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Web Browsers Intermittently Hijacked. Malware undetectable by Incumbent Anti Spyware and Anti Virus

Q: Web Browsers Intermittently Hijacked. Malware undetectable by Incumbent Anti Spyware and Anti Virus

Hello. My Laptop has Windows XP SP3. I have both Windows Defender and Spy Sweeper for anti spyware and Norton Anti Virus. The problems started a few days ago when a weekly scan of the antivirus reported the following. 1/14/2010 20:06 23ecd795-1c985b76 ?????? Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21\ Still contains 3 infected items Quarantine Clean virus from file Quarantine infected file Scheduled scan The file was quarantined successfully. 1/14/2010 20:06 myf/y/TrewsdF.class Downloader File; Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21\23ecd795-1c985b76 Infected Quarantine Clean virus from file Quarantine infected file Scheduled scan The file was quarantined successfully. 1/14/2010 20:06 myf/y/LoaderX.class Downloader File; Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21\23ecd795-1c985b76 Infected Quarantine Clean virus from file Quarantine infected file Scheduled scan The file was quarantined successfully. 1/14/2010 20:06 myf/y/AppletX.class Downloader File; Compressed file Quarantined admin C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\21\23ecd795-1c985b76 Infected Quarantine Clean virus from file Quarantine infected file Scheduled scan The file was quarantined successfully. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at that time after the quarantine/removal process. However, a couple of days ago, my web browser search results started getting hijacked. And my Norton Antivirus virus definition files seem to update but the "LiveUpdate" fails with LU1847 and i cant seem to fix it.PLease advise and Help.I have gone through the preparation guide. DDS.txt is below and the other two logs have been uploaded as attachments. I could not attach the kaspersky scan log as the online scanner is currently unavailable on their website.DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86 Run by admin at 15:29:18.29 on Mon 01/18/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.159 [GMT -6:00]============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroupsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k eapsvcssvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k dot3svcC:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exeC:\Program Files\iPass\iPassConnect\iPCAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\Program Files\NELicense\LicenseManagement.LicenseService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exeC:\Program Files\VERITAS\Backup Exec\RANT\beremote.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CCM\CcmExec.exeC:\Program Files\Webroot\Enterprise\Spy Sweeper\SSU.EXEC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exeC:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\VPTray.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\iPass\iPassConnect\downloader\ipccheck.exeC:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Cacheman\Cacheman.exeC:\Program Files\Webroot\Enterprise\Spy Sweeper\spysweeper.exeC:\Program Files\Webroot\Enterprise\Spy Sweeper\SSU.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files\Yahoo!\SoftwareUpdate\YahooAUService.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\vssvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Online Backup\NOBuAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Online Backup\NOBuClient.exeC:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\dds.scr============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============uStart Page = hxxp://www.google.com/uInternet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = iexploreuInternet Settings,ProxyServer = proxy.stc.com.sa:8080uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.tesa;10.*;<local>BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper: {02478d38-c3f9-4efb-9b51-7695eca05670} - c:\program files\yahoo!\companion\installs\cpn0\yt.dllBHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dllBHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer: {3049c3e9-b461-4bc5-8870-4c09146192ca} - c:\program files\real\realplayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dllBHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dllBHO: SingleInstance Class: {fdad4da1-61a2-4fd8-9c17-86f7ac245081} - c:\program files\yahoo!\companion\installs\cpn0\YTSingleInstance.dllTB: Yahoo! Toolbar: {ef99bd32-c1fb-11d2-892f-0090271d4f88} - c:\program files\yahoo!\companion\installs\cpn0\yt.dllEB: {4528BBE0-4E08-11D5-AD55-00010333D0AD} - No FileuRun: [ctfmon.exe] c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exeuRun: [MSMSGS] "c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe" /backgrounduRun: [Cacheman] c:\progra~1\cacheman\Cacheman.exeuRun: [updateMgr] "c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\reader\AdobeUpdateManager.exe" AcRdB7_0_9 -reboot 1uRun: [Performance Center] c:\program files\ascentive\performance center\APCMain.exe -muRun: [Messenger (Yahoo!)] "c:\progra~1\yahoo!\messenger\YahooMessenger.exe" -quietmRun: [NvCplDaemon] "RUNDLL32.EXE" c:\windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartupmRun: [ccApp] "c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccApp.exe"mRun: [vptray] c:\progra~1\symant~1\VPTray.exemRun: [Dell Wireless Manager UI] c:\windows\system32\WLTRAYmRun: [Windows Defender] "c:\program files\windows defender\MSASCui.exe" -hidemRun: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"mRun: [nwiz] "nwiz.exe" /installquietmRun: [AdaptecDirectCD] "c:\program files\roxio\easy cd creator 5\directcd\DirectCD.exe"mRun: [SpySweeperEnterprise] "c:\program files\webroot\enterprise\spy sweeper\\SpySweeperUI.exe"mRun: [CitiUCS] "c:\program files\virtual account numbers\CitiUCS.exe" /dontopenmycardsmRun: [TkBellExe] "c:\program files\common files\real\update_ob\realsched.exe" -osbootmRun: [KernelFaultCheck] %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -kmRun: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "c:\program files\adobe\reader 9.0\reader\Reader_sl.exe"mRun: [Adobe ARM] "c:\program files\common files\adobe\arm\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"mRun: [NortonOnlineBackup] c:\program files\symantec\norton online backup\NOBuClient.exedRun: [DWQueuedReporting] "c:\progra~1\common~1\micros~1\dw\dwtrig20.exe" -tStartupFolder: c:\docume~1\alluse~1\startm~1\programs\startup\ipassc~1.lnk - c:\program files\ipass\ipassconnect\IPassConnectGUI.exeIE: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office11\EXCEL.EXE/3000IE: {4C730923-3961-439b-83D5-F4E445520422} - c:\program files\virtual account numbers\CitiUCS.exeIE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exeIE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exeIE: {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - {FF059E31-CC5A-4E2E-BF3B-96E929D65503} - c:\progra~1\micros~2\office11\REFIEBAR.DLLDPF: {0CCA191D-13A6-4E29-B746-314DEE697D83} - hxxp://upload.facebook.com/controls/2008.10.10_v5.5.8/FacebookPhotoUploader5.cabDPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} - hxxp://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cabDPF: {2555E1B6-9E3B-11D5-B442-0050DA74F67C} - hxxps://mydesktop.level3.com/Citrix/MetaFrame/default/UniPrintWebVC.cabDPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} - c:\program files\yahoo!