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Re: Double click adware?

Unread postby AndyGitane » January 12th, 2011, 12:00 pm

I had the computer stripped and rebuilt, I think in October. He also updated to Office 2003. He didn't put Adobe or Photoscape back on it. I think when I downloaded one of those two I started having trouble. I was on the computer for a long time yesterday and never had a problem.
Didn't get the Extras file. Not in the Taskbar or Desktop

OTL logfile created on: 1/12/2011 8:54:04 AM - Run 2
OTL by OldTimer - Version Folder = C:\Documents and Settings\Gary\Desktop
Windows XP Professional Edition Service Pack 3 (Version = 5.1.2600) - Type = NTWorkstation
Internet Explorer (Version = 6.0.2900.5512)
Locale: 00000409 | Country: United States | Language: ENU | Date Format: M/d/yyyy

447.00 Mb Total Physical Memory | 50.00 Mb Available Physical Memory | 11.00% Memory free
1.00 Gb Paging File | 1.00 Gb Available in Paging File | 66.00% Paging File free
Paging file location(s): C:\pagefile.sys 672 1344 [binary data]

%SystemDrive% = C: | %SystemRoot% = C:\WINDOWS | %ProgramFiles% = C:\Program Files
Drive C: | 37.24 Gb Total Space | 30.12 Gb Free Space | 80.86% Space Free | Partition Type: NTFS

Computer Name: GARY-8A733E5E27 | User Name: Gary | Logged in as Administrator.
Boot Mode: Normal | Scan Mode: Current user
Company Name Whitelist: Off | Skip Microsoft Files: Off | No Company Name Whitelist: On | File Age = 30 Days

========== Custom Scans ==========

< HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\adver_id >

< End of report >
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Re: Double click adware?

Unread postby Bob4 » January 12th, 2011, 9:56 pm

Looks like your comp is clean now. :cheers:
A few things to clean up a bit and a few preventative measures.

You may keep Malwarebytes antimalware. Great program.
Also keep TFC and use it monthly or so.

Manually delete Rootkit Unhooker and MBRCheck.exe

Open OTL.exe
click on the cleanup button. You will be asked to reboot.
Please do so now to clean up some other tools we used.
Then continue on .

Please create a 'clean' System Restore Point:

The reason for doing this is in case you need system restore you don't put back all we just took out.

  • Click start/all programs /accessories/system tools/system restore
  • Place a check mark by turn off system restore
  • Windows will give you a warning click yes
  • Click APPLY
  • REBOOT the computer
  • Once rebooted go right back to the same place and place a check mark by system restore
  • Click APPLY and OK

Double click on HostsXpert.exe
Click on Make writeable.
Then click on Download<< MVPs Hosts << Replace.
Once it's done.
Click on Make Hosts Read Only to secure it against further infection.

What this does... A host file is a list of known bad sites.
When you click or type in a link the host file is checked first.
If that link you typed or clicked is in the host file your browser will redirect you to .
A page on your computer. Go ahead and click that sp you can see what happens. Then use the back button to come back.

More can be read about it here.
MVPS Hosts file

A few words on Microsoft firewall in XP . It only works in one direction. Incoming.
That means if something gets by it you would never know it was trying
to contact the internet.
Example: A bad program installs itself. You would never know it was contacting the internet.
Downloading other nasties and so forth.

If you decide to run one of these you should be certain Microsoft firewall is disabled.

1. Click Start, click Run, type Firewall.cpl, and then click OK.
2. On the General tab, click Off (not recommended).
3. Click OK.
I will list a few free firewalls for you. These are good (free) firewalls:
Never run 2 firewalls together. They will interfere with each other.
So just download and install one!

Online Armor Firewall
Sunbelt Personal Firewall Free

Windows Updates
Be certain automatic updates are turned on

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/important updates.
I know rebooting sometimes can be at an inconvenient time. Postpone it till later. This will still take less time than we needed to fix your machine. ;-)

SpywareBlaster will add a large list of programs and sites to your Browser settings that will protect you from accidentally running or downloading known malicious programs.
After the installation, click Download Latest Protection Updates. When it finishes, click Enable All Protection.

Always watch closely to any software your installing.
If they want to install something more than their program stop right there and investigate what it is they want to place on your computer.
If they give you the option not to install it choose that until you investigate it completely.
The more you install that you don't want or need the more you'll wish you didn't.

So how did you get infected in the first place ?

Safe and Happy Surfing. :)
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Re: Double click adware?

Unread postby AndyGitane » January 13th, 2011, 3:11 pm

Thank you for the relentless help you have provided me. I haven't installed a new firewall yet, later today. I've manually deleted the two suggested programs and set a restore point. Please extend my appreciation to Elrond for me.
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Re: Double click adware?

Unread postby Cypher » January 15th, 2011, 7:23 am

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