My sister has no sense when it comes to computer security and I fear I have contracted some form of spyware as the computer is responding slower, what do you guys advise I should do?
ps will a virus or spyware trigger an alert in my firewall if it tries to send outbound information??
She was using youtube and MSN messenger which have exploits at the moment I believe so that worries me further
Yes, CPF will show if it’s trying to access the Internet.
If you don’t recognize the name of the application/parent, deny it.
Perform a antivirus scan, remember to update database file first.
Then you should run a malware scanner, like Spybot S&D(http://www.safer-networking.org), Lavasoft Ad-Aware(http://www.lavasoft.de) or A²(http://www.emsisoft.com).
For your information, A² is A-squared.
Also, download HijackThis(http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/programs.php) and run a scan, then post the log here.
If you mean the old MSN Messenger(not WLM Messenger), then update to the latest version:
This version deals with the webcam exploit, which I suppose you’re meaning.