That's been an old standby method. However if I wanted to scan a machine for malware I turn to Grif and his post at http://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/how-to-remove-pup-option-603542/#post-f742c795-5881-433b-a29b-6d758efe5cd3 which lists the set of scanners I'll use.
As to your browser download issue, if you can't use that browser, get another. Why use a browser you can't use?
As to port connections I like to read a Web Speccy as that's at the end of the report and can help spot what apps are calling home. Read how to produce the report at https://www.piriform.com/docs/speccy/using-speccy/publishing-a-speccy-profile-to-the-web But that makes the report. To interpret it takes time and research. If you post it here, I'll read and comment what I find.
I am checking if my PC has any malware/spyware.
I have 3 Q for now. I would really appreciate your advice as I have reason to believe my PC is hacked and being spied on.
Among other checks and Q i have, I would like to ask how one checks if the background processes running in task manager are not viruses. I googled all of them and it seems they are legit, and I think most are located within system 32. Does that mean they can;t be viruses with a name of a legit program?
When I try to download a program that checks such background processes, it starts to download in the lower left corner of my screen, but when it;s done(quickly) it is ''white'' and nth open when I click on it. (pardon my lack of tech language or language in general )
My second Q is how do I download a TCP viewer to check my outbound ports? The same happens. Nth opens when I click on the white file in the lower left corner of the screen. Same happens when I try to download process explorer.
My third Q is if I disabled the camera and internal mic on my laptop, does this mean if I had spyware that used it, would it still be able to listen in?
and how do you disable cam and mic fully to make sure they can't be used?
In system sounds---recording it says: No audio devices installed.
Under imaging devices in device manager i uninstalled the camera but not that I looked, it was there again so I uninstalled it again.
And I think I uninstalled the YouCam app or sth
Thanks a lot!