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I've been telling people for a long time that they should be using some kind of spyware/adware protection. I thought I was being good by purchasing, installing, and running PestPatrol for the last three months. But two weeks ago I started seeing random popup ads. They most often appear when my system is (or I assume it is) idle. Typically I'll close all my windows and go to bed, and then in the morning I wake up to find a popup ad on the desktop. :tazz:

I downloaded Spybot S&D, it found a few suspicious items, and I removed those. But the popups kept coming. So I downloaded AdAware SE, it found a few more, and I removed those. But the popups keep coming. I'm really not much smarter than the average bear when it comes to this type of problem, so I really could use some help. Thank you in advance!

Here's my HJT log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 9:02:02 PM, on 12/11/2004
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\nhksrv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\navapsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\npssvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\mspmspsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBLive\AudioHQ\AHQTB.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\alertsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\Solution Center\service.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adaptec Shared\CreateCD\CreateCD50.exe
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\MMKeybd.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\mmusbkb2.exe
C:\Program Files\Navnt\POPROXY.EXE
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\TrayMon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPControl.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Onscreen Display\OSD.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPMemCheck.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\CookiePatrol.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\hp psc 700 series\bin\hpodev07.exe
C:\Program Files\Navnt\NAVAPW32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033\msoffice.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\HPPSC7~1\bin\hpoevm07.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\hpoipm07.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\hp psc 700 series\bin\HPOSTS07.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Downloads\Hijack This\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Search_URL = http://www.runsearch.com/search.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = about:blank
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE NvQTwk,NvCplDaemon initialize
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [POINTER] point32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TCASUTIEXE] TCAUDIAG -off
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DellSC] C:\Program Files\Dell\Solution Center\service.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CreateCD50] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adaptec Shared\CreateCD\CreateCD50.exe" -r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD] C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\MMKeybd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Speed racer] C:\Program Files\Creative\PlayCenter\CTSRReg.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AudioHQ] C:\Program Files\Creative\SBLive\AudioHQ\AHQTB.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINNT\Updreg.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NPS Event Checker] C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\npscheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NAV DefAlert] C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\defalert.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPAIO_PrintFolderMgr] C:\WINNT\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\hpoopm07.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Norton eMail Protect] C:\Program Files\Navnt\POPROXY.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PestPatrol Control Center] C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPControl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PPMemCheck] C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPMemCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CookiePatrol] C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\CookiePatrol.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] ctfmon.exe
O4 - Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: HPAiODevice.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\hp psc 700 series\bin\hpodev07.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Norton AntiVirus AutoProtect.lnk = C:\Program Files\Navnt\NAVAPW32.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Quicken Scheduled Updates.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: ppctlcab - http://www.pestscan....er/ppctlcab.cab
O16 - DPF: {2FC9A21E-2069-4E47-8235-36318989DB13} (PPSDKActiveXScanner.MainScreen) - http://www.pestscan....r/axscanner.cab
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a224.g.akamai...meInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} (RdxIE Class) - http://software-dl.r...ip/RdxIE601.cab
O16 - DPF: {6B4788E2-BAE8-11D2-A1B4-00400512739B} (PWMediaSendControl Class) - http://216.249.24.14...tiveXImgCtl.CAB
O16 - DPF: {90C9629E-CD32-11D3-BBFB-00105A1F0D68} (InstallShield International Setup Player) - http://www.installen...gine/isetup.cab
O16 - DPF: {917623D1-D8E5-11D2-BE8B-00104B06BDE3} (CamImage Class) - http://surfcam.dingh...sCamControl.cab
O16 - DPF: {9600F64D-755F-11D4-A47F-0001023E6D5A} (Shutterfly Picture Upload Plugin) - http://web1.shutterf...ds/Uploader.cab
O16 - DPF: {F5131C24-E56D-11CF-B78A-444553540000} (Ikonic Menu Control) - http://activex.micro...eb/ikcntrls.cab
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Please follow instructions here:
http://securityrespo...moval.tool.html

Check the following items in HijackThis.
Close all windows except HijackThis and click Fix checked:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Search_URL = http://www.runsearch.com/search.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = about:blank

O16 - DPF: {6B4788E2-BAE8-11D2-A1B4-00400512739B} (PWMediaSendControl Class) - http://216.249.24.14...tiveXImgCtl.CAB

Then reboot and let us know if that fixed it.

