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#1 ozi

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 05:32 PM

Hi Guys
My PC is used by my wife & myself + 2 teenage boys & PC is getting slow & after running clean-up AD-Aware SE, Spybot & House Call , I am left with this [ADW_ICONADS.AA] & PCillin H/Call seems to be unable to remove it & tells me the infected file is [ C:\Windows\system32\nsy8dll ] & I can run Spy bot every day & get ,DUPLEX , DOUBLECLICK , FASTCLICK , TAGASAURAS & CASSAVA .. Any way a nob like me can fix this or do I have to send it away to fix it ? :thumbsup:

Celery 2.66 512 Mb Ram
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AVG , Kerio firewall , Spy bot , AD-AWARE SE [All free versions ]

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 05:49 PM

Check your Add/Remove program and if Tagasaurus is there, uninstall.
Check for any other programs you don't recognize and do a Google search if you don't know what they are.

Install Super Antispyware free. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Remove temporary files, logs, cookies, etc. by using Ccleaner. Do not use "Advanced Settings" or the "Issues" button. Use only the default settings. http://www.ccleaner.com/
During Install you will be offered the Yahoo Toolbar. UNcheck if you don't want it.

How to Start Windows in Safe Mode:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/

Post back with the results of SAS scan.
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 07:52 PM

As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies and some of your security programs will flag them for removal. However, you can minimize this by reading "Blocking & Managing Unwanted Cookies"
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 09:58 PM

Thanks guys .. Are the problems I listed not that bad ?

Mod Edit: To clean up and shorten post~ TMacK

Edited by TMacK, 23 November 2007 - 08:40 PM.


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Posted 21 November 2007 - 10:14 PM

As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies and some of your security programs will flag them for removal. However, you can minimize this by reading "Blocking & Managing Unwanted Cookies"


Sorry about the last post my mouse is going crazy :thumbsup:

Thanks guys for your help :flowers:

And Quietman are you saying these problems not that bad ?

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 10:41 PM

Cookies are text string messages given to a Web browser by a Web server. Whenever you visit a web page or navigate different pages with your browser, the web site generates a unique ID number which your browser stores in a text (cookie) file that is sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from that server. Cookies allow third-party providers such as ad serving networks, spyware or adware providers to track personal information. The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and prepare customized Web pages for them.

Cookies can be categorized as:
Trusted cookies are from sites you trust, use often, and want to be able to identify and personalize content for you.
Nuisance cookies are from those sites you do not recognize or often use but somehow it's put a cookie on your machine.
Bad cookies are those that can be linked to an ad company or something that tracks your movements across the web. They are called "profiling cookies," "persistent cookies," "long term tracking cookies," "third party tracking cookies" or "tracking cookies.

The type of cookie that is a cause for concern are "tracking cookies" because they can be considered a privacy risk. These types of cookies are used to track your Web browsing habits (your movement from site to site). Ad companies use them to record your activity on all sites where they have placed ads. They can keep count of how many times you visited a web page, store your username and password so you don't have to log in and retain your custom settings. When you visit one of these sites, a cookie is placed on your computer. Each time you visit another site that hosts one of their ads, that same cookie is read, and soon they have assembled a list of which of their sites you have visited and which of their ads that you have clicked on. They are used all over the Internet and advertisement companies often plant them whenever your browser loads one of their banners. Cookies are NOT a "threat". As text files they cannot be executed to cause any damage. Cookies do not cause any pop ups nor do they install malware.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:23 AM

http://www.fileresearchcenter.com/T/TAGASAURUS.EXE-7166.html
Summary : Trojan.TagASaurus.Process

Description : Potentially unwanted, simple search engine query client. Installed by other malware without the user's consent. Not recommended.

Trojans are programs that can appear to serve a legitimate purpose but actually have an unwanted or harmful effect.

A large segment of trojan programs download other harmful software components to a user's PC without his/her knowledge.

This application is most likely downloaded and installed by another application that is considered to be adware or spyware.

Company : Unknown

Threat Level : Threat Level : 2
Category : TROJAN

Processes : TAGASAURUS.EXE
TAGASUARUS1.EXE
TAGASUARUS2.EXE
TAGASUARUS3.EXE
TAGASUARUS4.EXE
TAGASUARUS5.EXE
TAGASUARUS6.EXE
TAGASUARUS7.EXE
TAGASUARUS97.EXE
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:01 PM

[quote name='buddy215' date='Nov 22 2007, 09:23 PM' post='668060']
http://www.fileresearchcenter.com/T/TAGASAURUS.EXE-7166.html
Summary : Trojan.TagASaurus.Process

Description : Potentially unwanted, simple search engine query client. Installed by other malware without the user's consent. Not recommended.

