a reply to: fnpmitchreturns
I would recommend exactly what Heff said about the external Hd. You keep all of your files on the external HD such a document, pics, etc. But keep
your download file on your pc, with direct scanning from your antivirus.
A reinstall of windows is recommended after a bad infection most of the time. It's almost futile to try and find the culprit.
When you reinstall, don't just insert disc, and reinstall, some can carry over to next install... jump into your setup screen before windows opens by
pushing esc,f1,f2 or model specific key. then change boot order to boot from disc...when it asks where to install, format the drives first, then
When your install is done and have installed all of your software etc...go to system settings, windows backup and create system image. place it on the
external HD. The image will save all of your settings.
If you start getting weird activity, and can't fix it, you can restore from image very quickly and all of your docs, pics, etc will already be on
Firefox is much more secure than IE, in my opinion, just watch that you don't get a bunch of add-ons you don't need.
I avoid freeware like the plague, but if you must, try and pull it from good sources.
majorgeeks.com and mybleepingcomputer.com have some good ones, but watch 3rd party dwnd sites that offer free dwnlds that are offered on the
software's official site. Ive gotten nailed by softpedia a few times this way.
Hijackthis can find nasty BHO's and other browser hijacking problems that a lot of good programs miss.
Also in windows user accounts, set your UAC (User account controls) to "Strict", this will stop a lot of sneaky programs.