Regards,

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Thanks Pieter!

I ran the Symantec Backdoor.Agent.B Removal Tool as you suggested (and as described in their instructions), and it said my computer was not infected. Then I did the five HijackThis fixes and rebooted per your instructions. Now I'll sit back and wait for a while ... to see if it's fixed.

I really appreciate your help. I'll let you know if it worked. Thanks again for the quick response and help!

Jeff
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:tazz: Well, it's still happening. I was hopeful when I woke up this morning and found no popups on the desktop. But about 10 minutes later, while I was reading a web site, one of these typical popup ads appeared. I know the web site I was reading is not one that uses popup ads. And, as I said, I get these popups regardless of whether I'm using the browser at the time or (more often) not.

Do you have a suggestion for the next thing to try? I did save another HJT log - right while the popup was on the screen (as well as my email and browswer windows open). Let me know if that log would be helpful to you.

Thanks again (in advance)!

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Please download and run CWShredder from: http://www.intermute...r_download.html

Use the Fix button and let us know if that found anything.

Regards,

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I just ran CWShredder, and it said it did not find anything.

I am awaiting your next command.

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Luckily there aren't that many spywares that can hide from HijackThis. :tazz:

Download and run: http://www.downloads...g/VX2Finder.exe

Use the Click to Find VX2.BetterInternet button and post the log.

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OK ... Here's the VX2Finder log: (Hope it's helpful!)

Log for VX2.BetterInternet File Finder (ALL)

Files Found---

Additional Files---

Keys Under Notify---
crypt32chain
cryptnet
cscdll
sclgntfy
SensLogn
wzcnotif


Guardian Key--- is called:

Guardian Key--- :

User Agent String---
T312461
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Nothing in there either sigh of relief

Can you tell me where the popups are from?

That might give me a idea where else to look.

Regards,

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I never wrote down much about who they were from. Sometimes they are advertising Cialas, sometimes on-line gambling. Several times it was a picture of Santa telling me to click for Christmas shopping. One time I did that, to see what they were selling, and it was Rolex watches. (Knock-offs I assume.) I'll pay more attention in the future.

I do remember that several times the window they popped up in had a title at the top that had (in the blue bar at the top of the window) some IP address followed by /oneclick/popup2.php I suppose I should have written down that IP address. Sorry. Recently they have not had that in the top bar any more ... just "Microsoft Internet Explorer".

If there is anything else I can try when the popup is on the screen - to help determine where they're coming from - please let me know. As I said, I did grab another HJT log while the popup was on my screen. Let me know if you want me to post that new HJT log. I don't understand enough to know if it would be of any more help.

Also, when I look at the HJT log, I see a bunch of 016 - DPF entries at the end that seem to be things I don't use much any more. e.g. shutterfly, real player, etc. If you see anything even semi-suspicious there I'd be happy to get rid of it to see if it helps.

Thanks again Pieter! I have confidence in you. Let me know what to try next.

Jeff
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Hi Peter!

I just got another popup ad. :tazz: This time the title bar said:

--=: spyware removal :=-- - Microsoft Internet Explorer

I saved an image of the popup page, and I'm including it in this post in case it might help you.

Posted Image

It wanted me to click to get to their spyware removal product. Unfortunately, just then I got some other email I wanted to read, and when I got finished with that the popup was gone. I'm afraid I must have accidentally closed it. I wanted to click on it to get you more info about who sent it. However, I do remember getting this same popup ad last week (because I remember thinking how ironic it was that they were using adware to send me a link for spyware removal), and when I clicked on their link last week to see what they were selling, I think it was SpyBlaster software.

Does that help?

