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Re: Looking for Malware

Unread postby askey127 » November 8th, 2010, 12:00 pm

mregal,
Your machine looks clean to me.
Unless you are having other symptoms that need to be investigated, I would proceed with these security precautions:
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Reset System Restore Points
  • Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore
  • Click Create A Restore Point then click Next. Give it a name and then click Create, then Close.
  • Click Start, Run and type Cleanmgr
  • Select the Windows drive (usually C:), then click OK.
  • After it scans, Click the More Options tab.
  • Click Clean Up in the System Restore Section.
This will remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.

Reboot your machine to record the changes you have made.
This System Restore sequence is not to be done regularly, but only as a Special Case after the removal of threats, or changes in the Restore settings.
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Replace the Current HOSTS File with MVPs
You can read about HOSTS files here : http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

  • Disable DNS Client Service. This is necessary when installing a large HOSTS file.
    From Start, or Start, Run
    Type services.msc in the box and hit <Enter>
    Give permission to continue if necessary.
    Scroll down to DNS Client on the list, Right Click it and choose Properties.
    Under Service Status, click Stop. Wait until it reports the service stopped.
    Under Startup Type, choose Disabled.
    Then click Apply, OK

  • Use HostsXpert to Install the HOSTS File
    Download HostsXpert and unzip (extract) it to your computer, somewhere where you can find it.
    • Double click on HostsXpert.exe to launch the program. Give whatever Permissions are required.
    • In the bottom half of the left pane, click on File Handling
    • If the first button at the top is labeled Make Writeable?, click on it so the label changes to Make Read Only
    • Click third button from the bottom, labeled Download. A couple new buttons will appear at the top.
    • Click on the top button labeled MVPs Hosts and choose Replace
    • When asked to verify if you want to Replace present Hosts file, click OK.
    • When it finishes, click on File Handling again.
    • Click the button at the top labeled Make Read Only, so the label changes to Make Writeable?
    • Hit the X in the upper right corner to exit HostsXpert

You may have to give permissions at various times to Unlock the present default HOSTS file and install the new one.

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Re: Looking for Malware

Unread postby mregal » November 10th, 2010, 3:13 am

Thanks for all your help. Much appreciated.
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Re: Looking for Malware

Unread postby askey127 » November 10th, 2010, 6:43 am

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