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Abebot problem

By Needsalotofhelp
May 11, 2008
  1. Im sorry to cause trouble but i have a pop up saying i have a security problem and that i have a trojan/abebot and it ask to click for clean up and leads to PC cleaner/anti-spyware i have been reading up and it seems serious and hard to get rid of i have tried McAfee(out of subscription) and Spybot S&D and i cannot remove it. Could you please help me?
     
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Hi Needsalotofhelp,

    Welcome to Techspot!

    My name is Blind Dragon and I will be helping you with your Malware problem. During the course of our interactions please be sure to follow all instructions carefully, and ask questions if you are unsure of how to proceed at any point.

    Please have a read here-> Is your system infected? Read this before Cleaning or Formatting

    If you decide to clean your system please follow these Viruses/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions and post back in this thread with the requested logs. There should be at least 3.

    1)MBAM or SAS log (for this infection I prefer MBAM)
    2)Combofix log
    3)Hijackthis log (Step 15)

    This thread is for the use of Needsalotofhelp only. Please don't post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
     
  3. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I am sorry it has taken so long to respond, i have been busy, but i am grateful for your response. I am going through all these steps but i have Mcafee Security Center(out of subscription) and it has tabs such as Lockdown firewall and Restore Firewall Defualts so i assumed that counted as a firewall. I dont know if that and Windows defender counts as a fire wall and if you would like me to download one of the suggested ones.
    Also, The AVG anti-rootkit link does not work and i do have Windows Vista. What do i do?
     
  4. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    AVG anti-spyware link does not work and is not downloadable individually and niether is root and everytime i did a run with Spybot s&d i aquired a warning that said "there were problems in the include file C:\program files\spybot-search_destroy\includes\Trojans.Sbi see include errors.log for details"
    what should i do?
     
  5. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    i am going to copy and paste the Hijack file im sorry if this doesnt fit if you request i can delete it im off to bed thank you for your knowledge. how did you learn all of this?
     
  6. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
    Scan saved at 9:00:03 PM, on 5/13/2008
    Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
    Boot mode: Normal

    Running processes:
    C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
    C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
    C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
    C:\Windows\zHotkey.exe
    C:\Windows\ModPS2Key.exe
    C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\mskagent.exe
    C:\Program Files\BigFix\bigfix.exe
    C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6253\SiteAdv.exe
    C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
    C:\Program Files\Canon\MyPrinter\BJMYPRT.EXE
    C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE4.0\OpWareSE4.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
    C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
    C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
    C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
    C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe
    C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPS\mpsevh.exe
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSC\mcuimgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\Crusty.exe.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
    C:\Users\Craig\Desktop\Crusty.exe.exe

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
    R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
    O2 - BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {089FD14D-132B-48FC-8861-0048AE113215} - C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6253\SiteAdv.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\ssv.dll
    O2 - BHO: scriptproxy - {7DB2D5A0-7241-4E79-B68D-6309F01C5231} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\VIRUSS~1\scriptcl.dll
    O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
    O2 - BHO: Browser Address Error Redirector - {CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777} - c:\google\BAE.dll
    O2 - BHO: XBTP02634 - {F97DA966-F09D-4cab-BF29-75A0026986EA} - C:\PROGRA~1\BEARSH~1\BEARSH~2\MediaBar.dll (file missing)
    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: McAfee SiteAdvisor - {0BF43445-2F28-4351-9252-17FE6E806AA0} - C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6253\SiteAdv.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {D3DEE18F-DB64-4BEB-9FF1-E1F0A5033E4A} - (no file)
    O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtHDVCpl] RtHDVCpl.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CHotkey] zHotkey.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ShowWnd] ShowWnd.exe
     