\common\yinsthelper.dllDPF: {44990301-3C9D-426D-81DF-AAB636FA4345} - hxxps://www-secure.symantec.com/techsupp/asa/ss/sa/sa_cabs/tgctlsr.cabDPF: {474F00F5-3853-492C-AC3A-476512BBC336} - hxxp://picasaweb.google.com/s/v/30.66/uploader2.cabDPF: {493ACF15-5CD9-4474-82A6-91670C3DD66E} - hxxp://www.linkedin.com/cab/LinkedInContactFinderControl.cabDPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} - hxxp://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1193611818352DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_11-windows-i586.cabDPF: {8FFBE65D-2C9C-4669-84BD-5829DC0B603C} - hxxp://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/ultrashim.cabDPF: {A90A5822-F108-45AD-8482-9BC8B12DD539} - hxxp://www.crucial.com/controls/cpcScanner.cabDPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0002-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_02-windows-i586.cabDPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0003-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_03-windows-i586.cabDPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0005-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_05-windows-i586.cabDPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cabDPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0011-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_11-windows-i586.cabDPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_11-windows-i586.cabDPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} - hxxp://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cabDPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - hxxp://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cabNotify: NavLogon - c:\windows\system32\NavLogon.dllNotify: WRNotifier - WRLogonNtf.DLLSSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - c:\windows\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dllSEH: Microsoft AntiMalware ShellExecuteHook: {091eb208-39dd-417d-a5dd-7e2c2d8fb9cb} - c:\progra~1\window~4\MpShHook.dll================= FIREFOX ===================FF - ProfilePath - c:\docume~1\admin\applic~1\mozilla\firefox\profiles\x4n0nyql.default\FF - component: c:\program files\real\realplayer\browserrecord\firefox\ext\components\nprpffbrowserrecordext.dllFF - plugin: c:\documents and settings\admin\application data\move networks\plugins\npqmp071503000010.dllFF - plugin: c:\progra~1\yahoo!\common\npyaxmpb.dllFF - HiddenExtension: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant: {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} - c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v3.5\windows presentation foundation\dotnetassistantextension\---- FIREFOX POLICIES ----c:\program files\mozilla firefox\greprefs\security-prefs.js - pref("security.ssl3.rsa_seed_sha", true);============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============R1 SAVRT;SAVRT;c:\program files\symantec antivirus\savrt.sys [2004-2-9 301200]R2 ccEvtMgr;Symantec Event Manager;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccEvtMgr.exe [2004-2-29 255096]R2 ccSetMgr;Symantec Settings Manager;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccSetMgr.exe [2004-2-29 242808]R2 iPCAgent;iPCAgent;c:\program files\ipass\ipassconnect\iPCAgent.exe [2005-10-28 90112]R2 MDC80211;iPass Protocol (IEEE 802.1x) v2.3.1.9;c:\windows\system32\drivers\mdc80211.sys [2005-10-28 15793]R2 NetWork Engineer License Manager;Network Engineer License Manager;c:\program files\nelicense\LicenseManagement.LicenseService.exe [2007-10-12 20480]R2 NOBU;Norton Online Backup;c:\program files\symantec\norton online backup\nobuagent.exe service --> c:\program files\symantec\norton online backup\NOBuAgent.exe service [?]R2 SavRoam;SAVRoam;c:\program files\symantec antivirus\SavRoam.exe [2004-3-12 169192]R2 SAVRTPEL;SAVRTPEL;c:\program files\symantec antivirus\Savrtpel.sys [2004-2-9 37008]R2 Symantec AntiVirus;Symantec AntiVirus;c:\program files\symantec antivirus\Rtvscan.exe [2004-3-12 1221864]R2 WebrootSpySweeperService;Webroot Spy Sweeper Engine;c:\program files\webroot\enterprise\spy sweeper\SPYSWEEPER.EXE [2007-1-15 3086400]R2 WinDefend;Windows Defender;c:\program files\windows defender\MsMpEng.exe [2006-11-3 13592]R3 Eacfilt;Eacfilt Miniport;c:\windows\system32\drivers\eacfilt.sys [2005-10-28 9817]R3 GTICARD;GTICARD;c:\windows\system32\drivers\gticard.sys [2003-2-6 59328]R3 NAVENG;NAVENG;c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\virusd~1\20100117.002\naveng.sys [2010-1-17 84912]R3 NAVEX15;NAVEX15;c:\progra~1\common~1\symant~1\virusd~1\20100117.002\navex15.sys [2010-1-17 1323568]S2 IPSECEXT;Nortel Extranet Access Protocol;c:\windows\system32\drivers\ipsecw2k.sys [2005-10-28 117760]S2 WebrootCommAgentService;Webroot CommAgent Service;c:\program files\webroot\enterprise\spy sweeper\CommAgent.exe [2007-1-15 879680]S3 ccPwdSvc;Symantec Password Validation;c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccPwdSvc.exe [2004-2-29 87160]S3 esri_sde;ArcSde Service(esri_sde);x:\arcsde91\arcsde\ora9iexe\bin\giomgr.exe [2005-3-3 65600]S3 ExtranetAccess;Contivity VPN Service;c:\program files\nortel networks\Extranet_serv.exe [2005-10-28 643072]S3 OracleOraHome92HTTPServer;OracleOraHome92HTTPServer;c:\oracle\ora92\apache\apache\Apache.exe [2002-4-18 4096]S3 OracleOraHome92SNMPPeerEncapsulator;OracleOraHome92SNMPPeerEncapsulator;c:\oracle\ora92\bin\encsvc.exe [2002-2-13 165314]S3 OracleOraHome92SNMPPeerMasterAgent;OracleOraHome92SNMPPeerMasterAgent;c:\oracle\ora92\bin\agntsvc.exe [2002-2-13 216192]S3 OracleServiceBT;OracleServiceBT;c:\oracle\ora92\bin\oracle.exe bt --> c:\oracle\ora92\bin\ORACLE.EXE BT [?]S4 OracleOraHome92Agent;OracleOraHome92Agent;c:\oracle\ora92\bin\agntsrvc.exe [2002-4-26 28944]=============== Created Last 30 ================2010-01-18 20:28:40 85838 ----a-w- c:\temp\Undo VIJAYD800 20100118 142840.Reg2010-01-18 20:01:00 0 d-----w- c:\windows\system32\NtmsData2010-01-18 19:16:21 0 d-----w- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\XoftSpySE2010-01-18 10:02:58 0 d-----w- c:\program files\DivX2010-01-18 10:02:58 0 d-----w- c:\program files\common files\DivX Shared2010-01-13 04:50:56 471552 -c----w- c:\windows\system32\dllcache\aclayers.dll==================== Find3M ====================2010-01-13 19:54:40 87901 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvModes.dat2009-11-14 00:47:32 90112 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\dpl100.dll2009-11-14 00:47:28 856064 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\divx_xx0c.dll2009-11-14 00:47:28 856064 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\divx_xx07.dll2009-11-14 00:47:28 847872 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\divx_xx0a.dll2009-11-14 00:47:28 843776 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\divx_xx16.dll2009-11-14 00:47:28 839680 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\divx_xx11.dll2009-11-14 00:47:28 696320 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\DivX.dll2009-11-03 02:42:06 195456 ------w- c:\windows\system32\MpSigStub.exe2009-10-29 07:45:38 916480 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll2009-10-21 05:38:36 75776 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\strmfilt.dll2009-10-21 05:38:36 25088 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\httpapi.dll============= FINISH: 15:31:27.15 ===============

