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HijackThis Log: Please help Diagnose


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#1 Duca

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 08:01 PM

Hi all!
I'm having a lot of trouble with that damn startpage of IE.
Is there anybody that can tell me what to do? Preeeease :thumbsup:
This is my logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 1.56.05, on 19/11/2004
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Programmi\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Programmi\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Programmi\D-Tools\daemon.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Programmi\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Programmi\ADSL\StarModem ADSL USB MODEM\dslmon.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hposol08.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpoevm08.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Bin\hpoSTS08.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Programmi\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Programmi\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Programmi\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
C:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://win-eto.com/hp.htm?id=9
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName = Collegamenti
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {467FAEB2-5F5B-4c81-BAE0-2A4752CA7F4E} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\IPSMP6~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\programmi\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Programmi\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\programmi\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIModeChange] Ati2mdxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools-1033] "C:\Programmi\D-Tools\daemon.exe" -lang 1033
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Programmi\Java\j2re1.4.2_05\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSC_UserPrompt] C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [9xadiras] 9xadiras.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [2kadiras] 2kadiras.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Programmi\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Programmi\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Startup: DSLMON.lnk = ?
O4 - Startup: hpoddt01.exe.lnk = ?
O4 - Startup: officejet 6100.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: DSLMON.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: hpoddt01.exe.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: officejet 6100.lnk = ?
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Collegamenti a ritroso - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Download with GetRight - C:\Programmi\GetRight\GRdownload.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&sporta in Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Open with GetRight Browser - C:\Programmi\GetRight\GRbrowse.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: Pagine simili - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Versione cache della pagina - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmcache.html
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - (no file)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - (no file)
O9 - Extra button: Ricerche - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Programmi\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Programmi\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O16 - DPF: {11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111113457} - file://c:\ied_s7m.cab
O16 - DPF: {11111111-1111-1111-1111-511111113457} - file://c:\x.cab
O16 - DPF: {11111111-1111-1111-1111-511111113458} - file://c:\x.cab
O16 - DPF: {15320607-1001-1831-1000-118599957123} - ms-its:mhtml:file://C:\PATH.MHT!http://195.225.176.5//d//tbzszqd//pyftjde//vhslspj//girapw//IT//arct.chm::/painter.exe
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{E3779D5C-A5ED-48A8-B3C2-E85D60BC877A}: NameServer = 193.70.192.25 193.70.152.25
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: ehkcf7yln0l92.dll
O21 - SSODL: SystemCheck2 - {54645654-2225-4455-44A1-9F4543D34545} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\vbsys2 (file missing)

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 10:59 PM

Download killbox here:

KillBox


Unzip the folder to your desktop.

Start Killbox.exe

When it is open, enter c:\windows\system32\ehkcf7yln0l92.dll into the field labeled "Full path of file to delete".

Select the Delete on reboot option.

Then press the button that looks like a red circle with a white X in it.

Your computer will reboot and check to see if the file is gone.


I want you to fix some of those entries. Please do the following:

Please make sure that you can view all hidden files. Instructions on how to do this can be found here:

How to see hidden files in Windows

Run Hijackthis again, click scan, and Put a checkmark next to each of these. Then click the Fix button:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://win-eto.com/hp.htm?id=9
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://win-eto.com/sp.htm?id=9
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {467FAEB2-5F5B-4c81-BAE0-2A4752CA7F4E} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\IPSMP6~1.DLL
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [9xadiras] 9xadiras.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [2kadiras] 2kadiras.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - (no file)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - (no file)
O16 - DPF: {11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111113457} - file://c:\ied_s7m.cab
O16 - DPF: {11111111-1111-1111-1111-511111113457} - file://c:\x.cab
O16 - DPF: {11111111-1111-1111-1111-511111113458} - file://c:\x.cab
O16 - DPF: {15320607-1001-1831-1000-118599957123} - ms-its:mhtml:file://C:\PATH.MHT!http://195.225.176.5//d//tbzszqd//pyftjde//vhslspj//girapw//IT//arct.chm::/painter.exe
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: ehkcf7yln0l92.dll
O21 - SSODL: SystemCheck2 - {54645654-2225-4455-44A1-9F4543D34545} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\vbsys2 (file missing)
Reboot your computer into Safe Mode

Then delete these files or directories (Do not be concerned if they do not exist)

c:\windows\system32\9xadiras.exe
c:\windows\system32\2kadiras.exe
c:\windows\system32\ehkcf7yln0l92.dll

Reboot your computer to go back to normal mode and post a new log.

#3 Duca

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 02:26 AM

First of all, thank you! :thumbsup:

I deleted ehkcf7yln0192.dll, then I checked and fixed all the items you suggested.

Hijackthis told me that an error occurred trying to delete O21, but I did a new log and O21 wan't there anymore. So perhaps eventually it was able to fix O21 as well.

This is the new log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 8.16.30, on 19/11/2004
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Programmi\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Programmi\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Programmi\D-Tools\daemon.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
C:\Programmi\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Programmi\ADSL\StarModem ADSL USB MODEM\dslmon.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hposol08.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpoevm08.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\Programmi\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Bin\hpoSTS08.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName = Collegamenti
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\programmi\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Programmi\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\programmi\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIModeChange] Ati2mdxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools-1033] "C:\Programmi\D-Tools\daemon.exe" -lang 1033
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Programmi\Java\j2re1.4.2_05\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSC_UserPrompt] C:\Programmi\File comuni\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Programmi\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Programmi\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Startup: DSLMON.lnk = ?
O4 - Startup: hpoddt01.exe.lnk = ?
O4 - Startup: officejet 6100.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: DSLMON.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: hpoddt01.exe.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: officejet 6100.lnk = ?
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Collegamenti a ritroso - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Download with GetRight - C:\Programmi\GetRight\GRdownload.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&sporta in Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Open with GetRight Browser - C:\Programmi\GetRight\GRbrowse.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: Pagine simili - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Versione cache della pagina - res://C:\Programmi\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmcache.html
O9 - Extra button: Ricerche - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Programmi\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Programmi\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 09:35 AM

Hi, it's me again.