Jeff
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:tazz: (Sorry ... I spelled your name wrong.)
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Ignore that pop-up advertisement you received. Please post a fresh log. :tazz:
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Just got back from a trip, and was treated to another popup ad on my desktop. "Online Poker" :tazz:

As you requested, here's a fresh HJT log. I really do appreciate your help! I will make a donation ... and if you solve my problem I'll make another bigger donation! ;)

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 10:58:50 PM, on 12/14/2004
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\nhksrv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\navapsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\npssvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\mspmspsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\alertsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBLive\AudioHQ\AHQTB.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\Solution Center\service.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adaptec Shared\CreateCD\CreateCD50.exe
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\MMKeybd.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\mmusbkb2.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\TrayMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Onscreen Display\OSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Navnt\POPROXY.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\hp psc 700 series\bin\hpodev07.exe
C:\Program Files\Navnt\NAVAPW32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033\msoffice.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033\msoffice.exe
C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\HPPSC7~1\bin\hpoevm07.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\hpoipm07.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\hp psc 700 series\bin\HPOSTS07.exe
c:\Program Files\PestPatrol\ppmemcheck.exe
c:\Program Files\PestPatrol\ppcontrol.exe
C:\Program Files\PestPatrol\cookiepatrol.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\ntvdm.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Downloads\Hijack This\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE NvQTwk,NvCplDaemon initialize
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [POINTER] point32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TCASUTIEXE] TCAUDIAG -off
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DellSC] C:\Program Files\Dell\Solution Center\service.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CreateCD50] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adaptec Shared\CreateCD\CreateCD50.exe" -r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD] C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\MMKeybd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Speed racer] C:\Program Files\Creative\PlayCenter\CTSRReg.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AudioHQ] C:\Program Files\Creative\SBLive\AudioHQ\AHQTB.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINNT\Updreg.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NPS Event Checker] C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\npscheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NAV DefAlert] C:\PROGRA~1\Navnt\defalert.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPAIO_PrintFolderMgr] C:\WINNT\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\hpoopm07.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Norton eMail Protect] C:\Program Files\Navnt\POPROXY.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PestPatrol Control Center] C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPControl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PPMemCheck] C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPMemCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CookiePatrol] C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\CookiePatrol.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] ctfmon.exe
O4 - Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: HPAiODevice.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\hp psc 700 series\bin\hpodev07.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Norton AntiVirus AutoProtect.lnk = C:\Program Files\Navnt\NAVAPW32.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Quicken Scheduled Updates.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: ppctlcab - http://www.pestscan....er/ppctlcab.cab
O16 - DPF: {2FC9A21E-2069-4E47-8235-36318989DB13} (PPSDKActiveXScanner.MainScreen) - http://www.pestscan....r/axscanner.cab
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a224.g.akamai...meInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} (RdxIE Class) - http://software-dl.r...ip/RdxIE601.cab
O16 - DPF: {90C9629E-CD32-11D3-BBFB-00105A1F0D68} (InstallShield International Setup Player) - http://www.installen...gine/isetup.cab
O16 - DPF: {917623D1-D8E5-11D2-BE8B-00104B06BDE3} (CamImage Class) - http://surfcam.dingh...sCamControl.cab
O16 - DPF: {9600F64D-755F-11D4-A47F-0001023E6D5A} (Shutterfly Picture Upload Plugin) - http://web1.shutterf...ds/Uploader.cab
O16 - DPF: {F5131C24-E56D-11CF-B78A-444553540000} (Ikonic Menu Control) - http://activex.micro...eb/ikcntrls.cab
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You may wish to print out a copy of these instructions to follow while you complete this procedure.

Please save Hijack This in a permanent folder (i.e. C:\HJT). This ensures backups are saved and accessible.

Please go offline, close all browsers and any open Windows, making sure that only HijackThis is open. Scan and when it finishes, put an X in the boxes, only next to these following items, then click fix checked.

O16 - DPF: {2FC9A21E-2069-4E47-8235-36318989DB13} (PPSDKActiveXScanner.MainScreen) - http://www.pestscan....r/axscanner.cab
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a224.g.akamai...meInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} (RdxIE Class) - http://software-dl.r...ip/RdxIE601.cab
O16 - DPF: {90C9629E-CD32-11D3-BBFB-00105A1F0D68} (InstallShield International Setup Player) - http://www.installen...gine/isetup.cab
O16 - DPF: {917623D1-D8E5-11D2-BE8B-00104B06BDE3} (CamImage Class) - http://surfcam.dingh...sCamControl.cab
O16 - DPF: {9600F64D-755F-11D4-A47F-0001023E6D5A} (Shutterfly Picture Upload Plugin) - http://web1.shutterf...ds/Uploader.cab
O16 - DPF: {F5131C24-E56D-11CF-B78A-444553540000} (Ikonic Menu Control) - http://activex.micro...eb/ikcntrls.cab


The following are not necessarily spyware/malware, but we suggest you place a check mark next to the following entries, as these programs may be taking up system resources.

