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Thanks Are Due - Recent Winantiviruspro Infection

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#1 Skylark13


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:32 PM


I want to thank the great community here. I was able to eliminate a recent WinAntivirusPro (and many other) spyware infection on two of my home's computers using information from this site. I have always been good at general tech support, as well as building and setting up lots of machines through the years, so using other posts of infection as a basis I was able to learn how to clean that all up pretty easily. It just took a bit of time... Thanks!

I wish we had some way of getting the makers of all that nonsense behind bars. I lost over 10 hours over several nights (on two computers simultaneously) scanning and fixing the problems. Maybe the spyware makers should pay for all that lost time in the form of fines payable to the victims -- that would surely offset the revenue they're obviously making from that dodgy business!


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:38 PM

Hi just want to say glad you found it and thanks for the kind words. See you in the forums ... Oh yeah! Welcome to BC :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:45 PM

Would like to add a warm welcome to you skylark 13.

Stick around and enjoy this friendliest and most helpful forum.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:53 PM

Oh, and I wanted to ask a question. Doing this malware removal required lots of different tools:

- HijackThis of course
- Combofix
- OiUninstaller.exe
- ps_uninstaller.exe
- VundoFix
- Ad-Aware SE Personal
- AVG Anti-Virus
- AVG Anti-Spyware
- Spybot S&D
- Spyware Blaster
- Trend Micro HouseCall online virus scan
- etc.

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.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 09:41 PM

Different tools have different methods of looking for an infection.
No tool is perfect for all situations.
Also, not all authors of these tools agree, on what constitutes an infection, and what doesn't, so what one will remove, the other will overlook.
That's why it's a good idea to run several.
What one might miss, because of what it's looking for, hopefully another will catch.
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 10:57 AM

Adding to what tg1911 has already said.

Some tools, like Combofix and HijackThis, are advanced tools normally used by malware removal experts who are helping others to investigate and remove malware infections in the Hijackthis forum. They are intended to be used under the guidance and supervision of an expert. Using them improperly can cause damage to a computer system. Other tools like Vundofix and smitfraudfix are specifically created for a particular infection and thus, they will not work for other than what they were intended for.
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