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tdlarsen

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P2P - I see you have P2P software installed on your machine. (uTorrent) We are not here to pass judgment on file-sharing as a concept. However, we will warn you that engaging in this activity and having this kind of software installed on your machine will always make you more susceptible to re-infections. It is certainly contributing to your current situation.

 

Please note: Even if you are using a "safe" P2P program, it is only the program that is safe. You will be sharing files from uncertified sources, and these are often infected. The bad guys use P2P filesharing as a major conduit to spread their wares.

 

I would strongly recommend that you uninstall them, however that choice is up to you. If you choose to remove these programs, you can do so via Control Panel >> Add or Remove Programs.

 

Let's do some cleanup.

 

To uninstall ComboFix

 

  • Click the Start button. Click Run. For Vista: type in Run in the Start search, and click on Run in the results pane.
  • In the field, type in ComboFix /uninstall

 

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp322/digistar/Combofix_uninstall_image.jpg

 

(Note: Make sure there's a space between the word ComboFix and the forward-slash.)

 

  • Then, press Enter, or click OK.
  • This will uninstall ComboFix, delete its folders and files, hides System files and folders, and resets System Restore.

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Click Start> Computer> right click the C Drive and choose Properties> enter

Click Disk Cleanup from there.

 

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp322/digistar/diskcleanup2.jpg

 

Click OK on the Disk Cleanup Screen.

Click Yes on the Confirmation screen.

 

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp322/digistar/diskcleanup.jpg

 

This runs the Disk Cleanup utility along with other selections if you have chosen any. (if you had a lot System Restore points, you will see a significant change in the free space in C drive)

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Go to Microsoft Windows Update and get all critical updates.

 

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I suggest using WOT - Web of Trust. WOT is a free Internet security addon for your browser. It will keep you safe from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. WOT warns you before you interact with a risky website. It's easy and it's free.

 

SpywareBlaster- Secure your Internet Explorer to make it harder for ActiveX programs to run on your computer. Also stop certain cookies from being added to your computer when running Mozilla based browsers like Firefox.

* Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware and Malware

* If you don't know what ActiveX controls are, see here

 

Protect yourself against spyware using the Immunize feature in Spybot - Search & Destroy. Guide: Use Spybot's Immunize Feature to prevent spyware infection in real-time. Note: To ensure you have the latest Immunizations always update Spybot - Search & Destroy before Immunizing. Spybot - Search & Destroy FAQ

 

Check out Keeping Yourself Safe On The Web for tips and free tools to help keep you safe in the future.

 

Also see Slow Computer? It may not be Malware for free cleaning/maintenance tools to help keep your computer running smoothly.

Safe Surfing!

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Thanks Dave!

 

Hi tdlarsen...

Please note: Even if you are using a "safe" P2P program, it is only the program that is safe. You will be sharing files from uncertified sources, and these are often infected. The bad guys use P2P filesharing as a major conduit to spread their wares.

 

Agreed!

 

It is the source and nature of the information/data that is compromised... it is increasingly corrupt.... the days of free sharing on gnutella are gone. The torrent days are numbered as welll.

 

Sincerely,

-Mel

Live long and prosper!

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