  7. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ModPS2] ModPS2Key.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MskAgentexe] C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskAgent.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NapsterShell] C:\Program Files\Napster\napster.exe /systray
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BigFix] c:\program files\Bigfix\bigfix.exe /atstartup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SiteAdvisor] C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6253\SiteAdv.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mcagent_exe] C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe /runkey
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CanonMyPrinter] C:\Program Files\Canon\MyPrinter\BJMyPrt.exe /logon
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSBkgdUpdate] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate\SSBkgdupdate.exe" -Embedding -boot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OpwareSE4] "C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE4.0\OpwareSE4.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvSvc] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\nvsvc.dll,nvsvcStart
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ehTray.exe] C:\Windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\npjpi160.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\npjpi160.dll
    O13 - Gopher Prefix:
    O16 - DPF: {39B0684F-D7BF-4743-B050-FDC3F48F7E3B} - http://www.fileplanet.com/fpdlmgr/cabs/FPDC_2.3.6.108.cab
    O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\PROGRA~1\Google\GOOGLE~1\GOEC62~1.DLL
    O23 - Service: Ad-Aware 2007 Service (aawservice) - Lavasoft - C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
    O23 - Service: Agere Modem Call Progress Audio (AgereModemAudio) - Agere Systems - C:\Windows\system32\agrsmsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee E-mail Proxy (Emproxy) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\McAfee\EmProxy\emproxy.exe
    O23 - Service: GoogleDesktopManager - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktopManager.exe
    O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
    O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee HackerWatch Service - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\HackerWatch\HWAPI.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Services (mcmscsvc) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Network Agent (McNASvc) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\program files\common files\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Scanner (McODS) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcods.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Proxy Service (McProxy) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mcproxy\mcproxy.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Redirector Service (McRedirector) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\redirsvc\redirsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Real-time Scanner (McShield) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcshield.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee SystemGuards (McSysmon) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcsysmon.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Personal Firewall Service (MpfService) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee Privacy Service (MPS9) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MPS\mps.exe
    O23 - Service: McAfee SpamKiller Service (MSK80Service) - McAfee Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskSrver.exe
    O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
    O23 - Service: PnkBstrB - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrB.exe
    O23 - Service: SiteAdvisor Service - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6253\SAService.exe

    --
    End of file - 8753 bytes
     
  8. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I am still learning but have been studying malware removal through some various sites for about 8 months

    Ok please re-read the preliminary instruction AVG antispyware is no longer included. SAS or MBAM have taken it's place please run one of those.

    As far as a firewall, if your subscription is out of date then you should consider either renewing or removing. If it were me I would remove Mcafee and install all of the free products that I will provide links too.

    To Remove Mcafee products
    1. Click Start, Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Programs and Features.
    3. Select the McAfee SecurityCenter product.
    4. Click Remove and follow the steps provided.
    5. Download the Mcafee removal tool from http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe
    6. Click Save and save the file to your desktop
    7. Make sure all McAfee windows are closed.
    8. Double-click MCPR.exe to run the removal tool. (Vista users need right click and run as administrator)
    9. Restart your computer after receiving the message CleanUp Successful.


    Please attach here:
    1)MBAM or SAS log
    2)Hijackthis log after following the above.
     
  9. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    wow 8 months, are you just studying malware or in software as well?
     
  10. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I don't see abebot in your logs, nor any other malware for that matter.

    Update your Java Runtime Environment
    • Click the following link
      Java Runtime Environment 6 Update 6
    • The 5th option down is the one you want (click Download)
    • Check the box to agree to terms of service
    • Check the box for your operating system and click 'Download selected'at the bottom
    • After the install Go to Start-> Control Panel-> add/remove programs (Programs and features), and uninstall any old versions
    • Navigate to C:\programfiles\Java -> delete any subfolders except the jre1.6.0_06 folder

    ----------------------------------------

    Download and Run ATF Cleaner
    Download ATF Cleaner by Atribune to your desktop.

    Double-click ATF Cleaner.exe to open it.

    Under Main choose:
    Windows Temp
    Current User Temp
    All Users Temp
    Cookies
    Temporary Internet Files
    Prefetch
    Java Cache

    *The other boxes are optional*
    Then click the Empty Selected button.

