I was trying to find a windows XP geniune update crack
The practice of using crack or keygen tools is not only considered illegal activity but it is a serious security risk
Cracking applications are used for illegally breaking (cracking) various copy-protection and registration techniques used in commercial software. These programs may be distributed via Web sites, Usenet, and P2P networks.
University of Washington spyware study
...the University of Washington study on spyware...warez/piracy sites ranked the highest in downloading spyware...just opening the web page usually sets off an exploit, never mind actually downloading anything. And by the time the malware is finished downloading, often the machine is trashed and rendered useless.
If you use those kind of programs, be forewarned
that some of the worst types of malware infections can be contracted and spread by visiting crack, keygen, warez and other pirated software sites
. In many cases, these sites are infested with a smörgåsbord of malware
. Those who attempt to get software for free can end up with a computer system so badly damaged that recovery is not possible and it cannot be repaired
. When that happens there is nothing you can do besides reformatting and reinstalling the OS.
The only thing I know is that Combofix (9-28-08 ver) says I have a rootkit
Please note the message text in blue
at the top of this forum.
You should not be using Combofix
unless instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert
", NOT for private use
. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.
Please read Combofix's Disclaimer
Some infections are difficult to remove completely because of their morphing characteristics which allows the malware to regenerate itself. Sometimes there is a hidden piece of malware which has not been detected that protects files (which have been detected) and registry keys so they cannot be permanently deleted. Disinfection will probably require the use of more powerful tools than we recommend in this forum
. Before that can be done you will need you to create and post a RIST/HijackThis log for further investigation.
Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log
". If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next. In Step 6
there are instructions for downloading and running Random's System Information Tool (RSIT)
which will create a hijackthis log
as part of its log.
When you have done that, post your log
in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal
forum, NOT here
, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.
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