The log appears clean now Mafoombay. Any remaining issues?
I'm a bit concerned about it's 'shortness' but I have seen that before and it does not necessarily imply any problems. Please double check a couple of things...
Click on Start
, type in msconfig
and click on OK. Be sure you are running in 'Normal Startup'
. Also, be sure you are booting in Normal Windows mode and not booting to Safe Mode. If either of these are not the case, please correct and post one more log.
Now about those Windows Critical Updates:Your log shows
that you are seriously behind on windows updates. It is essential that you update your windows as otherwise the infections could reoccur. Go to Windows Update
and if it asks to install software, allow it to do so. Install the offered Service Pack (SP), reboot as requested and return until you have installed all available critical updates.
If you would prefer to hold off on SP2 for now, then open this link to the Windows XP Service Pack 1a
page, select Express Installation and follow the instructions to download/install Service Pack 1a (SP1a). Reboot when requested then return to Windows Update
and install any remaining Critical Updates other than SP2.The following is my standard speech
that I post to everyone with a clean log - and your log is now clean:
Here are some simple steps to help keep your computer clean and secure:Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently
- It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com
regularly. If there are new critical updates to install, install them immediately, reboot your computer, and revisit the site until there are no more critical updates. This will ensure your computer is up to date and the operating system is safe from the latest threats.Use an AntiVirus Software
- It is very important that you have an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future.
Equally as important is that you keep your AV up to date. Set it to auto-update if that option is available, otherwise update it at least weekly. If you do not keep your antivirus current, then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.Use a Firewall
- I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.
The firewall built into Windows XP
is better than nothing, but third party firewalls offer more complete protection. A very good firewall, with a free for personal use version, is ZoneAlarm, available from Zone Labs
. Firewalls are also part of the Symantec and McAfee Security Suites.
You can test your firewall at one of the following sites:Symantec Security
: http://security.symantec.comGibson Research
(follow the links to Shield's-Up!)DSL Reports Port Scanner
For a more in-depth tutorial, and an expanded listing of available firewalls, seeUnderstanding and Using Firewalls
.Make your Internet Explorer more secure
- This can be done by following these simple instructions:
- From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
- Click once on the Security tab
- Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
- Click once on the Custom Level button.
- Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
- Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
- Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
- Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
- Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
- Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
- When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
- If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
- Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
A in-depth treatise on IE privacy and security by Eric Howes can be found hereInstall Spybot - Search and Destroy
- Download and install the latest version of Spybot - Search and Destroy with its TeaTimer option. This will provide realtime spyware & hijacker protection on your computer as an adjunct to your virus protection. Keep this program updated and scan your system periodically with it just as you do with your antivirus software.
A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found at:Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware , Malware, and HijackersInstall Ad-Aware SE
- Download and install the latest version of Ad-Aware SE. Keep this program updated and use it to scan for malware on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software in conjunction with Spybot.
A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found at:Using Ad-aware to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from Your ComputerInstall SpywareBlaster
- SpywareBlaster will added a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer settings that will protect you from downloading and running known malicious programs.
A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found at:Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware and MalwareUpdate all these programs regularly
- Make sure you update all the programs I have listed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT
be protected when new malicious programs are released.Finally
, practice safe computer habits. Don't click on strange email attachments thinking your AV will defend you. Usually it will, but sometimes it won't.
Follow this list and your potential for being infected again will be dramatically reduced.