After stumbling upon this BleepingComputer site and reading around on the forums I decided to try a few spyware/adware scans. Normally I run an up to date malwarebytes and superspyware once a month or if my machine acts oddly. Usually they find very little in the way of malicious files.
In a few posts I saw running malware/spyware/adware scans in safe mode was reccomended. So I ran superspyware and malwarebytes. First in normal mode (xp home), then in safe mode. The malwarebytes found nothing in both modes but superspyware found nothing in normal mode but 39 adware files in safe mode.
Now I start to wonder about the validity of my previous scans and saftey of my computer. My firewall and full time antivirus is zone alarm.
Is zone alarm that good or are my scan methods questionable?
After all of the above I decided to try a Dr. Web cure it scan. I downloaded it, put a shortcut on my desktop and ran it. Everything looked OK I guess, other than some or the russian language display issues. It also came up with nothing found.
Seems like I've got a clean machine.
Now I cannot get rid of the Dr. Webb.
I downloaded the Dr. Web removal tool from the list in this thread, ran it and rebooted. After reboot the shortcut is still on my desktop and the file is still in My Documents. They're still functional. I looked for it in the control pannel Add/Remove programs and it isn't listed.
At this point I'm not really sure what to do and am starting to wonder about the Dr. Web cure it software and whether its malicious or not. Why would they make it so hard to remove?
Any help would be appreciated
Other than my browser being somewhat slow at times my computer seems OK.