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Charlie
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      03-02-2006
I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in my
notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected". Initially a
balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware. I have run
Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried setting "always
hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also gives a clear report.

Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.


 
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Oldus Fartus
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      03-02-2006
Charlie wrote:
> I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in my
> notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected". Initially a
> balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware. I have run
> Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried setting "always
> hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also gives a clear report.
>
> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.
>
>


Do a Google for Spyfalcon removal, and have a good read. It is a
particularly nasty piece of work which can take a little while to eliminate.

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      03-02-2006

"Charlie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:du6ub2$bis$(E-Mail Removed)...
>I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in my
>notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected". Initially
>a balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware. I have run
>Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried setting "always
>hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also gives a clear report.
>
> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.


I would suggest you start using Process Explorer or PRCView both are free
and start looking at what's running on the machine, as a hidden process can
piggy back off of a running process that's undetected by your detection
software.

Sometimes, you got to go look for yourself.

Long

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articl...vironment.html

Short

http://tinyurl.com/klw1

The makers of PE also have a free Root Tool Kit detector and you might want
to hit the machine with that too.

Duane


 
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Oldus Fartus
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      03-02-2006
K-Man hater Duane <g> wrote:
> "Charlie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:du6ub2$bis$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in my
>> notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected". Initially
>> a balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware. I have run
>> Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried setting "always
>> hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also gives a clear report.
>>
>> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.

>
> I would suggest you start using Process Explorer or PRCView both are free
> and start looking at what's running on the machine, as a hidden process can
> piggy back off of a running process that's undetected by your detection
> software.
>
> Sometimes, you got to go look for yourself.
>
> Long
>
> http://www.windowsecurity.com/articl...vironment.html
>
> Short
>
> http://tinyurl.com/klw1
>
> The makers of PE also have a free Root Tool Kit detector and you might want
> to hit the machine with that too.
>
> Duane
>
>


Have you had the misfortune to come across a spyfalcon infection yet?
Had my first run-in with it today, and took a fair bit of getting rid
of. Touch wood, have succeeded now.

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pcbutts1
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      03-02-2006
If you have SpyAxe, SpywareStrike, PSGuard, Smitfraud,Spy Sheriff,Sinnaka
Advertisments or detections for Puper or Alemod that can not seem to be
removed automatically, please try this automated removal tool.

AntiPuper v1.2 by secured2k
http://secured2k.home.comcast.net/tools/AntiPuper.exe

What does this tool do?
This tool will attempt to delete several known Trojan files. These files are
modified by the malware authors and encrypted to avoid detection. The tool
will now remove parts of SpywareStrike and ask if you want to reset your
desktop background. If you choose yes, customized desktop options are reset
to Windows' defaults.
Fortunately, many of these tend to use the exact same file names. If the
files are in use, locked, protected, etc, this program will schedule Windows
to remove the files upon restarting.

This program will also remove some common security policies that are changed
by viruses and worms. Policies that lock out your desktop changes, windows
update, Windows Firewall, Explorer Run policies, Registry editing, and more
are all reset.

Finally, if you have an infected Alemod WININET.DLL file, this program will
try to copy a clean version from your Windows File Protection folder and
replace the bad copy on restart. If a backup copy can not be found, the tool
will quickly look for McAfee Antivirus files and attempt to clean a copy of
the file to replace the bad one on reboot. If all of this fails, you will
need to manually replace/clean your WININET.DLL file.


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"Charlie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:du6ub2$bis$(E-Mail Removed)...
>I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in my
>notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected". Initially
>a balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware. I have run
>Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried setting "always
>hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also gives a clear report.
>
> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.
>



 
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K-Man hater Duane
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      03-02-2006

"Oldus Fartus" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:4407096f$0$21897$(E-Mail Removed)...
> K-Man hater Duane <g> wrote:
>> "Charlie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:du6ub2$bis$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>> I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in
>>> my notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected".
>>> Initially a balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware.
>>> I have run Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried
>>> setting "always hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also
>>> gives a clear report.
>>>
>>> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.