RELEVANCY SCORE 200
Preferred Solution: Web Browsers Intermittently Hijacked. Malware undetectable by Incumbent Anti Spyware and Anti Virus

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Web Browsers Intermittently Hijacked. Malware undetectable by Incumbent Anti Spyware and Anti Virus

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.??If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine.??Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links.??Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool.??No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note:??You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run.??After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection.??Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet.??Information on A/V control HERE

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Hi Im new here this is my first post also my first problem

Well everything was going great no virus getting detected

I use ESET nod32, malwarebytes and SpyBot

Now my problem is that all of my protection applications wont Update

Also I can't access any protection site like Microsoft.com, Eset.com, the website of malwarebytes and Spybot
and last is that sometime (happens sometimes) computer auto shutsdown
with a timer of 60 seconds before shutdown (please save all works...)

all other applications and websites works great except for those I mentioned

HOPE u could help me if possible ASAP because I'm using my CPU for business purposes and advance thanks

sorry forgot my HJT Log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:32:38 PM, on 2/4/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

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\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\windows\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\windows\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\I... Read more

A:Anti-Virus Anti-Malware and Anti-spyware not updating

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RELEVANCY SCORE 117.6

Have bad infection...need best free Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, and Anti-malware software please....

THANX

Running Windows XP
 

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RELEVANCY SCORE 117.6

Hi Im new here this is my first post also my first problem

Well everything was going great no virus getting detected

I use ESET nod32, malwarebytes and SpyBot

Now my problem is that all of my protection applications wont Update

Also I can't access any protection site like Microsoft.com, Eset.com, the website of malwarebytes and Spybot
and last is that sometime (happens sometimes) computer auto shutsdown
with a timer of 60 seconds before shutdown (please save all works...)

all other applications and websites works great except for those I mentioned

HOPE u could help me if possible ASAP because I'm using my CPU for business purposes and advance thanks

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:32:38 PM, on 2/4/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

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\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\windows\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe
C:\windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\windows\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\... Read more

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RELEVANCY SCORE 115.6

Hey guys ... I've searched the forums and done just about everything that I can do so far to no avail and am at my wits end with this thing.So yesterday for no reason, FireFox just decides to close. Fine, no big deal, but then I relaunched and it did it AGAIN a few minutes later. Then I got the lovely Microsoft Security Essentials error message saying that I had a Trojan in Unknown Win32. Of course, I knew that was a fake, so I tried running my Spybot S&D, but it wouldn't load. Double-click, hourglass, nothing. Suddenly, I wasn't able to launch any anti-anything software, wasn't able to get to my regedit, task manager, nor launch a browser. Eventually, in safe mode, I located the Hotfix. exe, removed it, and the error message went away.However, I'm still unable to launch ANY anti-spyware/malware/virus software. In safe mode, I did actually download, register, and install StopZilla, which found 48 objects and removed them. I rebooted and ... yeah, same thing. Currently looking into getting a refund for that piece of fun.Spybot S&D loads in my systray and does the TeaTimer real time thing that it does, but I can't RUN it for scanning. Also, I have the installer for SuperAntiSpyware, but the nifty Double-Click, Hourglass, Done trick happens when I try to launch that for installation in safe mode OR out of it.In FireFox, I'll find a result for something that looks promising, click on it, and suddenly I'll be presented with another website ... Read more

A:WinXP - Unable to launch/install anti-spyware anti-virus and browser hijacked

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.Double click DeFogger to run the tool. The ap... Read more

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First of all i would like to apologize if this topic is in wrong category, or it should not even be asked on this site. And second of all, please be patience i'm a noob looking for answers So whats all about? Well i'm meeting new terms here and i have no idea what they mean and what they do. And as anyone else i wanna be safe in this era of cyber-crime. So basically i know whats a anti-virus and a anti-spyware and that they can run together. Also i heard that 2 anti-virus don't do good but 2 anti-spyware do. So what i'm asking is, what is a anti-malware? Can a anti-malware, anti-virus, and anti-spyware run together? Could you suggest some good+free of those 3? Sorry for my bad English and being such a noob

A:Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Anti-spyware

Florin, you might take interest in this thread, though it may be quite a bit of reading: What's the Best Anti-virus?

It is there that they discuss all kinds of different antiviruses and coupled security software. I personally only use Microsoft Security Essentials, but I have used it along with Malwarebytes for added security in the past.

Basically, you could have your system completely locked down with lots of extra security, but in some cases it becomes a hassle because of how much your computer becomes protected and overly secured. If you prefer a speedy computer over security, generally you use less security software, but if it is the other way around, you will want beefier security software which may slow things down slightly. That link I've provided will have most everything you will need.

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Hello,

I have a problem that is far beyond my limited skills. One of our people has a laptop that has either malware or a virus infecting it. Two symptoms are present: first, when using firefox web pages get redirected to advertising or to unrelated google searches; second, the machine seems more sluggish than usual.

I have tried to download anti-spyware software (e.g. Spy Sweeper, CounterSpy, MalwareBytes, Superantispyware, PC Doctor) and nothing works. In some cases such as Counterspy and PC Doctor, the executable will run but the program will not update (and thus, not allow for a scan). In other cases such as MalwareBytes, the executable simply will not run.

I have run a Trend Micro anti-virus scan. It seems to detect something but it crashes before the scan can complete. The same thing happens with Panda Activescan. Last night, I ran Panda Activescan for over 8 hours. When I woke up, the scan had frozen at the 52% point and had found 1 infected file, which it didn't appear to clean up.

