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#1 pottsman007

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 09:14 AM

Spyware message covers my desktop completely and the background is behind it. Windows warning icon says " warning no spyware found", but I have adaware/spybot installed. I've tried using adware 6.0/spybot, but both will not open. Uninstalled both, re-installed and still will not open it. I have used my Mcaffe virusscan to delete any virus. I'm certain I received a virus through music file downloading because it happened after downloading some songs.
I've tried using restore points to go back before it happened around Thursday, but system message states restore incomplete. Maybe next thing is to create restore point??? Help, Frustrated Texan!

Edited by pottsman007, 03 May 2005 - 10:16 AM.


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Posted 03 May 2005 - 01:45 PM

Too late to create a restore point if you already have a problem, but what you can do is utilize other anti-malware apps.

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions
Zone Alarm: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Anti-malware freeware

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx


Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans:

Panda Activescan (IE only)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx


Start Menu Program Control:

StartUpMonitor: http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml
(this one will allow you to monitor the startup program by program as they load so you can determine which program holds the malware)

The Microsoft Beta has been especially effective if you have Win 2K or XP.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 07:52 PM

Hello, Along with the items listed by Enthusiast there is one other that may be of some help." HighJackThis"
A free utility, places to download and have the log that is created by this utility read and suggestions on what is safe to remove.
http://tomcoyote.com/hit
http://hjt.iamnotageek.com
Before running this item read the instuctions.
Take Care.
beamish.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 08:55 PM

Is that the big black screen one that covers the entire screen? That's a piece of work. If it is, check out the tiny line at the top of your screen. Put your mouse cursor there and right-click and choose "properties." Then click on the "Desktop" tab and then the "Web" tab. Remove all entries you find except "My Current Home Page." That should at least give you your desktop back until you can get the spyware figured out.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 10:56 PM

pottsman007,

Do Not try to use HijackThis by yourself, unless you have been trained to do so.
If not used correctly, you could do more harm than good.
This is something that should be left to the experts.
Post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum to be examined.
They will walk you through what is, and isn't, safe to remove.
Here's directions How to submit a Hijackthis Log.

Edited by tg1911, 03 May 2005 - 11:03 PM.

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