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Solved: White desktop screen from malware-virus?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by seistech, Aug 31, 2008.

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  1. seistech

    seistech Thread Starter

    Aug 31, 2008
    My computer has obviously picked up some type of malware or virus. I've run spybot, superantispyware, and AVG antivirus which was running when I contracted this bug. When I reboot my computer now the desktop turns white and box pops up that says, "cannot find 'file:///c:/Windows/privacy_danger/index.htm'. Make sure the path or Internet address is correct."

    When I click the close on the box it goes away, the desk top stays white. When I try to use Internet Explorer I can get to a specific site with the browser bar, but the links inside of pages will get changed to some sort of avertisement page... Most ANNOYING!

    I'd rather not have to reformat my hardrive... Can this be cured?

    I turned off my AVG, and spybot before running the HiJackThis.log that is attached.


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  2. sjpritch25

    sjpritch25 Malware Specialist

    Sep 8, 2005
    Welcome to TSG :)

    Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.

    This program is for XP, Windows 2000, and Vista

    • Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
    • Under Main choose: Select All
    • Click the Empty Selected button.

    If you use Firefox browser
    • Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
    • Click the Empty Selected button.
    • NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click
    • No at the prompt.

    If you use Opera browser
    • Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
    • Click the Empty Selected button.
    • NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.

    Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program. For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.

    Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from Here or Here
    Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    • Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
    • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
    • Once the program has loaded, select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan.
    • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
    • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
    • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
    • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
    • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
    • Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply with a fresh Hijackthis log too.
    Extra Note:

    If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.
  3. seistech

    seistech Thread Starter

    Aug 31, 2008
    Thanks for helping with this problem. I ran both applications and got over 20 hits on the malwarebytes'. The desk top now has a graphical windows explorer as the background.

    Here's the Malwarebytes' log:
    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.26
    Database version: 1118
    Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
    9/5/2008 4:31:17 PM
    mbam-log-2008-09-05 (16-31-17).txt
    Scan type: Quick Scan
    Objects scanned: 56364
    Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 49 second(s)
    Memory Processes Infected: 0
    Memory Modules Infected: 0
    Registry Keys Infected: 10
    Registry Values Infected: 2
    Registry Data Items Infected: 9
    Folders Infected: 0
    Files Infected: 7
    Memory Processes Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)
    Memory Modules Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)
    Registry Keys Infected:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\absolutetransfer.absolutetransfer (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\absolutetransfer.absolutetransfer.1 (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{7c4bcd17-bdba-4078-9d8c-8ca8b7eabe77} (Rogue.Multiple) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\tdssdata (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\tdss (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VSPlugin (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\nmwegbsf.bnrw (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\nmwegbsf.toolbar.1 (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\bgrqfetx.bolb (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\bgrqfetx.toolbar.1 (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    Registry Values Infected:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\adsl software limited\winspywareprotect\winspywareprotect.exe (Rogue.WinSpywareProtect) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\0\source (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    Registry Data Items Infected:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductId (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Bad: (VIRUS ALERT!) Good: (76477-OEM-0011903-00106) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowControlPanel (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowRun (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowSearch (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowHelp (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowMyDocs (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowMyComputer (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\StartMenuLogOff (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoToolbarCustomize (Hijack.Explorer) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
    Folders Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)
    Files Infected:
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tdssadw.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tdssl.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tdssmain.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tdssinit.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tdsslog.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tdssservers.dat (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\tdssserv.sys (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.

