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bestfriends.scr virus and qhost.apd trojan

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i clicked on a /bestfriends.scr link which contained a virus and now my internet is really slow. It takes a long time for me to sign onto AIM and my Internet Explorer isn't working well either. When I try to access a website through IE, I often get the "The page cannot be displayed" error page. I have to click refresh a dozen times or more to access the page. Sometimes I can access a site without trouble, other times it takes a dozen clicks. Sometimes I even get a "Cannot open search page" error message. Also, I have been getting several pop-up ads from offeroptimizer.com.

I've tried running McAfee AV scan but can't pinpoint the virus. Each time I turn on my computer, I get a McAfee alert telling me the trojan Qhosts.apd was detected and deleted.

Please let me know what I need to do to fix my computer. I've tried the Ad-Awares and Spybots and AV programs but nothing seems to be working. Thanks.
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Let us take a closer look at what is running on your PC. We'll need you to use a free diagnostic tool (HiJackThis) and post a log as a new topic in the Hijack This forum. It will get a better response there from the people most qualified to analyze logs.

Click the HijackThis Guide in my signature, download it and follow the instructions in the guide. Also see this post.

Most of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, DO NOT delete or modify anything yet! Someone will be along to tell you what steps to take after you post the contents of the scan results.

[edit] As there has been no response from the original poster, this thread is now closed. If you have any other problems, please post a new topic.

Edited by bananafanafo, 08 April 2005 - 01:14 AM.

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