posted on Oct, 6 2007 @ 12:28 PM
Another thing you should do - if you have Java uninstall it for the present.
Some of these get into the java engine and hide. You can download a fresh load of Java later.
You should run *at least* AdAware, SpybotS&D, AVG's free spyware remover and vundofix, running vundofix first.
They'll all get different stuff. And you'll probably need to run them more than once.
Here's the tried-and-true procedure for the first run:
Remove Java using the Add and Remove programs process. If your virus program you get from your ISP is pretty easy to get and reinstall, remove it as
well, because it may be corrupted. Don't do this for something you had to pay for and put in codes like Norton. Just disable it completely - there
are menu options to shut it down. Reboot.
Run Vundofix. Reboot.
Install and update SpybotS&D. Reboot. On the way up, hit "F8" a few times, you'll be offered a menu. Select "boot in safe mode".
Run Spybot a couple of passes. Get rid of anything it finds.
After a couple of runs at it, on the third run it ought to stop finding new things. (it will run really slowly in safe mode)
Reboot. Make sure Vista/XP's firewall is ON. Install and update AdAware. Run it a couple of times.
Install and update AVG's free spyware and virus program. You have to update the virus program separately from the spyware program. Get rid of
anything you hit there too.
At that point, the easy kills are out of the way. If you're still getting "new" viruses or seeing ad popups, you've got something really bad, and
it's going to be hard to do over the forum. I usually have to go manually edit the registry, run process scanners and start using things like
Hijackthis to kill BHO's (you may need to do THAT as well but it's beyond the scope of this discussion)
That said, you may HAVE a BHO infection of your browser. Especially if you're using IE. I'll say you probably have one. I'm not sure how to talk
you through scraping them out. Hijack-this is the easiest way but it's really dangerous for the casual observer.
You might run BHO Remover. I haven't used the tool but it looks less deadly than HijackThis. BHO's are like parasites, they ride on your IE. Some
are things you might want like Yahoo's toolbar, but anything you don't recognize you should dump. I'd personally get rid of any BHO I can live
without just to be thorough. If you've got a Yahoo toolbar you can always put it back later. I don't have any BHO's at all, but I don't use IE
very often either.