That looks better, some important final steps:
You should now delete DSS.exe
from your Desktop, also delete this folder:
Re-hide hidden/system files and folders:
Click Start Orb-> Computer
, press Alt
once, then from the top menu select Tools
Click Folder Options
and select the View
Under the Hidden files and folders
heading SELECT Do not show hidden files and folders
CHECK the Hide extensions for known file types
CHECK the Hide protected operating system files (recommended)
Press OKRe-enable Windows Defender real-time protection:
Create a new, clean System Restore point which you can use in case of future system problems:
- Open Start->All Programs->Windows Defender
- Click on Tools from the top menu, then press Options
- Scroll down to Real-time protection options, check Use real-time protection and press Save
- Close Windows Defender
Now remove old, infected System Restore points:
- Press Start, then right-click Computer, select Properties then click System Protection
- Next to You can create a Restore Point right now... click Create...
- Type a name for the Restore Point like All Clean and press OK
- Once the Restore Point has been created, press OK, OK and close the System dialog box.
- Next click Start, type cleanmgr in the search box and press Enter
- Select Files from all users on this computer
- Ensure the boxes for Recycle Bin, Temporary Files and Temporary Internet Files are checked, you can choose to check other boxes if you wish but they are not required.
- Select the More Options tab, under System Restore press Clean up... and confirm by pressing Delete
- Then press OK and Delete Files to confirm
If the above went well, I think your machine is now clean of malware
here are some tips to help you keep it that way:
The DSS scan shows your antivirus and antispyware software as being outdated. If these programs do not have the latest updates then they cannot protect you effectively, make sure they are set to automatically update daily. If your ZoneAlarm antivirus and/or CounterSpy subscriptions have lapsed, either renew it or remove the relevant program and install another antivirus/antispyware. This is crucial for your security so if you need any assistance with this please let me know.
Operating system vulnerabilities can easily be exploited by malware so please ensure your operating system is automatically kept up to date by using Windows Update:
Go to Start->Control Panel->Windows Update
Click Change settings
on the left side, then select Install updates automatically
and choose a suitable scheduleI recommend you install a custom hosts file such as MVPS HOSTS
. This custom hosts file effectively blocks a wide range of unwanted ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and many hijackers.
For information on how to download and install, please read this tutorial by WinHelp2002
Note: Be sure to follow the instructions to disable the DNS Client
installing a custom hosts file.
to the mailing list to get update notifications.Please take care when downloading programs.
One of the easiest ways to be infected is to download freeware/shareware programs which come laden with malware - this includes allowing websites to install browser plug-ins or ActiveX controls. Before downloading, it is crucial to check whether the source is reputable.
One way to check is to use McAfee SiteAdvisor
. Copy the domain name into the space provided and SiteAdvisor will give you a report on the website which can help you decide if it is safe. They also have a toolbar for IE and Firefox which adds this functionality to your browser.Download and install the free version of WinPatrol
. This program protects your computer in a variety of ways and will work well with your existing security software. Have a look at this tutorial
to help you get started with the program.Find out more about how to prevent infection in the futurehttp://forum.malwareremoval.com/viewtopic.php?p=33687
Please post back to let me know that you have read this, and if there are any further issues.