809C-03AF64A7691D}
2011-03-04 10:03:01 5943120 ----a-w- c:\progra~2\microsoft\windows defender\definition updates\backup\mpengine.dll
2011-03-04 06:49:56 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\Adobe
2011-03-04 05:28:42 388096 ----a-r- c:\users\tamara\appdata\roaming\microsoft\installer\{45a66726-69bc-466b-a7a4-12fcba4883d7}\HiJackThis.exe
2011-03-04 05:28:38 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Trend Micro
2011-03-04 04:55:54 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{03D6DB62-9391-4AF7-8E1B-771011A2619D}
2011-03-04 04:55:45 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{EF95B0EB-225D-4871-AAE7-18638DD09FA0}
2011-03-03 02:14:41 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{66913CE5-F673-4960-B04B-78CF11CBFA5E}
2011-03-02 11:01:42 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\MSXML 4.0
2011-03-02 05:25:21 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\BitTorrent
2011-03-02 05:23:49 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\roaming\BitTorrent
2011-03-02 01:43:31 -------- d-----r- c:\program files\Skype
2011-03-01 21:25:43 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\Tracing
2011-03-01 21:18:50 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\{582A65C1-3802-4CDB-BA69-D30428343E97}
2011-03-01 21:13:49 -------- d-----w- c:\windows\en
2011-03-01 20:59:58 69464 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\XAPOFX1_3.dll
2011-03-01 20:59:58 515416 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\XAudio2_5.dll
2011-03-01 20:59:56 453456 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\d3dx10_42.dll
2011-03-01 20:58:57 3426072 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\d3dx9_32.dll
2011-03-01 20:55:18 2983424 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\UIRibbon.dll
2011-03-01 20:55:14 1164800 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\UIRibbonRes.dll
2011-03-01 20:44:21 525656 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\windows live\.cache\6ca859901cbd85106\DXSETUP.exe
2011-03-01 20:44:21 1691480 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\windows live\.cache\6ca859901cbd85106\dsetup32.dll
2011-03-01 20:44:20 94040 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\windows live\.cache\6ca859901cbd85106\DSETUP.dll
2011-03-01 20:43:45 525656 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\windows live\.cache\55453a701cbd85105\DXSETUP.exe
2011-03-01 20:43:40 1691480 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\windows live\.cache\55453a701cbd85105\dsetup32.dll
2011-03-01 20:43:38 94040 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\windows live\.cache\55453a701cbd85105\DSETUP.dll
2011-03-01 20:43:09 6260088 ----a-w- c:\program files\common files\windows live\.cache\3bb150d01cbd85104\Silverlight.4.0.exe
2011-03-01 20:41:28 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\Windows Live
2011-03-01 20:41:26 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\common files\Windows Live
2011-03-01 17:17:00 90624 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\spool\prtprocs\w32x86\HPZPPWN7.DLL
2011-03-01 15:36:27 -------- d-----w- c:\windows\system32\Wat
2011-03-01 15:29:06 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\common files\Hewlett-Packard
2011-03-01 15:27:03 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\common files\HP
2011-03-01 15:21:02 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\HP
2011-03-01 15:20:58 797216 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcplui.exe
2011-03-01 15:20:58 420384 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcpl.cpl
2011-03-01 15:20:58 1108512 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcpluir.dll
2011-03-01 15:20:57 453152 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvuninst.exe
2011-03-01 15:11:11 276992 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wcncsvc.dll
2011-03-01 15:10:30 371544 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\aswSnx.sys
2011-03-01 15:10:15 53592 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\aswMonFlt.sys
2011-03-01 15:09:04 40648 ----a-w- c:\windows\avastSS.scr
2011-03-01 15:08:48 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\AVAST Software
2011-03-01 15:08:48 -------- d-----w- c:\progra~2\AVAST Software
2011-03-01 15:07:23 1289536 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ntdll.dll
2011-03-01 15:07:21 3901824 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
2011-03-01 15:07:20 3958792 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
2011-03-01 15:07:20 3957120 ----a-w- c:\progra~2\microsoft\windows\rai\ntkrnlpa.exe
2011-03-01 15:06:58 516096 ----a-w- c:\program files\windows mail\wab.exe
2011-03-01 15:06:47 2048 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\tzres.dll
2011-03-01 15:01:21 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\Google
2011-03-01 15:00:23 7680 ----a-w- c:\program files\internet explorer\iecompat.dll
2011-03-01 14:59:27 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\Apps
2011-03-01 14:59:25 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\Deployment
2011-03-01 14:55:22 728448 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\dxgkrnl.sys
2011-03-01 14:55:22 219008 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\dxgmms1.sys
2011-03-01 14:55:22 107520 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\cdd.dll
2011-03-01 14:43:32 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Microsoft Synchronization Services
2011-03-01 14:42:20 222080 ------w- c:\windows\system32\MpSigStub.exe
2011-03-01 14:39:47 -------- d-----w- c:\windows\PCHEALTH
2011-03-01 14:39:47 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition
2011-03-01 14:38:05 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8
2011-03-01 14:36:48 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\Microsoft Analysis Services
2011-03-01 14:35:04 -------- d-----w- c:\users\tamara\appdata\local\Microsoft Help
2011-03-01 14:34:05 -------- d-sh--w- c:\windows\Installer
2011-03-01 14:27:08 -------- d-----w- c:\windows\system32\wbem\Performance
2011-03-01 06:10:43 -------- d-----w- c:\windows\Panther
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==================== Find3M ====================
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2011-03-06 19:55:02 113594 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs
2011-03-06 19:54:58 811520 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\user32.dll
2011-03-06 19:54:55 14336 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\slwga.dll
2011-03-06 19:54:52 118784 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\sppwmi.dll
2011-03-06 19:54:50 53760 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\sppuinotify.dll
2011-03-06 19:54:47 345088 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\sppcommdlg.dll
2011-03-06 19:54:45 410624 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\systemcpl.dll
2011-01-07 07:31:10 442880 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\XpsPrint.dll
2011-01-07 07:31:10 288256 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\XpsGdiConverter.dll
2011-01-07 07:27:11 34304 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\atmlib.dll
2011-01-07 05:33:11 294400 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\atmfd.dll
2011-01-05 05:37:33 428032 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\vbscript.dll
2011-01-05 03:37:38 2329088 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\win32k.sys
2010-12-21 05:38:24 73728 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wscsvc.dll
2010-12-21 05:38:24 51200 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wscapi.dll
2010-12-21 05:38:22 981504 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2010-12-21 05:38:22 350720 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\winhttp.dll
2010-12-21 05:38:21 204800 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\WebClnt.dll
2010-12-21 05:38:19 204288 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\upnp.dll
2010-12-21 05:36:17 1389568 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\msxml6.dll
2010-12-21 05:36:16 1236992 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\msxml3.dll
2010-12-21 05:34:12 80384 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\davclnt.dll
2010-12-20 04:33:57 83456 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\winver.exe
2010-12-20 04:33:57 325632 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\slui.exe
2010-12-18 05:29:40 44544 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\licmgr10.dll
2010-12-18 05:29:31 541184 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\kerberos.dll
2010-12-18 04:20:55 386048 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\html.iec
2010-12-18 03:47:59 1638912 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\mshtml.tlb
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============= FINISH: 16:31:30.84 ===============

