Not a problem.
In regards to anti-virus protection...There is no universal "one size fits all" solution
that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus
. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. Please see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
As for the ads on this site...Sponsored advertisements are shown on the BleepingComputer web site if you are not logged on
with your forum account as a registered member. These are AdSense Google Ads
which is allowed in order to defray the cost (pay the bills) of maintaining the board. Although the site owner permits ads, we have no control
over them and BC does not recommend or endorse
any of the advertisements. Sometimes the ads are for downloading junk registry cleaners, optimizers, download managers or other worthless applications we do not recommend. When not logged on, some folks may click the incorrect download link or unknowingly click a link which downloads or attempts to download a program they did not intend to install. If you are logged in with your member account, you should not see any advertisements and that's one reason we encourage our members to always sign in first
BTW there is a lengthy ongoing discussion in this topic: CryptoDefense - Newest cryptolocker variant
. Rather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any more questions, comments or requests for assistance in that topic discussion should you change your mind about doing a factory restore.
The BC Staff