Anyway, I'd really appreciate any help.
Best regards,
Jordan

A:HELP! -- Anti-spyware / Anti-virus doesn't work; malware crippling our machine

Uninstall all of the programs but Super Antispyware, Trend Micro and MalwareBytes AntiMalware.Find the MBAM.exe and rename it BAMM.com by right clicking on the file and choosing rename.Download the manual updates for MBAM from the link below. Double click on it to install. http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam/database/mbam-rules.exeINSTRUCTIONS FOR USING MBAM:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1100727

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Hi,I'm trying to clean my brother's computer but it is in really bad shape. I can't run Hijackthis or Malwarebytes. I was able to run a few things so I'm going to post what I've seen so far.1) The computer takes a very long time to boot up and before it is finished, there are two different error messages:DATA EXECUTION PREVENTIONTo help protect your computer, Windows has closed this program:Windows ExplorerWINDOWS EXPLORERWindows (sometimes Windows Explorer) has encountered a problem and needs to closeExplorer shuts down but immediately restarts. This may happen once or a few times.2) I installed a startup monitor to see if I could catch anything. I've gotten this message a couple of times:The program A00FC21E9.exe has registered the executable C:\\DOCUMENTS\Mark\Locals~1\Temp\_A00FC21E9.exe to run at startup.I don't allow this program to run of course.3) Firefox/Chrome/IE aren't able to go to certain sites such as firefox.com and microsoft.com, the browser just hangs there trying to load the pages. Other searches I do for spyware/anti-spyware redirect me to sites such as bestwebsearch.net or url.urtbk.com.4) Symantec Antivirus has caught a few things:Adware.ZangoSearchAdware.Gen5) I was able to install and run Spyware Doctor. It currently has the following spyware quarantined:Trojan.Virtumonde (multiple instances, it keeps coming back)Adware.MxLiveMediaWorm.P2PAgentAdware.BHO.GENAdware.AdmediaHijacker.Affili... Read more

A:Browsers Hijacked, Can't Run Most Anti-Spyware

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.Please subscribe to your topic so that you will be notified as soon as I post a reply, instead of you having to check the topic all of the time. This will allow you to get an email notification when I reply.To subscribe, go to your topic, and at the top right hand corner by your first post, click the Options button and then click Track this topic. The bullet the immediate notification bubble. Then press submit.Please download Dr. Web the free version & save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".Scan with Dr. Web Cureit as follows: ? Double-click on launch.exe to open the program and click Start. (There is no need to update if you just downloaded the most current version ? Read the Virus check by DrWeb scanner prompt and click Ok where asked to Start scan now? Allow the setup.exe to load if asked by any of your security programs. ? The Express scan will automatically begin.(This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders). ? If prompted to dowload the Full version Free Trial, ignore and click the X to close the window. ? If an in... Read more

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Hi guys,I've spent most of the day troubleshooting a friends computer and have made very little progress. I believe her machine has some sort of root kit virus which has hijacked her browser causing redirects when following links, and prevents common anti-malware tools from operating. The system is an XP Pro machine and i think its running SP3.I wasn't even able to install anything until i killed a process called MDM.exe (Machine Debug Manager). With that process running, every time i tried to install something, it would throw a "cant write to 0000x0000xxx" error. Now at least i can install some programs. I have installed adaware, malwarebytes and emsisoft's Anti-malware. Anti-malware had some nondescript errors during the wizard, but it still went in and i was able to run the scan, but i don't know if it was compromised. So far, only Anti-Malware has turned up anything, it found a registry key for something called Dominator which is some sort of key logger. i wish i took more notes on that, but it was able to delete the entry.I was able to get malware bytes working by renaming the EXE. The quick scan has found nothing and the deep scan is going right now. I expect it to be done sometime in the morning. i hope that finds something but i have doubts.Adaware didn't seem to find anything.I also tried RKILL, but it only closed one process that was unrelated. The hosts file was also clear, i don't think any new viruses are going to use that old tr... Read more

A:Hijacked Browsers and anti-malware tools being blocked

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.Double click DeFogger to run the tool. The ap... Read more

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Microsoft Pre-release Definition Updates

"Microsoft offers partially-tested pre-release definition updates for download before the fully-tested (released) version is available. These updates are listed below.

You can use these pre-release definitions to clean infected computers. You can also use them to protect computers that are at an immediate risk of infection. The pre-release definition update is not meant for enterprise-wide deployment.

Pre-release updates are explicitly created for malicious software threats. You should not deploy a pre-release definition update if you are not experiencing a threat for which it was explicitly created.

Note: After additional testing, certain pre-release definition updates will be released as regular definition updates. The same binary file that was used for the pre-release definition update may be used for the released definition update."

(Once you have read the above, expand the Spoiler below for URL to proceed)

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Visit, Microsoft Pre-Release Definitions for Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware

For Windows 8 and 8.1 users:
Please use the "Microsoft Antimalware products including Microsoft Forefront products or Microsoft Security Essentials". (64-bit users, mpam-feX64.exe | 32-bit users, mpam-fe.exe)
Screenshots posted from Windows 8.1 Update 1 (64-bit):

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Hey guys, as you probably know after AVG released version 7.5 anti-virus, they also released anti-malware and anti-spyware. Should I even bother downloading these, I already have Ewido Anti-Spyware, Spybot, Hijack This, Pandasoftware Activescan, and the aforementioned AVG Anti-Virus.
 

A:Solved: Should I bother downloading AVG Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware?

Hi it's your call..I have enough protection already but I intend to d/load Avg Antispyware just to check it out.
As you may know Avg now own Ewido.
 

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I'm always trying to keep up with the latest and greatest anti-spyware and anti-malware programs. I use Avast as my anti-virus program and for my main anti-spyware/anti-malware programs I use:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Spybot - Search & Destroy
SpywareBlaster
SUPERAntiSpyware

I also sometimes use:

Ad-Aware
a-squared
RogueRemover

Are there any other good programs I should know about? I figure the more the better!

Thanks!

A:Are there any good new anti-spyware/anti-malware programs?

Spyware Terminator.-- Web Security Guard is included in the download but not required. After installation you will be prompted to Enable Web Security Guard Toolbar. This browser add-on (similar to Site Advisor) is enabled by default so be sure to uncheck the box if you do not want it installed. If you install WSG by mistake, it can easily be removed later via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.-- If you already have an anti-virus application, there is no need to install the optional Clam AntiVirus integration. ClamAV does not have a real time scanning engine but you can integrate it into ST's Realtime Shield to include virus scanning support.However, you can overkill your system with resource heavy security programs that will drain your resources and slow down performance. Sometimes you just have to experiment to get the right combo for your particular system as there is no universal solution that works for everyone. mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products) Further, most people don't understand Spybot's TeaTimer or how to use it and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth.While not free, I recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and taking advantage of the Protection Module which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology... Read more

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Recently from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/494727/superantispyware-or-malwarebytes/. Please take the poll and post suggestions for the poll here. 
 

