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Hello,

I remove spyware from a couple PCs a week on average. I have one right now that is really bugging me...kinda confused.

I've cleaned this PC up pretty well over the past couple days. The only remaining symptoms are:

Windows Functionaility: Computer Management and search aren't working -- they both complain that a file is missing, but are not specific. I've assumed this is not spyware related, but wanted to mention it.

Internet Explorer: cannot load www.windowsupdate.com -- it comes up blank, no errors. The main thing that tells me there is something still running is that when I go to into Restricted Sites there are about 10 listed in there. I remove them and they are back as soon as I go back into the restricted sites list. a few are coolwwwsearch. google searches on the sites don't turn much up at all.

I ashamed to admit I've spent 12 hours on this computer already. Ran AdAware, Spybot, MS Antispyware, Spysweeper, Hijackthis, LSP-Fix, housecall, AVG, trend micro, and many others. I've booted using ERD Commander and deleted things in the usual areas that looked suspicious and looked up everyone I was unsure of.

Any ideas? It sure is a new one for me...

Thanks,
Paul
 

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Hijackthis Log

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:16:47 PM, on 8/16/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\Musicmatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
C:\Program Files\Nikon\PictureProject\NkbMonitor.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\temp\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: DriveLetterAccess - {5CA3D70E-1895-11CF-8E15-001234567890} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswshx.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [dla] C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RealTray] C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe SYSTEMBOOTHIDEPLAYER
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mmtask] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\Musicmatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Global Startup: America Online 9.0 Tray Icon.lnk = C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\aoltray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Digital Line Detect.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: NkbMonitor.exe.lnk = C:\Program Files\Nikon\PictureProject\NkbMonitor.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Real.com - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shdocvw.dll
O16 - DPF: {04E214E5-63AF-4236-83C6-A7ADCBF9BD02} (HouseCall Control) - http://housecall60.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan60.cab
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcinsctl/en-us/4,0,0,83/mcinsctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1124165779578
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5free/asinst.cab
O20 - Winlogon Notify: igfxcui - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\igfxsrvc.dll
O23 - Service: AOL Connectivity Service (AOL ACS) - America Online, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: ewido security suite control - ewido networks - C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
O23 - Service: LexBce Server (LexBceS) - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: WAN Miniport (ATW) Service (WANMiniportService) - America Online, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
 

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Microsoft Antispyware - it’s rogueware (or known to be rogueware in the past) and we highly recommend that you uninstall it. Rogue/Suspect means that these products are of unknown, questionable, or dubious value as anti-spyware protection. Please read the following discussion to help you decide. http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=59797


Download Hoster

Run Hoster.exe. Choose the Restore Original Hosts button and press OK.


Download DelO15Domains.inf - Right click on this & choose "Save As..." DelO15Domains.inf

Right click on DelO15Domains.inf and choose Install. It will run immediately (you won't be able to see anything happen). You may delete the file afterwards.

Please download SilentRunners.vbs - Right click & choose Save As... SilentRunners.vbs

Before proceeding, disable any anti-virus or anti-spyware programs that may block/disable scripts
Double-click SilentRunners.vbs to run it. This will take a few minutes.
When it's done, you'll receive the prompt "All Done!". It will create a file called "Startup Programs". Post ALL its contents here in your next reply.
 

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Ok, followed directions. FYI the restricted sites are no longer showing up, but I am still unable to access www.windowsupdate.com. Here's the log:


"Silent Runners.vbs", revision 39, http://www.silentrunners.org/
Operating System: Windows XP
Output limited to non-default values, except where indicated by "{++}"


Startup items buried in registry:
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HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ {++}
"MSMSGS" = ""C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background" [MS]

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ {++}
"IgfxTray" = "C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe" ["Intel Corporation"]
"HotKeysCmds" = "C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe" ["Intel Corporation"]
"dla" = "C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe" ["Sonic Solutions"]
"RealTray" = "C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe SYSTEMBOOTHIDEPLAYER" ["RealNetworks, Inc."]
"MMTray" = "C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe" ["Musicmatch, Inc."]
"mmtask" = "C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\Musicmatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe" ["Musicmatch Inc."]
"QuickTime Task" = ""C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime" ["Apple Computer, Inc."]
"AVG7_CC" = "C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP" ["GRISOFT, s.r.o."]

