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#1 chayisun

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:32 AM

I apologize for the length of my post but I have tried to explain my problem..Here goes...

I had something called "VIRUS PROTECT ANTI SPYWARE program on my computer.

It basically took over and it wouldn't delete, go away...I tried everything..Even sacrificied a chicken...Still wouldn't be gone. Also, it told me I had 96 problems.

It took over my home page and I kept getting a message that Yahoo had blocked an attempt by another program to change my default settings.

Well, I have an exceptionaly good anti spyware program, which I ran and it found 2 spyware...Ran AntiVirus program..It found 6 viruses, which I deleted.

Still, had a problem so I ran, as quickly as I could, to this site, accessed "Popup and other malware infecting your computer?" followed the instructions given by Grinler.....And....I AM SAVED!!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!! :huh:


Yes...Got rid of everything!!!! Well, except for one small detail.... :trumpet:

See, on the tool bar is an icon that looks like a small shield with an X on it and it keeps blinking at me....Driving me to drink. :huh:

Every once in a while it comes up with the following message:

"SYSTEM ALERT:
System has detected a number of active spyware applications that MAY impact the performance of your computer.
Click the Icon to get rid of unwanted spyware by downloading an up to date antispyware solution."


Tried right clicking on it to remove it and it suddenly creates a blank page on my screen....I just go to the "X" on top of page, remove it and continue on...The only thing is this blinking icon and the message that keeps popping up....

Any ideas on how to get rid of this blnking icon...There it is again!!! :thumbsup: It mocks me.... :inlove:

Thanks for any help.....There it is again.... :flowers: .

By the way, the VIRUS PROTECT ANTI-SPYWARE program is from a company in Latvia...Latvia...???

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:43 AM

If your using Win XP or 2000, Please print out and follow the generic instructions for using "SmitfraudFix".
If you have downloaded SmitfraudFix previously, please delete that version and download it again as the tool is frequently updated!
-- If the tool fails to launch from the Desktop, please move smitfraudFix.exe to the root of the system drive (usually C:\), and run it from there.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. DO NOT use yet.
Please download and install SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • 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 them from here and unzip into the program's folder.)
  • Under the "Configuration and Preferences", click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and 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.
  • Do not run a scan just 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".

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

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 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 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" and reboot normally.
  • 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.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 07:18 PM

Thank you for the quick reply. I'm going to give this a shot and will hope for the best...What a great site to get computer help! :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:53 PM

Post back if you continue to have problems.
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 02:03 PM

Mr. Quietman7.......Can I post back to tell you EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES???

Well, not actually, but nothing's flashing, the Program you told me to use, SUPER anti-spyware, located lots of errors and stuff...And I followed your orders...I'm good at that..Well, My Wife doesn't think so...And all seems to be peaceful within the computer....

Thank you for your help.....Much appreciated... :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:33 PM

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, 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 recently created 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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