    Firefox or Opera:
    Click Firefox or Opera at the top and choose: Select All
    Click the Empty Selected button.
    NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click NO at the prompt.

    Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    Run Kaspersky Online AV Scanner

    Order to use it you have to use Internet Explorer.
    Go to Kaspersky and click the Accept button at the end of the page.

    Note for Internet Explorer 7 users: If at any time you have trouble with the accept button of the licence, click on the Zoom tool located at the right bottom of the IE window and set the zoom to 75 %. Once the license accepted, reset to 100%.
    • Read the Requirements and limitations before you click Accept.
    • Allow the ActiveX download if necessary.
    • Once the database has downloaded, click Next.
    • Click Scan Settings and change the "Scan using the following antivirus database" from standard to extended and then click OK.
    • Click on "My Computer"
    • When the scan has completed, click Save Report As...
    • Enter a name for the file in the Filename: text box and then click the down arrow to the right of Save as type: and select text file (*.txt)
    • Click Save - by default the file will be saved to your Desktop, but you can change this if you wish.
    Attach the report into your next reply
     
  11. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    here i downloaded the software
     
  12. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Looks good to me!

    I suggest you use winpatrol to control what programs run at start up, you can do this by right clicking on scotty in the system tray and select startup info...

    ------------------------------

    Uninstall Combofix
    * Click START then RUN
    * Now type Combofix /u in the runbox
    * Make sure there's a space between Combofix and /u
    * Then hit Enter.

    * The above procedure will:
    * Delete the following:
    * ComboFix and its associated files and folders.
    * Reset the clock settings.
    * Hide file extensions, if required.
    * Hide System/Hidden files, if required.
    * Set a new, clean Restore Point.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Cleanup using OTMoveit2 by OldTimer
    Now we can clear out the rest of the programs we've been using to clean up your computer, they are not suitable for general malware removal and could cause damage if launched accidentally.

    Download OTMoveIt2 by OldTimer OTMoveIt2.exe and place it on your desktop.

    1. Double click OTMoveIt2.exe to launch it.
    If using Vista Right-Click OTMoveIt and choose Run As Administrator
    2. Click on the CleanUp! button.
    3. OTMoveIt2 will download a list from the Internet, if your firewall or other defensive programs alerts you, allow it access.
    4. Click YES at the next prompt (list downloaded, Do you want to begin cleanup process?)

    * When finished exit out of OTMoveIt2

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Now that you are clean, please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:
    1. Set correct settings for files
      • Click Start > My Computer > Tools menu (at top of page) > Folder Options > View tab.
      • Under "Hidden files and folders" if necessary select Do not show hidden files and folders.
      • If unchecked please check Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
      • If necessary check "Display content of system folders"
      • If necessary Uncheck Hide file extensions for known file types.
      • Click OK

      clear system restore points

      • This is a good time to clear your existing system restore points and establish a new clean restore point:
        • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
        • Select Create a restore point, and Ok it.
        • Next, go to Start > Run and type in cleanmgr
        • Select the More options tab
        • Choose the option to clean up system restore and OK it.
        This will remove all restore points except the new one you just created.

    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.
        • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
        • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
        • Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
        • Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
        • Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
        • Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
        • When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
        • 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 AntiVirus 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 online & their stand-alone antivirus programs:

      Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection and Removal Resources

    4. Update your AntiVirus Software - It is imperitive that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus 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 succeptible to being hacked and taken over. I am very serious about this and see it happen almost every day with my clients. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.

      For a tutorial on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below:

      Understanding and Using 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 realtime 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 antivirus software.

      A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

      Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware , Malware, and Hijackers

    8. Install Ad-Aware - Install and download Ad-Aware. ou should also scan your computer with program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software in conjunction with Spybot.