A:Best Anti-Spyware/Anti-Malware/On-Demand Scanner

Hitman Pro to check scan, but needs paying for removal.   Comodo Cleaning Essentials which comes free with Comodo Internet Security for removal.

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I am having the following problems:
- Many instances of "This page cannot be displayed"
- Many instances of links taking me to totally unrelated sites
- Cannot run "System Restore"
- Cannot run "Malwarebytes Anti Malware"
- Cannot run "Super Anti Spyware"
- Cannnot run "Spybot Search and Destroy"
Hope someone can help

A:Can't run System restore, anti malware or anti spyware

Hi shearty,Welcome to BC HijackThis forum. I am farbar. I am going to assist you with your problem.Please refrain from making any changes to your system (updating Windows, installing applications, removing files, etc.) from now on as it might prolong handling your log and make the job for both of us more difficult.Your log(s) show that you are using so called peer-to-peer or file-sharing programs. These programs allow to share files between users as the name(s) suggest. In today's world the cyber crime has come to an enormous dimension and any means is used to infect personal computers to make use of their stored data or machine power for further propagation of the malware files. A popular means is the use of file-sharing tools as a tremendous amount of prospective victims can be reached through it.It is therefore possible to be infected by downloading manipulated files via peer-to-peer tools and thus suggested to be used with intense care. Some further readings on this subject, along the included links, are as follows: "File-Sharing, otherwise known as Peer To Peer" and "Risks of File-Sharing Technology."Removal InstructionsEmpty all p2p (Bitlord, uTorrent, etc...) download folders. They might contain infected files. Please avoid using these p2p applications until the system is clean. Using these applications at this stage might lead to reinfection or infecting other users.

You have the latest version of Java (Java 6 Update 13) and it is good. Older ve... Read more

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Donna over at Calendar of Updates has posted a second test regarding the viability of free anti-malware and free anti-spyware programs - Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

see Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware - Calendar Of Updates

For those who don't know, Donna also previously posted another test, Rogue Detections: Old, Not So Old and New Threats
see Rogue Detections (old, not so old, new threats) by malware scanners - Calendar Of Updates

A:Malware Detections of Free Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

Hi John

Looks like a fairly good test, unfortunately it's on an XP box. Do you know if they plan on running one on a Vista system, since the way that many malware works will affect it's viability on Vista systems?

Thanx for the link! Still lots of good info there for our members.

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Hello!

I've been doing a springclean for my PC, and I would be grateful if someone would check my hijack this log for problems.

I've run all of my anti-spyware and AVG programes first. But, I have a question: after my programes have scanned for problems and put all the bad stuff into quarentine, do I need to do anything else with them?

I'm not sure if I should be trying to find ways of removing trojans etc. or if it is ok to just leave them in the quarentine area indefinatly.

Thanks for your help!

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 13:43:41, on 24/04/2005
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\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVirusKit\AVKService.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVirusKit\AVKWCtl.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\pctspk.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVirusKit\AVKPOP.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PANICW~1\POP-UP~1\PSFree.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\freeserve\freeserveconnectionkit\atdialler1.exe
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A:Solved: A hijack this log, and a quick question re: anti-spyware and anti-virus programes

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Hello, I consider myself a fairly advanced computer user, but I'm having an issue I'm 99% sure is MalWare related. My laptop freezes CONSTANTLY, sometimes out of nowhere, and sometimes when I walk away for 5 minutes. I have tried numerous times to run AVG, Ad-Aware SE, and both freeze shortly after the scan starts (also tried in SAFE MODE). Now sometimes I can browse the we for hours, but as soon as a start a scan, install, or update, these issues are more common. I am fairly confident that this is not a hardware issue, since I've ran advanced diagnostics on them all, including BIOS. I have a HiJack This Log, and help would be greatly appreciated!

HiJackThis.log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:17:22 AM, on 9/22/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal
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\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
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A:Unable to Run ANY Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware programs, Comp freezes every 5 minutes.

BUMP!

--sorry, I'm desperate.
 

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According to a story at Washingtonpost.com, the latest definitions for Microsoft's Anti-Spy flags Symantec's Norton Antivirus as a trojan and prompts users to delete essentials of the program. Users who follow the instructions hose their installation of Norton, requiring Windows registry edits and complete removal/reinstallation of Norton.

Microsoft's support forum is filling up with complaints, many from businesses that have been hard hit. This should be a cautionary note about deploying beta products in production environments.
 

A:READ!!!Microsoft Anti-Spyware Deleting Parts of Norton Anti-Virus

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I have just finished with my original support and probably have to reformat. However, I would like to find out what is going on or at least in some contribute to helping someone in the future so I have come here.Despite good computer hygiene, Adaware, Spybot, McAfee-now Kasperskey, CCleaner, HijackThis, updating (wondering if this might have brought in some problems), and Zone Alarm firewall, I have problems which I first noticed when I was hijacked from Paypal. This showed on my first HJT scan but disappeared without treatment shortly thereafter. My antivirus, etc., have been disabled although they LOOK as if they are working but don't so much as find a cookie anymore--except for CCleaner. Spybot doesn't find About:Blank but it showed up on the browser scan. I tried to delete it and it doesn't show on any scans but I still see it fly by the bottom of my screen as IE pages are loaded. When I go to my history or temporary files, when I can see them, they are mostly ad pages. I have tried all the usual CWShredder, etc., and they don't find anything.MWAV is the only scan that has shown much. When I submit some suspicious files from comboscan to either VirusScan or Jotti, more often than not they jam VirusScan and I get error messages from Jotti that it is either the wrong stream or the file is empty. Sometime the folders are empty. I have tried to rename them but many times I am not allowed. Sometimes when I explore I can see the folders have information but when I go... Read more

A:Anti-spyware & Anti-virus Disabled, Keylogger, Hijack, Worms

Download this program:submit files packerHighlight the files listed below in bold and right-click and selecting copy.C:\WINDOWS\zts2.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\vcmgcd32.dllC:\WINDOWS\system32\iifgfgf.dllC:\WINDOWS\rundll16.exeC:\WINDOWS\rundl132.dllC:\WINDOWS\logo1_.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\TASKMGR.COMC:\WINDOWS\REGEDIT.COMC:\WINDOWS\system32\T.COMC:\WINDOWS\R.COMC:\WINDOWS\system32\tmp.regThen start the file packer program and right click in the white box and select paste to paste the copied file names in the field.Then press the Continue button.I will create an archive with these files and a small log on your Desktop that starts with a name like requested-file[date].cab.Rename this file to yourmembername.cab (for example grinler.cab).Then go to:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/submit-malware.phpand fill in the required fields and browse to this file on your desktop. Finally click on the Send File button.

