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Are there "Counterfeit Add-Ons"?


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#1 Captain Pike

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 01:38 PM

Some percentage of my problem may be due to an admitted ignorance of the many new features of Internet Explorer version 8.0. A growing number of add-ons seem to be installing themselves in my Internet Explorer. Some of these have claimed to be Microsoft products, yet, more and more I am coming to disbelieve this. Today, this

Name DHTML Edit Control Safe for Scripting for IE5
Application Internet Explorer
Publisher Microsoft Corporation
Status Disabled
File date Monday, July 27, 2009, 5:27 PM
Version 6.01.9247

showed up and with it the symptoms of an earlier expunged, root kitted bugger I have not yet forgotten about: producing copious ads for cooking web sites/hooking up with Christian singles/virus protection products... and some soft porn games.

About my PC: this machine was used by my teenage son and has been resurrected -- it had several hardware and software problems. It is a duo-core x86 6 family Intel clocked at 1.8 MHz. I'm running windows XP home version 5.1 SP3 (32-bit).
I have done quite a bit to eradicate some nasty root kitted malware, and think the machine is pretty clean. I do not have my XP installation disk and am not confident that the OS is up to delivered specifications. I have three gigs of RAM and the machine clips along at a nice rate. Right now I'm clunking along with a generic PCI video card which replaces a PCIx ge-force adapter whose fan seized, cooking the video chip.

My surfing behavior: I will admit to streaming a lot of divx movies which might originate from some sketchy sources and occasionally use frost wire. I have Yahoo messenger running most of the time. I'm using an antiquated (version 8.0) speech recognition software -- Dragon naturally speaking. I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials as my only VP. It was while trying to find a decent host for some hot cult movie just out that picked up these unsolicited ad on items. See the screenshot. I don't believe these things came from Microsoft.

Is there a way to delete these add-ons that just appear? I can "disable" them, but why are they there/how can I delete them?

I have a legitimate license for the Windows XP. I am learning that there is no way to obtain or create a replacement installation disk. Is there a way to validate an installed copy of Windows? I have another machine in the House running supposedly the same version of XP on a lesser processor which seems to be more solid. For example on the lowly box, I can use Windows movie maker. It's painstakingly slow but it works. On the highfalutin PC (the one I'm writing this post about) the same application fails to do anything: Will not import or open a simple AVI file.

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 07:52 PM

I haven't used IE for years. Here's a pretty good tutorial for working with the add-ons
http://www.vista4beginners.com/Manage-Inte...lorer-8-Add-ons

I am learning that there is no way to obtain or create a replacement installation disk. Is there a way to validate an installed copy of Windows? I have another machine in the House running supposedly the same version of XP

As long as they are the same version with service pack, you can use the CS and use the original CD key that belonds to the computer

If you believe you are still infected, run these:

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The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free version and save it to your desktop.

NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.


alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • 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 updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
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 and exit MBAM.
Note:
-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. 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.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs
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Be sure to re-enable your AV and malware scan tools if they were disabled

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SAS, may take a long time to scan
Please download and scan with 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.
    First
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".

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.
Note.. SAS doesn't open the registry hives for other user accounts on the system, so scans should be done from each user account.

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We Need to check for Rootkits with RootRepeal
  • Download RootRepeal from the following location and save it to your desktop.
  • Extract RootRepeal.exe from the archive (If you did not use the "Direct Download" mirror).
  • Open Posted Image on your desktop.
  • Click the Posted Image tab.
  • Click the Posted Image button.
  • Check all seven boxes: Posted Image
  • Push Ok
  • Check the box for your main system drive (Usually C:), and press Ok.
  • Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.
  • Once the scan completes, push the Posted Image button. Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt. Include this report in your next reply, please.

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Please note: If Rootrepeal fails to run, try this step: Click Settings - Options. Set the Disk Access slider to High

Also try: right-click on rootrepeal.exe and rename it to tatertot.scr
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