      A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

      Using Ad-aware to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from Your Computer

    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 tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

      Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware and 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.

    here are some additional utilities that will enhance your safety

    • IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
    • MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer
    • Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.
    • Winpatrol <= Download and install the free version of Winpatrol. a tutorial for this product is located here:
      Using Winpatrol to protect your computer from malicious software
     
  13. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    when i click start and click computer i do not see a tools option is there another way of accessing folder options and should i continue these steps without that?
     
  14. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Sorry vista you go to Start -> control panel -> make sure its on classic view -> folder options
     
  15. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    i did all of these steps except
    clear system restore points
    This is a good time to clear your existing system restore points and establish a new clean restore point:
    Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
    Select Create a restore point, and Ok it.
    Next, go to Start > Run and type in cleanmgr
    Select the More options tab
    Choose the option to clean up system restore and OK it.
    This will remove all restore points except the new one you just created.


    Because i do not see a more options tab only a clean on C: and D: drives and when i click on create a new link it takes me to a window and tells me to pick C or D drive and then click on create a new restore point and name it to create one but i assumed you did not want me to chose one so i just hit the ok button i feel helpless lol
     
  16. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    You want a new restore point for C:\

    Uninstalling Combofix by running Combofix /u should have cleared them so you just need to set a fresh restore point.
     
  17. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Thank for all your assistance but after i took all your advice and downloaded everything my internet seems to be slow now. it is as if i have no bandwith at all i can close firefox or explorer and when i open it back up the page wont load can you answer this or should i make a new thread?
     
  18. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    We didn't remove anything that should effect your connection. Did you install a firewall, if so which one. Is it particular sites or any site?

    If I can't solve it start a new thread and reference this thread so that the helper can see what we did.
     
  19. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    umm im not sure if it is any particular sites i will take notes but is usually after it has been sitting like if im watching videos or playing a game and left it on or if i leave for an hour or two and come back i downloaded Zonealarm
     
  20. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Let's try clearing out the cache

    Manually clear cache

    • Open an Explorer folder window (for example, double-click My Computer).
    • From the Explorer menu select Tools | Folder Options | View. Make sure that you have checked the box next to "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files".
    • Start Internet Explorer and click Tools | Internet Options | General tab | Settings | View Files.
    • IE should have opened up a folder window, typically viewing a folder with the name of C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files. Put your cursor in the Address area of the folder window and add the name \content.ie5 to the name, so in our example the Address bar would now read c:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\content.ie5.
    • You should see a series of folders with random eight-character names like ADOZMZS1. Delete each of these randomly named folders. You may get an error that some files are in use, this is normal if you are currently at a web site since those files are in the cache. Hold down the Shift key when deleting the files so they do not go to the Recycle Bin.
     
  21. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    All i see when i hit tools is Delete browsing history, diagnose connection problems, pop-up blocker, phishing filter, manage add ons, work offline, windows update, full screen, menu bar, toolbars sun java console, and internet options and i searched all of these and could not find Folder options once again i feel helpless lol Blind dragon i really do appreciate this
     
  22. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Ok,

    Open first a Windows Explorer window (By double clicking my computer or hitting the windows key + E)

    Then open an internet Explorer window but still leave the first window open

    Now you should have 2 windows open

    1) windows explorer
    2) internet explorer

    Reply back when you have this
     
  23. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    k i have got it
     
  24. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Now go to Start -> control panel -> make sure on classic view -> double click folder options -> view tab -> check the box next to "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files".

    From Internet Explorer and click Tools | Internet Options | General tab | Settings | View Files.

    IE should have opened up a folder window, typically viewing a folder with the name of C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files. Put your cursor in the Address area of the folder window and add the name \content.ie5 to the name, so in our example the Address bar would now read c:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\content.ie5.

    You should see a series of folders with random eight-character names like ADOZMZS1. Delete each of these randomly named folders. You may get an error that some files are in use, this is normal if you are currently at a web site since those files are in the cache. Hold down the Shift key when deleting the files so they do not go to the Recycle Bin.
     
  25. Needsalotofhelp

    Needsalotofhelp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    ok i have done that i will see if it has made a difference
     
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