how to check for damage after firewall has been switched off

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  1. machanrahan

    machanrahan New Member

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    I have windows 7 family version. My laptop is an ASUS K52F. I use MSE. For some reason, my firewall protection has been switched off. I don't know how long it's been off. Recently, I've started getting intrusive chinese pop ups when I open my firefox browser. I get emails from paypal saying someone is trying to access my account. I live in China and have to use internet for banking.
    Can I be sure that I am clean of any bads things?
    I'd appreciate some help in verifying if I'm safe.
    Thank you
    machanrahan
     
  2. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    Just download and run Malwarebytes.
    If it comes up clean then there is a 99% chance you are good.

    It isn't really likely that you picked up something just because your fire wall was off for a while, but it could happen so it's better to check.

    Download here....

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

    If you don't already use it I would suggest that you also download and install CCleaner, I would guess that virtually everyone on this forum uses it.

    I run it once a day.

    CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

    Mike
     
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    thank you very much indeed for taking the time to help me. I will do as you suggest.
    peter
     
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    machanrahan New Member

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    I did what was suggested using malware and ccleaner. Malware found 1 element. and ccleaner found lots and lots of things. I cleaned it then did the malware. Did cleaner again and it found another load of stuff!! Is that normal? I also now have about 20Giga more space on my hard drive!
     
  5. MikeHawthorne

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    If you have never run CCleaner you can find many Gigabytes of junk that Windows leaves behind when it does anything.

    If you now run it once a day it will keep your computer nice and clean.

    I make it a habit to run it last thing before I shut down every day.

    I update and run Malwarebytes every 3 or 4 days.

    Mike
     
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    Malwarebytes and CCleaner are good programs. But you may also want to run SuperAntiSpyware that often finds additional stuff.
     
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    OK. Got it! Thank you very much for your time Mike.
    best wishes
    peter
     
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