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Rootkit: hidden boot-sector: PC freezes trying to remove


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Hi Oldman, you're absolutely fine, i appreciate the time you have given me already, no rush! I take it you're in OZ or NZ then, im in the UK.

All seems to be going well & Avast! isn't throwing up any warnings now. The only thing that happened when i switched on my PC just now is it took a long time to boot up & windows was doing some sort of system restore which i have never seen before.

Before you instruct me on the cleanup are there any of those small programme's that i can use again?, TFC.exe being the main one to clear temp files?

& 1 more thing, incase this is the last i'll get speaking to you. When i organise the icons on my desktop & switch my PC off then log back on the icons are all over the place, can i 'freeze' them to where i want them to be? I'm pretty organised & this frustrates the life outta me!

AND, can you point me in the direction of the 'donate' button please? You guys do an outstanding job & i've had to use you a couple of times before with only 1 donation. I mod a couple of bike sites here in the UK & i know server costs can be huge so i'd like to help you with that.

Thanks
Steve

Edited by 750steve, 15 February 2012 - 02:25 PM.

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Hi 750steve,

Actually I'm on the left hand side of N.A., but I work at night.


That's a known issue with win7. Try this
  • right click on your desktop
  • highlight view
  • uncheck Auto arrange


donations can be made HERE


From your desktop, please delete, if present
  • any notepads/logs that we created
  • Rogue Killer
  • mbr.dat
  • mbr.zip
  • aswMBR.exe
  • TDSSKiller
You can also delete anything we saved to your usb device.

Keep the xPUD CD, it may come in handy.


Next

Create new Restore Point
  • Click your Start button
  • In the Search box type create restore[/B
  • click on Create a restore point
  • Click the System Protection tab
  • click Create
  • Give your restore point a name and click Create
  • Wait while Windows creates a system restore point for you

Remove old Restore Points
  • Click the Start button
  • In the search box, type Disk Cleanup
  • in the list of results, click Disk Cleanup
  • If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  • In the Disk Cleanup for (usually C:) dialog box, click Clean up system files. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  • Click the More Options tab
  • under System Restore and Shadow Copies, click Clean up.
  • In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, click Delete.
  • Click Delete Files, and then click OK.


Open OTL then click the Clean Up button. You may get prompted by your firewall that OTL wants to contact the internet - allow this. A cleanup.txt will be downloaded, a message dialog will ask you if you want to proceed with the cleanup process, click Yes. This will do some clean up tasks and delete some of the tools you have downloaded plus itself.


I suggest you keep MBAM. Keep it updated and use it regularly.

You can also keep TFC


Some Recommendations and prevention tips

Basic security consists of 1 antivirus program, 1 resident antispyware program, 1 on demand antispyware program and a firewall. Windows7 firewall is pretty good so you have the basics.


You should also use Spyware Blaster to help immunize your computer.

- 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.

OR

A guide to understanding and using the hosts file.

Learn how your Hosts file can protect you and how you can protect it.
Besides the Hosts file information, there are links to a very good updated hosts file, a host file manager. and some programs that can protect your hosts file.
HOSTS

Please read the info on disabling the DNS Client before installing a custom hosts file.


-Secure your Internet Explorer

From within 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.




- Make sure you have reset Automatic Updates to your chosen optionClick your start button > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows updates


- Keep your antivirus program updated, as well as any other security programs you have.


-More tips and programs can be found [b]HERE



Please post back if you have any problems with these steps.

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Hello Oldman,

I have set restore point & deleted old ones.
I have ran OTL Cleanup (no log?)
Your desktop icon trick worked! thank you!
The 'Donate' link did not work?

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Hi 750steve,

No there won't be a log from OTL Cleanup. It cleans up some tools and it't own folders before removing itself.

Try the PayPal button in this link.
http://www.geekstogo...indpost__p__459
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We strongly encourage you to donate directly to the person that helped you. Many have donation links in their signatures.


Oldman, i didn't know i could do that!! Can you please give me the info i need

Edited by 750steve, 16 February 2012 - 07:48 PM.

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Hi

I've update my signature.
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Hi 750steve,

Thanks you.

Take care and keep safe.
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Thank you for your help Oldman, I wish i could have given you a bit more.

Thanks for helping me out, i have installed spyware blaster as well now. Manual updates?

You can now close the topic

Once again, thank you
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Hi 750steve,

You were more than generous. Thank you.

Yes the free version of SpywareBlaster needs to be manually updated.

Take care.
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You too, it's been a pleasure!

Maybe see you around on here again, hopefully not too soon though! lol
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

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