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about:blank and "Only the Best" fixed? [RESOLVED]


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I'm a new user and followed the "Required steps" and got to Step Four. I rebooted and it looks like the about:blank screen and the "only the best" windows don't appear anymore. This is wonderful and thanks so much for those Required Steps. However, IE starts on startup (which is not what I want to happen) and instead of the about:blank, I get a server cannot be found message in IE. I've set cnn.com as my default home page and when I start IE, cnn does come up. I ran HJT and there are still a few entries that look questionable. My questions are:

1) is it safe to remove the R0 and R1 since I don't want IE to start automatically
2) is it ok to remove the 02-BHO line for the JAVADK.DLL (file missing)
3) is there anything else to do?
4) am I really almost done? If I am, you guys are the greatest. If I'm not, you guys are still the greatest, but then please HELP!

Thanks in advance, and I've attached my latest HJT log Attached File  hijackthis20050528_0253.log.txt   4.68KB   62 downloads.

Bob
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Hi Yeewiz,

Not quite out the woods yet, but we can get you there.

Please Download and install CleanUp! Here

Set PC to show hidden files (click link if you do not know how)LINK

Please run an on-line virus scan at [url=http://www.kaspersky.com/beta?product=161744315]Kaspersky OnLine. fill in your name, for company type anything you like and add email address in relevant boxes.

Then Boot into Safe Mode:
Restart your computer and as soon as it starts booting up again continuously tap F8. A menu should come up where you will be given the option to enter Safe Mode.

Rescan with HJT and check the following entries:

[b]R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: Class - {350C3958-E4ED-66DF-A0FC-3262F6803660} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\JAVADK.DLL (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IEXPLORE.EXE] C:\PROGRAM FILES\INTERNET EXPLORER\IEXPLORE.EXE
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\VxD\MSTCP: NameServer = 24.20.31.178,24.20.31.179


Ensure no windows open except HJT and click FIX CHECKED.

Now run Cleanup to clear out temp files, junk etc.

Reboot PC normally and rescan with HJT and submit the log back
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Sorry it took so long. I had to sleep and the Kaspersky scan took 5 hours. Here's the HJT log per your instructions. Attached File  hijackthis20050528_1856.log.txt   4.28KB   58 downloads

Thanks so much,

Bob
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Hi Bob,

From your log, I see nothing in the ways of trojans, nor any evil entities attempting to possess your computer, except for Windows but it's too late for that one. :tazz:

Congratulations your log now appears to be clean. ;) Here are some tips, to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future, I strongly recommend installing the following applications:

Detect and Remove Programs:
  • How to use Ad-Aware to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Ad-Aware.
  • How to use Spybot to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Spybot. Similar to Ad-Aware, I strongly recommend both to catch most spyware.
Prevention Programs:
  • Spywareblaster <= SpywareBlaster will prevent spyware from being installed.
  • Spywareguard <= SpywareGuard offers realtime protection from spyware installation attempts.
  • IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
  • MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad 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
  • Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.
Other necessary Programs:
  • AntiVirus Program<= An AntiVirus program is a must! Whether it is a free version like AVG or Anti-Vir, or a shareware version like Norton or Kapersky, this is a must have.
  • Firewall<= A firewall is definatley a must have. Two good free versions are Sygate and ZoneLabs.
  • More Secure Browser<= Internet Explorer is not the most secure and best browser. There are safer and better alternatives available. I recommend Firefox, however Opera and SlimBrowsers are good as well.
And also see TonyKlein's good advice
So how did I get infected in the first place? and AntiSpyware Net's spyware article: Spyware, Adware, Malware: What it is, how it got on my computer, how to get rid of it, and how to prevent it.
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :tazz:

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

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