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RE: WARNING! If you downloaded OTL after 6PM on 7/25, don't run it!

By slomojim
Jul 26, 2010
  1. "WARNING! If you downloaded OTL after 6PM on 7/25, don't run it!"

    And if we have?

    Thanks,
    Slomojim
     
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    There's a sticky at the top about this.

    Have you run it after this time?
    Are you having problems?
    Specifically, what are they?

    The post was meant as a caution. If anyone did run the program after the time frame, we will deal with it.

    Perhaps you might have said 'thank you for the heads up' and then let us know if you had a specific problem.
     
  3. slomojim

    slomojim TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    I have run it, pre sticky appearing.

    Timeline

    computer running slow - time to visit techspot.
    Last night start the 8 step
    downloaded and ran the 25kb otl
    started the IE 8 intall
    went to bed
    Woke up this am, went thru rest of ie install (picking accelarators ect.)
    went back to techspot to get next step
    Met with new "Sticky" warning about the hacked link
    Logged on and asked

    "What if we have?"

    That's where I am

    Page load times decreased dramaticly after IE8 install, haven't noticed anything bad. Yet.

    Sorry if I broke some sort of etiquette rule about how I asked the question. Please excuse it as being met with the "Sticky" warning has put me in somewhat of a panic mode. Wondering what "nasty security tool" I've downloaded.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    If you would like us to check the system for malware, please follow the steps in the Preliminary Virus and Malware Removal thread HERE.

    When you have finished, leave the logs for review in your next reply .

    Please do not use any other cleaning programs or scans while I'm helping you, unless I direct you to. Do not use a Registry cleaner or make any changes in the Registry.

    Please see The following article was written by Randall Kennedy for InfoWorld. It describes some features of IE 8. This is one I wouldn't be in a hurry to get!
    Source: Randall Kennedy, InfoWorld.
     
  5. slomojim

    slomojim TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    trying to be extra cautious

    Thanks for helping.

    When downloading TFC
    I get the TFC.exe already exists message because of the earlier hacked files downloading being there. Would it be safer/better to uninstall it first or just overwrite it?

    Jim
     
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I don't know what you mean. Why would you keep a program that has 'hacked files'. I think it would be most helpful for you to run the steps I left instead of dropping questions out of context. You started this thread as 'what if?'. We're past that now.

    Perhaps you would agree to have the subject changed to what you actual problem is. The best way to get out of your panic mode is to check the system to see what's on it. So far you haven't told us why you ran the program in the first place!
     
  7. slomojim

    slomojim TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Bobbye,

    Figured out what went on.
    Last night while running the 8 step clicking on the TFC link in the instructions led to the fake OTL (25KB) being downloaded.
    I have uninstalled the fake OTL program and am working thru the 8 step currently. The TFC link is now working properly.

    slomojim
     
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

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