>>
>> I would suggest you start using Process Explorer or PRCView both are free
>> and start looking at what's running on the machine, as a hidden process
>> can piggy back off of a running process that's undetected by your
>> detection software.
>>
>> Sometimes, you got to go look for yourself.
>>
>> Long
>>
>> http://www.windowsecurity.com/articl...vironment.html
>>
>> Short
>>
>> http://tinyurl.com/klw1
>>
>> The makers of PE also have a free Root Tool Kit detector and you might
>> want to hit the machine with that too.
>>
>> Duane

>
> Have you had the misfortune to come across a spyfalcon infection yet? Had
> my first run-in with it today, and took a fair bit of getting rid of.
> Touch wood, have succeeded now.
>



The first and only serious malware infection was with the Code Red Worm back
in 2001 with IIS. I had one ad worm that Nod32 caught a long time ago. But
no, my machines don't get infected as I don't run around on the Internet to
dubious sites or open dubious emails deleting the emails at the POP3 server.

I just post to others that seem to be getting hammered trying to help them
by presenting tools to them to track it down when they post that the
solutions running on the machines can't detect the malware.

Sometimes, they have got to look for it.

Duane



 
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      03-03-2006
K-Man hater Duane <g> wrote:
> "Oldus Fartus" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:4407096f$0$21897$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> K-Man hater Duane <g> wrote:
>>> "Charlie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>>> news:du6ub2$bis$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>>> I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in
>>>> my notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected".
>>>> Initially a balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware.
>>>> I have run Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried
>>>> setting "always hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also
>>>> gives a clear report.
>>>>
>>>> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.
>>> I would suggest you start using Process Explorer or PRCView both are free
>>> and start looking at what's running on the machine, as a hidden process
>>> can piggy back off of a running process that's undetected by your
>>> detection software.
>>>
>>> Sometimes, you got to go look for yourself.
>>>
>>> Long
>>>
>>> http://www.windowsecurity.com/articl...vironment.html
>>>
>>> Short
>>>
>>> http://tinyurl.com/klw1
>>>
>>> The makers of PE also have a free Root Tool Kit detector and you might
>>> want to hit the machine with that too.
>>>
>>> Duane

>> Have you had the misfortune to come across a spyfalcon infection yet? Had
>> my first run-in with it today, and took a fair bit of getting rid of.
>> Touch wood, have succeeded now.
>>

>
>
> The first and only serious malware infection was with the Code Red Worm back
> in 2001 with IIS. I had one ad worm that Nod32 caught a long time ago. But
> no, my machines don't get infected as I don't run around on the Internet to
> dubious sites or open dubious emails deleting the emails at the POP3 server.
>
> I just post to others that seem to be getting hammered trying to help them
> by presenting tools to them to track it down when they post that the
> solutions running on the machines can't detect the malware.
>
> Sometimes, they have got to look for it.
>
> Duane
>
>
>


Sorry Duane, you misunderstood me. The infection I was talking about
was with a client's machine, not one of my own. We all know the type,
downloads all the cutesy screen savers, uses Incredimail, encourages
friends to pass on all the jokes and chain mail emails, forwards
everything she gets to everyone in her address book. And then wonders
why the machine comes to a halt. Interestingly, she was using a fully
updated version of Norton. Will have to see whether her habits change
after getting my bill!

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      03-03-2006

"Oldus Fartus" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> K-Man hater Duane <g> wrote:
>> "Oldus Fartus" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:4407096f$0$21897$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>> K-Man hater Duane <g> wrote:
>>>> "Charlie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>>>> news:du6ub2$bis$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>>>> I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in
>>>>> my notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected".
>>>>> Initially a balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was
>>>>> spyware. I have run Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have
>>>>> tried setting "always hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software
>>>>> also gives a clear report.
>>>>>
>>>>> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.
>>>> I would suggest you start using Process Explorer or PRCView both are
>>>> free and start looking at what's running on the machine, as a hidden
>>>> process can piggy back off of a running process that's undetected by
>>>> your detection software.
>>>>
>>>> Sometimes, you got to go look for yourself.
>>>>
>>>> Long
>>>>
>>>> http://www.windowsecurity.com/articl...vironment.html
>>>>
>>>> Short
>>>>
>>>> http://tinyurl.com/klw1
>>>>
>>>> The makers of PE also have a free Root Tool Kit detector and you might
>>>> want to hit the machine with that too.
>>>>
>>>> Duane
>>> Have you had the misfortune to come across a spyfalcon infection yet?
>>> Had my first run-in with it today, and took a fair bit of getting rid
>>> of. Touch wood, have succeeded now.
>>>

