On the USB-flash-drive: Do a couple of scans on it.
press and hold the SHIFT key & then insert it, and then do a scan on it with MBAM & then with your anti-virus.
We can wrap this up now. I see that you are clear of your original issues.
If you have a problem with these steps, or something does not quite work here, do let me know.
The following few steps will remove tools we used.
We have to remove Combofix and all its associated folders. By whichever name you named it, ( you had named it combofix
put that name in the RUN box stated just below.
The "/uninstall" in the Run line below is to start Combofix for it's cleanup & removal function.
Note the space before the slash mark.
The utility must be removed to prevent any un-intentional or accidental usage, PLUS, to free up much space on your hard disk.
- Highlight the line in this CODEBOX.
Select & Copy the entire line within this codebox (so that it is in Windows clipboard memory)
- Start >> type in cmd >> press the Ctrl+Shift+Enter keyboard combination and cmd.exe will be launched as if you selected Run as Administrator. You will then see a User Account Control prompt asking if you would like to allow the Command Prompt to be able to make changes on your computer. Click on the Yes button and you will now be at the Elevated Command Prompt.
Do a Right click within the command prompt window and select Paste. This must show the line from Codebox above.
Then tap Enter
IF in the case Combofix un-install has an issue, skip that step.
- Download OTC to your desktop and run it
- Click Yes to beginning the Cleanup process and remove these components, including this application.
- You will be asked to reboot the machine to finish the Cleanup process. Choose Yes.
ERUNT you should keep and use on a regular basis to backup the system registry.
Be very sure you have registered Norton I.S., have a current license, and that it is up-to-date on definitions !
If these are leftover, delete these tools:
- Configure your Antivirus software to check for updates daily, at a time in which you are sure the computer will be on.
- Check in at Windows Update and install any Critical Updates offered.
- Make certain that Automatic Updates is enabled.
How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows
- Check on other update issues as well, visit Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI)
See How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector
- Download, install, and keep updated Spyware Blaster (free): http://www.javacools...areblaster.html (all Protections should be enabled at all times)
- I'd recommend that you get and use MVP Mike Burgess' custom hosts file http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
See the FAQ page http://mvps.org/winh...02/hostsfaq.htm
That would help to keep your browser away from known spyware/malware sites.
- Make regular backups of your system to removable media: DVD, USB external hard drive, etc.
Having a total image backup of your system stored on DVD/CD is highly important.
Get and make use of imaging-backup utilities and save them to offline media. That way you have something to fall back to if another disaster hits.
Examples of image backup software: Acronis True Image, or the free (for personal use) Macrium Reflect http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
On some regular schedule, it is a good idea to do an online scan for viruses and malware. Here is a very short list of sites where this may be done:
ESET Online Scanner
Trend Micro Housecall
F-Secure Online Scanner
- Read Tony Klein's article How Did I Get Infected In The First Place
- MS Online Safety & Privacy Education
- Never, ever download free games, free tools, videos, mutli-media files or anything free unless you can be absolutely sure the source is safe !
We are finished here. Best regards.