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Having Trouble Removing Antispycheck And Associated Malware

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#1 Kovi


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Posted 05 August 2008 - 04:29 AM

A (Completely inexperienced :inlove: :huh: :huh: B) ) friend of mine used my PC (and Internet Explorer :trumpet: )for a couple of minutes to look at some recipes and voila! I come back and my PC is infected with a Zlob trojan and assorted spyware. I ran a scan with Windows Defender, which removed the trojan, but the adware/spyware is still on my PC. There is a new icon on my system tray which has 2 little animated icons flashing intermittently. One is a blue question mark and the other is a red x. Intermittent 'system notification' baloons pop up 'warning' me that my PC is unsafe and has spyware. This is actually the spyware masquerading as a genuine program.

Had a quick look in Task Manager, and tried to kill off wcs.exe and wcm.exe which are found in C:\Program Files\Applications\wcs.exe, but no luck - the processes restarted.

I think the spyware is messing around with my internet, and Internet Explorer has been hijacked - there are popups, my home page has changed, etc. Thank God I normally use Firefox! :thumbsup:

I need help to get rid of this stuff. Greatly appreciated, thanks! First post on Bleeping Computer!! :flowers:

(I can post my Hijack This log when asked for it)

Screenshot of infected Internet Explorer available below:

Edited by Kovi, 05 August 2008 - 04:32 AM.

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 12:21 PM

Welcome to BC Kovi

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
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  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
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  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
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  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
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