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multiple infections incl win32/cryptor, rootkit.agent/gen-UACFake, SHeur2.awpc and suspicious.MH690


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#1 buschito

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 02:38 PM

My xp computer is infected with numerous problems. I tried to run Malwarebytes AM but the program will not open (opens briefly in processes, then disappears), same with Spybot S&D. I was able to run AVG and an online virus scan with Norton. AVG found: spyware.marketscore, adware.gen, suspicious.MH690, Win32/cryptor, SHeur2.AWPC and attempted to fix but I'm not sure it was successful. When I then tried to run a scan with SuperAntispyware, the program found the rootkit.agent/gen-UACFake but then my computer crashed with no warning before the scan was finished. Having trouble as computer will crash frequently. Have tried to run MBAM in regular mode and safe mode but no go...

Oh, and when I tried to follow the forum instructions regarding my firewall I get the following error messages: "Firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running. Do you want to start the Windows Firewall/ICS service?" When I click Yes I get: "Windows cannot start the Windows Firewall/ICS service."

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Here's my info:


DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Dawn at 13:43:52.17 on Wed 08/19/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2431.1885 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\McSACore.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\tcpsvcs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Browser Mouse\mouse32a.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\LComMgr\LVComSX.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Muiltmedia keyboard utility\1.1\KbdAp32A.exe
C:\Program Files\Teslain KidLogger\MainWnd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\andrew\Desktop\dds.scr

