While it is best to catch such problems before they get into your computer, you may be able to remove them now. You need to run a suite of programs that may remove the malware, and you may well have several.
You didn't say what protection, if any, you are now using. There are a number of free programs available that do an excellent job. For antivirus, I have used Avast and AVG. For adware and spyware removal, I use three; Microsoft Antispyware (beta), Ad-Aware SE, and Spybot Search & Destroy. These are all highly recommended by the experts. Of course, you must keep their definitions files up to date with regular, preferably automatic, downloads.
You can also do free online scans for viruses, spyware, and browser hijackers at the Home and Home Office section of
I would do this in addition to use of the above resident programs.
Once you are free of malware, run security programs in real-time protective mode, and aslo scan with all of them on a regular schedule. You also need a good backup schedule, particularly for your data, to prevent loss in case of any system failure, not just malware.
Hope this helps
My laptop just got infected with spyware/virus. Is it too late to back up my files and re-ghosting the machine? If I transfer the files to an external drive, am I at risk of taking the virus with it? Can I do anything to prevent that?