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May 13, 2011
Hello all. I have a bug that won't be found so I have backed up all my data to an external drive(probably bug-included) and plan to format my HD and reinstall my OS.
My worry is how to stop the bug from reentering my pc when I want to transfer the data back into it. I have tried:avast, avg, malwarebytes, spybot, security essentials, MS malicious software removal, adaware, and I will try avira before I wipe the HD.
I have read the sticky up top but it is dated from a few years ago. The reimage doesnt work like stated and is not free. Also, bad reports about it in cnet and other sites.

My question is which of the free AV's would you all suggest to prevent the bug from reentering my pc when I transfer the data back into it?

Any and all suggestions are welcome.
Thank you

The Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, x86 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3325 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1907718 MB, Free - 1409909 MB; F: Total - 238472 MB, Free - 4024 MB; K: Total - 715402 MB, Free - 1703 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-880GM-D2H
Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Aware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 12:47:14 AM, on 1/24/2013
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

I include this list as suggested in the sticky.

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\logishrd\LVMVFM\UMVPFSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Ad-Aware Antivirus\AdAwareService.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Router Setup and Monitor\BelkinService.exe
C:\Program Files\Seagate\SeagateManager\Sync\FreeAgentService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Ad-Aware Antivirus\SBAMSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\LWS\Webcam Software\LWS.exe
C:\Program Files\Samsung\Kies\KiesTrayAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Router Setup and Monitor\BelkinRouterMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Router Setup and Monitor\BelkinSetup.exe
C:\Program Files\Hp\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Seagate\SeagateManager\FreeAgent Status\StxMenuMgr.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ad-Aware Browsing Protection\adawarebp.exe
C:\Program Files\Samsung\Kies\Kies.exe
C:\Program Files\Samsung\Kies\External\FirmwareUpdate\KiesPDLR.exe
C:\Program Files\SlySoft\AnyDVD\AnyDVDtray.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\ccc.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Mitchell\Application Data\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files\Seagate\SeagateManager\Backup\MaxBackServiceInt.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jucheck.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Mitchell\My Documents\Downloads\HijackThis(2).exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SwitchBoard] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SwitchBoard\SwitchBoard.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [StartCCC] "C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CLIStart.exe" MSRun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LWS] C:\Program Files\Logitech\LWS\Webcam Software\LWS.exe -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KiesTrayAgent] C:\Program Files\Samsung\Kies\KiesTrayAgent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [InstaLAN] "C:\Program Files\Belkin\Router Setup and Monitor\BelkinRouterMonitor.exe" startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\Hp\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdobeCS5ServiceManager] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\CS5ServiceManager\CS5ServiceManager.exe" -launchedbylogin
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdobeAAMUpdater-1.0] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA\UpdaterStartupUtility.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MaxMenuMgr] "C:\Program Files\Seagate\SeagateManager\FreeAgent Status\StxMenuMgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ad-Aware Browsing Protection] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ad-Aware Browsing Protection\adawarebp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ad-Aware Antivirus] "C:\Program Files\Ad-Aware Antivirus\AdAwareLauncher" --windows-run
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [KiesPreload] C:\Program Files\Samsung\Kies\Kies.exe /preload
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [KiesPDLR] C:\Program Files\Samsung\Kies\External\FirmwareUpdate\KiesPDLR.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AnyDVD] "C:\Program Files\SlySoft\AnyDVD\AnyDVD.exe"
O4 - Startup: Dropbox.lnk = C:\Documents and Settings\Mitchell\Application Data\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe
O4 - Startup: EvernoteClipper.lnk = C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote\EvernoteClipper.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Evernote 4.0 - res://C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote\EvernoteIE.dll/204
O9 - Extra button: @C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote\Resource.dll,-101 - {A95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - res://C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote\EvernoteIE.dll/204 (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote\Resource.dll,-101 - {A95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - res://C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote\EvernoteIE.dll/204 (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {B205A35E-1FC4-4CE3-818B-899DBBB3388C} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Encarta Search Bar\ENCSBAR.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
O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O23 - Service: Ad-Aware Service - Lavasoft Limited - C:\Program Files\Ad-Aware Antivirus\AdAwareService.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe Flash Player Update Service (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe
O23 - Service: AffinegyService - Affinegy, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Belkin\Router Setup and Monitor\BelkinService.exe
O23 - Service: AppleChargerSrv - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\AppleChargerSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - ATI Technologies Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
O23 - Service: Seagate Service (FreeAgentGoNext Service) - Seagate Technology LLC - C:\Program Files\Seagate\SeagateManager\Sync\FreeAgentService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Oracle Corporation - C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: Mozilla Maintenance Service (MozillaMaintenance) - Mozilla Foundation - C:\Program Files\Mozilla Maintenance Service\maintenanceservice.exe
O23 - Service: Ad-Aware (SBAMSvc) - GFI Software - C:\Program Files\Ad-Aware Antivirus\SBAMSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Skype Updater (SkypeUpdate) - Skype Technologies - C:\Program Files\Skype\Updater\Updater.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe SwitchBoard (SwitchBoard) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SwitchBoard\SwitchBoard.exe
O23 - Service: UMVPFSrv - Logitech Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\logishrd\LVMVFM\UMVPFSrv.exe

End of file - 8224 bytes


Malware Specialist
Dec 22, 2006
Hi goman,
I would suggest that you save the installer for Microsoft Security Essentials on a flash drive, and install it as your antivirus when you reload the Operating System.
Then connect your PC to the Internet and let it get ALL the Microsoft updates. It may take a while along with a few reboots.

If your external drive is a USB, hold the shift key down when you first plug it in, until it detects the drive. This will prevent autostarts. Then right click the external drive letter in Explorer (My Computer) and choose "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials". Let the antivirus scan the entire External drive and remove anything it wants.

Nothing is a 100% certainty, but that should give you a high confidence in reloading your data.
I general, I would not save executables that have been downloaded from "free" sites, and avoid all P2P downloaders (utorrent, etc.) and any programs which were downloaded that way.
Downloading from the original author's site is usually safest.
Saving data files, like documents, is usually OK. Install programs from the original media where possible.

The two free antivirus programs I would recommend are Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast.
The other free ones tend to deliver adware toolbars, modify searches, or have other deficiencies.

Good luck.
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