My Computer is infected, don't know what to do

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    My Computer is infected, don't know what to do

    I am running Windows Xp.

    The problems are...

    1. I have a little yellow yield sign in my toolbar with an exclamation mark. Every once in a while a little popup appears from it saying I have spyware. If I double clik it a webpage opens up that says I have spyware.

    2. My desktop is flashing white and offwhite, repeatedly.


    I have tried...

    1. Using Ad Aware, some stuff was removed with it.
    2. Using Search and Destroy, some stuff was removed also
    3. Using housecall, some viruses were removed, one was not
    4. Using avg, about 7 viruses were removed, it won't detect anymore
    5. Microsofts anti spyware program


    I don't know if I still have a virus or not. I'd like to avoid reinstalling windows because I have a ton of stuff to backup. What are other virues scanners or spyware removal tools I can use that are free?


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    I give up, i'm backing up my files and reinstalling. Sorry for the post, delete it if you want.
    Last edited by SourceCode; 02-18-2005 at 07:55 PM.

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    Sorry to hear it bud. Hopefully one day someone will do something about idiots that write this kind of code.

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    hijackthis.exe
    pretty good it gets some of the browser stuff that might keep reinffecting you.
    Of course theres always - reformat.
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    once a windows system is compromised the only fix is a format.

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    If your running windows, take a look at this:

    http://www.spynet.com/default.htm

    I've been running Giant Anti-Spyware and I have yet to be hit. I also had over 100 programs on my system with I first ran a scan and it was able to recover everything.

    Microsoft has it now, that should tell you something. If it works well with windows, Microsoft usuallly gobbles it up and they did in this case.

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    I reinstalled, thanks for the replies. I'll look into that spynet thing thanks. I tried that hijack program and nothing, I also tried pest patrol. Anyways reinstalling worked.

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    well i'm with ROD on this you system will be permanently compromised by both the spyware and the viruses especially that many, and be careful what you copy over, do a file scan make youself at least a little more sure it hasn't attatched itself to other files. and leave your antivirus "Auto protection" or "active virus prevention" or whatever the hell it is called on... your best chance is catch it in the act of setting itself up... after that if its anything good, your ........ed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba
    Sorry to hear it bud. Hopefully one day someone will do something about idiots that write this kind of code.
    you mean windows? ya. damn right - i hope one day everyone will use linux.
    its almost impossible to infect a linux system - youd have to be root for that (or messed up access privileges).

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    hur hur... get a clue.

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    "There are about 60,000 viruses known for Windows, 40 or so for the Macintosh, about 5 for commercial Unix versions, and perhaps 40 for Linux. Most of the Windows viruses are not important, but many hundreds have caused widespread damage. Two or three of the Macintosh viruses were widespread enough to be of importance. None of the Unix or Linux viruses became widespread - most were confined to the laboratory."
    you think its just because windows is more popular?
    get a clue.
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    Why Dont you try find that .exe what is poping up to you. Maybe it is in process. Kill em there then find it and delite manualy!
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    2. My desktop is flashing white and offwhite, repeatedly.

    I had this and heres how to solve it:

    * turn off system restore
    * open regedit
    * open current user/software/microsoft/internet explorer/components and
    delete subkey zero
    *run find in regedit, final all instances of desktop.html and delete them
    *restart and restart the sytem restore service
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    easiest way to do it manually?

    safe mode, start, run, msconfig, services tab (remove anything non-microsoft, unless you put it there), startup (remove anything remotely suspicious). Reboot, check don't remind me again, ok. Now delete the files those startup entries were associated with (if they were spyware, viruses). Done.
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    >Why Dont you try find that .exe what is poping up to you. Maybe it is in process. Kill em there then find it and delite manualy!

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