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#31
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Hi. :D

Hard-Drive Maintenance/Repair:

Note: for the CHKDSK portion you may refer to this tutorial of mine here and follow the instructions for Graphical Mode if you so wish.

Click on Start >> Run and type cleanmgr in the box and press OK.

  • Ensure the boxes for Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files and Recycle Bin are checked.
  • You can choose to check other boxes if you wish but they are not required.
  • Click on OK then Yes.
Next:-

  • Click Start >> Run... then type in CMD and click on OK.
  • At the Command Prompt C:\ > type the following:
  • CD C:\ and hit the Enter/Return key.
  • Now type in DEFRAG C: -F
  • A Analysis report will be displayed and then Windows will start the Defragmention run automatically.
  • This may take some time, when completed the Command Prompt C:\ > will appear.
  • Now type in CHKDSK C: /R and hit the Enter/Return key.
  • When prompted with:

CHKDSK cannot run because the volume is in use by another process
Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked next time the system
restarts (Y/N)

  • Hit the Y key then at the Command Prompt C:\ >
  • Type in EXIT and and hit the Enter/Return key.
  • Now Reboot(Restart) your computer.
Note: Upon Reboot(Restart) the CHKDSK(check-disk) will start and carry out the repairs required.

You should see a screen like this just after the Post(power on self test) screen:

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Note: Do not touch either the keyboard or Mouse, otherwise the Check-Disk will be cancelled and you computer will continue to boot-up as normal.

Next:

Let myself know when completed the above and we will go from there, thank you.
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ok, all done.
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Hi. :D

ESET Online Scanner:

Note: You can use either Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox for this scan. You will however need to disable your current installed Anti-Virus, how to do so can be read here.

  • Please go here to run the scan...Click on Scan Now

    Note: If using Mozilla Firefox you will need to download esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe when prompted then double click on it to install.
    All of the below instructions are compatible with either Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox.

  • Select the option YES, I accept the Terms of Use then click on: Posted Image
  • When prompted allow the Add-On/Active X to install.
  • Make sure that the option Remove found threats is NOT checked, and the option Scan archives is checked.
  • Now click on Advanced Settings and select the following:
    • Scan for potentially unwanted applications
    • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
    • Enable Anti-Stealth Technology
  • Now click on: Posted Image
  • The virus signature database... will begin to download. Be patient this make take some time depending on the speed of your Internet Connection.
  • When completed the Online Scan will begin automatically.
  • Do not touch either the Mouse or keyboard during the scan otherwise it may stall.
  • When completed select Uninstall application on close if you so wish, make sure you copy the logfile first!
  • Now click on: Posted Image
  • Use notepad to open the logfile located at C:\Program Files\ESET\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt.
  • Copy and paste that log as a reply to this topic.
Note: Do not forget to re-enable your Anti-Virus application after running the above scan!
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C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Toolbar\RealBar.dll probably a variant of Win32/Adware.Toolbar.Visicom.AB application
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\05I7CX2F\dialog_alert[2] Win32/Adware.Antivirus2010 application
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\05I7CX2F\dialog_pay[1] Win32/Adware.Antivirus2010 application
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\CDAHK56D\uninstall[1] Win32/Adware.Antivirus2010 application
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\OLQFCT6N\dialog_alert[1] Win32/Adware.Antivirus2010 application
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\OLQFCT6N\INSTALL[1] Win32/Adware.Antivirus2010 application
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\OLQFCT6N\script[1] Win32/Adware.Antivirus2010 application
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Hi. :D

The results of the online scan are a lot better than I was expecting to be quite honest...which we can take as a positive sign.

Using Windows Explorer (to get there right-click your Start button and go to Explore), please delete this folder (if present):

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Toolbar <-- Only delete this folder.

TFC(Temp File Cleaner):

  • Please download TFC to your desktop,
  • Save any unsaved work. TFC will close all open application windows.
  • Double-click TFC.exe to run the program.
  • Click the Start button in the bottom left of TFC
  • If prompted, click "Yes" to reboot.
Note: Save your work. TFC will automatically close any open programs, let it run uninterrupted. It should not take longer than a couple of minutes , and may only take a few seconds. Only if needed will you be prompted to reboot.

Download/install SP3:

Download can be found here.

Once you have downloaded the SP3 installer, please read this Microsoft article before actually installing the aforementioned service pack.

New Java Installation:

  • Click here to visit Java's website.
  • Scroll down to Java SE 6 Update 25 (JDK or JRE). Click on Download JRE.
  • Check (tick) Java SE Runtime Environment 6u25 License Agreement box.
  • Click on jre-6u25-windows-i586.exe link next to Windows x86 Offline to download it and save this to a convenient location.
  • Double-click on jre-6u25-windows-i586.exe to install Java.
Note: During installation de-select the option to install McAfee Security Scan Plus if offered.

Next:

Let myself know when completed the above and if any further issues remaining, thank you.
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All done. Is there anything else I need to do?

Edited by civiccrazy, 29 April 2011 - 09:27 AM.

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Hi

Dakeyras sends his apologies, he's away for a while so I'm helping him out.

Your logs are now clean - you are clear or seem to be. Please advise me if you still have any problems.

We'll move on to the cleanup now. There's quite A bit to do here, just take your time

Follow these steps to uninstall ComboFix and tools used in the removal of malware
  • Click START then RUN
  • Now type ComboFix /Uninstall in the run box and click OK. Note the space between the ComboFix and the /U, it needs to be there.
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OTL Cleanup

Run OTL and click the cleanup button. It will remove all the programmes we have used plus itself.

Anti-Virus
You must install an Anti-Virus as soon as possible. There's no point cleaning your machine if you don't. Only install one anti-virus as more than one may cause conflicts and slow down your system drastically.

The following Anti-viruses are free, and pretty good.



Preventing re-infection

Now that your system is clear, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent re-infection

It is critical that you have both a firewall and anti virus to protect your system and to keep them updated.

Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently - It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com regularly. 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.

Winpatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. Help file and tutorial can be found Here
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.
MVPS Hosts File - Blocks known bad sites by adding them to your Hosts file thereby preventing you from accessing them
TFC (Temp File Cleaner)- Cleans an enormous amount of junk held in temporary files and disposes of any malware lurking there.
Anti Spyware Program - We recommend MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware

Browsers
Consider using FIREFOX or OPERA, both are free to use and are more secure than IE. If you are using Firefox you can stay more secure by adding NoScript and WOT (Web Of Trust). NoScript stops Java scripts from starting on a web page unless you give permission for them, and WOT has a comprehensive list of ratings for different websites allowing you to easily see if a website that you are about to go to has a bad reputation; in fact it will warn you to check if you are sure that you want to continue to a bad website.


Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions:
  • Run Internet Explorer
  • Click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
  • Click once on the Security tab
  • Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
  • Click once on the Custom Level button.
  • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
  • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
  • Change the Initialize 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.
Updates
From time to time, software vendors introduce updates for their products. Sometimes these are to enhance the product, but often they are to repair an exploitable vulnerability. You may like to consider installing Secunia PSI. This is a free application (for home users) that sits in the system tray and alerts you when security updates are available, and where from. Secunia PSI can be downloaded from HERE
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OK, Is there anything else or is everything good now?
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That should be it :)
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Thank you very much for the help!! Both of you....
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Thank you very much for the help!! Both of you....


I'll pass your thanks on to Dakeyras
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

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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