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Bolivar & TinyProxy


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#1 Jaw1959

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 12:51 PM

I was infected with Bolivar so found a posting on this site from Nov29 between Working and boopme. I began following the instructions and got as far as installing Malwarebytes and running it. It detected everything and I selected to delete everything. There were two things slated to be deleted on the next reboot so I rebooted immediately. The next instructions were to re-run the scan. I did and two things were found. I selected to delete them and at that point the dialog box came indicating the deleting was beginning but no progress was made and nothing happened. I walked away for a while (maybe 30 minutes) and when I came back it was still in the same state. At that point, I closed Malwarebytes with the intention of trying to run it again. Now I can't seem to run anything. I can't bring up any programs. I get the hourglass, then it just disappears. I can't even bring up My Computer. I believe I have a corrupt registry. Can you help? Thanks.

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 03:12 PM

Hello let's give this a shot. ...IS this XP or Vista???
Can we get to safe mode?
Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".

Then try do a system restore or last known good configuration. Then run MBam.

If it's XP they could try stopping the services in Recovery Console..if it's installed. How to install and use the Windows XP Recovery Console

Booting from your Windows CD and doing arepair install,then clean the Malware.

An Advanced option to boot is a PE Boot CD, Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 04:26 PM

Thanks, I restored from a recovery point and started the whole process again. It all worked great. Malwarebytes is the best software of its kind I've used. It really worked. I'm so glad to have found it. Anyway, I had trouble accessing the net until I realized that my LAN setting was set to use a proxy server. Once I fixed that, everything went back to normal and I was able to update definitions in MBam and SUPERAntiSpyware and now my system appears clean. THANKS.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 12:06 AM

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:
• "Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".
• "How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!".
• "Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2".
• "IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings" - "How to Secure Your Web Browser".

• Avoid gaming sites, underground web pages, pirated software, crack sites, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.
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