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Copy all the text in the Code Box below to Notepad and save it to the Desktop with the name Clr.reg

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks]
"{D3B3C51E-8D11-4667-85B9-0930F519BED7}"=-

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1220945662-790525478-839522115-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Cached]
"{D3B3C51E-8D11-4667-85B9-0930F519BED7} {00000000-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} 0x401"=-


Double Click Clr.reg and allow it to merge into the regstry.


Please run the Bit Defender Online Scan
http://www.bitdefend...m/scan8/ie.html

You must use Internet Explorer for this scanner.

Install the ActiveX and Click on "Click here to Scan"

Allow it to update and Scan the Machine.

It should disinfect or delete whatever it finds that is infected.

Save the report in generates in a text format please and post it back here
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Hi,

I added the code to my registry as instructed.

Here are the results from my BitDefender scan:

BitDefender Online Scanner



Scan report generated at: Sat, Oct 07, 2006 - 10:16:43





Scan path: A:\;C:\;D:\;E:\;







Statistics

Time
00:53:38

Files
589277

Folders
3873

Boot Sectors
2

Archives
2212

Packed Files
106944




Results

Identified Viruses
5

Infected Files
13

Suspect Files
0

Warnings
0

Disinfected
0

Deleted Files
14




Engines Info

Virus Definitions
474403

Engine build
AVCORE v1.0 (build 2310) (i386) (Apr 17 2006 16:24:38)

Scan plugins
13

Archive plugins
38

Unpack plugins
6

E-mail plugins
6

System plugins
1




Scan Settings

First Action
Disinfect

Second Action
Delete

Heuristics
Yes

Enable Warnings
Yes

Scanned Extensions
*;

Exclude Extensions


Scan Emails
Yes

Scan Archives
Yes

Scan Packed
Yes

Scan Files
Yes

Scan Boot
Yes




Scanned File
Status

C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\Quarantine\fil0F489779.dat=>(gzip)
Infected with: Trojan.Zlob.AM

C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\Quarantine\fil0F489779.dat=>(gzip)
Disinfection failed

C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\Quarantine\fil0F489779.dat=>(gzip)
Deleted

C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\Quarantine\fil0F489779.dat
Update failed

C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2005\Quarantine\2.tmp=>(Quarantine-4)
Infected with: Trojan.FakeAlert.CX

C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2005\Quarantine\2.tmp=>(Quarantine-4)
Disinfection failed

C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2005\Quarantine\2.tmp=>(Quarantine-4)
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP36\A0004311.dll
Infected with: Trojan.Agent.VX

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP36\A0004311.dll
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP36\A0004311.dll
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0004418.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AKS

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0004418.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0004418.exe
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005415.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AKS

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005415.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005415.exe
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005469.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AKS

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005469.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005469.exe
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005493.bat
Infected with: Trojan.Zlob.AM

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005493.bat
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005493.bat
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005495.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Zlob.DI

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005495.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005495.exe
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005503.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AKS

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005503.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005503.exe
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005516.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AKS

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005516.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005516.exe
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005536.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AKS

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005536.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005536.exe
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005543.bat
Infected with: Trojan.Zlob.AM

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005543.bat
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005543.bat
Deleted

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005621.exe
Infected with: Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AKS

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005621.exe
Disinfection failed

C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005621.exe
Deleted



Thanks!
Scott
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Is the machine seem to be acting any better today?


Lets have one last online scan to be sure I havent ovrlooked something.


Please do an online scan with Kaspersky WebScanner

Click on Kaspersky Online Scanner

You will be promted to install an ActiveX component from Kaspersky, Click Yes.
  • The program will launch and then begin downloading the latest definition files:
  • Once the files have been downloaded click on NEXT
  • Now click on Scan Settings
  • In the scan settings make that the following are selected:
    • Scan using the following Anti-Virus database:
    Extended (if available otherwise Standard)
    • Scan Options:
    Scan Archives
    Scan Mail Bases
  • Click OK
  • Now under select a target to scan:Select My Computer
  • This will program will start and scan your system.
  • The scan will take a while so be patient and let it run.
  • Once the scan is complete it will display if your system has been infected.
    • Now click on the Save as Text button:
  • Save the file to your desktop.
  • Copy and paste that information in your next post.

Please Install these 2 to add to the Security of the PC!

SpywareBlaster:
http://www.javacools.../downloads.html
Update Immediatly!