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE NvQTwk,NvCplDaemon initialize
(Description: NVidia graphics card system tray application for tweaking. Not necessary. Removing this entry will free up a small amount of system resources.)

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TCASUTIEXE] TCAUDIAG -off
(Description: Associated with the 3COM diagnostic module (3COM NIC Doctor). Removing this entry will free up some system resources. )

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINNT\Updreg.exe
(Description: A small program that reminds you to register your Creative Labs product (i.e. sound card, video card). Unnecessary. Removing this will free up a small amount of system resources.)

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPAIO_PrintFolderMgr] C:\WINNT\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\hpoopm07.exe
(Description: Directly from HP: "This process has one purpose - detects if the device moves to a different port, and notifies other processes to look on the new port." For various HP all-in-one printer/scanner/copier devices. They print and copy fine with those files disabled, and the HP icon installed on the desktop that points to "hpodir07.exe" works just fine if you need to use the scanner. Removing this entry will free up some system resources.)

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] \"C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe\" -atboottime
(Description: Apple's QuickTime loader. Completely unneccessary. Removing this entry will free up a small amount of system resources.)

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] ctfmon.exe
(Description: CTFMon is involved with the language/alternative input services in Office XP. CTFMON.exe will continue to put itself back into MSConfig when you run the Office XP apps as long as the Text Services and Speech applets in the Control Panel are enabled. Not required if you don\'t need these features. For more info on ctfmon see here. CTFMON can be disabled from Control Panel, Text & Speech Services )

O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
(Description: Microsoft Office Startup Assistant. This program loads some Microsoft Office components into memory, even if you're not currently using MS Office. Removing this unnecessary program will free up a considerable amount of system resources. )

O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
(Description: Adjusts monitor colours across all programs, including Photoshop. It is needed by some graphics professionals who want their monitor calibrated. Most home users will not need it, and thus should remove this entry. )

O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
(Description: Microsoft Office Startup Assistant. This program loads some Microsoft Office components into memory, even if you're not currently using MS Office. Removing this unnecessary program will free up a considerable amount of system resources. )


Please delete your temporary files. Double Click My Computer (WinXP: Navigate to Start --->My Computer)
You will see an icon representing your harddrive (most likely C: Drive) Right Click on the hard drive icon and click Properties at the
bottom of the fly out window. One the very first tab (General) you will see a button labeled "Disk Cleanup"...click that button.
Make sure the following are checked:
Downloaded Program Files
Temporary Internet Files and
Recycle Bin

Click OK and Disk Cleanup will delete those files for you.

Reboot.

Download Ad-aware from: http://www.geekstogo...n=download&id=5

Install the program and launch it.

First, in the main window, look in the bottom right corner and click on Check for updates now and download the latest reference files.

Next, we need to configure Ad-aware for a full scan.

-> Click on the Gear icon (second from the left) to access the preferences/settings window

1. In the General window make sure the following are selected:
  • Automatically save log-file
  • Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal
  • Safe Mode (always request confirmation)
2. Click on the Scanning button on the left and select :
  • Scan Within Archives
  • Scan Active Processes
  • Scan Registry
  • Deep Scan Registry
  • Scan my IE favorites for banned URL’s
  • Scan my Hosts file
  • Under Click here to select drives + folders, choose:
  • All of your hard drives
-> Click on the Advanced button on the left and select:
  • Include additional process information
  • Include additional file information
  • Include environment information
  • Include additional object details
-> Click the Tweak button and select:
  • Under the Scanning Engine:
    • Unload recognized processes during scanning
    • Include basic Ad-aware settings in logfile
    • Include additional Ad-aware settings in logfile
  • Under the Cleaning Engine:
    • Let Windows remove files in use at next reboot
-> Click on Proceed to save the settings.

-> Click Start and on the next screen choose Activate in-depth Scan at the bottom of the page and then choose:
  • Use Custom Scanning Options
-> Click Next and Ad-aware will scan your hard drive(s) with the options you have selected.

-> Save the log file when it asks and then click Finish

-> When finished, mark everything for removal and get rid of it. (Right-click the window and choose Select All from the drop down menu and click Next).

-> Reboot your computer.

If you would please, rescan with HijackThis and post a fresh log in this same topic.
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