>>
>>
>> The first and only serious malware infection was with the Code Red Worm
>> back in 2001 with IIS. I had one ad worm that Nod32 caught a long time
>> ago. But no, my machines don't get infected as I don't run around on the
>> Internet to dubious sites or open dubious emails deleting the emails at
>> the POP3 server.
>>
>> I just post to others that seem to be getting hammered trying to help
>> them by presenting tools to them to track it down when they post that the
>> solutions running on the machines can't detect the malware.
>>
>> Sometimes, they have got to look for it.
>>
>> Duane
>>
>>
>>

>
> Sorry Duane, you misunderstood me. The infection I was talking about was
> with a client's machine, not one of my own. We all know the type,
> downloads all the cutesy screen savers, uses Incredimail, encourages
> friends to pass on all the jokes and chain mail emails, forwards
> everything she gets to everyone in her address book. And then wonders
> why the machine comes to a halt. Interestingly, she was using a fully
> updated version of Norton. Will have to see whether her habits change
> after getting my bill!
>


Well, this power user on the project we were working, brought his computer
into work complaining that his computer no longer worked. His kids were
using the computer too and he was doing his banking and other personal
things on it. The computer had over 70 infections on it.

The man was doing a BB connection with no FW, no AV, no nothing , the
kids were downloading/installing to Hell and back and whatever else they
were doing. I told some of the my co-workers on the team that no wonder the
project is messed up with that moron being a top power user on the project.
We would look over at him in the meetings and he would be nodded out
sometimes damn near snoring. His mouth open head tilted back -- someone tap
him will ya. He should have had his bank account cleaned out. And it was
a Win 9'x. I couldn't believe it. I would hate to venture a guess if it was
a NT based O/S on the infection count, maybe 4 or 5 hundred.

We had to help him to keep him happy. My boy Leo, just formatted it, clean
installed, free AV, free FW, free what whatever else the whole nine yards
and some *fere* advice. The man had the nerve to ask Leo could he save it
if possible. What I told Leo was he should just set the damn thing out on
the railroad tracks leaving corporate and the plant facilities and let a
train run over it, as he'll be back. I quit before that happened!

What can one say about a typical Windows home user and a family. <g>

Duane


 
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Charlie
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      03-03-2006
Many thanks to everyone for their advice. Pleased to say the problem is now
sorted.


"pcbutts1" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed) ...
> If you have SpyAxe, SpywareStrike, PSGuard, Smitfraud,Spy Sheriff,Sinnaka
> Advertisments or detections for Puper or Alemod that can not seem to be
> removed automatically, please try this automated removal tool.
>
> AntiPuper v1.2 by secured2k
> http://secured2k.home.comcast.net/tools/AntiPuper.exe
>
> What does this tool do?
> This tool will attempt to delete several known Trojan files. These files
> are modified by the malware authors and encrypted to avoid detection. The
> tool will now remove parts of SpywareStrike and ask if you want to reset
> your desktop background. If you choose yes, customized desktop options are
> reset to Windows' defaults.
> Fortunately, many of these tend to use the exact same file names. If the
> files are in use, locked, protected, etc, this program will schedule
> Windows to remove the files upon restarting.
>
> This program will also remove some common security policies that are
> changed by viruses and worms. Policies that lock out your desktop changes,
> windows update, Windows Firewall, Explorer Run policies, Registry editing,
> and more are all reset.
>
> Finally, if you have an infected Alemod WININET.DLL file, this program
> will try to copy a clean version from your Windows File Protection folder
> and replace the bad copy on restart. If a backup copy can not be found,
> the tool will quickly look for McAfee Antivirus files and attempt to clean
> a copy of the file to replace the bad one on reboot. If all of this fails,
> you will need to manually replace/clean your WININET.DLL file.
>
>
> --
>
>
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>
> "Charlie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:du6ub2$bis$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>I am getting a circular icon with a white cross on a red background in my
>>notification area, informing me that my "computer is infected". Initially
>>a balloon was popping up, saying that the problem was spyware. I have run
>>Spybot S & D and it gives a clear report. I have tried setting "always
>>hide", but to no avail. My antivirus software also gives a clear report.
>>
>> Could anybody please advise me on this? Thanks in advance.
>>

>
>



 
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