WinHelp2002 Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/...2002/hosts2.htm


Updating Java and Clearing Cache
  • Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on the Java Icon (coffee cup) in the Control Panel.
  • It will say "Java Plug-in" under the icon.
    Please find the update button or tab in the Java Control Panel. Update your Java then reboot.
  • If you are unable to update you can manually update by going here:
  • After the reboot, go back into the Control Panel and double-click the Java Icon.
  • Under Temporary Internet Files, click the Delete Files button.
  • There are three options in the window to clear the cache - Leave ALL 3 CheckedDownloaded Applets
    Downloaded Applications
    Other Files
  • Click OK on Delete Temporary Files Window
    Note: This deletes ALL the Downloaded Applications and Applets from the CACHE.
  • Click OK to leave the Java Control Panel.

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Hi,

Below are the results from my Kaspersky scan.

I also downloaded and installed SpywareBlaster and the WinHelp2002 Hosts File per your instructions.

I could not find a Java icon in my Control Panel; I attempted a manual update but was told I had all available updates. After reboot, I was still unable to locate a Java Icon, and have not deleted any temporary internet files.

Thanks,
Scott



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KASPERSKY ONLINE SCANNER REPORT
Saturday, October 07, 2006 4:07:10 PM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
Kaspersky Online Scanner version: 5.0.83.0
Kaspersky Anti-Virus database last update: 7/10/2006
Kaspersky Anti-Virus database records: 229826
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Scan Settings:
Scan using the following antivirus database: extended
Scan Archives: true
Scan Mail Bases: true

Scan Target - My Computer:
A:\
C:\
D:\
E:\

Scan Statistics:
Total number of scanned objects: 49340
Number of viruses found: 5
Number of infected objects: 17 / 0
Number of suspicious objects: 0
Duration of the scan process: 00:44:55

Infected Object Name / Virus Name / Last Action
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Cookies\index.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\NTUSER.DAT Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\ntuser.dat.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\NTUSER.DAT Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\ntuser.dat.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\pvsa1sw6.default\history.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\pvsa1sw6.default\parent.lock Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Cookies\index.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Desktop\SmitfraudFix\SmitfraudFix\Reboot.exe Infected: not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.Reboot.f skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Desktop\SmitfraudFix.zip/SmitfraudFix/Reboot.exe Infected: not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.Reboot.f skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Desktop\SmitfraudFix.zip ZIP: infected - 1 skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\pvsa1sw6.default\Cache\_CACHE_001_ Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\pvsa1sw6.default\Cache\_CACHE_002_ Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\pvsa1sw6.default\Cache\_CACHE_003_ Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\pvsa1sw6.default\Cache\_CACHE_MAP_ Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\NTUSER.DAT Object is locked skipped
C:\Documents and Settings\Scott\ntuser.dat.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\System Volume Information\MountPointManagerRemoteDatabase Object is locked skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0004410.dll Infected: Packed.Win32.Klone.g skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0004419.dll Infected: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Renos.fh skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005416.dll Infected: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Renos.fh skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005470.dll Infected: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Renos.fh skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005502.dll Infected: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Renos.fh skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP37\A0005517.dll Infected: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Renos.fh skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005590.dll Infected: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Renos.fh skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005623.dll Infected: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Renos.fh skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005689.dll Infected: Trojan.Win32.BHO.g skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005690.dll Infected: Packed.Win32.Klone.k skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP38\A0005726.dll Infected: Packed.Win32.Klone.k skipped
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{84272774-AE4B-403D-BCF6-78CA6285C2A5}\RP40\change.log Object is locked skipped
C:\VundoFix Backups\jqjwfmtq.dll.bad Infected: Packed.Win32.Klone.k skipped
C:\VundoFix Backups\nwsgaaci.dll.bad Infected: Trojan.Win32.BHO.g skipped
C:\VundoFix Backups\winhoo32.dll.bad Infected: Packed.Win32.Klone.g skipped
C:\WINDOWS\Debug\PASSWD.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\SchedLgU.Txt Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\ReportingEvents.log Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\Sti_Trace.log Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot2\edb.log Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot2\tmp.edb Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\AppEvent.Evt Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\default Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\default.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SAM Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SAM.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SecEvent.Evt Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SECURITY Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SECURITY.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\software Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\software.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SysEvent.Evt Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\system Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\system.LOG Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\INDEX.BTR Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\INDEX.MAP Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING.VER Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING1.MAP Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING2.MAP Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\OBJECTS.DATA Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\OBJECTS.MAP Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\wiadebug.log Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\wiaservc.log Object is locked skipped
C:\WINDOWS\WindowsUpdate.log Object is locked skipped

Scan process completed.
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Go ahead and clean up any of the tools we used.

