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Computer running super slow [Pls help ASAP :)]

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by silverbear_87, Aug 31, 2007.

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  1. silverbear_87

    silverbear_87 Thread Starter

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    My computer starts to run very slowly...it takes a long time to open interet explorer...when i open a powerpoint presentation, it takes a min to load each slide...i carn run AVG as it takes such a long long time...i carn run spyware terminator as it will hang too...also sometimes my computer will restart for no apparent reason too...

    the computer seems to run normally though just that it is really slow and i carn run anti-virus programmes [though ad-aware is fine].

    pls tell me what's wrong?

    I have ran hijackThis and this is what i got:


    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
    Scan saved at 5:31:43 PM, on 9/5/2007
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
    Boot mode: Normal

    Running processes:
    E:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
    E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\brsvc01a.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\brss01a.exe
    E:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
    E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
    E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
    E:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
    E:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\sp_rsser.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    E:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
    E:\Program Files\VIA\RAID\raid_tool.exe
    E:\Program Files\VIAudioi\SBADeck\ADeck.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\VTTimer.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\VTtrayp.exe
    E:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
    E:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
    E:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.0\Apps\apdproxy.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\WgaTray.exe
    E:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\pptd40nt.exe
    E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
    E:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
    E:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorShield.exe
    E:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
    E:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    E:\PROGRA~1\PANICW~1\POP-UP~1\PSFree.exe
    E:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
    E:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
    E:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    E:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
    E:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
    E:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
    E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
    E:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    E:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\COMPAN~1\Installs\cpn\YTBSDK.exe
    E:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AUpdate.exe
    E:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
    E:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.yahoo.com/search/ie.html
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ycomp/defaults/sp/*http://www.yahoo.com
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://wwwgoogle.com/
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.yahoo.com
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ycomp/defaults/su/*http://www.yahoo.com
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
    R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - E:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - E:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: Megaupload Toolbar - {4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-CCB0-B130EEDBE97C} - E:\PROGRA~1\MEGAUP~1\MEGAUP~1.DLL
    O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - E:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)
    O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
    O2 - BHO: IeCatch2 Class - {A5366673-E8CA-11D3-9CD9-0090271D075B} - E:\PROGRA~1\FlashGet\jccatch.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - e:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: FlashGet Bar - {E0E899AB-F487-11D5-8D29-0050BA6940E3} - E:\PROGRA~1\FlashGet\fgiebar.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - E:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - e:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Megaupload Toolbar - {4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-CCB0-B130EEDBE97C} - E:\PROGRA~1\MEGAUP~1\MEGAUP~1.DLL
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RaidTool] E:\Program Files\VIA\RAID\raid_tool.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AudioDeck] E:\Program Files\VIAudioi\SBADeck\ADeck.exe 1
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VTTimer] VTTimer.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VTTrayp] VTtrayp.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] E:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "E:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "E:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Photo Downloader] "E:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.0\Apps\apdproxy.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSBkgdUpdate] "E:\Program Files\Common Files\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate\SSBkgdupdate.exe" -Embedding -boot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PaperPort PTD] E:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\pptd40nt.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IndexSearch] E:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\IndexSearch.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] E:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpywareTerminator] "E:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorShield.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "E:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ZoneAlarm Client] "E:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] E:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PopUpStopperFreeEdition] "E:\PROGRA~1\PANICW~1\POP-UP~1\PSFree.exe"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] "E:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SUPERAntiSpyware] E:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'SYSTEM')
    O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [AVG7_Run] E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgw.exe /RUNONCE (User 'Default user')
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = E:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: HP Digital Imaging Monitor.lnk = E:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = E:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
    O8 - Extra context menu item: &?????? - E:\Program Files\Thunder Network\Thunder\Program\geturl.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: &?????????? - E:\Program Files\Thunder Network\Thunder\Program\getallurl.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Download All by FlashGet - E:\Program Files\FlashGet\jc_all.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Download using FlashGet - E:\Program Files\FlashGet\jc_link.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://E:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - E:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - E:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {09BA8F6D-CB54-424B-839C-C2A6C8E6B436} - (no file)
    O9 - Extra button: FlashGet - {D6E814A0-E0C5-11d4-8D29-0050BA6940E3} - E:\PROGRA~1\FlashGet\flashget.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &FlashGet - {D6E814A0-E0C5-11d4-8D29-0050BA6940E3} - E:\PROGRA~1\FlashGet\flashget.exe
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: E:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O16 - DPF: {226ACC34-3194-40E2-9AE8-834FCFE9E80D} (CPlayFirstmsiControl Object) - http://www.shockwave.com/content/sharkisland/sis/MysteryOfSharkIslandWeb.1.0.0.8.cab
    O16 - DPF: {2EB1E425-74DC-4DC0-A9E1-03A4C852E1F2} (CPlayFirstTriJinxControl Object) - http://www.playfirst.com/play/game/trijinx/trijinx.cab
    O16 - DPF: {4F1E5B1A-2A80-42CA-8532-2D05CB959537} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) - http://by12fd.bay12.hotmail.msn.com/resources/MsnPUpld.cab
    O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1134914011281
    O16 - DPF: {77E32299-629F-43C6-AB77-6A1E6D7663F6} (Groove Control) - http://www.otoy.com/download/CAB/OTOYAX.cab
    O16 - DPF: {988E213A-89C7-4C4E-B15F-5B7EDA2C34C0} (GenimoWebGames Control) - http://www.shockwave.com/content/butterflyescape/sis/GenimoWebGamesControl.cab
    O16 - DPF: {D77EF652-9A6B-40C8-A4B9-1C0697C6CF41} (TikGames Online Control) - http://download.games.yahoo.com/games/web_games/tikgames/goldfever/goldfever.cab
    O16 - DPF: {DF780F87-FF2B-4DF8-92D0-73DB16A1543A} - http://www.shockwave.com/content/zuma/sis/popcaploader_v10.cab
    O16 - DPF: {FC4CAF5F-91BD-4DD9-ADC1-F3C737E37BC4} (CPlayFirstSweetopiaControl Object) - http://www.shockwave.com/content/sweetopia/sis/Sweetopia.1.0.0.22.cab
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: !SASWinLogon - E:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASWINLO.dll
    O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
    O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - E:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: BrSplService (Brother XP spl Service) - brother Industries Ltd - E:\WINDOWS\system32\brsvc01a.exe
    O23 - Service: Canon Camera Access Library 8 (CCALib8) - Canon Inc. - E:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
    O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - E:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
    O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - E:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
    O23 - Service: Norton Protection Center Service (NSCService) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
    O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - E:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Spyware Terminator Clam Service (sp_clamsrv) - Crawler.com - E:\Program Files\WinClamAVShield\sp_clamsrv.exe
    O23 - Service: Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield Service (sp_rssrv) - Crawler.com - E:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\sp_rsser.exe
    O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - E:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe