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I recently downloaded PC Security Shield (supposedly a good anti virus program) and Spyware Terminator (antispyware) and noticed that their icons sometimes, do not show up in my system tray when I boot up. And it stays like that. I've had no icons for three days now...huh?

I've looked up this problem in the accompanying (Security Shield) help menu and it wasn't any help....but it basically states no icon = no protection....so what the bejeepers can I do to fix this problem?
 

A:Anti virus/anti spyware programs missing from system tray

Just a quick thought, go to start-up options and see if they are listed as due to run on start-up, if you have no suitable programme to view your start-up programmes go to run and type msconfig and check the start-up tab
 

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How to Remove Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 (Fake Anti-Virus Infections)





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If your PC is infected with the Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 malware or something similar, you?ve come to the right place, because we?re going to show you how to get rid of it, and free your PC from the awful clutches of this insidious malware (and many others)
Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 is just one of many fake antivirus applications like Antivirus Live, Advanced Virus Remover, Internet Security 2010, Security Tool, and others that hold your computer hostage until you pay their ransom money. They tell you that your PC is infected with fake viruses, and prevent you from doing anything to remove them.
This particular virus goes by a lot of names, including XP Antispyware, Win 7 Antispyware, Win 7 Internet Security 2011, Win 7 Guard, Win 7 Security, Vista Internet Security 2011, and many, many others. It?s all the same virus, but renames itself depending on your system and which strain you get infected with.


Source ...

A:How to Remove Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 (Fake Anti-Virus Infections)

Thanks for the information. I hope I never have to use it.

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Please help. I am working on a network and need a corporate anti-virus program and anti-spyware programs? I know McAfee and Symantec offer something, but I know the personal editions I have had a less than nice experience. Any suggestions?

A:Need A Corporate Anti-virus Program And Anti-spyware Programs? Any Suggestions

Take a look at this Spysweeperhttp://www.webroot.com/enterprise/products/

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Hello All,I am not able to update my Zone Alarm Internet security suite for some weeks now. I was directed here from the Zone Alarm Forum. Although I can browse through most of the websites, I am not allowed to access Zone Alarm update, Microsoft update. I also tried http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php and also http://downloads.superantispyware.com/down...AntiSpyware.exe but was denied access both on IE and FirexFox.Further Filemon and RootkitRevealer do not work any on my machinePlease help.Thanks

A:Unable to access Anti-virus updates / Anti-spyware website

Thanks guys,
All problems solved Thanks to SuperAntiSpyware.

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just clean installed windows 7, looking for just a couple anti- things to keep EVERYTHING clean, dont mind paying
already have Avast! so an anti-vvirus program isnt needed, thanks for the help guys

A:best anti-malware anti-spyware-antieverything?

I highly recommend this.
I have both of my computer using the Professional version but they do have a trial version to see if you like it.

Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer

Every thing I have seen lets me think it works well with Avast. Both active at the same time.

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Hi,

I have just spent two nights removing the "Fake System Restore" virus from my girlfriends laptop
by following the guide on this site, so a big thankyou to whoever wrote the guide.

Now I want to make sure her laptop is protected as well as I can with free software.

I have installed; AVAST anti virus, Zone Alarm firewall and MalwareBytes onto the laptop,
but I now wonder if there are any other reccomended programs that I should install
to help avoid spyware, malware and viruses?

Thanks in advance,

Mark

A:Which are the best Anti Spyware and Anti Malware programs?

I recommend taking advantage of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Pro) Protection Module in the full version which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Keep in mind that this feature does not guarantee something will not slip through as no product can detect and prevent every type of malware. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Also keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. IP Protection (malicious website blocking) is part of the Protection Module and works after it is enabled. When attempting to go to a potential malicious website, Malwarebytes will block the attempt and provide an alert. IP Protection is also designed to block incoming connections it determines to be malicious. Enabling the Protection Module feature feature requires registration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as the program utilizes few system resources and should not conflict wi... Read more

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Hello everyone!

My McAfee subscription through Dell runs out on Sunday May 23, 2010. I would like to know what are the best Free Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware, and Firewalls out there. I looked at the list that is on here, but could not figure out which one is better for my situation.

I currently have as Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware : a-Squared free, Spybot S&D free, MBAM free, and SUPERAntiSpyware free. I have Windows Defender and Firewall turned off because of interfering with McAfee.

I currently do not have the money to renew my subcription with McAfee, nor do I have the money to buy a paid full service security program with firewall.

My question is what do you recommend I should do and what programs are best for my situation?
PS: I was thinking of Microsoft Security Essentials, for 2 reasons: 1) It's Free and 2) my computer already has a lot of Microsoft programs on it. Has anyone had any experience with this program?

A:which are the Best Free Anti-Malware and Anti-Spyware

Groffeaston,

I installed MSE on my sisters W7 computer and she thinks it is great did that about 2 months ago when it was new. If you use MSE it wlii turn off Windows Defender because it includes it own spyware component. Use the Windows firewall with it cause from what I have read on MS sites it doesn't play well with third party firewalls. When you go to uninstall the McAfee makes sure to use there removal tool to get as many traces as possible otherwise you may have a problem installing MSE.

Good Luck Mr. Phelps this message will self destruct in 5 seconds!

Dan

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I have Avira Antivir Free addition. I was wondering do I also need an anti malware protection? Which would be a good and cheap anti malware?

A:Anti Malware, Anti Spyware Software

Well, I do not run any anti-spyware/malware protection in real time but I do scan with it often. All the products I use to do this are free and easy. My favorite ones are SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes and Spybot Search and Destroy. Since getting the first two, I rarely use Spybot for scanning as it is much slower than the others and I feel the others do a better job.

However, I like Spybot because it has an immunize feature for immunizing you system against known bad threats and also has a feature called SD Helper which is bad site blocker, anyways I think that is the name of the feature that does that. Also it can help you control what programs are allowed to start on bootup. Do not use that last feature unless you are an advanced computer user and know the difference between what does and doesn't need to start up when the system does. For most items, Spybot will give its recommendation on keeping that program running if you open the side panel and click on the item. Good rule of thumb on that one is, if it is a Windows program, leave it running, if it is for a program you just installed, you can decide if you want it to run or not when the system starts up. Other than the windows programs, the only things I allow to run on start up are my keyboard (as I use its customized features) and my anitvirus/firewall program.

