I realize I am not the first one to do this, but when I was setting up my new (to me) Dell Lattitude E5500 yesterday, I was trying to be careful, but I still missed something. I was following advice from a computer guy, or at least the sequence of things he recommended, knowing I can change this if I want to.
First I downloaded PC Decrappifier and ran it-it found nothing out of line Then, I downloaded Advanced System Care-free version and ran the scan. Nothing was out of order, one item that I neglected to write down was fixed. I did notice I had an ad for a driver booster after that, but I removed that. I did not use it. Next was downloading the free version of Bitdefender for antivirus. I am not committed to it but it seems like it should work. I have used others, AVG most recently but I don't like being prompted to upgrade all the time. ( If I want to upgrade something I will Just do what you say you do and they say they are strong, effective and silent. Be that.)
Next up I went to Ninite.com and got: Chrome, Firefox, Silverlight Air, Java 8, Javax648, Shockwave, Revo uninstaller, Notepad++ (just in case 'Id need to come here Just kidding!) Auslogics, Teamviewer ll (pc guy uses for remote access), Open Office, Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D. Oh, I forgot- I also got IOBit uninstaller, free but from the website.
Then I ran the updates to Windows, it had three or four updates (i think they werr cummulative) and the pc rebooted three times when needed. I checked for updates again, got one more and then I made sure it was set to auto update along with the Microsoft updates too. Next step, and this is where I got hit, was to update drivers Went to Driver Pack Solution, site and got the little 2.4 mb file. I did not see anything that seemed to be anything but drivers, and I had selected just drivers, but I was warned to watch out for Opera or Yandex -Russian programs. I had an interruption (math question) and out of the corner of my eye I saw a warning come out at the right of my desktop and saw Opera, but I wasn't able to stop it. I did not see the Yandex thing until later when I went back and checked. I knew I could uninstall Opera, so I didn't stress over it.
I opened Revo Uninstaller and turned off Java updates (I like to do those manually) and then I ran Spybot S&D updates and then immunization. Wherever it said there was an issue I let it fix-there was only a few. Did a full scan as well-and a few issues were detected and fixed. I launched Firefox to start the setup of it, and was horrified by a page of Russian text! I didn't want to panic, as I had been warned about the Russian stuff if any of the programs got installed with the Driver Pack Solution download. But I kinda did anyway. So, knowing I had a couple good uninstallers to use, I first ran the decrappifier and saw I had a couple more- Yanex being one) and then uninstalled them..The one uninstaller (Revo) is supposed to be good at getting rid of the leftover scraps so I ran that as well.
So all was well NOT That was when I discovered Mr Murphy, which is a seperate issue/post. I didn't want to mess with it so I left it until today. I've been messing around very little except to go back and check my programs and uninstall the russian ones. Then I scanned and updated-discovered that some of the russian versions of Microsoft Visual c++ that I had seen were now gone, and relaxed a little. I rebooted and logged on via my account (and have not been able to do anything else cuz of the admin issue-see post) I noticed when I launch Firefox I get the page of Russian, but I am pretty sure its gone in my pc....so I did a search in Mozilla support on Yandex and found a post. Its not recent and is associated with Win 8 and so some of the directions don't make sense to me. I am new to Win 10 as it is-Vista being my last operating system-and didn't want to do anything I'd regret. Hahaha! So I switched to Chrome which I actually like now. I haven't used it much-just doing some reading on here about antivirus/malware etc tools. I had to attend to something else and I noticed that in my bookmarks on Chrome was two Russian pages-I deleted them, and went to check again if they are gone-didn't see them.
So...Is there anything I should do? And can someone help me fix the Firefox problem? I guess I can't do a whole lot until my other problem is resolved. Thought about just going back to the original factory condition and starting over, except that I wonder if that will mess up my operating system since it is a factory refurbished with Win 10 instead of 7 which is what it had originallly.
Sorry this is so long-but I know from before it helps to have details.