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Previous | Next by elfie 26 February, 2007 - 2:05 PM

I have somehow managed to get some kind of malware installed on my machine which was missed both by NOD32 and by Windows Defender.

When IE popup windows appear while I'm using Firefox, something hokey is going on. Fortunately, the links that whatever this is has tried to download that contain viruses are successfully being blocked by NOD32, but I still can't get rid of the culprit itself.

I'm looking for recommendations of other free malware scan/removal tools to try. Meanwhile, I've disconnected the machine from the network until I can do something about this.

2/27/2007 >> Dan

Try bringing the machine up in safe mode. From here you should be able to remove what ever is in there. Run msconfig and check the startup and services tab. Disable anything that you think does not belong and empty your temp and internet ache folders. Then reboot in safe mode again. Run your AV scanner. If that still fails to detect the crap, you may want to run a on-line AV scan for any number of web sites.

For spyware removal a combination of Ad-adware and Spybot Search and Destroy have been able to remove anything from any system I have seen. Both are free.

The only thing that is hard to fix, is if you were rooted (rootkit) The crafty bastards hide their process via a kernel hook. At that point its easier to flatten and reload.

Just remeber to keep your system upto date and really think about not running as admin. Finally, don't let nob's use your computer :)

2/27/2007 >> elfie

well. I went through tons of safe mode malware removal hell... and in the end... it looks like a system restore to friday did the trick.

That'll teach me to try to get a keygen from anyone but Dan ;)

2/27/2007 >> muhgcee

I recommend VMWare for installing/running anything you don't trust.

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