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Warning! Spyware Threat Has Been Detected On Your Pc (and Additional Errors)


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#1 krissytjnp

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 03:00 AM

First of all, if this is in the wrong place, I'm so sorry!

Tonight I came to my computer(windows xp) to a new desktop saying;

"Warning! Spyware threat has been detected on your PC.

Your computer has several fatal errors due to spyware activity.

Your IP address is ##.##.##.### and via this address an unautorized access was gained by another computer. It is strongly recommended to install an antispyware software to close all security vulnerabilities."

I noticed it is actually a website put on my desktop, because I'll go change it, and it comes right back.

Also I get popups asking me to download an antispyware program(I can't remember the name but it will probably popup soon again).

I also get little warnings up from my start bar...

"Your security and privacy are at risk" (it went down before I could get it all typed!)
"Your computer is working slowly!" - and asks me to download something.
and others.

Oh and when I open my internet explorer, it has a different home page, but I checked and it still says "About:Blank" like I had it. It says;

"Possible spyware infection has been detected.



Click here to scan your PC for spyware, adware, trojans and viruses and remove them

from your computer. Full system scan is highly recommended by Windows Security Center.



Spyware is a software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information,

or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent

first. Spyware send gathered information to its creators through your Internet connection. Gathered

information can be passwords, credit card numbers, e-mail addresses and all that data, which is important

for you. Click here to protect your computer against spyware...




Click here to scan your computer and remove all threats...

Scan process will take less than 5 minutes."

And when I visit any webpage, it sends me to another usually within seconds.


Last but not least, it brings me to a security center every once in a while showing a threat, but its not the xp security center.

I've ran avg antispyware, it found a little over 90 errors. I chose delete, and the problems are still there. So I then downloaded adaware, same thing.

Any ideas on what I can do? Sorry if this was confusing, and in the wrong forum, I am just trying to get this posted quick before it sends me to another page.

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:25 AM

Hi. I had the same thing happen last night. I followed the directions listed at this site on removing malware. Everything says my computer is now virus free but my system alert warning constantly flashes and the pop up to download the spyware program keeps popping up. Are you having that problem too? Hope there's someone out there that can help us!

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:38 AM

If your using Win XP or 2000, please print out and follow the generic instructions for using SmitfraudFix in BC's self-help tutorial "How to remove the Smitfraud/Generic Zlob".
(scroll down to where it says Removal Instructions)
If you have downloaded SmitfraudFix previously please delete that version and download it again as the tool is frequently updated!

Next, download RogueRemover and save to you Desktop. (This program is for Win XP, 2000, NT only)
  • Double-click on rr-free-setup.exe to install in C:\Program Files\RogueRemover.
  • During the installation an icon will automatically be created on your Desktop.
  • Double-click on the RogueRemover icon to launch the program and select Check for Updates.
  • If prompted, click Download to receive the latest updates.
  • When completed, close the update window.
  • Select "Scan" and the program will walk you through the remaining steps.
Then download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSpyware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting"Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and unzip into the program's folder.)
  • Reboot in "SAFE MODE using the F8 method and launch SUPERAntispyware.
  • In the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • There are three scanning options. Choose "Perform Complete Scan" and click "Next".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure they all have a checkmark next to them and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • Select close to exit the program and reboot normally.
Post back if you are still having problems afterwards.

pamela127 if you continue to have problems, please start your own thread to avoid confusion.
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Posted 23 September 2007 - 06:30 AM

Okay, I did everything you told me to do, and it worked on the IE, my default home page is back... And its also not sending me to that webpage it kept sending me to.

Though I'm still getting the little popup warnings, and the desktop keeps changing back to that warning web page... anything else I can do?

I did it all step by step.. and didn't miss a step. Should I re-do it all again?

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 07:38 AM

There may be some new malware files that the tool does not yet detect. They will have to be identified by other means.

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.)

If HijackThis will not run, try renaming it. Open the HijackThis Folder, right-click on the HijackThis.exe file and rename it Scanner.exe. Double-click on Scanner.exe (which is still HijackThis) and then run your scan. If needed, change the .exe to something else such as .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr. Example: Scanner.bat or Scanner.com

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal 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. After doing this, we would appreciate if you post a link to your log back here so we know that your getting help from the HJT Team.

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 "bump" your post or 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?".
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