============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uStart Page = hxxp://www.google.ca/
uSearch Page = hxxp://www.google.com
uSearch Bar = hxxp://www.google.com/ie
uSearchMigratedDefaultURL = hxxp://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8
uSearchURL,(Default) = hxxp://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&p=%s
mSearchAssistant = hxxp://www.google.com/ie
uURLSearchHooks: H - No File
uURLSearchHooks: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg8\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
mURLSearchHooks: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg8\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelper.dll
BHO: AVG Safe Search: {3ca2f312-6f6e-4b53-a66e-4e65e497c8c0} - c:\program files\avg\avg8\avgssie.dll
BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection: {53707962-6f74-2d53-2644-206d7942484f} - c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\SDHelper.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In SSV Helper: {761497bb-d6f0-462c-b6eb-d4daf1d92d43} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\ssv.dll
BHO: AVG Security Toolbar BHO: {a3bc75a2-1f87-4686-aa43-5347d756017c} - c:\program files\avg\avg8\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
BHO: McAfee SiteAdvisor BHO: {b164e929-a1b6-4a06-b104-2cd0e90a88ff} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\sitead~1\mcieplg.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program files\java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
TB: McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar: {0ebbbe48-bad4-4b4c-8e5a-516abecae064} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\sitead~1\mcieplg.dll
TB: AVG Security Toolbar: {ccc7a320-b3ca-4199-b1a6-9f516dd69829} - c:\program files\avg\avg8\toolbar\IEToolbar.dll
TB: {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - No File
TB: {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E} - No File
EB: {32683183-48a0-441b-a342-7c2a440a9478} - No File
uRun: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\TeaTimer.exe
uRunServices: [MS Shell Services] c:\program files\teslain kidlogger\MainWnd.exe -m
mRun: [FLMOFFICE4DMOUSE] c:\program files\browser mouse\mouse32a.exe
mRun: [LVCOMSX] "c:\program files\common files\logitech\lcommgr\LVComSX.exe"
mRun: [FLMK08KB] c:\program files\muiltmedia keyboard utility\1.1\MMKEYBD.EXE
mRun: [MsmqIntCert] regsvr32 /s mqrt.dll
mRun: [AVG8_TRAY] c:\progra~1\avg\avg8\avgtray.exe
mRun: [KernelFaultCheck] %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -k
dRun: [ALUAlert] c:\program files\symantec\liveupdate\ALUNotify.exe
uPolicies-explorer: GreyMSIAds = 1 (0x1)
IE: &Search - http://bar.mywebsearch.com/menusearch.html?p=ZRxdm140XXUS
IE: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - c:\progra~1\micros~3\office11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
IE: {3AD14F0C-ED16-4e43-B6D8-661B03F6A1EF} - c:\program files\pokerstars\PokerStarsUpdate.exe
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {F47C1DB5-ED21-4dc1-853E-D1495792D4C5}
IE: {44226DFF-747E-4edc-B30C-78752E50CD0C} - {44226DFF-747E-4edc-B30C-78752E50CD0C} - c:\program files\ati multimedia\tv\EXPLBAR.DLL
IE: {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - {FF059E31-CC5A-4E2E-BF3B-96E929D65503} - c:\progra~1\micros~3\office11\REFIEBAR.DLL
IE: {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - c:\program files\spybot - search & destroy\SDHelper.dll
DPF: DirectAnimation Java Classes - file://c:\windows\java\classes\dajava.cab
DPF: Microsoft XML Parser for Java
DPF: RaptisoftGameLoader - hxxp://www.miniclip.com/hamsterball/raptisoftgameloader.cab
DPF: {03F998B2-0E00-11D3-A498-00104B6EB52E} - hxxps://components.viewpoint.com/MTSInstallers/MetaStream3.cab?url=http://www.viewpoint.com/cgi-bin/installer.v4/vet_install_premium.pl?1&6&04.00.09.13&premium&unknown&http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/2006/4runner/key_features/ext360.html?noreloadredir
DPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} - hxxp://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cab
DPF: {25365FF3-2746-4230-9DA7-163CCA318309} - hxxp://inst.c-wss.com/59/EN/html/gtdownlr.cab
DPF: {2BC66F54-93A8-11D3-BEB6-00105AA9B6AE} - hxxp://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/vc/bin/AvSniff.cab
DPF: {3E68E405-C6DE-49FF-83AE-41EE9F4C36CE} - hxxp://office.microsoft.com/officeupdate/content/opuc.cab
DPF: {4B48D5DF-9021-45F7-A240-60304302A215} - hxxp://download.microsoft.com/download/5/c/2/5c2fc4b7-3875-4eec-946b-ffe15472cabc/WebCleaner.cab
DPF: {5F8469B4-B055-49DD-83F7-62B522420ECC} - hxxp://upload.facebook.com/controls/FacebookPhotoUploader.cab
DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} - hxxp://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1119435970937
DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} - hxxp://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/common/bin/cabsa.cab
DPF: {6697AFA6-1CD3-462E-AC0A-363EF8BCD102} - hxxp://www.evga.com/Support/SyScan/SyScan.cab
DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} - hxxp://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1238469252343
DPF: {77DD44BF-551D-4E3C-82CD-D637D5018D3C} - hxxp://www.surveys.com/promptcast/Installs/SURVEYS.COM%20PROMPTCAST%20SETUP.cab
DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_11-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {917623D1-D8E5-11D2-BE8B-00104B06BDE3} - hxxp://wpotc.kpdsb.on.ca/activex/AxisCamControl.cab
DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} - hxxp://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?38036.9387037037
DPF: {A90A5822-F108-45AD-8482-9BC8B12DD539} - hxxp://www.crucial.com/controls/cpcScanner.cab
DPF: {B020B534-4AA2-4B99-BD6D-5F6EE286DF5C} - hxxps://a248.e.akamai.net/f/248/5462/2h/www.symantecstore.com/v2.0-img/operations/symbizpr/xcontrol/SymDlBrg.cab
DPF: {BCBC9371-595D-11D4-A96D-00105A1CEF6C} - hxxp://bobvila.view22.com/view22/View22RTE.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0013-0001-0004-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/products/plugin/1.3.1/jinstall-131_04-win.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0001-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_01-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0006-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.5.0/jinstall-1_5_0_06-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0007-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_07-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0011-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_11-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CAFEEFAC-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-ABCDEFFEDCBA} - hxxp://java.sun.com/update/1.6.0/jinstall-1_6_0_11-windows-i586.cab
DPF: {CE28D5D2-60CF-4C7D-9FE8-0F47A3308078} - hxxp://www.symantec.com/techsupp/asa/ctrl/SymAData.cab
DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} - hxxp://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
DPF: {F127B9BA-89EA-4B04-9C67-2074A9DF61FC} - hxxp://www.walmartphotocentre.ca/activex/PCAXSetup.cab?
TCP: {FF8D0920-D056-4D36-B601-B5AEC92D90A8} = 207.164.234.193 207.164.234.129
Handler: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - c:\program files\avg\avg8\avgpp.dll
Handler: sacore - {5513F07E-936B-4E52-9B00-067394E91CC5} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\sitead~1\McIEPlg.dll
Notify: !SASWinLogon - c:\program files\superantispyware\SASWINLO.dll
Notify: avgrsstarter - avgrsstx.dll
Notify: WRNotifier - WRLogonNTF.dll
SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - c:\windows\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
SEH: SABShellExecuteHook Class: {5ae067d3-9afb-48e0-853a-ebb7f4a000da} - c:\program files\superantispyware\SASSEH.DLL

