Hi Bunty B -
If you downloaded the programme I suggested (Avast) you should have a circular icon with an 'a' in it on the bottom of your sceen/taskbar (probably orange, but sometimes blue). It sounds like you ran a virus scan, but if it only checked 1063 files you probably stopped it before it finished...
When you KNOW you won't be using your PC for at least an hour (possibly longer depending on the size of the hard drive and how many programmes/files/folders you have on it) or so, try a 'boot-time' scan, which will scan your whole PC from pillar to post.
It may be that the online check you did with 'housecall' actually fixed the viruses (I don't know that prog) but either way it's well worth doing a new full scan to check...
How to do a boot time scan:
- Click on the blue/orange circle icon in your task bar (or open 'Avast! Free Antivirus' from your programmes list)to open the avast panel. The second tab, below 'summary' should be 'scan computer'. Click on that and it opens three further tabs: 'scan now' / 'Boot-time scan' / 'Scan logs'.
- Click on 'boot time scan'.
- Set 'heuristic sensitivity' to 'high'
- Click on 'schedule now'.
The next option will be 'restart computer'. If you're ready to roll, click that, but if you're not ready you can just close the panel and shut down when you're ready.
If you click 'restart now' the computer will close any open programmes, shut down and restart itself, launching Avast instead of Windows. If you shut down normally, the scan will start the next time you start the computer.
After the initial 'boot', instead of going into windows you get a black screen with some code on it, and avast will start checking everything. If it finds any viruses it will pause and a dialogue box will come up giving you options to 'fix' 'put in virus vault' 'delete' or 'ignore'. Try fix, and if that doesn't work (avast will tell you) put it in the virus vault. Avast will then continue checking your system, doing the same thing again if it finds anything else.
If the nasties have gone after the scan with housecall, and avast finds nothing, then once it's finished checking it will boot into windows as per usual.
That all sounds far more complicated than it actually is! Effectively, just four or five mouse clicks and a couple more if it finds anything...
hope it helps