First post so please bear with me.
I got zapped by SmitfraudC.Toolbar888 a couple of days ago. Having Googled to this site I armed myself with smitfraudfix and vundofix and a few other bits and pieces as recommended in various threads.
Having worked through the guides I was still struggling to delete a few of the files (awqtr.dll and a couple of others) but booted from an Ubuntu Live Linux CD and was able to terminate the little feckers from there.
A couple more boots in safe mode, re-runs of hijackthis, smitfraud etc (to be sure, to be sure) and at 11:53 last night I had a clean system - I confirmed this by running the AVG Spyware trial which reported no problems. The little red circle has finally been squished from my SysTray and I'm a happy bunny once again!.
But... While the PC now seems to be operating OK, in the few minutes before I switched it off and fell into my bed, I did notice that a lot of my bookmarked websites (even common ones like Dilbert.com, ebay.co.uk) were consistently failing to connect were giving me a timeout error. Other sites were working fine and I confirmed I was getting my normal 2Meg connection by the ADSL speedtest at www.ADSLguide.org.uk
Is this something that could have been caused by the cleaning process? Do I just need to find my timeout setting and reset it back to a larger default?
I may have been a little zealous in my last round of Hijackthis fixes (zapped a couple of extra button lines I couldn't identify after Googling them and also one line for a wvpqpke.dll which I couldn't find referenced anywhere on the web) but I systematically worked through and web searched every line in the HJT report and did not zap any other lines for DLLs or programmes which were not definitely confirmed as being spyware related.
Happy to furnish a HJT logfile if that is helpful to anyone but I'm fairly sure that the spyware is zapped - its just that something else somewhere in the system may have got tweaked or changed too.
Edited by Baldrick45, 10 November 2006 - 05:23 AM.