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#1 rfearo

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:15 AM

Hi all,



A few weeks ago I had my first rather vicious virus attack and infestation. I received quite a bit of help from folks in this forum and just want to say thanks! You guys are great! I have been running SAS, Malwarebytes, and AVG Free, and for the last week have been completely clean. I thought the worst was past until last night, when surfing the web looking for an old episode of a t.v. program I had problems again. Went to a site and all of a sudden started getting all sorts of messages saying that my system was infected and needed to be cleaned immediately! I could not get the messages off the screen nor shut down Firefox so I had to pull the plug, which I hate to do but had no other choice. Not sure if it was a legitimate windows warning or what. Anyway, ran all my tools agian and came back clean. Then I decided to install Avira free version and it found and quarantined quite a few trojans. My question/comncern is: Do I have some heavily imbedded stuff in my system? What should I do? Should I run a Hijack report and post it in the appropriate spot? Never done it before, but I think I might need some serious help. However, if there is an easier solution I don't want to tie up the hijack techs if I don't have to. Any help would be appreciated.

By the way, I have Windows XP media addition if that helps any.

Thanks for all the past help and any future assistance.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:30 AM

Never trust that kind of banners from Internet sites, they have nothing to do with your computer.
Think about this: everyone who accesses that web site is going to see the same web page as you, so it would mean that every computer on the internet is infected!! It makes no sense.
They only want you to download a program that is supposed to clean your system, but actually does just the opposite ... it will install spyware or any kind of malware.

If you really think you are infected, run a full scan with a reliable antivirus or anti-spyware tool.
In your case I would download Spybot search & destroy

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:21 AM

I was actually advised to remove SpyBot my first time around with this, as it is a bogus tool. Some people actually consider it spyware. There are some posts about it here. I have also read the same thing on a few other sites.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:37 AM

Anyone else have any advice?

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 03:18 PM

I was actually advised to remove SpyBot my first time around with this, as it is a bogus tool.


Hello rfearo,

That depends on which one. There are plenty of rogue applications out there that use names similar to Spybot Search and Destroy. The real Spybot Search and Destroy which is not a bogus tool can be found here: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html That said, it is not as effective these days in identifying and removing malware and spyware.

I see that you have an HJT log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/196962/still-possibly-infected-by-trojan-vundo/

We do not allow more than one topic for the same computer and the same issue as this causes confusion, and in this case may make the disinfection process more difficult.

This leaves you with a choice:

1) Have this thread reopened and the HiJack This log topic deleted

OR

2) Keep this thread closed and wait for assistance in the HiJack This log forum. Please note that that forum is VERY busy.

Please send a Private Message indicating your choice.

Assuming you wish assistance in the HiJack This forum, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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