Yesterday I seemed not to have any malware in this computer. This morning when I switched on my MicrosoftAntispyware told me there was a new version waiting to be downloaded. I allowed it and was told I now have MSAS Beta 1, v1.0.615/definition 5745 8/12/2005
I then ran a scan and came up clean.
I next checked for updates in Spybot S&D and found there to be some available. I downloaded them and then ran a scan, and it told me I had CoolWWWSearch.SmartSearch, and MySoft. I wondered why MSAS had not seen them; I also wondered if they had come in with the MSAS upgrade.
I was able to get rid of MySoft with SpyBot and it told me it had also destroyed four (unnamed) others. But even after a couple of reboots the CoolWWWSearch.SmartSearch remains... so it says. I wonder if this is a false positive as I have no symptoms.
I then ran Ad-Aware and it saw nothing unusual. I thought it should have seen the CoolWWWSearch.SmartSearch, that is why I am wondering about the false positive.
I then downloaded some new signatures for my a-squared and ran a scan with that. It found and killed two Trace Tracking Cookies, as is its wont, but it too saw nothing of the CoolWWW.
Is there a quick way of determining if I do indeed have this intruder, without putting you to all the trouble of a Hijack This?
Or, could I get rid of it by doing a restore? I created a new restore point a little over a week ago immediately after installing and scanning with a-squared.
Thanks for any help you can offer,
Edited by Simple Simon, 13 August 2005 - 02:51 PM.