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Re: Is ipfw kernel mode driver in device manager a legit item

Unread postby melboy » August 24th, 2009, 3:07 am

Install and use a firewall with outbound protection
The Windows firewall only monitors incoming traffic, NOT outgoing. Using a software firewall in its default configuration to replace the Windows firewall greatly reduces the risk of your computer being hacked. Make sure your firewall is always enabled while your computer is connected to the internet.
Note: You should only have one firewall installed at a time. Having more than one firewall installed at once is likely to cause conflicts and may well decrease your overall protection as well as seriously impairing the performance of your PC.
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Your log now appears to be clean. Congratulations!
This is my general post for when your logs show no more signs of malware ;)- Please let me know if you still are having problems with your computer and what these problems are.




Protection Programs
Re-enable any protection programs we disabled during your fix.

I wouldn't re-enable SpyBot S&D TeaTimer as you have Windows Defender for realtime protection and they do much the same job. Sometimes too many realtime protection programs can actually leave you less protected and can impact on system resources. I would keep SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes' Anti-malware. Keep them updated and run regular quick scans with them, say once a week or so.


Uninstall Combofix
We Need to Remove ComboFix
The following will implement some cleanup procedures as well as reset System Restore points:
  1. Please go to Start -> Run
  2. Enter "ComboFix /u" (without quotes). Note the space betwen "ComboFix" and "/u", it needs to be there.
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  3. Press OK (Or hit enter).
  4. Allow ComboFix to remove itself.


Windows XP
You should update to SP3.
Visit http://www.update.microsoft.com/ using Internet Explorer, and install all high priority updates.
Note:
You may have to repeat the procedure several times before you get all the updates. Go to windows update, get all high priority updates, reboot your computer, and repeat until there are no updates left to install.


General Security and Computer Health
Below are some steps to follow in order to dramatically lower the chances of reinfection. You may have already implemented some of the steps below, however you should follow any steps that you have not already implemented.
  • Make sure that you keep your antivirus updated
    New viruses come out every minute, so it is essential that you have the latest signatures for your antivirus program to provide you with the best possible protection from malicious software.
    Note: You should only have one antivirus installed at a time. Having more than one antivirus program installed at once is likely to cause conflicts and may well decrease your overall protection as well as impairing the performance of your PC.
    Uninstall Tools for Major Antivirus Products

  • Security Updates for Windows, Internet Explorer & Microsoft Office
    Whenever a security problem in its software is found, Microsoft will usually create a patch so that after the patch is installed, attackers can't use the vulnerability to install malicious software on your PC. Keeping up with these patches will help to prevent malicious software being installed on your PC. Ensure you are registered for Windows updates via Start > right-click on My Computer > Properties > Automatic Updates tab or visit the Microsoft Update site on a regular basis.
    Note: The update process uses ActiveX, so you will need to use internet explorer for it and allow the ActiveX control to install.
  • Update Non-Microsoft Programs
    Microsoft isn't the only company whose products can contain security vulnerabilities. To check whether other programs running on your PC are in need of an update, you can use the Secunia Software Inspector - I suggest that you run it at least once a month.
  • Make Internet Explorer More Secure
    Internet Explorer 8 <<< Recommended Version
    For older versions please read and follow the recommendations at this site
    Internet Explorer7
    Internet Explorer6


Recommended Programs

I would recommend the download and installation of some or all of the following programs (if not already present), and the updating of them on a regular basis.

  • WinPatrol
    As a robust security monitor, WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. For more information, please visit HERE.
  • SpywareBlaster
    SpywareBlaster sets killbits in the registry to prevent known malicious ActiveX controls from installing on your computer. If you don't know what ActiveX controls are, see HERE. You can download SpywareBlaster from HERE.
  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware. It includes a number of features, including a built in protection monitor that blocks malicious processes before they even start.You can download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from HERE. You can find a tutorial HERE.
  • Hosts File
    For added protection you may also like to add a host file. A simple explanation of what a Hosts file does is HERE and for more information regarding host files read HERE.
  • Use an alternative Internet Browser
    Many of the exploits are directed to users of Internet Explorer. Try using a different browser instead:
    Firefox
    Opera


Finally I am trying to make one point very clear. It is absolutely essential to keep all of your security programs up to date.

Also please read this great article by Tony Klein So How Did I Get Infected In First Place

I'd be grateful if you could reply to this post so that I know you have read it and, if you've no other questions, the thread can be closed.

Happy surfing and stay clean!
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Re: Is ipfw kernel mode driver in device manager a legit item

Unread postby lilliejane » August 24th, 2009, 11:29 am

Thank you ever so much for working to restore my PC.You are a great access to this site.... My PC is running much better and has corrected all the problems I was having.God bless and hope for you the best.
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Re: Is ipfw kernel mode driver in device manager a legit item

Unread postby melboy » August 24th, 2009, 2:04 pm

You're most welcome, Lillijane. :)
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Re: Is ipfw kernel mode driver in device manager a legit item

Unread postby chryssi2001 » August 25th, 2009, 1:10 pm

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