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Seems I got me a nasty, apparently from a website. McAfee (through AOL) warned me something was trying to get in - actually a few things - but it seemed to block them all. I've run numerous scans, along with Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy - all have found crap then cleaned it out. Last McAfee run was clean, but I still have the Trojan.

My permament wallpaper seems to be the blue screen of death, reading:

Security Warning

A fatal error has occurred in IE at... Error was caused by Trojan-Spy.HTML.Smitfraud.c

System can not function in normal mode.


It then tells me to scan everything with any available antivirus software, but the best results I've gotten so far are eliminating a couple of shortcuts (Online Dating and of course, some Spyware Killer offer) and not having 50 porn sites all trying to open - not in popups; I saw them because when checking my sloooooow performance I found them in the Task Manager, along with My Documents? (Also scanned and found to be clean, but it always shows up with them?)

SO now AOL seems to be unaffected, maybe because of McAfee, and all my icons are there, but IE is useless as they put in a new "homepage" for me all about spyware killers (STOPzilla) and it keeps going back to that no matter where I point the browser.

Should I just buy the damn thing? Is there another way to clean the system? Everything works save for IE, and Properties on the desktop only leads me to the screensaver - the background, themes, etc is all gone.

Help!

EDIT: Got rid of the blue screen and put in a regular wallpaper through the Windows pic viewer. Properties still won't let me access Background, though. Also I've been having a flashing exclamation point icon on my taskbar, next to the clock. Of course, it leads to another link for spyware protection...
 

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No! Don't buy any thing. You can get all the baddies out for free. Go to a "good" anti spyware forum like Tom Coyotes or spywareinfo.com there you will find all the tools to clean your system out and get it back to normal.

Try running the scanner in "Safe Mode" hit F8 as its leaving the BIOS screen but before winhoes screen shows up you will get a boot loader screen that you can choose safe mode on. Once its up n rummin run the virus scan. Then reboot. Hopefully it will do it.


You also may need to run a "online" scan. Some of the new bugs disable your AV software. It will "look" like it's werkin but in reality it aint doin squat....
 

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Oop, the uncontrolable popups are something you need Hijack This to fix. it will also fix your homepage. Its a tricky tool to use. Run it save the results log. Paste the log in the HiJack this forum and a worker will tell you what to remove....
 

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Thanks, KH! Gonna try that a little later, though WinXP isn't letting me get to the safe mode option - F8 just leads to a boot menu for which drive I want to use to boot with...?
 

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Thanks, zz.. I'm running Panda ActiveScan right now, it's not even halfway there and already has found almost 30 infected files :bitchslap So is it gonna ask me for $$ after ID'ing them so it will take them out? It's saying they're all getting disinfected as it finds them, so I guess not.

I also ran FixO but that didn't turn up anything. And AOL's Spyzapper found 2 items (adware), blocked both. Hopefully I'll get the little fucker outta there soon.
 

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fotocycle said:
Thanks, KH! Gonna try that a little later, though WinXP isn't letting me get to the safe mode option - F8 just leads to a boot menu for which drive I want to use to boot with...?
Boot SafeMode...Just FYi.
 

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I believe you don't need a license to use the tools found on www.sarc.com.

Go the search page and type in the name of the virus, and there's almost always a write-up on what the virus is, what it does, and how to fix it.
 

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I believe you don't need a license to use the tools found on www.sarc.com.

Go the search page and type in the name of the virus, and there's almost always a write-up on what the virus is, what it does, and how to fix it.

You can do that on ANY big name virus company site. IF you know the bugs name.... Easiest is to do a trial download of a good virus software. My fav is NOD32. <-- top ranked bug killer many years in a row. free 30 day trial at www.nod32.com must be good if microslut has chosen them to protect the MS empire of infectable servers..... :eek: Its also 10x faster than any other AV software, uses way less resources and conflicts with virtually no other known software. It sure isnt like nortons cause more problems than it fixes BS... nortons sux.
 

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PM me. I can give you Nortons Anti-Virus, Nortons Internet Security and Microsofts Anti-Spyware Beta 1.
 

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^^^ all three of the above I wouldn't even put into someone's pc that I didn't like.... Those are the 3 most problematic pieces of software ever made.... toss in zone alarm and you'll have a expensive POS takin up space on the desk...
 

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take it to the doc.
 
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