Update Spybot Search & Destroy
I see your Spybot Search & Destroy is out of date. The most current version is Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.0. If you want to continue using this program I would recommend uninstalling the outdated version/s of Spybot & downloading & installing the new version.
You can download Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.0 Here.
Update Adobe Reader
Recently there have been vunerabilities detected in older versions of Adobe Reader. It is strongly suggested that you update to the current version: Adobe Reader 9
You can download it from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
If you already have Adobe Photoshop® Album Starter Edition installed or do not wish to have it installed Uncheck the box which says Also Download Adobe Photoshop® Album Starter Edition.
Adobe 9 is a large program and if you prefer a smaller program you can get Foxit 3 instead from http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php
Congratulations, good work, your system is now clean. Now that your system is safe we would like you to keep it that way.
Take the time to follow these instructions and it will greatly reduce the risk of further infections and greatly diminish the chances of you having to visit here again.
Microsoft Windows Update
Microsoft releases patches for Windows and Office products regularly to patch up Windows and Office products loopholes and fix any bugs found. Install the updates immediately if they are found.
To update Windows
Go to Start > All Programs > Windows Update
To update Office
Open up any Office program.
Go to Help > Check for Updates
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a new and powerful anti-malware tool. It is totally free but for real-time protection you will have to pay a small one-time fee.
You can find a tutorial here.
Download and install Javacools SpywareBlaster from here
SpywareBlaster adds a list of ActiveX controls, tracking cookies and sites which will be blocked in either Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. You need to manually check for updates regularly.
Download and Install a HOSTS File
A HOSTS file is a big list of bad web sites. The list has a specific format, a specific name, (name is just HOSTS with no file extension), and a specific location. Your machine always looks at that file in that location before connecting to a web site to verify the address. So the HOSTS listing can be used to "short circuit" a request to a bad website by giving it the address of your own machine.
Download BlueTack's HOSTS Manager here, using Internet Explorer (Firefox won't work):
- A short distance down the page in the centre, click on the Download button
- Agree to the license
- On the next page, to the right side of where it says Download Estimates, right click on the underlined word Hosts Manager choose Save Target As and download the installer Hosts20setup.exe to your desktop
- Double click the Installer on your desktop and let it Install the Hosts Manager
- After the installation is complete, click on the Hosts Manager icon on your desktop. (You can delete the other Hosts Switch icon from your desktop)
- When the Hosts Manager comes up, click the small down arrows on the right side of the bar labeled Options and Tools,
- Click Disable DNS Service. This is important
- In the Left Pane, click Download
- It will load 80,000 lines or more. When it finishes, also in the left pane, click Replace, and then click Save
If you have a separate party firewall or Winpatrol, you may have to give permissions at various times to Unlock the present default HOSTS file and install the new one.
I see you have Winpatrol installed. Good work.
You can find information about how WinPatrol works here
A firewall is an extra layer of security installed onto computers, which restricts access to systems from the outside world. Firewalls protect against hackers and malicious intruders. You can download a free firewall from one of these excellent vendors:
1)Webroot Desktop Firewall (Registration is needed to download the firewall)
2)PC Tools Firewall Plus
3)Netchina S3 2008
4) ZoneAlarm (uncheck ZoneAlarm Spy Blocker during installation if you choose this one)
If you are using the built-in Windows XP firewall, it is not recommended as it does not block outgoing connections. This means that any malware on your computer is free to "phone home" for more instructions. Simply put, Windows XP contains a mediocre firewall. This firewall is NO replacement for a dedicated software solution. Remember to use only one firewall at the same time.
Read some information here on how to prevent Malware.
Hopefully these steps will help keep your computer clean.
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