Running XP pro sp2 on a P3 850 with 512ram. XP firewall is functioning and I am also behind a router. My IE privacy tab is set to "prompt" for third party cookies and I block the unwanted ones as they occur (sad but it pleases me. lol).
I noticed the computer "labouring" when I was browsing. I looked in task manager and noticed a higher usage of IEXPLORE.exe than I'd noticed before. I ran Adaware and Spybot, and AVG all with latest defintions and found nothing so I restarted in safe mode and repeated this and Adaware detected and removed a Win32 Trojan downloader. Then I cleared the internet offline files and unessary cookies.
At this point I realised I'd forgotten to set the Tools, View options to show hidden files etc so I did that and re-ran Adaware, Spybot, AVG and Ewido ( which I'd downloaded for good measure) in both normal and safe mode. Nothing found this time.
I ran scandisc and it reported a few minor inconsistancies which it repaired. The computer seems to be a little slower still but I havent as yet defragmented ( which it needs) as I wasnt sure whether it would "hide" any traces of the malware. I installed the latest XP security updates and the monthly malware check made no finds.
Will there be any registry entries ( Adaware removed 1) left behind? If so what do I search for. Also can I be sure the computer is now "clean" or would you recommend further procedures.