I recently reinstalled the OS (Windows XP Home) on a friend's heavily spyware/adware infected machine. It appears as though his kids (7 and 11 years I believe) were visiting sites that offered downloads for search bars, screensavers, and "cute" cartoony animations that anyone with safety in mind would never download.
Some of the concerns I noted on the machine were:
- The main account was Administrator
- Expired anti-virus software
- Lack of Windows updates
- Multiple firewalls installed
Basically, I'm looking for a guide for non tech-savvy users that would help them avoid getting infected again.