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Author:  orion f6.3 [ Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:32 am ]
Post subject:  computer infected! please help!

not Astronomy i know but as all my astro bits are on this compy can any one help :!: i have run microsofts own anti spyware it got rid of a good deal but not Spyware :( run AGV but no good also also tried CWshreder but wouldnt load. managed to save passwords/e-mails but each time i log on i get a yellow triangle saying infected or tring to down load (somthing) to clean. (then Spyware loads) then computor says malware has infected your system any idears thanks, david. Orion f6.3 :(

Author:  Dreamofgilgamesh [ Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:07 am ]
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First thing i would do is get a free copy of Adaware.

Next thing is to switch off System Restore (assuming you're using XP or ME)

Then start the PC up in Safe Mode. Then run your AV prog and Adaware and see how you get on with that.

Author:  Vega [ Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:58 pm ]
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Also worth checking if there anything unusual in your start up folder. Or also do a start>Run> "msconfig" to see whats in there.

If something unusual is there then do a google search to get exact removal instructions for that particular spyware.

Author:  Tetricus [ Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:26 pm ]
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I run Grisoft AVG, Ad-Aware and Zone Alarm. Touch wood I haven't had any virus problems for a long time.
I also clone my hard drive once a week, using Nortons Ghost.

As with any AV software, if you dont have it on auto update, you must check for updates at least once a day.

Author:  orion f6.3 [ Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:08 pm ]
Post subject:  gone at last

wow that was a nasty b****r! SpyAxe. it keeps telling you that your compy is infected with viruses/malware/taken over/un-true e-mails. ect... you log on and buy its cleaning recomendation (if it works). Spybot AVG and Microsoft Antisoftware wont touch it as it regenerates to fast to compleat the clean and reboot. SmitRem is all i found to clean all files of it. down load save to desktop and run (in safe mode) can take up to 3 hours. thanks orion

Author:  KendalAstronomer [ Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:56 pm ]
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I had a similar bug that produced pop-ups asking for money for it to either scan and remove malware or get uninstalled. Very annoying. Searches of virus definitions revealed nothing except the underlying worm's name and that it hides as an antivirus program. Various things like adaware and spybot were launched against it, but nothing so much as detected the thing. Turned out not to have deeply embedded itself, so just a quick delete and all was fine. It was on my parent's PC for months before I came home and removed it, so although it turned out to be an old and pretty harmless bug, it frightened them for a while.


Must remember to keep away from this internet thing...

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