Yo! Sorry for the bad Megaman Battle Network reference but I can't help it
I'm 16 years old and currently taking Computing System Management and Support classes at my college as I have always been interested with computers, programs and how the whole thing works.
I've been to this site many times and have often found myself looking though posts that may relate to a problem I might be having at the time. And if I find something useful I'll give it a shot. This mostly refers to programs such as Malwarebytes, rKill and Adwcleaner, which have all served me well with keeping my computer disinfected.
I'm rather overcautious when it comes to things like viruses, adware and malware as I have had nasty experiences in the past with the darned blighters. If I download a file, I'll always scan it to make sure. If the file is under 64MB in size and my programs show up clean, I'll take it to VirusTotal for a heavier run-down before deciding to keep it or toss it.
I have had to access the registry a few times to remove pest problems, including when my anti-virus program took a hit from a program I though was safe after scanning, took 2-3 days to fix up completely. I've also helped out friends and family with virus/adware/malware removals and they've never had a problem since, although I like to check in after a few days to make sure no residual effects linger, in which there have been no cases so far.
But that's enough about me and my ramblings, I hope to meet and help you with any problems that's in my range
My current list of protection/disinfection programs:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free)
Microsoft Security Essentials
Combofix (Last resort ONLY!)