Sunday, November 22, 2009

Read this if you are infected

I'd like to suggest a set of guidelines to follow if you are infected and want help:

1. Run a full system scan with your antivirus. Make sure it is up to date.

A few links that may be helpful:

2. Download and install either/all of the following:

Spybot Search and Destroy
Malwarebytes' AntiMalware

Run a full scan with either/all. Let it remove anything it finds.

3. Do this if the above steps don't help you remove the infection entirely:

  • Download HijackThis from TrendMicro.
  • Install it and run it.
  • Click Do a system scan and save log file
  • When the Notepad pops up, copy and paste the contents of the log into a new thread that you make on HackForums ( to be more specific, here. Title the thread [HJT log][your problem].
    • An example of such a thread would be:
    • [HJT log] Antispyware 2009 popups
  • Do NOT fix anything it finds there yet, as most of the entries listed in the log are legit and necessary for a smooth and stable running of your system.
  • This makes it easier on the HJT Team to identify people who are in need of help.

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