I re-read your first post, and see that you used HJT to "fix" some "stuff".
One thing, about the use of HijackThis, you must NEVER
attempt to fix stuff using HijackThis, until someone who is experienced at reading the log outputs has a chance to review it.
Fixing the wrong items can make a computer unbootable. Not recognizing CoolWebSearch
varients, can just make things reinstall, and there are very many subtle items that can only
be recognized with experience
Spaces, extra characters, spelling, file location, plus numerous other subtle changes,
all make the difference between a good or bad file entry.
Some say HijackThis is an excellent utility for removal of Browser Hijackers.
This is a definite misconception. How do you think that a 150KB program can contain the
database, removal instructions, and tools that takes Norton Antivirus or Spybot Search
and destroy 15MB plus to accomplish?
Hijack this is an ennumerator. It lists what is found in certain areas of the registry, or
system files, in an easily accessible manner, so that those familiar with the use and reading
of HijackThis logs, and windows programs, can determine what is infecting the machine, and
how to remove it.
The Hijack this page, although a great description of what hijack this detects, perpetuates
the authors misconception that it is a removal tool . It will indeed remove the entries
listed, but that does not cure the underlying problem. The problem must be properly
identified first, and cured, prior to removing the entries with HJT. Otherwise you leave the
infection, and remove the keys which are needed to identify, and remove it .
I cringe at the frequent advice to allow hijack this to fix things (especially based on the "you
do not recognize" reasoning). This removes any hope of having a professional, or another
removal tool, identify and remove the problem.
Hijack this should only be used to clean up the entries left behind, after you have properly
removed the offending program, file, trojan, worm, hijacker etc. And this usually requires
Edited by tg1911, 22 November 2004 - 02:43 PM.