I've finished the scan on ESET. No threats were found after 4 hours and 3 minutes of scanning.
What about your topic title?
1. Update your Java version here: http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp
Note 1: UNCHECK any pre-checked toolbar and/or software offered with the Java update. The pre-checked toolbars/software are not part of the Java update.
Note 2: The Java Quick Starter (JQS.exe) adds a service to improve the initial startup time of Java applets and applications. If you don't want to run another extra service, go to Start > Control Panel > Java > Advanced > Miscellaneous and uncheck the box for Java Quick Starter. Click OK and restart your computer.
2. Now, we need to remove old Java version and its remnants...
Download JavaRa to your desktop and unzip it.
Run JavaRa.exe (Vista and 7 users! Right click on JavaRa.exe, click Run As Administrator), pick the language of your choice and click Select. Then click Remove Older Versions.
Accept any prompts.
Do NOT post JavaRa log.
Your computer is clean
1. We need to reset system restore to prevent your computer from being accidentally reinfected by using some old restore point(s). We'll create fresh, clean restore point, using following OTL script:
Under the Custom Scans/Fixes box at the bottom, paste in the following:
Then click the Run Fix button at the top
Let the program run unhindered, reboot the PC when it is done
Post resulting log.
2. Now, we'll remove all tools, we used during our cleaning process
Clean up with OTL:
Double-click OTL.exe to start the program.
Close all other programs apart from OTL as this step will require a reboot
On the OTL main screen, press the CLEANUP button
Say Yes to the prompt and then allow the program to reboot your computer.
If you still have any tools or logs leftover on your computer you can go ahead and delete those off of your computer now.
3. Make sure, Windows Updates are current.
4. If any trojans, rootkits or bootkits were listed among your infection(s), make sure, you change all of your on-line important passwords (bank account(s), secured web sites, etc.) immediately!
5. Check if your browser plugins are up to date.
Firefox - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/
other browsers: https://browsercheck.qualys.com/ (click on "Launch a quick scan now" link)
6. Download, and install WOT (Web OF Trust): http://www.mywot.com/. It'll warn you (in most cases) about dangerous web sites.
7. Run Malwarebytes "Quick scan" once in a while to assure safety of your computer.
8. Run Temporary File Cleaner (TFC) weekly.
9. Download and install Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI): http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/. The Secunia PSI is a FREE security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. Run it weekly.
10. (optional) If you want to keep all your programs up to date, download and install FileHippo Update Checker.
The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases.
11. (Windows XP only) Run defrag at your convenience.
12. When installing\updating ANY program, make sure you always select "Custom " installation, so you can UN-check any possible "drive-by-install" (foistware), like toolbars etc., which may try to install along with the legitimate program. Do NOT click "Next" button without looking at any given page.
How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic2520.html
Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/keep-your-computer-safe-online/
14. Please, let me know, how your computer is doing.
If it is then that is very good news. Thank you very much for all your help so far. =D About the redirection, (I'm sorry I was so slow in getting this) it's fine now. I haven't experienced it since I started posting and asking for your help here.
I've done most of what is instructed here. But it looks like I can't post the OTL log anymore because it got deleted along with the CLEANUP or am I just missing it?
Way to go!!
Good luck and stay safe
Haha. Again thank you very much
I have two questions though. One, can you suggest a good Anti-virus that's free and good for real-time protection because I've heard MSE isn't performing well lately. And two, I have another problem that I hope you can help me again since I am really amazed at what you've taught me in this process. It's with my USB. I've posted the forum under Storage and Networking. https://www.techspot.com/community/topics/folders-turned-to-exe-files.190262/#post-1284086 Do I post it under Virus and Malware Removal again or will you just check it there?
Sorry to trouble you even after my problem's solved...
1. There is no perfect security program. It's always mostly about your computing habits. If you read #13 from my previous reply you'll know what I mean.
2. Your USB issue is beyond this forum scope so I suggest you stay there.
One word of warning. That USB stick MAY be infected. I strongly suggest you do this before connecting that stick to your computer again...
Install Panda USB Vaccine, or BitDefender’s USB Immunizer on your computer to protect it from any infected USB device.
Ok I got it. Thank you again for the help. I've visited the two sites and I still don't quite understand how they work. Will they be the one to remove the infections?
No. When you install one of those applications it simply prevents anything from being self-executed from any external source like USB stick.
Then you're safe to plug it in and scan it with your AV program.
Ah I see. I'm sorry that I'm still bothering you but this might probably be the last question. What's the program that you recommend I use for this problem? Since I've scanned it with MSE and Malwarebytes and my folders are still .exe.
Those files/folders may be corrupted for good but...
In this forum, we make sure, your computer is free of malware and your computer is clean
Because the access to malware forum is very limited, your best option is to create new topic about your current issue, at Windows section.
You'll get more attention.
I'm really sorry for my actions. I'll do that right away and thank you thank you again. =)
You're very welcome