My Preventive Maintenance: Now that the system is clean.
------------------------Delete your system restore files and create a new restore point:Create new system restore point for Vista and W7Create new system restore point for Windows XPClear old system restore points except for the last one
If you have the XP Recovery Console
installed I suggest you keep it on your system.
Here's a Tweak
so the computer boots up faster with it.
If you would like to uninstall the Recovery Console
, please let me know and I'll give you instructions to do so.
-------------------Install all critical Windows Updates:
Visit Windows Update
and install all the lastest critical updates.
--------------------Optional programs you may need:
Please note: DON'T download and install any scanner listed on THIS LIST
They're scanners that are blacklisted because of their questionable reputation. Note:
Please only install one anti-virus program, one firewall and one anti-malware program that provides real-time protection.A good security plan:
An anti-virus program, a firewall (other than windows, Windows 7 firewall is OK), an anti-malware program that provides realtime protection, keep the registry backed up, and install the Windows XP Recovery Console.What do I use and recommend:
(I'm using XP pro)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro (provides realtime protection)
Microsoft Security Essentials (anti-virus)
PC Tools firewall (for XP and Vista.....W7 firewall is OK)
Keep the registry backed up
XP Recovery Console
Links below:Anti-Virus (free):Avast FreeMicrosoft Security EssentialsAnti-malware with "real-time protection" (free):Microsoft Security EssentialsSuperAntiSpyware Pro
and Malwarebytes Pro Anti-Malware
will provide "real time protection" only if you purchase the upgraded version. I highly recommend that you purchase MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
, it's a one time fee, provides excellent protection and you won't regret it. Read more HEREFirewalls:PC Tools Firewall Plus Comodo Free Firewall w/anti-virusZoneAlarm*freeOnline Armor PersonalFree malware removal programs:Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareSUPERAntiSpyware (free edition)Dr.Web CureIt!® Utility (Free)VIPRE Rescue ProgramWindows XP Recovery Console:
If a Windows XP-based computer does not start correctly or if it does not start at all, you may be able to use the Windows XP Recovery Console
to help you recover the system software. Recovery Console Tweak
if you do have it installedBack-up the registry: ERUNT tutorialKeep those temp files off your system:
Use ATF Cleaner
- hit "select all" then just uncheck "cookies" (uncheck cookies is optional - leave it checked if you want to delete all cookies) then "empty selected"
(Stay away from the registry cleaner)Keep your programs up to date.
(outdated programs are vulnerable to malware)*Use Secunia Personal Software InspectorSun Java:
Keep your Sun Java up-to-date JRE Version **
Delete ALL old versions from add/remove programs if listed first!
Most people have older versions installed on their system, once you get them cleared off > install the newest version and from then on all you have to do is go to Java in your control panel and click on update or just set Java to automatically check for updates.Check HERE
Please consider using Foxit Reader
instead of Adobe Reader
. Foxit Reader
is less vulnerable to malware.
Please consider using FireFox
instead of Internet Explorer. A more secure browser! Easy to make the change!FireFox Tutorial
Other alternative browsers Google Chrome
, a very valuable feature that gives your PC the benefit of extra safety and increased browser speed.OpenDNS – What is OpenDNS and Why You Absolutely Need ItOpenDNS Start HereEasy set-upConfirm you're using OpenDNS Useful information:Reduce Online FraudSlow Computer - Check Here
and HEREMicrosoft Fix it Center
Fix those annoying Windows problemsHow to Prevent the Online Invasion of Spyware and Adware Miekiemoes Prevention TipsSome of My Tips
Don't open e-mail attachments without first scanning them with an up-to-date anti virus program, even after doing that I would be very careful.
Don't click on any executables in e-mails or any other links that you're not sure of.
Don't believe e-mails from your bank, financial institution, etc asking for personal informations - they're most likely fraudulent no matter how authentic they look.
Don't download any kind of Video Codec when prompted to while watching a movie...it's most likely malware.
Watch your surfing habits, don't click on or download anything you're not sure of.
Don't install a program that hasn't been recommended by a reputable organization.
Stay away from Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Programs----> Read HEREPeer-to-peer programs/cracks/keygens/warez warning:
Downloading cracks and keygens from p2p programs ( Limewire, eMule, uTorrent ) is the most common way computers get infected.
They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a variety of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites.
Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users.
The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.Malware Fighter:
If you would like to become a malware fighter, there are schools offering free training and you are welcome to sign up. (it's not easy though!)WhatTheTech ClassroomMalware Removal UniversityGeeksToGo University
Also Check Here
Good luck and thanks for using the forum - MrC