============= SERVICES / DRIVERS ===============

R1 AvgLdx86;AVG Free AVI Loader Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys [2009-4-26 335240]
R1 AvgMfx86;AVG Free On-access Scanner Minifilter Driver x86;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgmfx86.sys [2009-4-26 27784]
R1 AvgTdiX;AVG Free8 Network Redirector;c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtdix.sys [2009-4-26 108552]
R1 SASDIFSV;SASDIFSV;c:\program files\superantispyware\sasdifsv.sys [2009-8-5 9968]
R1 SASKUTIL;SASKUTIL;c:\program files\superantispyware\SASKUTIL.SYS [2009-8-5 74480]
R2 avg8wd;AVG Free8 WatchDog;c:\progra~1\avg\avg8\avgwdsvc.exe [2009-4-26 297752]
R2 IOPort;IOPort;c:\windows\system32\IOPORT.SYS [1998-11-27 6144]
R2 McAfee SiteAdvisor Service;McAfee SiteAdvisor Service;c:\program files\mcafee\siteadvisor\McSACore.exe [2008-7-31 210216]
S2 Iprip;RIP Listener;c:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs [2002-8-29 14336]
S3 kwkxusb;Kyocera CDMA Wireless Modem Driver;c:\windows\system32\drivers\kwusb2k.sys [2007-8-28 191104]
S3 pcwe;pcwe;\??\c:\program files\pc wizard 2007\pcw86-32.sys --> c:\program files\pc wizard 2007\pcw86-32.sys [?]
S3 SASENUM;SASENUM;c:\program files\superantispyware\SASENUM.SYS [2009-8-5 7408]

=============== Created Last 30 ================

2009-08-19 11:45 <DIR> --d----- c:\program files\Cobian Backup 8
2009-08-19 11:15 38,160 a------- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
2009-08-19 11:15 <DIR> --d----- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\Malwarebytes
2009-08-19 11:15 19,096 a------- c:\windows\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
2009-08-19 11:15 <DIR> --d----- c:\program files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
2009-08-19 08:58 <DIR> --d----- c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\SUPERAntiSpyware.com
2009-08-19 08:54 <DIR> --d----- c:\program files\SUPERAntiSpyware
2009-08-19 08:54 <DIR> --d----- c:\docume~1\andrew\applic~1\SUPERAntiSpyware.com
2009-08-16 17:26 <DIR> --d----- C:\30aa0717d55e537848
2009-08-14 13:17 46,066 a------- c:\windows\Sysvxd.exe
2009-08-12 17:20 128,512 -c------ c:\windows\system32\dllcache\dhtmled.ocx
2009-08-12 17:20 1,315,328 -c------ c:\windows\system32\dllcache\msoe.dll
2009-08-09 15:12 <DIR> --d----- C:\0f654ece86a01bc815310a1a98a3bfa8
2009-08-05 04:01 204,800 -c------ c:\windows\system32\dllcache\mswebdvd.dll

