You didn't mention Spybot
or Spyware Blaster
, both of which give you a lot of protection specifically in regard to websites. Spybot has a scan you can do to look for malware, but it also has some active and passive settings which help in stopping unwanted sites. Please do the following:1)
First go to add/remove programs
and look for any programs that don't look familiar to you and make a list of them.
If you have Viewpoint Media Player or anything with Viewpoint in it, please uninstall it. If you find any programs with the word "search" in them, make a note of the entire program name. If PartyPoker can be seen in your add/remove programs, uninstall it. 2)
Next, I would like for you to download and install Spybot Search & Destroy
The download link can be found in the tutorial. After you download the installation program, please do the custom installation and uncheck Teatimer. Then update it and run it. More instructions can be found in the Spybot tutorial here along with the link to the download:
Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware from Your Computer.
After you run Spybot, please have it fix whatever it finds. If your Windows Security Center comes up as a problem, simply look at your security center (go to Start > Control Panel > Windows Security Center) and make sure all areas (firewall, Windows updates and antivirus) are set the way you want them to be. If they are you don't need to fix those with Spybot. The Windows Security Center will recognize your own firewall and antivirus programs.
After you run Spybot, please click on the Immunization button on the left side and allow it to immunize your computer.
Without making any changes at this time, I would like to ask you what the state of your operating system is with regard to Windows Updates
? If you have not been updating Windows, you need to have SP1a
installed in order for any malware removal to be effective
. However, it would be a mistake
to download any further service pack (SP2 or SP3) until your computer is clean
Finally, I would like for you to do an online scan which picks up some things that the other scans often miss:
Note: This scan has to be run with Internet Explorer (not another browser)
Perform an onlinescan with Panda Active Scan 2.0
(please use this scanner instead of any other scanner!)[indent=1]
Panda Online- Once you are on the Panda site click the Scan your PC button
- A new window will open...click the Check Now button
- Enter your Country
- Enter your State/Province
- Enter your e-mail address and click send
- Select either Home User or Company
- Click the big Scan Now button
- If it wants to install an ActiveX component allow it
- It will start downloading the files it requires for the scan (Note: It may take a couple of minutes)
- When download is complete, click on Local Disks to start the scan
- When the scan completes, if anything malicious is detected, click the See Report button
- Save Report and save it to a convenient location.
Post the contents of the Panda scan report together with a new hijackthislog.
When you finish, please post the following
- the ActiveScan from Panda
- let me know if Spybot found anything
- what level of Windows updates you have?
The popups you have are symptomatic of a virus. Let's see if we can find more information.
Let me know how this goes?