Delete this folder as well--> C:\VundoFix Backups

Hows the PC acting now?
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Hi,

I believe I've cleaned up the tools we used; I deleted C:\VundoFix Backups as well.

The computer appears to be running fine; are there any other steps I should take, or can I assume it's clean now?

Thanks!
Scott
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I believe we can call this a clean machine now! :whistling:


Now we need to reset System Restore and Clear out all the old infected restore points.
  • Click Start
  • Right-Click "My Computer" and Select Properties.
  • Click on the "System Restore" tab.
  • Place a checkmark in the box for "Turn off System Restore" and Click "Apply."
  • Restart the Computer.
  • Return to System Restore and Uncheck the box for "Turn off System Restore" and Click "Apply."
  • A fresh Restore Point will be created.



Now that you are clean, please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:

Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office Updates

Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site frequently. This will ensure your computer has always the latest security updates available installed on your computer. If there are new updates to install, install them immediately, reboot your computer, and revisit the site until there are no more critical updates.

If you are running Microsoft Office, or any application of it, go to the Microsoft's Office Update site and make sure you have at least all the critical updates installed.

If you have trouble with Windows Update, you still can get all the Critical Updates, Security Fixes and Service Packs. Below are a few links to bookmark.

Microsoft Security Bulletins
http://www.microsoft...ty/current.aspx

Office downloads
http://office.micros...te/default.aspx

Download Center
http://www.microsoft...ads/search.aspx

Microsoft Security Advisories
http://www.microsoft...ry/default.mspx

Recently Published
http://www.microsoft...nt/default.mspx

Make your Internet Explorer more secure
  • From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
  • Click on the Security tab
  • Click the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
  • Click on Default Level and click Ok
  • Click on the Custom Level button.
    • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
    • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
    • Change the Initialise and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
    • Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
    • Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
    • Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
    • When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
    • If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
  • Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
Take the time to check out the following links

Resources for using Internet Explorer 6
http://support.micro...om/?kbid=867470

How to Configure Enhanced Security Features for Internet Explorer from Windows XP SP2
http://www.microsoft...xp/iesecxp.mspx

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
http://www.microsoft...e/families.mspx

Keep your Sun Java up to date

The most current version of Sun Java is: Java Runtime Environment Version 5.0 Update 8
http://java.sun.com/...loads/index.jsp

Check in your Control Panel, under Add/Remove programs and uninstall ALL older versions of Sun Java. And in the future, remember to remove older versions of Java when you automatically update to a newer version to avoid exploitation of older versions left on your system.

Check out these topics for more information:
http://spywarewarrio...pic.php?t=17910
http://spywarewarrio...pic.php?t=17598

Free programs that may help you in keeping the PC clean
  • SpywareBlaster
    SpywareBlaster will add a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer settings that will protect you from running and downloading known malicious programs.
    You can download SpywareBlaster here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • SpywareGuard
    It provides a degree of real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection method. An anti-virus program scans files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard does the same thing, but for spyware. And you can easily have an anti-virus program running alongside SpywareGuard. It also features Download Protection and Browser Hijacking Protection.
    You can download SpywareGuard here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • IE-SPYAD
    IE-SPYAD puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone, so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all. It basically prevents any downloads, cookies, scripts from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
    You can download IE-SPYAD here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • Hosts File
    A Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well known ad, spyware sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer.
    A tutorial tutorial can be found here
  • MVPS Hosts File
    You can download the MVPS Hosts File here
    Furthermore the website contains useful tips and links to other resources and utilities.
  • Bluetack's Hosts File and Hosts Manager
    Essentially based on the research made by Webhelper, Andrew Clover and Eric L. Howes, it contains most if not all the known spyware sites, sites responsible for hijacks, rogue apllications etc...
    Download Bluetack's Hosts file here
    Download Bluetack's HostsManager here
Free Spyware Detection and Removal Programs
  • Ad-Aware
    It scans for known spyware on your computer. These scans should be run at least once every two weeks.
    You can download Ad-Aware here
    A tutorial can be found here
  • Spybot - Search & Destroy
    It scans for spyware and other malicious programs. Spybot has preventitive tools that stop programs from even installing on your computer.
    You can download Spybot - S&D here
    A tutorial can be found here
Before adding any other Spyware Detection and Removal programs always check the Rogue Anti-Spyware List for programs known to be misleading, mistaken, or just outright "Foistware".
You will find the list here

