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Old 08-14-2008, 02:43 PM   #11
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it's probably Anti-spyware 2008 or Antivirus 2008 **** I saw at my last job.

Do a google for it and you'll find the removal tool, works pretty good.

I think it's classified as Malware.

Normal anti-virus scans and spyware (spybot S&D and Adaware) tools detect and remove it but not completely. At reboot you'll still have it along with the active desktop background wallpaper it likes to toss in on occasion. Safe mode will do the same thing with your spyware and anti-virus tools and you'll have it, yes... at bootup.

you won't get rid of it any other way.. it embeds itself pretty good.

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Old 08-14-2008, 02:52 PM   #12
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I spent an entire day trying to get rid of a similar problem on my work pc the other week and just ended up formatting a reloading. Had the same problem with another workers computer just Monday and didn't even try just wiped and reloaded. It only takes a few hours.

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Old 08-14-2008, 02:57 PM   #13
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my solution, and you might not like this but it can be cost effective if you rely on this PC for work, is to get a second harddrive and install windows, drivers, and basic software on it. keep the drive disconnected until your pc gets a virus then hook up the drive as the primary disk and boot from it. you will have an emergency copy of windows ready to go whenever you need it and still have access to all your files on the old drive plus you can run a virus scan on the old disk and maybe remove the virus.

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Old 08-14-2008, 03:15 PM   #14
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F8 at boot up and then select "Safe Mode with Networking"

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Thats the way !!! Also once your in ... you may look to see what is loading on start up in the registry and delete anything that doesnt come up as OK on a google search. This is fairly easy but if your too bold ... you will screw up your machine. A google search will explain how to explore your "run" and "run once" registry settings. This is where a lot of evil can get launched from
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:05 PM   #15
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if it will allow you to get onto the web, download the free version of AVG

or IT kid doesn't believe in Anti-Virus software and when my computer caught a virus, he had me "restore" the computer to when my last restore point was....

see if you can restore it, if not try to download AVG, if that doesn't work then I'm out of suggestions.
Word of warning: MS restore points only rewind your configuration files. Any infected programs/scripts/etc remain and will reactivate upon use. It's handy when you installed a new app and windows gets unstable, but it should never be used to combat a virus/malware/spyware infection.

You can fight it, and likely win. But unless you are skilled at the process, you will spend far more time fighting than you would just rebuilding it. Save your data files (data only), format, reinstall. Be sure to scan your data files before opening or reloading them.

In the future, follow EdWorts advice. Image to an external drive periodically and whenever disaster strikes, just restore the last good image.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:16 PM   #16
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Word of warning: MS restore points only rewind your configuration files. Any infected programs/scripts/etc remain and will reactivate upon use. It's handy when you installed a new app and windows gets unstable, but it should never be used to combat a virus/malware/spyware infection.

You can fight it, and likely win. But unless you are skilled at the process, you will spend far more time fighting than you would just rebuilding it. Save your data files (data only), format, reinstall. Be sure to scan your data files before opening or reloading them.

In the future, follow EdWorts advice. Image to an external drive periodically and whenever disaster strikes, just restore the last good image.
yeah, I was never fond of our IT kids method, I knew that it wasn't a "failsafe" approach.

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very true, however the only thing keeping me from switching is AutoCAD, 3Ds Max and a few other apps that I've only heard horror stories about.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:25 PM   #17
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Looks like someone is using IE!

Linux with FF3 and you will never have that problem

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my solution, and you might not like this but it can be cost effective if you rely on this PC for work, is to get a second harddrive and install windows, drivers, and basic software on it. keep the drive disconnected until your pc gets a virus then hook up the drive as the primary disk and boot from it. you will have an emergency copy of windows ready to go whenever you need it and still have access to all your files on the old drive plus you can run a virus scan on the old disk and maybe remove the virus.
I'm wondering if this is my best solution now. A lot of the other things people suggested I can't do because I can't get it to boot up all the way. So I don't know how to back up any data or anything at this point.

Maybe I just need to put in a new hard drive, install Windows and then re-install all of my applications. Then I can put the hard drive in an external case and see about getting the data off of it.
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:03 PM   #19
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If you go that route check out the IDE - SATA drive to USB adapter at Fry's for 15 bucks.

http://shop4.frys.com/product/543709...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

I bought one specifically to get data off systems that won't boot. It's cheaper than an enclosure and you can even connect 2.5" notebook drives to it. A great tool for data recovery.

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F8 on boot up and go to safemode with networking

go download this and run it. It will find various things and and remove them.

Then download Spybot search and destroy and run that to verify its clean.

If you find some files that it cannot delete you can get killbox here.

You will also want to run combofix depending on the level of infection.

You can also check out this guide for more info.

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