Pleased to hear that the laptop is running well now.
I have included the link again(modified) for Windows 10 just in case you need it in the future:- HERE
It was a genuine pleasure to work with you.Here is a selection of advice to reduce the risk of getting Malware again.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. Don`t forget to keep Windows updated too.
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You will have several programs installed, these maybe outdated and vulnerable to exploits also.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: Firefox, Opera,
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
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
for caution, andRed
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.
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
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 isn`t.