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Rogue Anti-spyware

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#1 awestruck


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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:44 AM

I am reasonably sure I have removed the rogue program antispycheck 2.1 from a neighbours computer. I used the advice on bleeping computers (many thanks).
I deleted all relevant folders, files and registry entries and used HJT to remove a few relevant odds and ends.
I stopped aspch from running at start up. I uninstalled antispycheck 2.1 using Add/Remove programs.
I ran another registry cleanup to make sure no references remained.
I also removed 12 Downloader.Zlobs and a quantity of spies.
Re-running anti virus and anti spy programs shows the computer is now clean.

However, I am unable to remove the live link to the antispycheck website which lives in the Windows XP notification area.
It is a shield just like the Windows security shield, it flashes alternately from red to blue to red to blue.
Making sure I was off-line I clicked the shield to see what URL it was linked to. This was antispychecker.com/?aid=1012
Something is also resetting the Windows automatic update to 'off'.

At regular intervals of about a minute the shield throws out one of two false warning balloons.
The yellow triangle in the balloons looks quite genuine but the System alert asks you to either download antispyware or download a tool for removing malware.
I would be grateful for advice on stopping this little blighter from operating.



Edited by awestruck, 11 September 2008 - 09:46 AM.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 11:43 AM

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're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.
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