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Now What Do I Do?

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 09:27 AM

Hi, everyone. I'm new here and I hope I can learn some new info. Recently my computer was infected with the Darksma downloader amongst many other problems. I read a thread on this forum about someone with the same exact problem so I followed those instructions. Here's a link to that thread:
Now when I restart my computer it takes like 15 minutes before the activity light goes off on my tower and I can browse the internet normally.

Here's what I did so far:
-ran vunofix , nothing was found so I added the two files that were told to the last person, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\advwmi.dll, and C:\WINDOWS\system32\tmpB3.tmp.dll, then removed them.
-installed AVG antispyware and updated it
-ran hijack this and searched the list for the mentioned items, there were two, then fixed them
-ran AVG antispyware, found 287 infected files, many trojans and downloaders, plus adware, and quarantined them all
-ran combofix and fixed everything
-I also went to pcpitstop and followed a few reccomendations from there such as lowering my disc space for temp internet files from 5,000 mb to 100 mb,
-ran start up lite which cleans up unwanted start-up programs,

and now the pop ups from the darksma downloader seem to be gone but it seems as though there's something new slowing my computer down. Is it safe to have the AVG antispy program and shield on while I have Norton Security Suite 2007 on? I really need some good advice as I do not want to end up buying a new computer. Thanks in advance, -Mark

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 12:32 PM

You should not be following specific instructions provided by an expert who is assisting someone else. Instructions provided to victims in the HJT forum have been posted by a forum staff expert to fix that particular members problems, NOT YOURS. Ignoring this warning and using someone else's fix instructions could lead to serious problems with your operating system.

Please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". You may have performed some of these steps already. If you can't perform a step, then skip and continue with the next. In step #9 there are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log. (This is a self-extracting version which will automatically install HJT in the proper location.)

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

After posting a log you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make may cause confusion for the member assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

The HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.
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