to protect yourself from hackers, viruses and spyware?
What were you using to download the media files? many such files downloaded through P2P, (Peer to Peer), applications like Limewire, Morpheous, Kazaa, WinMX, etc are virus infected and people should virus check them before trying to open/install them.
The best method of security is not to use such applications.
You need the following;
Anti-hacking - A firewall. The Windows XP Firewall is ok, but not easy to configure and is therefore quite basic. There are many free firewalls about, and one of the most popular is ZoneAlarm from;
Anti-virus - These need their definitions kept up to date and scans run regularly. Only one is needed per computer and there are many good free ones available, eg Grisoft's AVG.
Immediately you can visit Housecall for an online scan;
Anti-Spyware - More than one is needed. Try Ewido from;
and Spybot Search & Destroy from;
and SpywareBlaster from;
and also Windows Defender, formally known as Microsoft AntiSpyware, from Microsoft's wb site.
They all need regular spyware definitions updates and Windows Defender should be always on.
I recently downloaded some media files and straight after my computer slowed down to a crawl and then would not respond. The mouse pointer remains active but i cannot click on anything succesfully. The task bar and task manager do not respond at all, i can open files saved on my desktop but cannot do anything when they're open and cannot close them again.
I reset my PC a number of times but this did not solve the problem.
I assume this is a virus or spyware problem but could it possibly be anything else???
Any help would be most appreciated!