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\
{306D6C21-C1B6-4629-986C-E59E1875B8AF}\(Default) = (no title provided)
\StubPath = ""C:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msgsc.dll",ShowIconsUser" [MS]

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\
{06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3}\(Default) = "AcroIEHlprObj Class" [from CLSID]
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll" ["Adobe Systems Incorporated"]
{5CA3D70E-1895-11CF-8E15-001234567890}\(Default) = "DriveLetterAccess" [from CLSID]
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswshx.dll" ["Sonic Solutions"]

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved\
"{42071714-76d4-11d1-8b24-00a0c9068ff3}" = "Display Panning CPL Extension"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "deskpan.dll" [file not found]
"{88895560-9AA2-1069-930E-00AA0030EBC8}" = "HyperTerminal Icon Ext"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\WINDOWS\System32\hticons.dll" ["Hilgraeve, Inc."]
"{DEE12703-6333-4D4E-8F34-738C4DCC2E04}" = "RecordNow! SendToExt"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Sonic\RecordNow!\shlext.dll" [null data]
"{5CA3D70E-1895-11CF-8E15-001234567890}" = "DriveLetterAccess"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswshx.dll" ["Sonic Solutions"]
"{955B7B84-5308-419c-8ED8-0B9CA3C56985}" = "6 Months of AOL Included"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\aolshare\shell\us\shellext.dll" ["America Online, Inc."]
"{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" = "Microsoft Office Outlook Desktop Icon Handler"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\MLSHEXT.DLL" [MS]
"{0006F045-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" = "Microsoft Office Outlook Custom Icon Handler"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\OLKFSTUB.DLL" [MS]
"{42042206-2D85-11D3-8CFF-005004838597}" = "Microsoft Office HTML Icon Handler"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\msohev.dll" [MS]
"{9F97547E-4609-42C5-AE0C-81C61FFAEBC3}" = "AVG7 Shell Extension"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgse.dll" ["GRISOFT, s.r.o."]
"{9F97547E-460A-42C5-AE0C-81C61FFAEBC3}" = "AVG7 Find Extension"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgse.dll" ["GRISOFT, s.r.o."]

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks\
INFECTION WARNING! "{54D9498B-CF93-414F-8984-8CE7FDE0D391}" = "ewido shell guard"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\shellhook.dll" ["TODO: <Firmenname>"]

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\
INFECTION WARNING! igfxcui\DLLName = "igfxsrvc.dll" ["Intel Corporation"]

HKLM\Software\Classes\PROTOCOLS\Filter\
INFECTION WARNING! text/xml\CLSID = "{807553E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945}"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE11\MSOXMLMF.DLL" [MS]

HKLM\Software\Classes\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\
AVG7 Shell Extension\(Default) = "{9F97547E-4609-42C5-AE0C-81C61FFAEBC3}"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgse.dll" ["GRISOFT, s.r.o."]

HKLM\Software\Classes\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\
AVG7 Shell Extension\(Default) = "{9F97547E-4609-42C5-AE0C-81C61FFAEBC3}"
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgse.dll" ["GRISOFT, s.r.o."]


Active Desktop and Wallpaper:
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Active Desktop is disabled at this entry:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellState

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\
"Wallpaper" = "C:\Documents and Settings\Scott Morton\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp"


Enabled Screen Saver:
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HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\
"SCRNSAVE.EXE" = "C:\WINDOWS\System32\logon.scr" [MS]


Startup items in "Scott Morton" & "All Users" startup folders:
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C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
"America Online 9.0 Tray Icon" -> shortcut to: "C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\aoltray.exe -check" ["America Online, Inc."]
"Digital Line Detect" -> shortcut to: "C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe" ["BVRP Software"]
"NkbMonitor.exe" -> shortcut to: "C:\Program Files\Nikon\PictureProject\NkbMonitor.exe" ["Nikon Corporation"]


