I'm new here and hope to solve a couple of problems I'm having with one of my laptops - Antispyware Soft infection and a Google redirect hijack.
They both appeared at roughly the same time over the weekend. I had no warning of the Antispyware Soft download and was unable to stop it installing. Then all the fake warning pop up messages began to appear. The redirect I only discovered yesterday (Monday 17).
The laptop is a Dell XPS M1210, running XP2 and Avast virus protection. For internet access I use Firefox latest version almost exclusively. I don't use MS Outlook, but do use my ISP's webmail and also Gmail.
In early attempts to fix the Antispyware Soft problem I downloaded and ran Spybot - Search & Destroy, which picked up and quarantined two items (I may still have the log for this if it helps).
Then I ran Avast, and this also picked up a couple of infections, which are now quarantined. I'm not sure if these were the same as or different to the ones Spybot picked up but can check if there is a log of this.
I also removed the proxy server I found on Internet Explorer, though I don't use this browser much on the laptop.
From what I've read here it appears that Combofix might be the way to go. I've also read the Remove Antispyware Soft (Uninstall Guide) and have downloaded the relevant files to a memory key.
So before I do anything else, what's my next step?
On a possibly related note, on another laptop I had some difficulty accessing www.bleepingcomputer.com, which I resolved after a reboot and waiting some minutes. Firefox timed out after about 20-30 seconds each time, but had no problems reaching other websites. This was after mistyping the BC URL as www.bleedingcomputer.com. Is that site a source of viruses?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by Budapest, 18 May 2010 - 04:03 PM.
Moved from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs ~BP