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Hello,

Firstly thank you for your help - I really do appreciate it.

My HpCompaq laptop is infected with a virus that is blocking multiple anti-spyware software, Vista updates, and even my Kaspersky anti-virus.

1) The virus does not allow me to access websites to download anti-spyware nor access the windows update site.

2) I have downloaded the following programs on another computer, burned on CD and run on my laptop:
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Installed but does not run
- Spybot - Cannot install as access to the website is blocked during installation
- AVG Anti-Virus trial version - Cannot install due to 0x8007013d - Action failed for file avgmfx86.sys

3) I have managed to run CCleaner and clear out all the temp internet files

4) The HiJack This log reads:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:35:59, on 14/09/2009
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16851)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfsty.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP ProtectTools Security Manager\pthosttr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
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Hello. =)

I'd like to know if there's an anti-virus/anti-spyware that, if my computer accidentally gets cut off, will resume where it left off? So, if the scan was 20% complete, and the computer turns off, once the computer is restarted it'll resume at 20%.

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My computer, for some odd reason, keeps randomly turning off -- especially at night (usually after midnight). I've tried removing dust from the vents, wiping the vents with a little rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth, and using a fan to blow into the vents (in case it's getting too hot inside the hard drive). Nothing works.

A friend of mine told me to run an anti-trojan program; unfortunately, that didn't work. I've also run anti-virus scans (with AVG Free Edition) and anti-spyware scans (with LavaSoft, Anniversary Edition), and those didn't work either. The last time AVG & LavaSoft did a full scan was early this year (maybe January or February). But now, when I try running full scans, the computer ALWAYS cuts off.

Usually when I turn the computer back on, it gets frozen at the blue "HP/Intel" screen (Screen 1 of 4). Sometimes it'll go straight to the black "boot screen" (Screen 2 of 4; i.e., the screen where you can choose to use the Home Recovery Console, or go straight into Windows XP)...but then it (usually) immediately cut off. [*]

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A:Is there anti-virus/anti-spyware that resumes if computer turns off?

Hello

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
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Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps




link at the top of each page.

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Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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what is best free anti-spyware, anti-virus software for Windows 8?

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I need some help with recent problems I've been having with my PC. There're pop-ups that keep coming back, and I don't know how to remove it. I've tried scanning with Ad-aware 2007, and I even used my CA anti-spyware and anti-virus but to no avail. So I tried manually removing it. I searched my PC for suspicious files. So I tried removing a bunch of files that may be malicious software like winctl.exe, and boat32. I found the instructions on removing them in this forums after searching for it in google. So I did that, but the pop-ups keep coming back. I tried using hijackthis, but I'm not sure which files to delete. I've tried fixing some files that I think are harmful, but it doesn't seem to help. Can you show me what to fix in my hijackthis log? The pop-ups are an advertisement on CiD something.

Oh, and I don't know why, but I when I check my task manager it says I have 2 iexplore.exe running when I don't coz I usually use firefox. When I end the processes they just come back. Can you help me? Thanks.

HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:59:55 PM, on 9/17/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
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A:Solved: Need help, pop-ups, Ad-aware, and CA anti virus/anti-spyware can't remove it.

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Hi there, could anyone tell me if there is a free anti virus, anti spyware and firewall for UBUNTU 8.04 i386.

Thanks for any replies.
 

A:Free anti virus, Firewall/anti spyware for UBUNTU

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That's pretty much my problem. I don't know any details that could help. I tried installing Spybot to scan for the problem but I couldn't install it because my computer couldn't connect to the website and I can't move on with the installation. I'm about to scan with Avast but I doubt it will help. I know I didn't say much substance but hope it helps. Here's the HJT log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 08:54:49, on 26/01/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)
Boot mode: Normal

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:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
C:\Program Files\CDBurnerXP\NMSAccessU.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
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I ran AVG anti spyware and Trend Micro AntiVirus and then f-secure. after cleaning up some viruses and trojans i still am getting pop-ups while browsing the internet.

log file:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:45:02 PM, on 10/21/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

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\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\PcCtlCom.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\Tmntsrv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\TmPfw.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\tmproxy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2007\pccguide.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Heather Beamish\Application Data\WinTouch\WinTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Heather Beamish\Desktop\notepad.exe

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A:Solved: Still Recieving pop-ups after running Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware

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I have Windows Defender right now, I don't know if it's good or not though. I did a Panda activescan online and it came with 40 different spyware infected files and one virus I think, but when I ran a full scan on Windows defender it found nothing. Basically I want to get rid of defender and find a good anti-virus and anti-spyware program that's free. It can be an online scan but preferrably works from the computer.

Any takers?
 

A:Need a good anti-virus & anti-spyware, etc program that's free.

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Sometime back I came across a list of recommended free Firewalls, Anti-Virus and Anti Spyware Programs in one of the BC forums, but I do not remember where I found it.  Would someone point me in the right direction? 
 
Thank you, I appreciate it.

A:List of Firewalls, Anti-Virus and Anti Spyware Programs

Greetings,
 
If this is what you're talking about...
 
Antivirus, Antimalware, And Antispyware Resources
 
Hope this helps!!!

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Microsoft Anti-Spyware Removes Norton Anti-Virus Posted by Zonk on Saturday February 11, @06:32PMAn anonymous reader writes "According to a story over at Washingtonpost.com, the latest definitions file for Microsoft's Anti-Spyware beta flags Symantec's Norton Antivirus products as a password-stealing trojan and prompts users to delete portions of the program. Users who follow the instructions hose their installation of Norton, requiring delicate Windows registry edits and a complete removal/reinstall of Norton. http://it.slashdot.org/it/06/02/11/2259232.shtmlMicrosoft Anti-Spyware Deleting Norton Anti-VirusBy Brian Krebs | February 11, 2006; 01:42 PM ETMicrosoft's Anti-Spyware program is causing troubles for people who also use Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus software; apparently, a recent update to Microsoft's anti-spyware application flags Norton as a password-stealing program and prompts users to remove it.According to several different support threads over at Microsoft's user groups forum, the latest definitions file from Microsoft "(version 5805, 5807) detects Symantec Antivirus files as PWS.Bancos.A (Password Stealer)".http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix...deleting_1.htmlEdit to include note from Oldfrog at CCSP: This refers to the Enterprise version of NAV and not the home version.