Enabled Scheduled Tasks:
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"Symantec NetDetect" -> launches: "C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\NDETECT.EXE" ["Symantec Corporation"]


Winsock2 Service Provider DLLs:
-------------------------------

Namespace Service Providers

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5\Catalog_Entries\ {++}
000000000001\LibraryPath = "%SystemRoot%\System32\mswsock.dll" [MS]
000000000002\LibraryPath = "%SystemRoot%\System32\winrnr.dll" [MS]
000000000003\LibraryPath = "%SystemRoot%\System32\mswsock.dll" [MS]
000000000004\LibraryPath = "%SystemRoot%\System32\nwprovau.dll" [MS]

Transport Service Providers

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock2\Parameters\Protocol_Catalog9\Catalog_Entries\ {++}
0000000000##\PackedCatalogItem (contains) DLL [Company Name], (at) ## range:
%SystemRoot%\system32\mswsock.dll [MS], 01 - 03, 06 - 18
%SystemRoot%\system32\rsvpsp.dll [MS], 04 - 05


Toolbars, Explorer Bars, Extensions:
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Explorer Bars

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\
{FE54FA40-D68C-11D2-98FA-00C0F0318AFE}\ = "Real.com" [from CLSID]
-> {CLSID}\InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shdocvw.dll" [MS]

Dormant Explorer Bars in "View, Explorer Bar" menu

HKLM\Software\Classes\CLSID\{FF059E31-CC5A-4E2E-BF3B-96E929D65503}\ = "&Research"
Implemented Categories\{00021493-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\ [vertical bar]
InProcServer32\(Default) = "C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL" [MS]

Extensions (Tools menu items, main toolbar menu buttons)

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\
{92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263}\
"ButtonText" = "Research"

{AC9E2541-2814-11D5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45}\
"ButtonText" = "AIM"
"Exec" = "C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe" ["America Online, Inc."]

{CD67F990-D8E9-11D2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE}\
"ButtonText" = "Real.com"


Running Services (Display Name, Service Name, Path {Service DLL}):
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AOL Connectivity Service, AOL ACS, "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe" ["America Online, Inc."]
AVG7 Alert Manager Server, Avg7Alrt, "C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe" ["GRISOFT, s.r.o."]
AVG7 Update Service, Avg7UpdSvc, "C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe" ["GRISOFT, s.r.o."]
ewido security suite control, ewido security suite control, "C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe" ["ewido networks"]
LexBce Server, LexBceS, "C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE" ["Lexmark International, Inc."]
WAN Miniport (ATW) Service, WANMiniportService, ""C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe"" ["America Online, Inc."]


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+ This report excludes default entries except where indicated.
+ To see *everywhere* the script checks and *everything* it finds,
launch it from a command prompt or a shortcut with the -all parameter.
+ The search for DESKTOP.INI DLL launch points on all local fixed drives
took 45 seconds.
+ The search for all Registry CLSIDs containing dormant Explorer Bars
took 13 seconds.
---------- (total run time: 98 seconds)
 

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I wanted to add...

I'm not too sure if this is even a spyware problem anymore. Current problems:

Windows Search Companion does not work -- tried everything the MS KB article recommends

Computer Management doesn't work (missing file, haven't tried just replacing it yet)

IE will not load windowsupdate.com and errors out on update.microsoft.com. when I go to www.gmail.com and login I get an error that says activex is not enabled. I have reset all settings to default many times.

Sheesh, I think there are some other problems as well, but can't think of any now as I've just been focusing on the IE/windowsupdate one.
 

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I think I got it! I was able to get an error code out of update.microsoft.com
[Error number: 0x8007007E]

Dropped that into google and came up with this:
http://www.updatexp.com/0x8007007E.html

Somewhere in there it mentioned something about XML parsing and a lightbulb went off. Everything that doesn't work has had xml files as a possible point of corruption from the reading I've done.

I reinstalled the XML parser (msxml3usa.msi) from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...22-2d4c-4162-8fb8-66bfc12f32b0&DisplayLang=en

Now the search companion works, Gmail works, Computer management works and Windowsupdate.com works.

