I am so sorry! Thank you for sending the PM. I have no idea how that got missed, and I feel awful.
I think the best thing you could do would be to save your important files to either floppy, or burn them to a CD. Then, after the reformat, BEFORE you do anything else, install an AV and Firewall. You can then scan the files to make sure they're safe. There are some excellent FREE ones, and I'll give you the links to those. I use Avast! and it's great. It's free, light on resources, and listed in the top 10. Not bad for free!AVG
are good FREE antivirus. Some good free firewalls are ZoneAlarm
, or Outpost
A tutorial on understanding and using firewalls may be found here
Never install more than one antivirus scanner or firewall on your system! Several together can give you problems and decrease the reliability of it seriously!
Below I have included a number of recommendations on how to protect your computer in order to prevent future malware infections. Please take these recommendations seriously! These few simple steps can stave off the vast majority of spyware problems.
In order to protect yourself against spyware, you should consider installing and running the following free
A tutorial on using SpywareBlaster to prevent spyware from ever installing on your computer may be found here
A tutorial on using SpywareGuard for realtime protection against spyware and hijackers may be found here
A tutorial on using Ad-Aware to remove spyware from your computer may be found here
.Spybot-Search & Destroy
A tutorial on using Spybot to remove spyware from your computer may be found here
. Please also remember to enable Spybot's "Immunize" and "TeaTimer" features.
It places over 5000 malicious websites and domains in your IE's restricted zone.IE/Spyad
Make sure to keep these programs up-to-date
and to run them regularly
, as this can prevent a great deal of spyware hassle.
Please consider using an alternate browser. Mozilla's Firefox browser is fantastic
; it is much more secure than Internet Explorer, immune to almost all known browser hijackers, and also has the best built-in popup blocker (as an added benefit!) that I have ever seen. If you are interested, Firefox may be downloaded from here:http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
Please make sure to run your antivirus software regularly, and to keep it up-to-date.
Hope this helps.