Trying to remove about:blank CoolWebSearch Spyware

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moses_112

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First off, I am running a Windows XP OS. Next, my computer is infected with Spyware that hijacks my browser and changes it to about:blank everytime I open IE. The other thing I noticed is that occasioanally my internet security settings will automatically get changed to the lowest setting. I have downloaded and ran Ad-Aware SE Personal, Spybot, Adware Away, and STOPzilla. Adware Away seems to recognize the spyware, but can't entirely remove it. I didn't send my HJT log right now because I am not sure if and how you want it sent.

STOPzilla recognized these threats when I ran it,

total threat elements: 139 total threats 3
Desktophijacker.B (Spyware,Adware,Virus) 10 elements
CoolWebSearch.HomeSearch (Virus) 97 elements
Threat ID: 1283 32 elements

I couldn't remove any of these because I'm using the trial version.

I am trying to understand as much as I can about Spyware with the time I have, I am just looking for some advice... and any help I can get. Thanks!!
 

moses_112

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Thanks, for the help, but I'm more concerned with removing the spyware from my computer. I want to get rid of the main problem, and not just avoid it. I don't want to have to reinstall my operating system. I guess I'm looking for other alternatives.
 
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StartPage Guard is not going to fix CoolWebSearch.

Run HijackThis and click Do a system scan and save a log file
Your HijackThis log will open in Notepad. Post the contents of the log here
 
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Before you start with the HJT log, you should run [url="http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html']CWShredder[/url] and it cleans out the spyware. Then you can post the HJT log for a pro! :D
 
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Instead of hunting down all the files, CWS does all the work for you, therefore reducing stress and saving time! :D
 
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CWS leaves 20+ files and over 20 registry keys, we will need to see a HijackThis log and use CWShredder.
 
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Welcome to TSG moses. Please post the Hijack THis log as requested.
 
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