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Unread postby John S » January 7th, 2005, 7:31 pm

... I hope all your family's flu are better. Got a bit of a sore throat myself at the moment. I'm giving up smoking and using these microtab nicotine replacement therapy things.

I've had two colds since giving up. Never used to get them...
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Unread postby ChrisRLG » January 7th, 2005, 7:52 pm

Good news - all those accounts are now clean. - Well done.

below is my normal post as an all clean message.

I have not yet got round to updating it for this web forum - so the links should be pointing to the Public Library here now - so you will find all the info from this link http://www.malwareremoval.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15

You already have spybot - I would recommend that you install the teatimer option in that - and check it in each of the user accounts. Winpatrol is an alternative that you might prefer. Dont use both - overkill !

To do the setting up you will probably need to change the status of the users accounts to admin, do the updates to the programs for them, then change back to limited user. When needing updates to things like the AV and spybot/ad-aware etc you will need to do that in your admin account, not in the limited users ones - BUT they will automatically use the new files after you get them updated.

The way I use this at my church, the users use the limited accounts, I once a week do all the security updates in the admin account. Also any installs are done by me - temperary changing the users status if required.

Good luck.

ChrisRLG

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This is my normal post for when you are clear - which you now are - or seem to be. Please advise of any problems you still have :-

Now that you are clean, please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:
  1. 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 Millennium System Restore
    or
    Windows XP System Restore Guide
    re-enable system restore with instructions from tutorial above
  2. Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions:
    1. From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
    2. Click once on the Security tab
    3. Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
    4. Click once on the Custom Level button.
      1. Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
      2. Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
      3. Change the Initialise and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
      4. Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
      5. Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
      6. Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
      7. When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
      8. If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
    5. Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
  3. Use an Anti Virus Software - It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future. See this link for a listing of some on line & their stand-alone anti virus programs:
    Computer Safety On line - Anti-Virus
  4. Update your Anti Virus Software - It is imperitive that you update your Anti virus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your anti virus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.
  5. 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 susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly. For an article on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below:
    Computer Safety On line - Software Firewalls
  6. Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently - It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com regularly. This will ensure your computer has always 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.
  7. Install Spybot - Search and Destroy - Install and download Spybot - Search and Destroy with its TeaTimer option.
    This will provide real-time spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should also scan your computer with program on a regular basis just as you would an anti virus software. A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:
    Instructions for - Spybot S & D and Ad-aware
  8. Install Ad-Aware - Install and download Ad-Aware. You should also scan your computer with the program on a regular basis just as you would an anti virus software in conjunction with Spybot. A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:
    Instructions for - Spybot S & D and Ad-aware
  9. Install SpywareBlaster - SpywareBlaster will added a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer settings that will protect you from running and downloading known malicious programs. A article on anti-malware products with links for this program and others can be found here:
    Computer Safety on line - Anti-Malware
  10. 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.

May your God go with you..
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Thanks for the quick reply...

Unread postby John S » January 7th, 2005, 8:03 pm

... there's enough there to keep me busy :-)

Tomorrow maybe. No, definitely!

I can't thank you enough for your kind help and advice. When you are up and running then please feel free to contact me about that offer of an advert on my website. It gets about 1500 unique visitors a month (ok, I know all about how unreliable IP addresses are for counting visitors ;-) so it'll get good exposure.

And I'll happily add my own endorsment as well.

Otherwise, good luck with this project and thanks again.

John.
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Unread postby ChrisRLG » January 7th, 2005, 8:15 pm

Your welcome - you could add a link to TomCoyote site instead.

BTW we have a school there (my main job as it were) with about 100 cadets learning from such as me, how to clean computers. I was bringing this site up to act as a backup site - it seems that sometimes the malware writers take the trouble to target our sites direct with Denial of Service attacks (DDoS), this is to be held in reserve for when we get hit next time.

Toms site was down about two months last year due to one DDoS and it does not stop there. The website of Merijn (writer or Hijackthis is under contstant attack) as is Spywareinfo and several others. So they could do with your support too.

The anti-malware community is a very close group, such that we all help each other - see this list http://www.a-sap.org which is the organisation which we all work under in a way. I must be registered to half of those websites :)

God Bless.
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OK, I'll do that.

Unread postby John S » January 7th, 2005, 8:37 pm

This ad/mal/spyware does seem to be getting more and more prevalant. I guess some of it is relatively harmless (in the same way as getting junk mail through the post is harmless) but it's the underhandedness that annoys me.

I guess there's plenty of articles and forums where the ethics of it has been discussed at length so I'll not go on...

Let's face it; if those that peddle it are trying to bring sites like this down with DDoS attacks then then it must be bad! I've told my daughter that we're not getting Mess Plus re-installed, even without the sponsor. Apart from the fact that I thought we had re-installed it without the sponsor (after it had been unwittingly installed with the sponsor) and everything re-appeared, it's the fact they're prepared to do business with a company that peddles such dubious software that puts me off.

I mean, the toobar that appeared in IE for example. It had an option to turn the "adult filter" on. Which means it was not on by default! And links to gambling sites bundled in with a program (messenger plus) that is clearly aimed at children. That is just not on.

But obviously I don't need to convince you ;-)

Well, good luck with your mission!
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