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Need Winfixer 2005 removal help [resolved]


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OK. I zipped 6 of those lil suckers into a Google.zip and sent it with a heads up and the link to this thread. It's only about a 3.3 Mb attachment, so it shouldn't have any trouble getting kicked back.
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Thank you very much, Atribune will have a look.

We sure don't like them, so let's get ride of them.

You already downloaded Cleanup!

Go to 'options'. On the General tab put a check to 'scan local drives for temporary files'. Let it cleanup and reboot the computer.
See if the folder only contains the toolbar now.

If not, remove the google toolbar and reboot. See if the folder is gone or delete it manually.

Let me know how things are.
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I copied the last two lines of what Cleanup told me after I cleaned. Check this out!

"CleanUp! 4.0 recovered 65.96 GB of disk space from 108203 files. Wow! You really needed that. CleanUp! finished on 10/06/05 18:41:03."

AS the files were flying by and being cleansed, I also noticed that there were also thousands of those tmp files in WINNT/system32 that I hadn't picked up before. I recovered about 49.9 Gb in the Google folder and around 15 Gb in the WINNT\system32 folder.

I'm going to see if I need to defrag and reboot.

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Update: No defrag needed. Everything seems to be running fast and smooth.

Edited by St Jimmy, 06 October 2005 - 06:35 PM.

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I want to thank you for the help removing Winfixer 2005 and the subsequent "side excursion" we took. You give excellent instructions and I learned some things that I didn't know. Dealing with malware is no fun, but the experience of killing it WAS! (and educational, too) I sent you a little something for your excellent guidance and patience. If you ever need anything from mid-America (Oklahoma), just say the word. :tazz:

Edited by St Jimmy, 06 October 2005 - 06:51 PM.

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St Jimmy, I'm so happy to hear everything is ok now :tazz: Also, thank you for the donation, it's much appreciated!

Just read some more information on this forums and you will be surprised once more. We've got shiploads of usefull information around here to help.

Shall I post you some tips for the future and close this topic then?
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Yes, by all means. And thanks again.
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Please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:
  • Disable and Enable System Restore. - If you are using Windows ME or XP then you should disable and re-enable system restore to make sure there are no infected files found in a restore point.

    You can find instructions on how to enable and re-enable system restore here:

    Managing Windows Millenium System Restore

    or

    Windows XP System Restore Guide

    Re-enable system restore with the instructions from the tutorial above

  • Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions:
    • 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.
  • Use an AntiVirus Software - It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future.

    See this link for a listing of some online & their stand-alone antivirus programs:

    Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection and Removal Resources

  • Update your AntiVirus Software - It is imperitive that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.

  • Use a Firewall - I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is succeptible to being hacked and taken over. I am very serious about this and see it happen almost every day with my clients. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.

    For a tutorial on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below:

    Understanding and Using Firewalls

  • Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently - It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com regularly. This will ensure your computer always has 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.

  • Install Spybot - Search and Destroy - Install and download Spybot - Search and Destroy with its TeaTimer option. This will provide realtime spyware & Hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should also scan your computer with this program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware , Malware, and Hijackers

  • Install Ad-Aware – Download and install Ad-Aware. You should also scan your computer with this program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software in conjunction with Spybot.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using Ad-aware to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from your Computer

  • Install SpywareBlaster - 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.

    A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

    Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware and Malware

  • Update all these programs regularly - Make sure you update all the programs I have listed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious programs are released.
Follow this list and your potential for being infected again will reduce dramatically.

Glad I was able to help.
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