I completed a scan with no threats/objects found. WOO. Everything seems well and good now. Thanks a million!
I've uninstalled HijackThis and MalwareBytes via add/remove programs. I know there are some CMD's to remove combofix and possibly others, so awaiting instructions.
Also, is there any programs and or settings you'd recommend to help prevent infection? Im somewhat lost as to how so many trojans etc got on this system, as its my travel/work computer.
Continue as follows :-
Remove Combofix now that we're done with it
The above procedure will delete the following:
It is very important that you get a successful uninstall because of the extra functions done at the same time, let me know if this does not happen.
1. Click Start, click Run, type control appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
2. Click to select ESET Online Scanner from the application list, and then click Remove. Only re-boot if prompted
Download and scan with CCleaner
1. Use either one of the two free links below the Premium version. If you are offered any Toolbars etc such as Yahoo just decline the offer.
2. Before first use, select Options > Advanced and UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 24 hours"
3. Then select the items you wish to clean up.
In the Windows Tab:
In the Applications Tab:
4. Click the "Run Cleaner" button.
5. A pop up box will appear advising this process will permanently delete files from your system.
6. Click "OK" and it will scan and clean your system.
7. Click "exit" when done.
CCleaner is an excellent Utility and well worth keeping, bottom left hand corner of main interface is link "Online Help" use that link to get the full instructions for this very handy application.
Let me know if the above steps complete OK, also any remaining issues/concerns.
All seem to be super duper and running better than ever! Thanks so much for taking the time to help me! Its VERY appreciated. Im pretty sure everything is resolved =D
Have a great rest of the year!
Your latest logs are clean and you say that your system is running well, it would be an excellent idea to keep it that way. The following advice will go along way to keeping you secure so that you can enjoy safe and happy surfing.
Here are some tips to reduce the potential for malware infection in the future:
Make proper use of your antivirus and firewall
Antivirus and Firewall programs are integral to your computer security. However, just having them installed isn't enough. The definitions of these programs are frequently updated to detect the latest malware, if you don't keep up with these updates then you'll be vulnerable to infection. Many antivirus and firewall programs have automatic update features, make use of those if you can. If your program doesn't, then get in the habit of routinely performing manual updates, because it's important.
You should keep your antivirus and firewall guard enabled at all times, NEVER turn them off unless there's a specific reason to do so. Also, regularly performing a full system scan with your antivirus program is a good idea to make sure you're system remains clean. Once a week should be adequate. You can set the scan to run during a time when you don't plan to use the computer and just leave it to complete on its own.
Install and use WinPatrol This will inform you of any attempted unauthorized changes to your system.
WinPatrol features explained Here
You will have several programs installed, these maybe outdated and vulnerable to exploits also. To be certain, please run the free online scan by Secunia, available Here Before clicking the Start scan button, please check the box for the option Enable thorough system inspection. Just below the "Scan Options:" section, you'll see the status of what's currently processing....
...when the scan completes, the message "Detection completed successfully" will appear in the Programs/Result section. For each problem detected, Secunia will offer a "Solution" option. Please follow those instructions to download updated versions of the programs as recommended by Secunia.
Use a safer web browser
Internet Explorer is not the most secure tool for browsing the web. It has been known to be very susceptible to infection, and there are a few good free alternatives:
All of these are excellent faster, safer, more powerful and functional free alternatives to Internet Explorer. It's definitely worth the short period of adjustment to start using one of these. If you wish to continue using Internet Explorer, it would be a good idea to follow the tutorial HERE which will help you to make IE MUCH safer.
These browser add-ons will help to make your browser safer:
Web of Trust warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites, helping you avoid the dangerous ones:
Available for Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Green to go,
Yellow for caution, and
Red to stop.
Available for Firefox only. NoScript helps to block malicious scripts and in general gives you much better control over what types of things webpages can do to your computer while you're browsing.
These are just a couple of the most popular add-ons, if you're interested in more, take a look at THIS article.
Here a couple of links by two security experts that will give some excellent tips and advice.
So how did I get infected in the first place by Tony Klein
How to prevent Malware by Miekiemoes
Finally this link HERE will give a comprehensive upto date list of free Security programs. To include - Antivirus, Antispyware, Firewall, Antimalware, Online scanners and rescue CD`s.
Don`t forget, the best form of defense is common sense. If you don`t recognize it, don`t open it. If something looks to good to be true, then it aint.
Post back and let me know if you`re happy to close this one out,
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