I should also mention that I installed and uninstall XP SP2 before this process -- but things were still not working. I also reinstalled IE 6 SP1 after the SP2 uninstall which also didn't seem to help.

I really appreciate the DelO15Domains.inf file! That did get rid of the Restricted Sites that wouldn't go away. It was also interesting to read on MS Antispyware.

Unless you guys see something in that silent runners log that I missed I'd say this baby is ready to go back to its owner :)

Thanks a LOT!
 

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Well done. Your logs are clean. Any more issues? If not you should be good to go. We still have a few more items to address so please follow the instructions below.

*Note* I know this PC isn't yours...but it has no protection on it. I would consider either installing those programs in the recommend section...or make your customer/owner aware this PC in unpotected for the internet!


Reset hidden/system files and folders

Windows XP
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  • Click Start.
  • Open My Computer.
  • Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  • Select the View tab.
  • Deselect the Show hidden files and folders option.
  • Select the Hide file extensions for known types option.
  • Select the Hide protected operating system files option.
  • Click Yes to confirm.
  • Click OK.

Windows 2000
===============

  • Open My Computer.
  • Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  • Select the View tab.
  • Select the Advanced settings box option.
  • Select the Hidden files Folders.
  • Deselect the Show all files option.
  • Click Yes to confirm.
  • Click OK.

Windows ME
===============

  • Open My Computer.
  • Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  • Select the View tab.
  • Deselect the Show hidden files and folders option.
  • Select the Hide protected operating system files option.
  • Click Yes to confirm.
  • Click OK.

Windows 95/98/98SE
===============

  • Open My Computer.
  • Select the View
  • Select the Folder Options option.
  • Select the View tab. option.
  • Select the Advance Advanced settings box option.
  • Select the Hidden files folder.
  • Deselect the Show all files option
  • Click Apply to confirm.
  • Click OK.



Create a new System Restore point

Windows XP
===============

  • Click Start >> Run - type SYSDM.CPL & press Enter
  • Select the System Restore Tab
  • Tick on the checkbox - "Turn off System Restore on all drives"
  • Click Apply
  • Then untick the same checkbox & click OK
  • This deletes ALL restore points that had the infection and creates a clean one

Windows ME
===============

  • Click the Start tab.
  • Select the Settings option.
  • Select the Control Panel option.
  • Double Click the System icon Performance tab option.
  • Select File System
  • Select the Troubleshooting tab
  • Check the Disable System Restore box
  • Click Apply to confirm.
  • Click OK.

Reboot the PC and repeat the above procedure again
When you get to this option
  • Uncheck the Disable System Restore box

For Windows ME..we MUST create a new restore point now as Windows ME will not create one automatically until the computer has been on for 10 hours or 24 hours has passed. To create a new restore point follow the procedure below.

  • Click the Start button.
  • Point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.
  • Choose Create a restore point, and then click Next.
  • In the Restore point description box, type a name for your restore point, and then click Next.
    Click OK



Enable Windows Auto Update
  • Go to Start>Run - type wuaucpl.cpl
  • Tick on the checkbox - "Keep my computer up to date"
  • Under settings, choose "Automatically download the updates, and install them on the schedule that I specify".
  • Click on "OK".

Please visit Microsoft's Window's Update Page and install the latest service packs, patch’s and security updates for your system.


Recommended Protection Programs

Now that you are clean, to help protect your computer in the future I recommend that you get the following free programs:
  • SpywareBlaster to help prevent spyware from installing in the first place.
  • SpywareGuard to catch and block spyware before it can execute.
  • IESpy-Ad to block access to malicious websites so you cannot be redirected to them from an infected site or email.
  • WinPatrol to monitor any changes that programs make to the registry.

If you do not have a firewall, here are 4 free ones available for personal use:


In today’s world you MUST have an Antivirus program. If you do not have one, here are 3 FREE ones available for personal use:




In light of your recent issue, I'm sure you'll like to avoid any future infections. Please take a look at these well written articles
Please stay safe out there and take the helpful advice that’s been given. The goal here is to prevent the adware/spyware/virus/worms from getting on the system in the first place.

Please respond to this thread one more time so we can mark this thread as resolved.
 
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