    --
    End of file - 11931 bytes

    I have also ran superantispyware and this the the log:

    SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
    Generated 09/05/2007 at 05:18 PM

    Application Version : 3.6.1000

    Core Rules Database Version : 3297
    Trace Rules Database Version: 1306

    Scan type : Complete Scan
    Total Scan Time : 01:58:55

    Memory items scanned : 492
    Memory threats detected : 0
    Registry items scanned : 6211
    Registry threats detected : 0
    File items scanned : 65753
    File threats detected : 32

    Adware.Tracking Cookie
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][3].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected]ptv[1].txt
    E:\Documents and Settings\Home\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt

    Adware.Surf Accuracy
    C:\PROGRAM FILES\SURFACCURACY\SACC.CFG

    The superantispyware has already deleted what it has detected..

    however i think whatever the threat is is still as i am still unable to use AVG to scan and spyware terminator still hangs...speed of internet explorer seems to improve though

    Help help and thanks in advance
     
  2. JSntgRvr

    JSntgRvr Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hi, silverbear_87 :)

    Welcome.

    You are overprotecting your computer. Remove all Security Programs, except for your Antivirus. Yes, Zone Alarm should go also.

    There is no evident malware in the log. Go to Start and right click on My Computer. Check the amount of RAM detected. Is it consistent with what is suppose to be installed?

    Here are some routine maintenance practices that you should do on a regular basis to keep your machine running efficiently. Hopefully going through these steps will solve the problems you are having with the pc being slow:

    Disk Cleanup:

    http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_cleanup_utility.htm

    Defrag your HD:

    http://artsweb.bham.ac.uk/artsit/Info/Guides/GoodPractice/defrag-win2kxp.htm

    Run chkdsk:

    To use Chkdsk, click Start and My Computer. Right-click the hard drive you want to check, and click Properties. Select the Tools tab and click Check Now. Check both boxes. Click Start. You'll get a message that the computer must be rebooted to run a complete check. Click Yes and reboot. Chkdsk will take awhile, so run it when you don't need to use the computer for something else.

    Remove unnecessary startups

    This should be done through the System Configuration Utility. Go to Start > Run and type in msconfig.
    Click OK or hit the Enter key.

    Click on the "Startup" tab and remove the check by the items that you have determined are unnecessary. Click "Apply" then "Close"

    You will be prompted to restart. Go ahead and restart.

    Upon restart you will be confronted with a dialogue box warning about running in selective startup. Just ignore that message and put a check in the box by "Don't show me this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" and click "OK". You will not be bothered by the message again.

    Keep in mind that some entries will be re-enabled in the startups each time you use that particular program. Therefore, you will have to find the option in that programs preferences that says something like "Load with Windows" or "Run when Windows Starts" and disable that option.

    Go here for info on msconfig:

    Pacs Portal

    You can look up the startups at the following links to help determine what is needed and what is not:

    ComputerCops
    BleepingComputer
    Answers That Work
    Windows Startup
     
  3. silverbear_87

    silverbear_87 Thread Starter

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    omy i din know having too many security programmes can also be a prob...now my computer is alot faster lo...thank you so much :D

    But what other security programmes should i install so that it wun compromise on the speed of my com ?
    i only have AVG installed right now
     
  4. JSntgRvr

    JSntgRvr Moderator Malware Specialist

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    i, silverbear_87 :)

    The following is a list of tools and utilities that I like to suggest to people. This list is full of great tools and utilities to help you understand how you got infected and how to keep from getting infected again.
    1. Spybot Search & Destroy - Uber powerful tool which can search and annhilate nasties that make it onto your system. Now with an Immunize section that will help prevent future infections.
    2. AdAware - Another very powerful tool which searches and kills nasties that infect your system. AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy compliment each other very well.
    3. SpywareBlaster - Great prevention tool to keep nasties from installing on your system.
    4. IE-SpyAd - puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.
    5. CleanUP! - Cleans temporary files from IE and Windows, empties the recycle bin and more. Great tool to help speed up your computer and knock out those nasties that like to reside in the temp folders.
    6. Windows Updates - It is very important to make sure that both Internet Explorer and Windows are kept current with the latest critical security patches from Microsoft. To do this just start Internet Explorer and select Tools > Windows Update, and follow the online instructions from there.
    7. Google Toolbar - Free google toolbar that allows you to use the powerful Google search engine from the bar, but also blocks pop up windows.
    8. Trillian or Miranda-IM - These are Malware free Instant Messenger programs which allow you to connect to multiple IM services in one program! (AOL, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC, MSN)
    To find out more information about some great guidelines you can read this article by Tony Klein.
     
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