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These LINKS are useful to protect you while surfing the Internet and looking at emails. I use all of them myself (tautology). Try looking for "free firewalls" using Adsense Search Box below
GRISOFT antivirus FREE.
Adaware spyware cleaner.
Very good. Cleans when infected by spyware.
Very good. Prevents spyware getting in. Use after cleaning with Adaware (above) and Spybot Search & Destroy (below).
Spybot search and destroy
Does as it says, and removes what it finds.
Note that Spybot Search & Destroy has an Immunize feature that does a similar preventative function as SpywareBlaster, no harm having both running together!
from McAfee to seek out Trojans.
(Will get many, not guaranteed to get all, AVG from GRISOFT should get more.
Stinger is from McAfee, see their site here Scan your PC for viruses now!
The next two do not think for you, they just show what you have got on your machine, so do not just delete everything that hijack.this shows, as much of it may be proper valid entries. That is where spybot is useful, it puts known good stuff in green for the browser hijack codes (like Google's toolbar, etc), for example. Even so, Spybot also requires that you know what you are doing when it asks if you want to delete cookies, or remove startup entries. If in doubt you can ask experts what may be suspect, from the hijack log or spybot report, (find a forum on security matters using the Google Search box below, to search for forums and other security links, etc.)
, including hijackthis.exe
, lists what is on your computer.
Useful to see how poor your security setup is, what critical updates are missing, etc.