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god damn spyware


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Please read and be astonished, i just formatted and reinstall xp pro at work and within 5 mins my computer was ransacked by spyware, i updated it fully sp2 etc.. then antivirus norton. Then i downloaded both ms antispyware and spybot ran both, and they found about 50 instances between them, now there are a few sons-a-bi'atches still clinging on, anyone have any suggestions about which programs to use to get all the spyware out. oh and yes it was ms internet explorers fault, as i opened it for the updates, now i'm using firefox again.

please help, i'm on my 5 scan and its still finding the buggers.:cry:

Perris Calderon

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you should run the spybot resident to have real time protection against spyware

if you want to post a highjack this log, there are some people here that will try to help you clean the computer

as far as what happened being ie's fault, I don't think this happens while getting updates.


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i dont see how you can get spyware within 5 mins after reformatting. are you sure you formatted it?
why i asked if he zero the drive out? or just uses a quick formate. Have seen weird thinsg happen with a quick formate. (IE files that shoudnt be there show up) and how many drives you have any chance you installed something to another drive laced with spyware?


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Hard to believe that spyware could even hold on with a quick format.

There has to be something you're doing to have that junk showing up after 5 minutes. It's not like you plug a network cable in and all the bugs on the internet run straight toward you! :p In all my reformat/reinstalls, I never plugged into the network before loading my antivirus, firewall and spyware programs. I always kept those installers available on a disk so that I wouldn't have to get online to download them first.
VenomXt said:
why i asked if he zero the drive out? or just uses a quick formate.
Both A Quick format and a non quick format will erase all files on the drive. The only difference is wether or not the hard disk will be scanned for bad sectors or not.


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yeah i know all this thats why its so strange, the spyware attached itself when i went onto msn, not during the updates, just to clarify.

i did a full format, so no chance old stuff could ave stayed. heres a hijack log


I'm not sure yet, but this may be what cruised in:


Fix these:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = //searchmiracle.com/sp.php
F2 - REG: system.ini: Shell=Explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\Nail.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tF4f3nS] pifupapi.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [xchgil] c:\windows\system32\otgbctq.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [covpRhe3W] penecsnp.exe

oh, and do this in safe mode. then run adaware, anti-spyware, and spybot in safe mode.
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Nail.exe is a bad one. It adds randomly generated files into the Prefetch folder. Not easy to get rid of the traditional way.


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If you downloaded a key thingy for norton, sometimes they come with something called crack.exe....when you open it you will have 50+ spyware files to deal with. Its worth it to format again
muzikool said:
Nail.exe is a bad one. It adds randomly generated files into the Prefetch folder. Not easy to get rid of the traditional way.
disable prefetch. done. am I wrong Muzi? I could be... ;)

From command prompt: del c:\windows\prefetch\*.* /q
then head into regedit -

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

Change the value of EnablePrefetcher to 0

Possible settings:

1—Application Launch Prefetch
2—Boot Prefetch
3—Prefetch everything

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