Trojans are programs that can appear to serve a legitimate purpose but actually have an unwanted or harmful effect.

A large segment of trojan programs download other harmful software components to a user's PC without his/her knowledge.

This application is most likely downloaded and installed by another application that is considered to be adware or spyware.

Thanks man
But I am mostly worried about my original question [ what is ADW_ ICONADS.AA that housecall cannot remove & h/call says file infected is
C:\Windows\system32\nsy8.dll ?] Is this TAGASAURUS ? & is it giving me the unwanted pop ups ?
I have not had a chance to run the programs in safe mode as you suggested as I am No 4 in line for this PC but will do so in the weekend ..
BTW how do I edit post #4 or can a Mod delete it for me ?
Thanks again
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Edited by ozi, 22 November 2007 - 09:03 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:34 PM

You have a 24 hour window to edit your post. You still have a few minutes.

It is possible that Super Antispyware will remove the malware. You need to do the scans.
There is some info on the web about nsy8.dll. ----possibly this-not-a-virus:AdWare.Beginto.c
I haven't found anything on ADW_ ICONADS.AA.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 06:04 PM

You have a 24 hour window to edit your post. You still have a few minutes.

It is possible that Super Antispyware will remove the malware. You need to do the scans.
There is some info on the web about nsy8.dll. ----possibly this-not-a-virus:AdWare.Beginto.c
I haven't found anything on ADW_ ICONADS.AA.


Thanks Buddy for all your help & links .. And I tried to edit post#4 but could not find a delete button or any way to fix it .. BTW did I mention I am a noob with PC's ? :thumbsup: LOL

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:06 PM

Noobs get the same attention or more as everyone else. We were all noobs once.

Instructions for using Super Antispyware:
Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.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 and unzip them from here.)
Under "General and Startup", make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
Under "Configuration and Preferences", click the Preferences button.
Click the Scanning Control tab.
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
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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 SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan.
Click "Next" to start the scan. Please be patient while it scans your computer.
After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it 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.
If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes".
To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
Click Close to exit the program and reboot normally.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:30 PM

Thanks Buddy , you sure make it easy for me . & while I consider myself a noob I am a lot more comfortable with my PC thanks to help from " buddy's " like you. I will let you know the results of my scan.
Cheers Ozi

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 08:12 AM

OK scan done [took over 6 hrs ] & it found 26 items & this is the log

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 11/24/2007 at 05:19 PM

Application Version : 3.9.1008

Core Rules Database Version : 3348
Trace Rules Database Version: 1349

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 06:13:39

Memory items scanned : 173
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6555
Registry threats detected : 11
File items scanned : 76135
File threats detected : 15

Unclassified.Unknown Origin
HKLM\Software\Classes\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478a-8536-526CF371D2E2}
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}\InprocServer32
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}\InprocServer32#ThreadingModel
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}\ProgID
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}\Programmable
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}\TypeLib
HKCR\CLSID\{9C8A568E-4201-478A-8536-526CF371D2E2}\VersionIndependentProgID
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\NSYB.DLL
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{9C8A568E-4201-478a-8536-526CF371D2E2}

Adware.MyWebSearch
HKU\S-1-5-21-57989841-1637723038-725345543-1004\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser#{07B18EA9-A523-4961-B6BB-170DE4475CCA}

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@doubleclick[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@www.googleadservices[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@eas.apm.emediate[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@atdmt[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@www.googleadservices[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@serving-sys[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@overture[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@bs.serving-sys[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@richmedia.yahoo[1].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@imrworldwide[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@server.cpmstar[2].txt
C:\Documents and Settings\Wayne\Cookies\wayne@richmedia.yahoo[2].txt

Adware.AdRotator/AdsSite
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ADSSITE-REMOVE.EXE

Adware.AdRotator/RightOnz
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\RIGHTONADZ-UNINST.EXE

Many thanks Ozi

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 08:34 AM

If your not having any more problems, you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recent Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "OK".
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click "Clean Up" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 10:16 AM

Is [ADW_ICONADS.AA] or tagasaurus still showing up in your other scans?

Some of what SAS found and removed were cookies that advertisers install on your computer. You can
block the "third party cookies" by following the simple directions in the link below. Once you have blocked
the cookies you will need to remove the existing ones by running SAS, AdAware or use the program Ccleaner.

Remove temporary files, logs, cookies, etc. by using Ccleaner. Do not use "Advanced Settings" or the "Issues" button. Use only the default settings. http://www.ccleaner.com/
During the install of Ccleaner you will be offered the Yahoo Toolbar. Be sure to UNcheck if not wanted.
Use Ccleaner on each account on your computer.

Edited by buddy215, 24 November 2007 - 10:18 AM.

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