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#1 Redfalcon

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 12:25 AM

So after nearly three years of successfully fighting off spyware, it now seems to be winning. A couple of programs (oddly enough advertising anti spyware services) have buried themselves somewhere on my computer and I can't seem to find them. They've also given themselves little icons down where the clock is (windows). I have spybot and ad aware, and I ran them both but to no avail. HELP PLEASE!!!

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 01:06 AM

If you know exactly what you're infected with you can post the infections and we can probably tell you the methods of getting rid of them.

If you don't know what the infections are I'd recommend heading over to the HijackThis analysis forum.
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 01:29 AM

Wopuld they be looking something similar like these?

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example screenshots rogue apps


If so, and if your using Win XP or 2000, follow the generic instructions for using SmitfraudFix in BC'sHow to remove the Smitfraud/Generic Zlob

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 10:42 PM

hey, FOZZIE. I can't thank you enough. That did the trick. I appreciate your help. Thanks again.

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Posted 06 April 2007 - 07:26 AM

Now you should Set a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since System Restore is a protected directory, your tools can not access it to delete these bad files which sometimes can reinfect your system if you use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "OK".
  • Click the "More Options" Tab.
  • Click "Clean Up" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.

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