Posted 25 July 2006 - 07:59 AM
I am new to this site, but need some computer advice.
I have an old HP desktop. A few months ago, my neighbor took my computer, reformatted and added more memory. He put XP on it (I had ME before - worst operating system EVER), and made my old machine run beautifully.
My wonderful, irresponsible brother stayed with my husband and I last week while my parents were on vacation. He decided to use my desktop and carelessly download all sorts of lovely things, and now my computer is giving me a lot of trouble. When I run Symantec, here are some of the threats I am getting:
Thats just a small sample - I get a TON more of those adware.whatever things, a couple of things that say something like W32.Spybot, and more. I downloaded Ad-aware, ran that and deleted a bunch of things...I have run a full virus scan with Symantec SEVERAL times, but the stuff never actually deletes from my computer.
Even better - I was trying to manually remove this stuff using some instructions on the Symantec website, which instructed me to turn off my system restore option and run a virus scan in safe mode. I didn't realize what I did, but now I found out that I can't even restore my computer to how it was at an earlier date (I should have thought to do that immediately). I am currently running my virus scan in Safe Mode, and nothing has come up yet...but I know that its out there. I clean it off, and then it just reappears.
Does anyone have any suggestions - something I can try other than what I have done?