Uninstall McAffee using the add/remove programs in the control panel.
Then download and install AVG Free which is a far better av ap and uses far fewer system resources;Antivirus programs - freeware
(you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)
Set it to update automatically and protect incoming email and attachments.
Avast Anti-virus freewarehttp://www.komando.com/bestshareware.asp
Then get the following:Anti-malware freeware
The following freeware aps will detect and remove spyware/malware from your computer and in addition to your resident anti-virus program you should have several (if not all) of these installed (and used frequently - each may detect things that the others may not -always update them before you run them)
Set them to update automatically if applicable.
Run them from safe mode when applicable
(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several since each may find malware that the others may not find)
Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Adawa...nal/965718306/1
Update – Aug 2006 - Spybot by default now ignores certain products such as New.Net and Sidestep for no good reason. New.Net compromises the WinSock stack by routing all your DNS queries through the NewDotNet.DLL. To enable detection go to "Settings", "Ignore products", "All products" Tab, right click on "Product", left-click on "Deselect all". http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion.
Microsoft Windows Defender
Windows Defender will give you an additional tool in your control panel named Software Explorer which is excellent for examining software installed on your computer, its startup menu, etc which will help you identify what it is.http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection.
Ewido Antispyware Freehttp://free.grisoft.com/doc/20/lng/us/tpl/v5
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
AČ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html
. Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.
What are you doing for a firewall?
Are you using the puny Windows one-way firewall that comes with XP or have you replaced it with a two way firewall that will protect your system from both incoming and outgoing exploits which the Windows Firewall will not do:Software firewalls with freeware versions
(Run only one and disable the ineffective Windows XP firewall)
ZoneAlarm (freeware) V. 6.5.722http://www.download.com/ZoneAlarm/3000-10435_4-10039884.html
(you can have only one software firewall running. More than one will conflict)
Comodo firewall (freeware)http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/
Pick one, install it and shutdown your Windows firewall if the third party firewall you set up hasn't already done so. (Zonealarm will by default)
Edited by Enthusiast, 11 October 2006 - 05:23 AM.