You definitely need all available Windows updates for the very reason you mention, Security. Having a good security set up is only part of the story. As well as Windows you must also keep Java, Adobe, infact any application that you run updated.
Keeping all temporary files to a minimum will help keep your system optimized, never be tempted to run any registry cleaners, they will do more harm than good.
I gave you a link to TFC by Old Timer, that little utility is one of the best all round temp file cleaners available. Always remember to re-boot after a run, even if not prompted.
If you have no more issues 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You will have several programs installed, these maybe outdated and vulnerable to exploits also.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: Firefox
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
to go, Yellow
for caution, and Red
Available for Firefox
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
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 KleinHow 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.
Let me know when you`re `ok` to close out your thread,