    And the most recent hijackthis log:
    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
    Scan saved at 4:43:46 PM, on 9/5/2008
    Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
    Boot mode: Normal
    Running processes:
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
    C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
    C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
    C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
    C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
    C:\Program Files\palmOne\Hotsync.exe
    C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
    C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
    C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111 Configuration Utility\WG111CFG.exe
    C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.excite.com/
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TYPE=3&tp=iehome&locale=EN_US&c=Q404&bd=pavilion&pf=desktop
    O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll (file missing)
    O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dll
    O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
    O2 - BHO: AVG Security Toolbar - {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E} - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\AVGTOO~1.DLL
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\3.0.1225.9868\swg.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: HP view - {B2847E28-5D7D-4DEB-8B67-05D28BCF79F5} - c:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HPDTLK02.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: AVG Security Toolbar - {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E} - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\AVGTOO~1.DLL
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPHUPD06] c:\Program Files\HP\{AAC4FC36-8F89-4587-8DD3-EBC57C83374D}\hphupd06.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPHmon06] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hphmon06.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VTTimer] VTTimer.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AGRSMMSG] AGRSMMSG.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AlcxMonitor] ALCXMNTR.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KBD] C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adsl Software Limited\WinSpywareProtect\WinSpywareProtect.exe] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adsl Software Limited\WinSpywareProtect\WinSpywareProtect.exe" /autorun
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [Picasa Media Detector] C:\Program Files\Picasa2\PicasaMediaDetector.exe (User 'SYSTEM')
    O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [Picasa Media Detector] C:\Program Files\Picasa2\PicasaMediaDetector.exe (User 'Default user')
    O4 - Startup: palmOne Registration.lnk = C:\Program Files\palmOne\register.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\palmOne\Hotsync.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: HP Digital Imaging Monitor.lnk = C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
    O4 - Global Startup: QuickBooks Update Agent.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate\qbupdate.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Smart Wizard Wireless Settings.lnk = ?
    O4 - Global Startup: Updates from HP.lnk = C:\Program Files\Updates from HP\309731\Program\Updates from HP.exe
    O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions present
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MI1933~1\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcinsctl/4,0,0,101/mcinsctl.cab
    O16 - DPF: {B1E2B96C-12FE-45E2-BEF1-44A219113CDD} (SABScanProcesses Class) - http://www.superadblocker.com/activex/sabspx.cab
    O16 - DPF: {BCC0FF27-31D9-4614-A68E-C18E1ADA4389} - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcgdmgr/en-us/1,0,0,23/mcgdmgr.cab
    O16 - DPF: {EB387D2F-E27B-4D36-979E-847D1036C65D} (QDiagHUpdateObj Class) - http://h30155.www3.hp.com/ediags/hpfix/aio/en/check/qdiagh.cab?326
    O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dll
    O20 - AppInit_DLLs: avgrsstx.dll
    O23 - Service: AVG Free8 E-mail Scanner (avg8emc) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
    O23 - Service: AVG Free8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
    O23 - Service: iPod Service (iPodService) - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
    O24 - Desktop Component 0: Privacy Protection - (no file)
    End of file - 8869 bytes


    Attached Files:

  4. sjpritch25

    sjpritch25 Malware Specialist

    Sep 8, 2005
    We need to disable teatimer because it will affect the fix below.
    1) Run Spybot-S&D
    2) Go to the Mode menu, and make sure "Advanced Mode" is selected
    3) On the left hand side, choose Tools -> Resident
    4) Uncheck "Resident TeaTimer" and OK any prompts
    5) Restart your computer.

    Run HijackThis, and press "Do a System Scan Only".
    1. When the scan is complete place a check mark next to the following entries:

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adsl Software Limited\WinSpywareProtect\WinSpywareProtect.exe] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adsl Software Limited\WinSpywareProtect\WinSpywareProtect.exe" /autorun

    2. After checking these items CLOSE ALL open windows EXCEPT HijackThis and click "Fix Checked." Then, reboot your computer...

    How is everything running??
  5. seistech

    seistech Thread Starter

    Aug 31, 2008
    The computer seems to be running fine. The desktop background is still a white Internet Explorer screen background that can browse the folders of my computer if I click on the folder and files displayed on the desktop. My icons are still there on the left side of the screen... under the icons is a blue menu bar with headings like "files and folders..." and "other places". If I try to move the Icons onto the white area they are instantly copied there as shortcuts. I can delete them from there just like any other file. If I right click on the white area and select 'properties', I get a box entitled "Internet Explorer Properties" with three tabs, 'General', 'Sharing', and 'Customize', just like for a folder property.
    So... yes things are running fine but the desk top is still not right.
    Thanks for working with me on this mess!
  6. sjpritch25

    sjpritch25 Malware Specialist

    Sep 8, 2005
    Okay, let fix the desktop.

