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Incessant Ads for Spyware and Windows Antivirus 2009

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#1 psiphidoc


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Posted 11 October 2008 - 04:27 PM

Starting yesterday, I have been bombarded by incessant pop-ups trying to get me to go to Windows Antivirus 2009, XP online spyware test, and a variety of security alerts showing up in my taskbar and as pop-ups. They've redirected my homepage to "http://homepageonweb.com/security/xp/" no matter how many times I rewrite into the home page field in Internet Options. I have run a full updated Avast viral scan and a new download of Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, but cannot get the very real appearing XP Spyware Ads and alerts to stop. I can't tell what level of infestation this is. I am running Windows XP with the recent Service Pack 3 update on an Avefernceeratec Laptop with Avast viral protection (and daily updates).

Any suggestions and references appreciated.

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#2 Miche2Cor517


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Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:27 PM

I'm a new forum user too ... i'm just looking around for other unfortunate souls as i am waiting for my BC Advisor to respond to my latest post.

Anyway, sounds like a trojan similar to mine and several others i have researched since last week when my computer went nuts.

I lucked out with posting here and an Advisor has been walking me throught step-by-step malware/spyware removal tools and downloads
Please feel free to look at my thread and see what advice they have been giving me.....very helpful so far.....


good luck

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 10:25 PM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • 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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#4 psiphidoc

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 12:15 AM

Thanks for the help.
After my post, I ran Spybot Search & Destroy, and that got me >95% well again. Had 1 lingering false security alert and pop-up for AntiVirus Lab 2009.
Searching around this site led me to MaleWareByte's reference and that found the last of the straggling entries for the Zlob trojan that was having it's way with me and now I'm smooth sailing.
Thanks again.

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