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Delete C\progra~1\mywebs~1\bar\1.bin\m3plugin.dll

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:14 AM

Dear Hijack this people. Could you help me please ?

I have a PC and am running windows XP System 32 bit. This has recently become infected with 5 different strains of the very aggressive Pop up ZLOB Trojans which of course includes the wish for them to force you to download and purchase crap such as Antivirus 2008 which I didn’t do because it was an obvious con and I am IT savvy (to a point), But because they did not knock me off the net connection I was able to educate myself on what to do about this and have successfully downloaded, Free AVG 8.0, Spybot search and destroy, Ad- aware and Micro Windows Defender, and Norton . These have all loaded ok and I ran the full scans on all of them starting with Defender, then AD –Aware twice, and then Spybot, all were of great use, and I have cleared all Trojans and other virus from my PC.

However at an earlier date I had downloaded the toolbar MY WEB SEARCH. Upon more research on the web I have found this is Malware too. I had long since deleted this and took it out of the “Add or remove programs area”.
Obviously this has not been enough and since running the scans, although my PC is running at optimum performance, now, everytime I boot up I get the message box Programs could not find or missing file. C\PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\1.bin\M3PLUGIN.DLL
I know that this is not running anything and that this , I think, is not such an interfering problem such as Trojans are, however I would like to rid myself of all path traces and everything associated with it. After further research on the net (looking in the right places) I have realised that action on this could really screw up my PC. So far , all in normal mode only, I have found the areas needed to be looked at by putting / Services.msc / Regedit / cmd.exe / MSCONFIG / and system into “Run” and unchecked boxes only pertaining to My web search files,(which I found) I have not found any .Win files or deleted anything I don’t know , yet, and these operations have had no positive effect. I have done this in Full selective mode but don’t have the original XP front end driver files CD or floppy.

The reason I mention this is because I have read your article about (tutorial 61) rebooting in safe mode making the work and then possible problems rebooting to normal or full selective mode again. I am not clear whether this work MUST be undertaken to have any effect only in safe mode, Should I take the chance. And if this would solve the problem without using your Hijack this software (of which I have, thank you, but have not used yet as per your page instructions) and if I use it should it or can it be opened and used in “safe mode” or normal mode to have any effect.
I really hope I haven’t confused you, but this seems to be a global software problem for a lot of people, I you require any more info from me, please feel free to ask via my Email address. At this time I’m eager to solve the problem but think it best to wait for you professional advice.

Thank you again
Andrew Brophy
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 01:31 PM

MyWebSearch and MyWay are Internet Explorer toolbars often bundled with "free software" offered by third party software vendors. Some anti-virus and security programs detect/remove the toolbar and related files as Adware or a malware threat. You can read more about it here. MyWebSearch and MyWay were pre-installed on new Dell computers starting in November 2004. Read here.

Dell had a link to "What is the Dell MyWay Home Page?" but it is now redirected to this page which has a link to The "Dell My Way" Home Page. Dell now uses the "Dell Search Assistant" where they address many of the same concerns previously addressed in the redirected link.

If you are using a Dell Computer, please follow Dell's "My Way Search Assistant removal instructions".

The more immediate and serious issue of concern is the infection causing pop ups and prompted you to purchase bogus rogue software apps like Antivirus XP.

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.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
  • Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • 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.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • 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.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you have another security program like Spybot S&D, it may alert you that changes have been made. If you get such an alert, permit the program to allow the changes.
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