I have a group of adware on my computer. I'm not sure which one is the culprit though. I keep getting messages saying that I'm infected with spyware (which are fake I believe), and want me to download anti-spyware products. There are I think 3 different messages that appear, and they seem to dissapear before I can copy them down or remember them. Also, it changes my desktop backround to say:
Warning: Spyware threat has been detected on your PC.
Your computer has several fatal errors due to Spyware activity.
It is strongly recommended to install an antispyware software to close all security vulnerbilities.
Antispyware software helps protect your PC against spyware and other security threats.
CLICK HERE TO SCAN YOUR PC FOR SPYWARE...
Also, at times there's a popup that shows two spyware products. I think this also appears if you click on the other warnings (not sure though). Here's the link to it: http://winsecuritysolutions.com/?aid=.
Here and there, a window pops up (supposedly from Windows Security Center) saying that the computer is infected with TrojanDownloader. Weird thing is that it asks to install antispyware, and other things about spyware. This is the biggest hint that it is a fake message. The are two other messages (the box is mainly red) that show a type of spyware that's supposedly infected infected my computer (which I think is fake also).
I'm running an XP Service Pack 2. My security is Nortan Internet Security (which my subscription has expired). I also have McAfee on my computer, but it doesn't really do much, and is amlost always in the hide part of my system tray. I've scanned with Panda Software's ActiveScan 2.0 (paid version), and I've scanned with Ad-aware numerious times. Ad-aware doesn't seem to detect the program or sttempts to delete it, yet it does nothing. Panda's scan has detected numerious adware programs, but can not disinfect them because they're in the regristry (except for one, but it keeps coming back). I've also tried a Webhancer removal tool from Symantec, but it didn't do anything.
Now, earlier today, I've been able with the help of a friend to get on to an Admin account, locate the adware in the regristry, and deleted them. Unfortunately, they seemed to be there on my computer when I logged back on my normal account.
Edited by Strenghofone, 04 May 2008 - 05:08 PM.