Hello again Mitch,
Logs are looking good, and you should be good to go!
Thanks for checking my logs and making sure my computer is safe- I appreciate it.
It was my pleasure! Normally, I'm much more attentive then I was here with you, but it was really nothing personal...it was just how my life is moving at the moment. I again, apologize for the delays in my responses.
==========Your machine appears to be clean! Let's do some housekeeping now:
The following steps will implement some cleanup procedures. It will also reset your System Restore by flushing out previous restore points and create a new restore point. It will also remove all the backups our tools may have made.Step DeFogger:Note** This only needs to be run if it was run before - If not then skip it.
To re-enable your Emulation drivers, double click DeFogger
to run the tool.
- The application window will appear
- Click the Re-enable button to re-enable your CD Emulation drivers
- Click Yes to continue
- A 'Finished!' message will appear
- Click OK
- DeFogger will now ask to reboot the machine - click OK
Your Emulation drivers are now re-enabled.
==========Step Uninstall ComboFix:
- Turn off all active protection software.
- Hold the "Windows" key and press "R" to open the runbox, then copy/paste ComboFix /Uninstall into the box and click Ok.
- Note the space between the X and the /Uninstall, it needs to be there.
==========Step Download and Run TFC:
Please download TFC
(Temp File Cleaner) by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
Double-click on TFC.exe
to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run as Administrator.
Click the Start
button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
- TFC will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, Java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder.
Note: It is normal for the computer to be slow to boot after running TFC cleaner the first time.
- Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.
==========Step Download and Run OTC:
We will now remove the tools we used during this fix using OTC
Any programs and logs that are left over you can just delete from the desktop.
- Download OTC by OldTimer and save it to your desktop.
- Double click icon to start the program. If you are using Vista or Windows 7, please right-click and choose run as administrator
- Then Click the big button.
- You will get a prompt saying "Begin Cleanup Process". Please select Yes.
- Restart your computer when prompted.
Are you having any additional problems at this point? If so, please let me know. Otherwise feel free to enjoy use of your repaired machine
The most common cause of an infected machine is the Trojan Horse
, or programs which appear to be legitimate but which contain malicious payloads, or which are simply malicious in and of themselves. No antivirus, firewall, host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS), or other security software can fully protect you against this kind of attack. The best way to project yourself is not to run email attachments from untrusted sources, and avoid software downloaded from the internet wherever possible. Remember, when you run an application, you are giving that application permission to do to your machine anything you
can do the machine, including create, modify, or destroy files or other data. In the Windows (and most other systems' such as Unix) security model, applications don't have privileges, users do
The second most common cause of infection is out of date software. Leaving your system unpatched leaves holes through which attackers can execute code on your behalf without your consent. This goes for far more than common targets such as Windows and Internet Explorer. Most recent threats target other third party software, such as Adobe's Adobe Reader, Shockwave Player, or Flash Player, or Oracle's Java browser plugins. you can check your system for out of date software manually, or by using automated tools such as Secunia's Personal Software Inspector
. This goes doubly for security applications such as antivirus and other antimalware products based on definition lists, where out of date lists mean no detection of newer malware.
Finally, occasionally you will be forced to run some potentially infected binary, or attackers will use a hole which is unpatched by software vendors, so a last line of defense is needed. That means turning on a firewall (Windows Firewall included with Windows XP SP2 or later is fine) and leaving it on, and using and keeping up to date an antivirus solution such as Norton AntiVirus. Antiviral solutions don't even have to cost money; for instance Microsoft Secuity Essentials
provides perfectly acceptable protection for free. If for some reason you don't like MSE, there are other free products available as well:
- Avast (home use only)
- Avira (shows nag screen to purchase full product when updating, home use only)
That should be fine for the majority of users. However, if you absolutely want additional protection, consider one or more of the following products:
If you want more information on methods malware use to infect your computer, consider browsing our How did I get infected?
Please respond to this post so I can close the thread unless you have any other questions.Best of regards, and happy surfing!!