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Problems running Smitfraudfix [Solved]


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Hi. :)

Here is the log from the ESET Online Scanner:

Favourable results and all that has been detected is Smitfraud and its various components etc.

Any further issues remaining? If not we will clean up all tools used during the Malware Removal process and I will provide some advice about online safety etc.
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Hi,

That is great news! The only further question I have is the following. I thought we prevented the "gadget" application in Windows from opening upon start up; however, it is still opening when I start my computer. If that is not an issue, then I am ready to proceed.

-Spriteking
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Hi. :)

Download and run this Disable Windows Sidebar and Gadgets from Microsoft.

Follow the prompts >> reboot your machine when advised.

Let myself know if this worked, thank you.
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Hi,

It worked. Thanks.

-Spriteking
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Hi. :)

It worked. Thanks.

Good and you're most welcome.

Next:

Congratulations your computer appears to be malware free!

Now I have some tasks for your good self to carry out as part of a clean up process and some advice about online safety.

Importance of Regular System Maintenance:

I advice you read both of the below listed topics as this will go a long way to keeping your Computer performing well.

Help! My computer is slow!

Also so is this:

What to do if your Computer is running slowly

Clean up with OTL:

  • Right-click OTL and select Run as Administrator to start the program.
  • Close all other programs apart from OTL as this step will require a reboot.
  • On the OTL main screen, depress the CleanUp button.
  • Say Yes to the prompt and then allow the program to reboot your computer.
The above process should clean up and remove the vast majority of scanners used and logs created etc.

Any left over merely delete yourself and empty the Recycle Bin.

Reset the System Restore points:

Create a new, clean System Restore point:-

  • Right click on Computer and select Properties >> System protection >> Create.
  • Give this restore point a descriptive name and click Create.
  • When the new restore point is created click on OK >> close the System properties window.
Note: Do not clear infected/old System Restore points before creating a new System Restore point first!

Flush Old System Restore points:-

  • Next click Start(Windows 7 orb >> Run (or the Windows key and R together) to bring up the Run box and and copy and paste in:
    cleanmgr
  • in the box and press OK.
  • Select the system drive, C >> OK.
  • Ensure the boxes for Recycle Bin, Temporary Files and Temporary Internet Files are checked, you can choose to check other boxes if you wish but they are not required.
  • Click on Clean up system files >> Select the system drive, C >> OK.
  • Now click on the More Options tab.
  • Under:-
System Restore and Shadow Copies
  • Click on Clean up... >> Delete >> OK >> Delete Files.
Now some advice for on-line safety:

Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware:

This is a excellent application and I advise you keep this installed. Check for updates and run a scan at least once per week.

Other installed security software:

Your presently installed security application, AVG2013 automatically checks for updates and downloads/installs them with every system reboot and or periodically if the machine is left running providing a internet connection is active.

I advise you also run a complete scan with this also at least once per week.

Erunt:

Emergency Recovery Utility NT, I advice you keep this installed as a means to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.

Myself I would actually create a new back up once per week as this along with System Restore may prove to be invaluable if something unforeseen occurs!

Keep your system updated:

Microsoft releases patches for Windows and other products regularly:

  • Click on Start(Windows 7 Orb) >> All Programs >> Windows Update.
  • In the navigation pane, click Check for updates.
  • After Windows Update has finished checking for updates, click View available updates.
  • Click to select the check box for any found, then click Install.
  • When completed Reboot(restart) your computer if not prompted to do so.
Be careful when opening attachments and downloading files:

Never open email attachments, not even if they are from someone you know. If you need to open them, scan them with your antivirus program before opening.
Never open emails from unknown senders.
Beware of emails that warn about viruses that are spreading, especially those from antivirus vendors. These email addresses can be easily spoofed. Check the antivirus vendor websites to be sure.
Be careful of what you download. Only download files from known sources. Also, avoid cracked programs. If you need a particular program that costs too much for you, try finding free alternatives on Sourceforge or Pricelessware.

Stop malicious scripts:

Windows by default allow scripts (which is VBScript and JavaScript) to run and some of these scripts are malicious. Use Noscript by Symantec or Script Defender by AnalogX to handle these scripts.

Avoid Peer to Peer software:

P2P may be a great way to get lots of seemingly freeware, but it is a great way to get infected as well. There's no way to tell if the file being shared is infected. Worse still, some worms spread via P2P networks, infecting you as well. My advice is avoid these types of software applications.

Hosts File:

A Hosts file is like a phone book. You look up someone's name in the phone book before calling him/her. Similarly, your computer will look up the website's IP address before you can view the website.

Hosts file will replace your current Hosts file with another one containing well-known advertisement sites, spyware sites and other bad sites. This new Hosts file will protect you by re-directing these bad sites to 127.0.0.1.

Only use one of the above!

Consider installing WinPatrol:

WinPatrol alerts you about possible system hijacks, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission.

Download it from here.

You can find information about how WinPatrol works here.

Consider installing FileHippo Update Checker:

Further information and download can be found here.

Next:

This is a very helpful/useful set of advice from Microsoft: Microsoft Online Safety.

Any questions? Feel free to ask, if not stay safe!
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Hi Dakeyras,

I completed the final steps and suggestions you posted. Yet, I have one more question. I am not sure of the functions and capabilities of the type of virus I had, but one concern I had was regarding user names and passwords, etc. Is it required that I change my passwords because the virus I had could have accessed them?

-Spriteking
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Hi. :)

I saw no evidence that your machine was compromised in such a manner...if it had been rest assured I would have informed you about such.

Though saying that probably a good idea to periodically change all online passwords used as a precaution.

How to create a secure password:

When creating a new password use a series of both random upper/lower case letters and include some random alpha numerics also.

A example would be: THi85S13IsA7Eg4u2tWMg4r <-- Do not use this one Spriteking, merely a invented example for yourself. ;)

This is a good test for the strength of any passwords created: Password Checker
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Dakeyras,

Thank you so much for everything! I definitely would not have progressed to this state without you. I will definitely come back to Geeks To Go if I ever have anymore questions or issues (hopefully not). Take care & God bless.

-Spriteking
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You're welcome! :)
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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.

Everyone else please begin a New Topic.
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