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Internet explorer runs at CPU up to 50% and freezes machine


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#1 rdthomas_61

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:01 AM

I was getting a few minutes when I could use my computer, but now Internet explorer starts up, without me asking it to, and runs continuously at 15 to 50 CPU and freezes everything. I can only reboot the machine by turning it off using the on-off button. Sometimes it will not reboot totally before it freezes. It gets worst each time. I am running Windows XP on a Toshiba Tecra with Panda security. A couple of times, just before it froze, I was using Firefox to search Google for a topic. when I clicked on the reference I wanted it took me to a completely different page. It was hijacked. The Panda security seems to be damaged as well. It looks normal but when I open the program it tells me that various components are not running and it needs to reboot. The reboot does nothing to improve the situation. Is there anything I can do before I wipe the C:\ clean and reinstall everything? It is all backed up and I have a partitioned hard drive. I also tried running dds.scr but it will not run - it gets read by notepad and does not execute.

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:18 PM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.34) and save it to your desktop.
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If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with disinfection. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes. Click this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled.

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not run, try renaming it and changing the file extension.
  • Open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files.
  • Right-click on the mbam.exe file, rename it to myscan and change the .exe extension to .scr, .com, .pif, or .bat.
  • Double-click on myscan.scr (or whatever extension you renamed it) to launch the program and perform a Quick scan in normal mode.
If using Windows Vista, refer to How to Change a File Extension in Windows Vista.
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 04:22 PM

In case you are wondering, I am still trying to get it to run. I have downloaded the mbam-setup and after it froze and I rebooted several times, I got it to install by changing its name, and then it froze again. It has been freezing every time I try to get it to run, so I am trying to rename it and other things, but it never gets anywhere. I will keep trying.

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:56 PM

If you cannot use or complete a scan in normal mode, then try performing a Quick Scan in "Safe Mode".

Scanning with MBAM in safe or normal mode will work but removal functions are not as powerful in safe mode. In fact, it loses some effectiveness for detection & removal when used in safe mode because the program includes a special driver which does not work in safe mode. However if you cannot complete a scan in normal mode, then give safe mode a try. After reboot, click the Logs tab and copy/paste the contents of the new report in your next reply.
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:10 PM

I think I got it - Trojan.BHO. I had to change mbam.exe to mbam.bat to get it to work and at first the computer would freeze before it completed it scan. But by this point I knew it had picked up 8 infections in the registry and one in user files and nothing much for the next ten minutes before it froze. So I aborted the scan after 5 minutes and had it fix what it knew about and then rebooted as directed. I then rescanned all of C:\ and rebooted as directed. Now I am scanning C:\ and D:\ and that should cover everything. When it has finished I will send you all the logs.

Thanks for your help

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:15 PM

By the way, I did try running it in safe mode at one point, but could not get it to start.

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:48 PM

The log files follow:

Log 1 at 5:50 pm:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1749
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/24/2009 17:50:35
mbam-log-2009-03-24 (17-50-35).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 30532
Time elapsed: 42 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Log 2 at 8:18 pm

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1893
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/24/2009 20:18:01
mbam-log-2009-03-24 (20-17-54).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 45402
Time elapsed: 9 minute(s), 6 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 8
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ieocxapp.ieocx (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ieocxapp.ieocx.1 (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{4b66e1df-4de3-4cda-83b5-11673eadab0b} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{9692be2f-eb8f-49d9-a11c-c24c1ef734d5} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{96ad72e4-2e2b-4ffc-a5bb-279c2714af12} (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{a54dc52d-7aad-4d40-a126-337211631edc} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{96ad72e4-2e2b-4ffc-a5bb-279c2714af12} (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{96ad72e4-2e2b-4ffc-a5bb-279c2714af12} (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Roger Thomas\Local Settings\Temp\UACfbc9.tmp (Rootkit.TDSS) -> No action taken.


Log 3 at 8:18 pm

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1893
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/24/2009 20:18:23
mbam-log-2009-03-24 (20-18-23).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 45402
Time elapsed: 9 minute(s), 6 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 8
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ieocxapp.ieocx (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ieocxapp.ieocx.1 (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{4b66e1df-4de3-4cda-83b5-11673eadab0b} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{9692be2f-eb8f-49d9-a11c-c24c1ef734d5} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{96ad72e4-2e2b-4ffc-a5bb-279c2714af12} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{a54dc52d-7aad-4d40-a126-337211631edc} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{96ad72e4-2e2b-4ffc-a5bb-279c2714af12} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{96ad72e4-2e2b-4ffc-a5bb-279c2714af12} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Roger Thomas\Local Settings\Temp\UACfbc9.tmp (Rootkit.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.