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:19 PM

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:22 PM

Hey m0le,
Thanks for responding!

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:56 PM

I have taken it apart and physically cleaned the hardware. I have defragmented, done a disk clean, used ccleaner (registry cleaner), eliminated any unnecessary startup items ..(that I could find).


Some of these things can damage the system if not carried out correctly. It sounds like you didn't get any warning of an attack but suddenly the system started to slow down.

I would like you to run a couple of scans to check but I believe it may be a system problem


CCleaner is fine but do not use the registry cleaner element. See below:

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
Let's try MBAM

Please download Posted Image Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application or, if you are using Vista, right-click and select Run As Administrator on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
    If MBAM won't update then download and update MBAM on a clean computer then save the rules.ref folder to a memory stick. This file is found here: 'C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware' then transfer it across to the infected computer.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Full Scan" option is selected.
    • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
  • Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.


And

Download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSpyware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the Scanning Control tab.
  • Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen.
  • Back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan.
  • Click "Next" to start the scan. Please be patient while it scans your computer.
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes".
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 01:29 AM

Hey there.
Thanks for the info about the registry cleaner. I will definitely not be using the registry component from now on.
Here are the logs you asked for. The antispyware one took a long time cause it kept on crashing.
Let me know if I did anything wrong :)
Thank you!!!!




Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 6108

Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

3/19/2011 7:42:57 PM
mbam-log-2011-03-19 (19-42-56).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|E:\|)
Objects scanned: 215320
Time elapsed: 49 minute(s), 58 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)




SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 03/19/2011 at 10:58 PM

Application Version : 4.50.1002

Core Rules Database Version : 6634
Trace Rules Database Version: 4446

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:30:40

Memory items scanned : 630
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 8685
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 20031
File threats detected : 118

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.liveperson.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
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.liveperson.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.collective-media.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.content.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.media6degrees.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.atdmt.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.atdmt.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.imrworldwide.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.imrworldwide.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.insightexpressai.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.insightexpressai.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.insightexpressai.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.insightexpressai.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.realmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ru4.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ru4.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.invitemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adbrite.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adbrite.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adbrite.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adbrite.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.media6degrees.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.media6degrees.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
user.lucidmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.realmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
network.realmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.tribalfusion.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.bs.serving-sys.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.sympatico.112.2o7.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.bellcan.adbureau.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adinterax.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.partypoker.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.partypoker.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.partypoker.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.fastclick.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.fastclick.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.fastclick.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.advertising.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.invitemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.zedo.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.zedo.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.zedo.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.canadapost.112.2o7.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
citi.bridgetrack.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
citi.bridgetrack.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
citi.bridgetrack.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
citi.bridgetrack.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.questionmarket.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.questionmarket.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
rts.pgmediaserve.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
rts.pgmediaserve.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
rts.pgmediaserve.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.247realmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
oasc14.247realmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
oasc14.247realmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.apmebf.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
oasc14.247realmedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
in.getclicky.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.ads.pointroll.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.statcounter.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.www.burstnet.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.2o7.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.invitemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adinterax.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adcentriconline.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.content.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.casalemedia.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
ad.yieldmanager.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.serving-sys.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adserver.adtechus.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.adserver.adtechus.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.mediaplex.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.mediaplex.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.apmebf.com [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.revsci.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
.2o7.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies ]
s0.2mdn.net [ C:\Users\Tamara\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\VF2ND9QB ]

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:32 AM

There's nothing malicious there.

Please visit ESET and put the machine through their online scanner

ESET Online Scanner:

Note: You can use either Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox for this scan. You will however need to disable your current installed Anti-Virus, how to do so can be read here.

Vista users: You will need to to right-click on the either the IE or FF icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select Run as Administrator from the context menu.

  • Please go here then click on: Posted Image

    Note: If using Mozilla Firefox you will need to download esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe when prompted then double click on it to install.
    All of the below instructions are compatible with either Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox.

  • Select the option YES, I accept the Terms of Use then click on: Posted Image
  • When prompted allow the Add-On/Active X to install.
  • Make sure that the option Remove found threats is checked, and the option Scan archives is checked.
  • Now click on Advanced Settings and select the following:
    • Scan for potentially unwanted applications
    • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
    • Enable Anti-Stealth Technology
  • Now click on: Posted Image
  • The virus signature database... will begin to download. Be patient this make take some time depending on the speed of your Internet Connection.
  • When completed the Online Scan will begin automatically.
  • Do not touch either the Mouse or keyboard during the scan otherwise it may stall.
  • When completed select Uninstall application on close if you so wish, make sure you copy the logfile first!
  • Now click on: Posted Image
  • Use notepad to open the logfile located at C:\Program Files\ESET\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt.
  • Copy and paste that log as a reply to this topic.
Note: Do not forget to re-enable your Anti-Virus application after running the above scan!
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 03:17 PM

no problems found there

ESETSmartInstaller@High as CAB hook log:
OnlineScanner.ocx - registred OK

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:07 PM

You have a clean computer there, tamarar.

Please clean up the tools using OTC

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.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:17 PM

The antispyware found 118 adware infections. Once I removed those, my computer was quite a bit faster. Then when I ran ESET, it slowed down quite a bit, even after it was finished. It's still slow, but much better.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:20 PM

The antispyware found 118 adware infections


It deleted your cookies, they weren't infections. If that sped up your PC then you should probably run ATF

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune. Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.

NB: If you are using Firefox and this has caused page loading problems then please clear your private data. To do this go
to the Tools menu, select Clear Private Data, and then check Cache. Click Clear Private Data Now.

This could also be Clear Recent History or similar

Then close Firefox and then reopen it.



Follow that with the final post...

You're clean. Good stuff! :thumbup2:

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, happy surfing!

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:29 AM

Thank you! :)

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:28 PM

It appears that this issue is resolved, therefore I am closing the topic. If that is not the case and you need or wish to continue with this topic, please send me or any Moderator a Personal Message (PM) that you would like this topic re-opened.
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