Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:48 AM
I admittedly do not scan my computer very regularly, so it wasn't a massive surprise when I did it yesterday that I discovered a virus. I should probably mention I use Avast. The virus description was "Win32 Trojan-Gen", and it was removed successfully without any real problems. From here I felt a little paranoid and then went and did a little research on the internet and ended up downloading MalwareBytes, and running a scan. It found something called "Relevant Knowledge", which again was easily removed.
What I am curious about is, when I have looked up these things on the internet, I have been met with pages of people having difficult getting rid of both these things, whereas they disappeared from my system with relative ease. I should also mention that there were no real symptoms of any of these two viruses existing. So I am wondering if they are totally gone, and I just got lucky that they were easily dealt with.
Since then (due to my paranoia) I have also ran CCCleaner, which removed lots of unused files, Spybot and SuperAntiSpyware, which both deleted tracking cookies.
And then on top of that I did another full scan on both Avast and MalwareBytes. Maybe that is overkill but I wanted to check after I had rebooted my laptop.
So basically what I am asking is, is my system now properly secure? Or is there anything else anyone would suggest to use to double check. Am I safe once again to log into websites using usernames and passwords (I changed all my passwords for all accounts I operate on a different laptop after discovering the virus and have left the contaminated laptop isolated since).
Thanks for any help, it will be greatly appreciated from someone who isn't entirely sure on the whole security thing.