Log 4 at 8:51 pm

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1893
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/24/2009 20:50:52
mbam-log-2009-03-24 (20-50-52).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 184940
Time elapsed: 29 minute(s), 3 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 3
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 23

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\WinPC Defender (Rogue.WinPCDefender) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\UAC (Rootkit.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load\scui.cpl (Hijack.SecurityCenter) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load\wscui.cpl (Hijack.SecurityCenter) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\UpdatesDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACavvjwnqi.dll (Rootkit.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACggrknawu.dll (Rootkit.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UAChwukucuo.dll (Trojan.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACntthbtqa.dll (Trojan.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACpyvmhaww.dll (Trojan.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\UACfdxjkdpu.sys (Rootkit.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UAC5c7.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACbe10.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACc4c7.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACc870.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACcd62.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACce0e.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACd244.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACd3ab.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACd82f.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACe1a5.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACe6a6.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACeca2.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\UACfaea.tmp (Trojan.TDSS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\uacinit.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACjuvwiqpi.log (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACnyfxsrhd.dat (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UACujfwxwcu.dat (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.


Log 5 (final) at 9:37 pm

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1893
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/24/2009 21:37:46
mbam-log-2009-03-24 (21-37-46).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 197575
Time elapsed: 34 minute(s), 46 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)


Many thanks again for your help.

While I was doing this, between the many reboots, I was thinking that a good way to circumvent and search for these viruses would be to boot in DOS mode. the only antivirus I found to do this was from Kaspersky and I was wondering if anyone had used it. I was about to try that next, but Malwarebytes seems to have done the job. When I recollect the sequence of what happened when I got this virus, Panda did find it but was killed by it at about the same time.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:53 AM

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. DO NOT use yet.
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Please download and install SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)
  • In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and under Scanner Options, make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
  • Do not run a scan just yet.
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".

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

Scan with SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
  • Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan and click "Next".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.
If you cannot boot into safe mode, then perform your scans in normal mode.

IMPORTANT NOTE: One or more of the identified infections (UAC[random characters].***) was related to a backdoor Trojan and a nasty variant of the TDSSSERV rootkit. Rootkits, backdoor Trojans, Botnets, and IRCBots are very dangerous because they compromise system integrity by making changes that allow it to by used by the attacker for malicious purposes. Many rootkits can hook into the Windows 32-bit kernel, and patch several APIs to hide new registry keys and files they install. Remote attackers use backdoors as a means of accessing and taking control of a computer that bypasses security mechanisms. This type of exploit allows them to steal sensitive information like passwords, personal and financial data which is send back to the hacker. To learn more about these types of infections, you can refer to:If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, all passwords should be changed immediately to include those used for banking, email, eBay, paypal and online forums. You should consider them to be compromised. They should be changed using a clean computer and not the infected one. If not, an attacker may get the new passwords and transaction information. If using a router, you need to reset it with a strong logon/password so the malware cannot gain control again. and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breach. Because your computer was compromised please read:Although the rootkit was identified and removed, your PC has likely been compromised and there is no way to be sure the computer can ever be trusted again. It is dangerous and incorrect to assume that because this malware has been removed the computer is now secure. In some instances an infection may have caused so much damage to your system that it cannot be completely cleaned or repaired. The malware may leave so many remnants behind that security tools cannot find them. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of malware, the best course of action is to wipe the drive clean, reformat and reinstall the OS. Please read:
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:58 PM

Here is the log from a complete scan in safe mode as directed.

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
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Generated 03/25/2009 at 01:41 PM

Application Version : 4.25.1014

Core Rules Database Version : 3813
Trace Rules Database Version: 1767

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:48:10

Memory items scanned : 226
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 11605
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 95537
File threats detected : 0


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Posted 25 March 2009 - 01:03 PM

How is your computer running now? Are there any more reports/signs of infection?
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:00 PM

As far as I can tell it is running like normal. No hang-ups, relatively fast, no redirects and Panda does not get stopped. It looks good.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:32 PM

You're welcome.

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.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, 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 malicious 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.

Keeping Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:

Edited by quietman7, 25 March 2009 - 02:33 PM.

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