I did a new log just a few minutes ago and I found again that item in the O17 section, that wasn't there anymore after the previous fixing. I mean the following one:

O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{E3779D5C-A5ED-48A8-B3C2-E85D60BC877A}: NameServer = 193.70.192.25 193.70.152.25

There is something strange about it, because it was already in my first log. Then you told me to fix some items (but *not* that one), and I fixes just the ones you told me to fix. But after the fixing even the O17 section was deleted, so I thought that it could have been produced by some malware that we had fixed.

But now it's there again.

I read your guide to log diagnose and saw that the O17 section contain the address of servers that are used by my computer to resolve domain name. So I went to Arin to ask a "whois" about it. This is the answer of Arin:


Search results for: 193.70.192.25 193.70.152.25


OrgName: RIPE Network Coordination Centre
OrgID: RIPE
Address: Singel 258
Address: 1016 AB
City: Amsterdam
StateProv:
PostalCode:
Country: NL

ReferralServer: whois://whois.ripe.net:43

NetRange: 193.0.0.0 - 193.255.255.255
CIDR: 193.0.0.0/8
NetName: RIPE-CBLK
NetHandle: NET-193-0-0-0-1
Parent:
NetType: Allocated to RIPE NCC
NameServer: NS-PRI.RIPE.NET
NameServer: NS2.NIC.FR
NameServer: SUNIC.SUNET.SE
NameServer: AUTH03.NS.UU.NET
NameServer: SEC1.APNIC.NET
NameServer: SEC3.APNIC.NET
NameServer: TINNIE.ARIN.NET
Comment: These addresses have been further assigned to users in
Comment: the RIPE NCC region. Contact information can be found in
Comment: the RIPE database at http://www.ripe.net/whois
RegDate: 1992-08-12
Updated: 2004-03-16

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 10:26 AM

It is probably your ISP's dns servers. Does any of the info at this link:

http://www.ripe.net/whois?form_type=simple...o_search=Search

look familiar to you?

Other than that the log looks good to me now. You still having problems?

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 11:33 AM

OK, the owner of the domain described in your link is my ADSL provider: I hope it's sure :thumbsup:

My computer seems to be OK now, *but* in the meantime I ran the utility "Search & Destroy" of Spybot and found the following entries:

CoolWWWSearch:
a bookmark

CoolWWWSearch.Control:
file c:\msdos.exe
a couple of *url
a lot of register values in the HKEY_USERS section

CoolWWWSearch.Smartsearch:
file C:\x.exe
file C:\y.exe

CoolWWWsearch.Svcinit:
file C:\WINDOWS\mssys.exe

DSO Exploit:
several register values in the HKEY_USERS section

Should I just fix these entries, or is there something more to do before or after the fixing?

In the last hours I used IE just to post these messages, because I was afraid to get some other malware.

What could I do to protect my computer in a better way, before starting surfing all the web?

I saw you suggest to update Windows XP, but in past time I had a lot of trouble with those updates, so now I'm trying to avoid them.

Besides, if I do all the updates suggested by Microsoft, it's a *huge* stuff! What kind of updates are strictly necessary for security?

Thanks again, you have been very kind and useful!

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 12:22 PM

Clean up everything spybot finds. These are leftover infections.

Log looks clean...great job!

Now that you are clean, please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:
  • Disable and Enable System Restore. - If you are using Windows ME or XP then you should disable and reenable system restore to make sure there are no infected files found in a restore point.

    You can find instructions on how to enable and reenable system restore here:

    Managing Windows Millenium System Restore

    or

    Windows XP System Restore Guide

    Renable system restore with instructions from tutorial above

  • Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions:
    • From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
    • Click once on the Security tab
    • Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
    • Click once on the Custom Level button.
      • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
      • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
      • Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
      • Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
      • Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
      • Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
      • When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
      • If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
    • Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
  • Use an AntiVirus Software - It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future.

    See this link for a listing of some online & their stand-alone antivirus programs:

    Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection and Removal Resources

  • Update your AntiVirus Software - It is imperitive that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.

  • Use a Firewall - I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is succeptible to being hacked and taken over. I am very serious about this and see it happen almost every day with my clients. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.

    For a tutorial on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below:

    Understanding and Using Firewalls

  • Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently - It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com regularly. This will ensure your computer has always the latest security updates available installed on your computer. If there are new updates to install, install them immediately, reboot your computer, and revisit the site until there are no more critical updates.

  • Install Spybot - Search and Destroy - Install and download Spybot - Search and Destroy with its TeaTimer option. This will provide realtime spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should also scan your computer with program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware , Malware, and Hijackers

  • Install Ad-Aware - Install and download Ad-Aware. ou should also scan your computer with program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software in conjunction with Spybot.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using Ad-aware to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from Your Computer

  • Install SpywareBlaster - SpywareBlaster will added a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer settings that will protect you from running and downloading known malicious programs.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware and Malware

  • Update all these programs regularly - Make sure you update all the programs I have listed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious programs are released.
Follow this list and your potential for being infected again will reduce dramatically.

Glad I was able to help.




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