Ewido

Realtime protection against these threats:
  • Hijackers and Spyware
    Secure surfing in the Internet without fear of annoying changes of the start page of your browser, tracking cookies and advertising bars.
  • Worms
    Nobody should receive e-mails in your name with malicious files in the appendix anymore.
  • Dialers
    Security against all kinds of dialers. No fear when receiving the next phone bill.
  • Trojans and Keyloggers
    No chance for thieves to steal your bank data and personal sensitive information by tapped Internet connections, remote controlled webcams or secret keyboard recordings.
Most of you will have already the trial version of this software, which is an excellent program and particularly good at catching trojans. If you find it useful you might want to consider buying the full program. When the trial period ends the following features will stop working:
  • Scheduled scans.
  • Real-time monitoring of the entire system.
  • Memory Scan detects active threats.
  • Self-protection at kernel layer guarantees gapless monitoring.
  • Automatic online-update.
The manual memory scan will work in the free version and you can manually update the definitions by clicking on the "Start Update" button under Manual update in the update module.

You can download Ewido here
Ewido manual updates.
Download the Full database to your Desktop or to your usual Download Folder and install it by double clicking the file. Make sure that Ewido is closed before installing the update.

WinPatrol

WinPatrol uses a heuristic approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others download new reference files.
  • Detect & Neutralize Spyware.
  • Detect & Neutralize ADware.
  • Detect & Neutralize Viral infections.
  • Detect & Neutralize Unwanted IE Add-Ons.
  • Detect & Restore File Type Changes.
  • Automatically Filter Unwanted Cookies.
  • Avoid Start Page Hijacking.
  • Detect changes to HOSTS & critical system files.
  • Kill Multiple Tasks that replicate each other, in a single step!
  • Stop programs that repeatedly add themselves to your Startup List!
Starting with WinPatrol 9.5 PLUS users also get the addition of Real-time Infiltration Detection so they'll know immediately when changes are made to critical system areas. WinPatrol Free is not demo or trial software. You're welcome to use it as long as you like.
You can download WinPatrol here
WinPatrol FAQ

SiteHound by Firetrust

Firetrust introduces the SiteHound Toolbar - the safe way to browse the Internet. With SiteHound, when you browse the Internet, you're shown a warning page every time you go to a site which is a known scam, potentially loads viruses or spyware on to your computer, has questionable content or anything you would not consider reasonable. You are shown a warning page with information about that site. From there you can choose to enter the site or go back. SiteHound is a free add-on to Internet Explorer. (Users of Firefox - a version for you is coming soon.) SiteHound's comprehensive database gathers the knowledge from other users and respected experts from the online security community to tell you which sites are real and which are bogus.

SiteHound will alert you when you enter a site which is known to contain:
  • Fraudulent claims or scams
  • Offensive material
  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Spyware or Adware
  • Spam related material
  • or other content deemed to be unsafe
Specifically, SiteHound blocks these categories:

• Adult • Spyware • Spam Advertising • Phishing • Possible scam or fraud • Misleading or False Advertising
• Pharming • Rogue or Suspect Product • Adware • Malware or Virus

System Requirements:
Internet Explorer 5.5+ and Windows 95/98/NT 4/ME/2000/XP

Product Info & Download: SiteHound Toolbar

For advanced users : ProcessGuard

ProcessGuard blocks rootkits, prevents spyware, guards your computer from DLL trojans...
For more information take a moment to read the Introduction and the Known Attacks information pages.
You can download Process Guard here

For advanced users : System Safety Monitor

System Safety Monitor (SSM) allows you to track down Microsoft Windows operating system activity in real-time and to prevent undesirable actions from various malware and spyware programs. SSM's main goal is to discover and block malicious actions of any application.
For more information take a moment to read the Main features of the program.
You can download SSM here

Use an AntiVirus Software

It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future. See the link below for a listing of some online & their stand-alone antivirus programs.
Computer Safety On line - Anti-Virus
http://forum.malware...pic.php?p=53#53

Update your Anti Virus Software

It is imperative that you update your Anti virus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your anti virus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.

Use a Firewall

I can not stress enough how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly. For an article on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below.
Computer Safety On line - Software Firewalls
http://forum.malware...pic.php?p=56#56
A tutorial on Understanding and Using Firewalls can be found here

Additional Information

For more information about Spyware, the tools available, and other informative material, including information on how you may have been infected in the first place, please check out this link.

A very nice collection of tutorials is available at Bleeping Computer
http://www.bleepingc....com/tutorials/

Finally, after following up on all these recommendations, why not run Jason Levine's Browser Security Tests ?
They will provide you with an insight on how vulnerable you might still be to a number of common exploits.
http://www.jasons-to...rowserSecurity/
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Thanks so much for your assistance - couldn't have done it without your help!

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