Oh, and I wanted to ask a question. Doing this malware removal required lots of different tools:
- HijackThis of course
- Ad-Aware SE Personal
- AVG Anti-Virus
- AVG Anti-Spyware
- Spybot S&D
- Spyware Blaster
- Trend Micro HouseCall online virus scan
The way I see it, some of these should do the same thing as others (e.g. AVG Anti-Virus and HouseCall are both anti-virus and trojan scanners ; Ad-Aware, Spybot and AVG Anti-Spyware are malware scanners) and others are fixes to specific problems which should also be covered by the more general scanners (VundoFix, ps_uninstaller, OiUninstaller, Combofix).
Also, the process was rather time-consuming, scanning with one tool, then with another, rebooting to safe mode, scanning with something else, rebooting again, etc. until everything was gone.
Finally, I think the malware I had are among the most common these days.
So my question is, why can't one tool do the "right thing" for the most common malware infections on the first try? It shouldn't be that hard since tools exist for each specific thing. I think if the tools were correctly designed and implemented, one anti-virus and one anti-spyware should be enough... This would also make the situation with the proliferation of malware a bit easier to bear for users, since they wouldn't have to go to sites like this one as often once they had the right tools installed and updating automatically.
Is there a good reason why the current tools are so fragmented and incomplete? Or is it just that each company providing a tool has limited resources and can only concentrate on so many malware sources? (which I can surely understand but would like to see improved of course)
Edited by Skylark13, 28 March 2007 - 09:13 PM.