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#1 sherryshaffer


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Posted 05 May 2005 - 04:20 PM

Spybot Search and Destroy has identified 4 MiniBug entries on my computer for removal. The threats could not be fixed (removed) because the associated files are still in use (in memory). What do I do to take care of them? I have Windows XP Home.

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#2 Herk


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Posted 05 May 2005 - 05:40 PM

Usually, if Spybot cannot delete something, you can restart your computer in Safe Mode by pressing the F8 key after the beep as it starts up. It may look a little funny as your video drivers won't be loaded. Once in Safe Mode, you should be able to run Spybot again and delete the offending entries.

I think this is a variant of Weather Bug and you can also check your Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel to see if either MiniBug or Weatherbug are in there and try to remove them.

If this doesn't work, you may want to post a log in the HijackThis! forum. Read the pinned post about "How to submit a Hijackthis log".

And feel free to ask more questions. This is probably something you installed yourself, whether intentionally or inadvertantly. It puts a small weather-reporting tool in your taskbar, and it's adware-supported, which is why Spybot caught it.

#3 caterbro


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Posted 05 May 2005 - 05:46 PM

SB classifies Minibug as borderline software and sometimes will not remove it by default.

delete the %Program Files\AWS folder if it's there, remove Minibug if it is present in your Add/Remove programs, and don't worry about it too much.

remeber that Spybot often will not remove a directory, even if it removes the bad programs in it, and sometimes it's okay to have traces of a program in your registry- as long as the actual program is gone, they might be harmless.

cut and paste the stuff SB is finding in this thread if you like, and I can tell you instantly whether or not you should worry.
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