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Infection Posing As Anti-infection?

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#1 rdavid


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Posted 30 March 2008 - 09:50 PM

My recently purchased laptop seems to have become infected during a recent surfing session. I was running Norton 360 and thought I was protected. Suddenly I started getting frantic pop-up messages indicating that my computer was under attack. The desktop background was taken over as well. Now, no matter how many times I reboot, the desktop displays this message in large type in the center of the screen:

Warning: Spyware threat has been detected on your PC
Your computer has several fatal errors due to spyware activity
It is strongly recommended ...etc.


If I click, I am taken to a site where they want to sell me PC-Antispyware or PC-CLeaner, which, for all I know are legitimate products (except for the protection racket marketing style).

I have run SUPERAntispyware, AdAware, Spybot and Microsoft's onecare.live.com, some multiple times, and I always find more malicious or suspicious "issues." SUPERAntispyware and Spybot programs have either been able to delete or quarantine the suspicious code; AdAware and onecare.live have found but not always been able to eliminate problems.

What should I do next.

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#2 Orange Blossom

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:16 PM

Hello rdavid and welcome to BC :flowers:

I see that you have an HJT log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/139287/hijacked-desktop-cannot-clean/ Since you have posted this log, DO NOT make any further changes to your computer: deleting files, editing the registry, using special fix tools, installing or uninstalling software etc. as this will make it more difficult for the HJT team to help you.

Please be patient as the HJT team is EXTREMELY busy. DO NOT bump your log as the team may think that someone is already helping you. If you have not had a response in ten days, add a response to the five days no response topic and paste in the link to your thread.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this thread. Good luck with your log.

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