Red Shield with X in the Taskbar

By PcOver · 4 replies
Mar 21, 2007
  1. Im getting a red shield with an x inside on the taskbar that when you right click on it it tells you that "your computer is infected" and when you left click on it it downloads a software. I know for a fact that this is either a spyware of virus but I have ran ewido, Avast 4.1 and yahoo spyware removal software and they have not been able to remove this. Any ideas?
  2. Ralphmex

    Ralphmex TS Rookie Posts: 41

    it sounds that it´s an annoying spyware removal tool, try to find the name of the thing, and go to control panel / add-remove programs and uninstall it.
    I had once a spyware removal (spyware doctor free version) and i hate it because it suddenly showed messages that i was infected by some viruses, and i was not!! it is just advertising to get you buy the full version. I uninstalled the thing and try another spyware removal.

  3. PcOver

    PcOver TS Rookie Topic Starter

    there is nothing in the add/remove box ... i sure is not a tool/99.9% sure is either a virus or spyware
  4. Ralphmex

    Ralphmex TS Rookie Posts: 41

    well, then try Lavasot ad-aware software, it´s free version, and check your system throughly, it works good.
    And also try the on-line antivirus scanning (housecall) at it works very good.

  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Very Important: Before deciding whether you should clean or reformat your system, go and read this thread HERE and decide what it is you want to do.

    If after reading the above, you wish to clean your system, do the following.

    Go and read the Viruses/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions. Follow all the instructions exactly.

    Post fresh HJT, AVG Antispyware and Combofix logs as attachments into this thread, only after doing the above.

    Also, let me know the results of the AVG Antirootkit scan.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

    This thread is for the use of PcOver 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.
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