    Go to Start --> Control Panel ---> Click on Display

    Click on Desktop
    Click on Customize
    Click on the Web Tab
    Select and delete what's present.
    click on Apply then Ok
    Afterwards you will be able to reset it with your own background.

    How is everything now?
  7. seistech

    seistech Thread Starter

    Aug 31, 2008
    That's it!
    My computer is back to its old self. No more weird desk top stuff. Thanks so much for your help. When asking the IT guys at work about how to fix this I was told I had to reformat the hard drive and start over. So you've just saved me many hours of re-installing that's not needed.
    I've recently downloaded Google's new browser "Chrome". Hoping this will help with protecting me from more intrusions through MS Internet Explorer. I'm also considering Firefox 3.0. I obviously go places on the internet that have these infections.... This is the first time in years of using the web that I got something so troublesome.
    I have AVG, and SpyBotSD 1.6.0. What's a good way for me to protect against these types of Malware?
    Any additional suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again for you expertise with this matter.
  8. sjpritch25

    sjpritch25 Malware Specialist

    Sep 8, 2005
    Honestly, i would remove Google's Chrome because its still in beta. Its not too secure yet either. I would stick with Firefox for the meantime.

    Now that your system is clean you should SET A NEW RESTORE POINT to prevent future reinfection from the old restore point AFTER cleaning your system of any malware infection. Any trojans or spyware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore and are waiting to re-infect you. Since System Restore is a protected directory, your tools can not access it to delete files, trapping viruses inside. Setting a new restore point should be done to prevent any future reinfection from the old restore point and enable your computer to "roll-back" in case there is a future problem.

    1. Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
    2. Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
    3. Then go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
    4. Click "OK".
    5. Click the "More Options" Tab.
    6. Click "Clean Up" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.

    Graphics for doing this are in the following links if you need them.
    How to Create a Restore Point.
    How to use Cleanmgr.


    Here is some useful information on keeping your computer clean:
    1. Most important thing is to make sure Windows is kept up to date with the latest patches and updates from Windows Update.
    2. Here are two great Preventive programs
    • SpywareBlaster protects you from malicious ActiveX controls and cookies. Make sure and check for updates twice a month.
    • Surf Safe with McAfee's SiteAdisor. SiteAdisor will work with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. SiteAdisor is a browser plugin that assigns a safety rating to domains listed in your search engine. SiteAdvisor uses the following color codes to indicate the safety level of each site.
    • Red for Warning
    • Yellow for Use Caution
    • Green for Safe
    • Grey for Unknown

    Here are the link to install SiteAdisor in Internet Explorer and Firefox
    • Anti-Spyware Programs I Recommend:
    • Free Anti-Spyware Programs
    • Free Firewalls
    1. Sunbelt Personal Firewall
    2. ZoneAlarm Free Firewall by Check Point
  9. seistech

    seistech Thread Starter

    Aug 31, 2008
    Thanks sjpritch25!
    I've removed Google Chrome... it ran a little slow and buggy anyway...
    I'll try out Firefox next.
    Retore point is reset... I've got the most recent on the OS. I'll probably drop SpyBot as it did not work anyway and I don't want to add more resident programs to my system.
    I use a wireless router... I thought the firewall on the router was enough protection... guess not! I'll try one of your firewall suggestions.
    Thanks so much for all your help. I've learned a lot about how to fix some of these problems. Great new tools!
    Have a Great Weekend!
  10. sjpritch25

    sjpritch25 Malware Specialist

    Sep 8, 2005
    Your Welcome!!! :)
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