A:Microsoft Anti-spyware Deleting Norton Anti-virus

Microsoft AntiSpyware Definitions Update #5807 corrected this false-positive.http://forums.subratam.org/index.php?showt...view=getnewpost

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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43934/microsoft-anti-spyware-deleting-norton-anti-virus/

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I use avast! anti-virus... and have for a long time. I've been using SuperAntiSpyware for several months (as well as other antispyware programs), too, and they've always co-existed together with no problems.

Suddenly last night, avast! alerted me that SuperAntiSpyware "contains a sample of a Win:32 Trojan".

I'm no expert but I'm thinking this is unlikely, so I have told avast! to ignore SuperAntiSpyware, and NOT scan that SuperAntiSpyware.exe file.

Is this foolish?

Should I allow avast! to move the offending file to quarantine?
Or should I uninstall SuperAntiSpyware first (since quarantining the exe file will certainly render it useless anyway)?
Or can I continue to ignore the warning altogether??

Any expert advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

~Julie~
Additionally:

I connect to the 'net (and a home network!) wirelessly.
My computer spec's are in the profile.
 

A:Solved: Anti-Virus Suddenly Alerts Me to Anti-Spyware... ?

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Hey,

How can I create a script that runs many different Anit-Virus, Anti-Spyware and many more one after another automatically?

Thanks
deanpcmad

A:Script To Run Anti-virus Anti-spyware, Etc Scans Automatically On After Another

I for one see a problem with 'automating' your malware tools, with a script. I don't allow any antimalware app to take action without prompting me for confirmation. That way I know what is coming up as malware. With a script you are trusting that it will make the right selection of actions without confirmation. The possibility is there to delete a perfectly legitimate file in error. Then you have to guess which application removed your legitimate file. Then you need to hope it can be 'restored'. In my opinion there is just too much trust and risk given to a script if it can even be done.

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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix...deleting_1.htmlBy Brian Krebs "Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program is causing troubles for people who also use Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus software; apparently, a recent update to Microsoft's anti-spyware application flags Norton as a password-stealing program and prompts users to remove it. According to several different support threads over at Microsoft's user groups forum, the latest definitions file from Microsoft "(version 5805, 5807) detects Symantec Antivirus files as PWS.Bancos.A (Password Stealer)."When Microsoft Anti-Spyware users remove the flagged Norton file as prompted, Symantec's product gets corrupted and no longer protects the user's machine. The Norton user then has to go through the Windows registry and delete multiple entries (registry editing is always a dicey affair that can quickly hose a system if the user doesn't know what he or she is doing) so that the program can be completely removed and re-installed." David(Moderator edit: By-line and quotation marks inserted,content reduced to comply with fair use. jgweed)

A:Microsoft Anti-spyware Deleting Norton Anti-virus

It wanted to del my Norton IS all2gether. No way billy boy i want control over my own box. c asyset.com pup

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Hey guys, my other computer is infected with the Vista Anti-Spyware 2011 rouge anti spyware. I have tried to run MBAM with no luck (the malware opens up instead of MBAM) I am currently trying to see if it will work in Safe Mode. Also, this is my other computer and because of the virus it has no internet access (anytime I try to navigate to a page the malware pops up) so please keep that in mind as you're giving instructions.

Thanks a lot guys
 

A:Virus/Malware: Vista Anti-Spyware 2011 (rouge spyware)

Alright, so this is just and update and a bump since I haven't had any replies in 24 hours

I tried to run MBAM in safe mode and the virus still popped up so this thing is pretty entrenched. Help me out here guys, thanks
Thanks
 

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I used to have AVG on my PC but still got a major downloader trojan that dup'd itself and changed file names.So I spent ages yesterday re-formatting and re-installing XP after my pc crashed in it's entirity.Now I am back online and unprotected now!! OOpps!!I tried installing AVG again but it will not have it.I have no idea what to put on it as I have a copy of my mums XP on my pc.I'll put in the dxdiag for people to have a look and suggest what I need:------------------System Information------------------Time of this report: 7/29/2008, 20:37:19 Machine name: SARAH-3GGF75PDC Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) (2600.xpclient.010817-1148) Language: English (Regional Setting: English)System Manufacturer: ECS System Model: 945GCT-M2 BIOS: AAMMII - 8000716 Processor: Intel® Pentium® Dual CPU E2140 @ 1.60GHz (2 CPUs) Memory: 1024MB RAM Page File: 177MB used, 2285MB availablePrimary File System: FAT32 DirectX Version: DirectX 8.1 (4.08.01.0810)DX Setup Parameters: Not found DxDiag Version: 5.01.2600.0000 32bit Unicode------------DxDiag Notes------------ DirectX Files Tab: No problems found. Display Tab 1: No problems found. Sound Tab 1: No problems found. Music Tab: No problems found. Input Tab: No problems found. Network Tab: No problems found.------------------DirectX Components------------------ ddraw.dll: ... Read more

A:What Anti-virus/spyware/malware Shall I Use?

Hello, take alook here try afree AVFreeware Replacements For Common Commercial AppsInstall a firewall,2 Spyware removers also.Example AVira, (AV)Comodo (Firewall)SpywareBlaster and SuperAntisyware (Antispyware)

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I use windows xp.

Can someone please recommend an anti-virus program that will also remove any spyware, or malware.

There's so many products out there, that for someone like me, I just don't know what to get. I don't expect free, but I can't pay an arm and a leg either.

Thanks so much,
Judy

A:Anti-virus,malware,spyware help Please.

No product will protect you from all infections and none can remove everything out there. Many free products work just as well as the paid options but nothing will protect you 100%. You, the end user, are the best defense.

The best method for protecting a system is to start with secure the system and being knowledgeable about online safety.

Running Windows with a limited user account, keeping ALL software updated and removing any software that is not used can help to reduce the chance of infections.

More information can be found here:
PC Safety and Security - What Do I Need?

Here's one independent study on the effectiveness of AV products running on Windows XP:
AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute: Jul/Aug 2012

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What is A-Squadred & Windows Defender.Are they Anti-Virus Programs.
Which Best Anti-Malware,Anti-Spyware.
Is there any other Infectives other Virus,Malware,Spyware......
 

A:Which Best Anti-Malware,Virus,Spyware?

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Hello,
 
I'm trying to decide what security package I should get; either bought, for free or a combination of bought and free.  I'd very much appreciate someone who REALLY knows what they're talking about advising me as to my best course of action.
 
Thanks!
Panoply

A:Hello. I'm new. Best anti-virus/malware/spyware?

 
This is what I tell folks who ask the question you have.
Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use and your system. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is single no best anti-virus.Choosing an Anti-Virus ProgramSupplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware ToolsChoosing a Firewall

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