after downloading a file letting me know that my harddrive is low on space
There is never any need to download a file to tell you about the free space on your hard drive. I think you may
have been duped into allowing someone to take over your computer.
1. Free space - Start>'My Computer' right-click on the C: drive and click 'Properties'.
2. View hidden files - Open your My Computer icon (Either from your desktop or the Start Menu)
Click the Tools menu and select Folder Options(on older systems it may be in the View menu)
Select the View tab and scroll through the Advanced settings
Enable or disable the following (using a checkmark to enable)
enable - Show hidden files and folders
disable - Hide extentions for known file types
disable - Hide protected operating system files (WinME and WinXP only)
Now click Apply and Ok
3. What anti-virus and anti-spyware software do you have installed?
4. Run some online scans:
Online trojan scanner: http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/
Here are some links to free online Anti-Virus scans
. They do take some time to load and run and in some cases you can only use Internet Explorer, with ActiveX enabled, to access them but they are an excellent support for your existing anti-virus program.Panda
Active Scan online - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
Internet Explorer only. Requires email address. Requires Active-X components to be installed. Approx 12MB download.BitDefender
online scan - http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/licence.php
Internet Explorer only. Must agree to a EULA. Need to allow installation of an Active X component. Some of the options are not clearly explained.McAfee
online scan - http://www.pcpitstop.com/freescan/Security Advisor
(?) - http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspxTrend Micro
Housecall - http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com/enterprise...call_launch.php
(European version, supports Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox and Opera
Link to 'Online Scan' at the top rhs of the page. Requires IE and Active-X components.
"does not scan RAM, boot sectors and MBRs, so it cannot detect malicious code located in these areas."
Post back the results.