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#1 briguy40

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 10:34 PM

Hi. I have a windows 2000 operating system on a dell laptop. About 3 weeks ago, it started suggesting my system was about to crash yadayadaya and referred to to several different websites. I ran adaware, cleaned out my history file etc. and and it went away for about 3 weeks. Now it's back...with avengence. I'm getting a warning message about every 5 minutes. Each one is a different website. I have a registry cleaner/ fixer (RegistryFix) and I ran that. The problem did not go away. I went to the website that one of the popups and low and behold...it found another 127 problems. I didn't bother to pay the $70 Canadian for that ... so I guess, after fixing with RegisitryFix, I still have 127 errors, and almost that many popups per day. Adaware didn't it. I saw an article that suggests restoring the system registry - obviously referring to xp as I can't see that 2000 has such a thing. I'm almost ready to reformat but not sure if that's the route to go.

Thanks, in advance, for any help.

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 11:54 PM

Sounds like you need some serious cleaning and defending of you system

here's how to defend your machine.

now for the clean up

****read all first*****
First, Clear the TIF's and empty the recycle bin:
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm

Also…empty your Recycle bin.

Then do the following:

****WARNING ****; Backup all documents and files before removing any spyware!!

Most importantly, download install and run CWShredder here
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3019.html
or here
http://www.trendmicro.com/cwshredder/
and About Buster, which searches for hidden .dlls that recreate the malware.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4289.html
Then visit these two sites to test for parasites and help basic cleaning:
On-Line Check
http://aumha.org/a/noads.htm
and
Quick-Fix Protocol.
http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.php
Basically, throw everything here at your “infection”.

Then download, install and immediately update these three programs before
running:
AdAware SE - Update immediately after installing
http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910...&tag=button
AdAware Tutorial -
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...showtutorial=48
SpyBot S & D - Update immediately after installing
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2471.html
SpyBot S&D Tutorial -
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...showtutorial=43
Microsoft Windows Antispyware Program (Beta)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx

Next, do an Online scan here (if possible) -
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
Make sure that you choose “fix” or “clean”.

Download Pocket Killbox from
http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/killbox.exe
and put it on the desktop where you can find it easily

Download, install, and run HiJackThis - it is one of the most important
tools to help clean your system of scumware. Follow the instructions
carefully:

How to download and install HiJackThis: (it does not need to be updated)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic309.html

Please DO NOT post your log to this newsgroup or forum topic. It is important that

you go
to one of the HiJackThis Support Forums below:
Bleeping Computer HiJackThis Forum
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/
CastleCops HiJackThis Forum or
http://castlecops.com/f67-Hijackthis_Spywa...jans_Oh_My.html
to allow the program experts there to evaluate your log and advise you of
any necessary steps to clean your system.
(Note: Look for and read the “Important- Read This First” messages in the sections for HiJackThis logs so that you follow proper procedure. You will
have to Register before posting on these Forums. Please follow all posting
instructions carefully to avoid having your log deleted or ignored.)

Also, please post a link to the forum where you post your HJT log back to
this thread so that we can follow your progress there.

CAUTION!!!!! Before you try to remove spyware using any of the programs
below, download a copy of LSPFIX from any of the following sites:
http://www.cexx.org/lspfix.htm
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html
(if your OS is Win2k or XP) The process of removing certain malware may kill
your internet connection. If this should occur, this program, LSPFIX, will
enable you to regain your connection.

You should also get a copy of WINSOCKXPFIX available at:
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html
and
WinsockXP Fix- WinXP
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html
with instructions, at
http://www.iup.edu/house/resnet/winfix.shtm
also... From LavaSoft- all versions of Windows-
http://digital-solutions.co.uk/lavasoft/whndnfix.zip
(NOTE: It is reported that in XP SP2, the command netsh winsock reset
will fix this problem without the need for these programs.)
or Winsock Fix Utility
http://www.dfwonline.net/files/WinsockFix.zip

How to Restart in Safe Mode
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgen...001052409420406

How to Show Hidden Files
http://snipurl.com/6rl8

Hope this helps.
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Posted 03 August 2005 - 08:29 AM

Thanks for your help. I got the messages to stop after installing the Beta Version of Microsoft's Antivirus (the voices!, the Voices!). The first question before the scan asked about disabling network "messenger" system of some kind which was now automatically disabled as windows standard in everything after Windows XP Service Pack II. After allowing that to be disabled...the messages stopped. Come to think of it, the messages sure did look like the windows popup that I used to use all the time.

I guess the program is still probably there, but at least now I can work without the annoying popups.




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