==================== Find3M ====================

2009-08-18 20:54 11,952 a------- c:\windows\system32\avgrsstx.dll
2009-08-18 20:54 335,240 a------- c:\windows\system32\drivers\avgldx86.sys
2009-08-05 04:01 204,800 a------- c:\windows\system32\mswebdvd.dll
2009-07-17 14:01 58,880 a------- c:\windows\system32\atl.dll
2009-07-13 23:43 286,208 a------- c:\windows\system32\wmpdxm.dll
2009-06-29 11:12 827,392 a------- c:\windows\system32\wininet.dll
2009-06-29 11:12 78,336 a------- c:\windows\system32\ieencode.dll
2009-06-29 11:12 17,408 a------- c:\windows\system32\corpol.dll
2009-06-25 03:25 730,112 a------- c:\windows\system32\lsasrv.dll
2009-06-25 03:25 301,568 a------- c:\windows\system32\kerberos.dll
2009-06-25 03:25 147,456 a------- c:\windows\system32\schannel.dll
2009-06-25 03:25 136,192 a------- c:\windows\system32\msv1_0.dll
2009-06-25 03:25 56,832 a------- c:\windows\system32\secur32.dll
2009-06-25 03:25 54,272 a------- c:\windows\system32\wdigest.dll
2009-06-24 06:18 92,928 a------- c:\windows\system32\drivers\ksecdd.sys
2009-06-16 09:36 119,808 a------- c:\windows\system32\t2embed.dll
2009-06-16 09:36 81,920 a------- c:\windows\system32\fontsub.dll
2009-06-12 07:31 80,896 a------- c:\windows\system32\tlntsess.exe
2009-06-12 07:31 76,288 a------- c:\windows\system32\telnet.exe
2009-06-10 09:19 2,066,432 a------- c:\windows\system32\mstscax.dll
2009-06-10 09:13 84,992 a------- c:\windows\system32\avifil32.dll
2009-06-10 01:14 132,096 a------- c:\windows\system32\wkssvc.dll
2009-06-03 14:09 1,291,264 a------- c:\windows\system32\quartz.dll
2009-02-17 20:47 80 ---shr-- c:\windows\system32\56089F9641.dll
2008-08-10 18:14 32,768 a--sh--- c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\local settings\history\history.ie5\mshist012008081020080811\index.dat

============= FINISH: 13:45:27.26 ===============

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 12:37 PM

Hello! :thumbup2:
My name is Sam and I will be helping you.

In order to see what's going on with your computer I'll ask for you to post various logs from the tools that we will use to resolve your issue. Please also share with me any information about how your computer is reacting and behaving each step of the way as we work through this process.



Please download ComboFix from one of these locations:

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Important!
You should NOT use Combofix unless you have been instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert.
It is intended by its creator to be used under the guidance and supervision of an Malware Removal 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.



Make sure that you save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop
  • Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools

  • Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.

  • As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.

  • Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.


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Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:

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Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply.
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Failing to respond back to the person that is giving up their own time to help you not only is insensitive and disrespectful, but it guarantees that you will never receive help from me again. Please thank your helpers and there will always be help here when you need it!


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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:02 PM

Thanks Sam!

Since I posted my request for help, I have run a number of scans using Trend Micro Housecall, RootkitBuster, Superantispyware Free, MBAM and Spybot S&D. My computer seemed clean eventually, but I'm not totally confident - so any help would be greatly appreciated!

Here is the Combofix log.

Thanks,

Dawn

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 03:33 PM

It looks like combofix cleaned up a few things that those other scans left behind, but overall your log looks pretty good.
What issues are you still having?
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:24 PM

Everything seems to be working fine now. As long as you thing combofix cleaned up everything, I feel safe again...haha...thanks so much for your help!

Dawn

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:05 AM

Sounds good! :)
Let's just clean up and then I'll post some final recommendations for you.



We need to remove Combofix now that we're done with it.
  • Click START then RUN
  • Now type Combofix /u in the runbox and click OK

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Now that you are clean, please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:
  • Disable and Enable System Restore. - If you are using Windows ME or XP then you should disable and reenable system restore to make sure there are no infected files found in a restore point left over from what we have just cleaned.

    You can find instructions on how to enable and reenable system restore here:

    Windows XP System Restore Guide

    Renable system restore with instructions from tutorial above

  • Use an AntiVirus Software - It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future.

    See this link for a listing of some online & their stand-alone antivirus programs:

    Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection and Removal Resources

  • Update your AntiVirus Software - It is imperitive that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.

  • Use a Firewall - I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is succeptible to being hacked and taken over. I am very serious about this and see it happen almost every day with my clients. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.

    For a tutorial on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below:

    Understanding and Using Firewalls

  • Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently - It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com regularly. This will ensure your computer has always the latest security updates available installed on your computer. If there are new updates to install, install them immediately, reboot your computer, and revisit the site until there are no more critical updates.

  • Install Spybot - Search and Destroy - Install and download Spybot - Search and Destroy with its TeaTimer option. This will provide realtime spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should also scan your computer with program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware , Malware, and Hijackers

  • Install SpywareBlaster - SpywareBlaster will added a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer settings that will protect you from running and downloading known malicious programs.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware and Malware

  • Update all these programs regularly - Make sure you update all the programs I have listed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious programs are released.
Follow this list and your potential for being infected again will reduce dramatically.

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