how to check for damage after firewall has been switched off

#1
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
 


MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
#2
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
 


#3
thank you very much indeed for taking the time to help me. I will do as you suggest.
peter
 


#4
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!
 


MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
#5
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
 


whs

Extraordinary Member
#6
Malwarebytes and CCleaner are good programs. But you may also want to run SuperAntiSpyware that often finds additional stuff.
 


#7
OK. Got it! Thank you very much for your time Mike.
best wishes
peter
 


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