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Another restore point was created today so I guess that's OK.

 

Could you please make recommendations for my system? I have now installed Avast antivirus and Spybot Search and Destroy. Am I reasonably protected now? (And I won't open any more executables from Limewire! :) )

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Glad to hear things are back to normal and running well now.

 

 

Your good to go, good job!

 

 

Below are recommendations to protect your computer.

 

Please navigate to Microsoft Windows Updates and download all the "Critical Updates" for Windows.

 

 

Install and Update SpywareBlaster protects against bad ActiveX, browser hijackers, and dialers that are some of the fastest-growing threats on the Internet today.

Tutorial

 

Also install the MVPS hosts file:

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

which blocks innocent looking sites that are not so innocent.

 

SpywareGuard stops Spyware from being installed.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html

 

Firefox 2.0 The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox 2, added powerful new features that make your online experience even better. It has more features and is a lot more secure than IE. It is a very easy and painless download and install, it will no way interfere with IE, you can use them both.

 

You can find a list of reliable trustworthy AntiSpyware programs here

 

Update these programs regularly . Without regular updates you will not be protected when new malicious programs are released.

Run them regularly as this can prevent a great deal of spyware hassle.

 

Read this article 'Safe Computing Practices'.

So how did I get infected in the first place.

 

Another article to read Dealing with Unwanted Spyware and Parasites

Secure My Computer: A Layered Approach

PC Safety and Security--What Do I Need?

Strong passwords: How to create and use them

 

Slow Computer? Check here first; it may not be malware

http://www.castlecops.com/postitle175256-0-0-.html

Free Antivirus-AntiSpyware-Firewall Software

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