Unwanted Programmes/Spyware How to remove?

  spear 17:46 13 May 05
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Hello.

McAfee AV has found 20 "Unwanted Programmes" after a scan.

It can't remove or disinfect or quarantine any of them. I have tried a scan and tried to remove them in safe mode.

The progs are all assocated with Internet Explorer.

5 of them chosen at random are:

C:\\WINDOWS\bootstat.dat:jzawg
C:\\WINDOWS\DteInstall.log:wjjmg
C:\\WINDOWS\evyzfx.dat:imakt
C:\\WINDOWS\regedit.exe:khgen
C:\\WINDOWS\yluqc.txt.hhoes

This is a second hand PC with Windows XP home, 1.3 Celeron and 256MB RAM. It came with these unwanted files.

These files look like spyware but I don't know, can I/should I remove them? If so how?

Thanks in advance.

  Curio 18:46 13 May 05

or Back up the Registry and delete them. Reboot and run PC as you normally would for a few days to see how it goes

  Curio 18:57 13 May 05

Download, install and Run Adaware, A Squared and Spybot
click here
click here
click here

  spear 20:20 13 May 05

Already got Spybot, Spyware Blaster and AdAware. They don't recognise it..

Back when tried it.
Thanks.

  Border Collie 22:28 13 May 05

And a free download I found recently XoftSpy click here

In the General Tab you can set it to update itself and the definitions.

  Border Collie 22:28 13 May 05

And a free download I found recently XoftSpy click here

In the General Tab you can set it to update itself and the definitions.

  dogbreath1 22:40 13 May 05

"The progs are all assocated with Internet Explorer".

At the moment, Firefox IS a safer browser than Internet Explorer (although even FF has it's problems from time to time). It is, of course, no substitute for a good real time AV prog, a good firewall and a selection of AM progs, but it can be considered as an integral part of a prudent security regime.

  spear 02:16 14 May 05

when AdAware, Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster and McAfee AV didn't. I know that McAfee is an anti virus software but it did find the files...

Thanks for the pointer Curio.

Border Collie, I will look at XoftSpy later thanks.

I have tried Firefox but I prefer IE. I do agree that Firefox is faster but with a 2MB connection it doesn't matter. I suspect that it will only be a matter of time before FF gets targetted by virus and script writers.

Thanks again.

  spear 15:20 14 May 05

I did a scan, both McAfee and A Square, both came up clean.

I then re-booted and did another scan. All 20 files/programmes were back!

I will try XoftSpy but don't hold out much hope. Any more ideas?

Thanks.

  maveric 15:26 14 May 05

I would try a hijackthis log and post it hear and wait for someone who knows what to delete

  Border Collie 17:06 14 May 05

spear,XoftSpy found one on mine but when I tried to delete it it said 'Pay Up'. Sorry, not so good after all.

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