Using any P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing program is a security risk
. Even if you use a spyware-free P2P application, you still have to contend with the possibility of downloading malicious files from unknown sources and infecting your system. P2P networks have infected files on them and many have malware bundled with their software. Using P2P software makes you susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections
, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information. Read more about "P2P Security Risks
To reduce the risk of infection and keep your system clean, I recommend that you remove all such programs. If you need assistance with this and need to post a hijackthis log, 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,
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?