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  1. #71

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Maybe you can get rid of Xfostspy using Hijackthis in safe mode...

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  2. #72

    OK they gone. what I did was instead of just ticking one, I ticked all three together and, apparently, they have gone!!! Oh please yes!!

    just done hijack this again, the lines are still there, after reboot

    If these are lines in registry, can I do a manual deletion? If so where?

    I had not deleted Xoft but have now
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  3. #73

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    OK you also have Snapdo - It is a continuous feed of junk:

    Delete these:

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Search_URL ={searchTerms}&installDate=22/03/2013
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = Search

    And these

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar ={searchTerms}&installDate=22/03/2013
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page ={searchTerms}&installDate=22/03/2013

    Does Snapdo come up as a search engine? It Ain't a search, it's a virus!

    How to Remove Virus from IE/FF/Chrome? ( Toolbar Removal Guide) | Anvisoft - Labs

    (Solved) How to Remove Search from Chrome, Mozilla , IE
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  4. #74

    no snap do found, web cake folder deleted, no yontoo found. I know where most have come from my daughter is forever downloading, I keep telling her to untick boxes!! AGH!

    Hijack this keeps telling me system wont let me delete these!!! And points me to here:

    # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    # For example:
    # # source server
    # # x client host
    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
    # localhost
    # ::1 localhost
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  5. #75

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    It's your HOSTS file and there is nothing in there at all, if in fact that is your hosts file.

    I don't care what it said somewhere else, those entries were in your PC, HijackThis showed them. It's an infection, not a Program. So parts of it cannot be uninstalled, just have to remove the pieces of it.

    So, the popups have stopped? If they have mark this as Solved. At any rate my original assessment has been proved, you had a virus. Might still have parts of it, some viruses are so bad that there is nothing to do but Format C:

    But if you do that, I would suggest securing the drive, use a Zero-Write program to write 0's on the whole drive.
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  6. #76

    I am more than grateful for your help, you have been brilliant. I shall wait now and see how things pan out. At least I know where to look if reqd. Thanks again.
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  7. #77

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    Sorry #david, adaware installed stuff I did not want, changed my search engine and installed toolbars without my knowledge or acceptance. It also failed to find premiumoptions
    You need to pay attention when installing something.
    If you would have read the prompts as you installed it none of that would have happened.


    EDIT-- I say it is a good program because it keeps adware & spyware out.
    It tells me when it finds something & gives me the option of what to do with it.
    I don't just say it is good.
    I know it is good from the results I get from it.

    This edit isn't pointed at you elbmek.
    Just anyone who says it is a bad program without giving reasons why they say it is a bad program.


    Getting unwanted stuff installed by not reading the install prompts is easy to have happen.
    I've done it myself.
    I learned to go slowly when installing anything.
    I suggested AdAware because I thought your problem was adware related.
    Sorry it didn't help.
    I hope you find a solution soon.
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  8. #78

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,972
    Windows 10 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    The people who make these things try to make them look like the system generated it.
    One way to possibly protect yourself is to "Personalise" your Windows GUI (e.g. change the Font Type, Font Style or the Colour Scheme).
    This only works against poorly written malware.

    Years ago I saw one of those fake XP alerts.
    I knew it was a fake message as it used the default blue colour scheme (I was using the XP silver scheme).
    Yeah, saw those too...
    They always pick the most used theme globally (as they can detect which browser you use, what system, they can also detect which color scheme is used).
    That's why I always use some light modified theme and not the mainstream one. AeroLite for instance.

    There are of course some users that amaze me as well: very sophisticated highly modified, custom themes but you don't see this everywhere of course.

    Ads using Aerolite Scheme? Don't see those yet because AeroLite looks uglier than Aero to most. So if 2 guys from the whole bunch of Win8 users use a specific theme and all the rest use the default one, then you've guessed how ads/popup windows will look next.
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  9. #79

    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise

    2 program i use and recommend for malware removal are Malwarebytes ans SuperAntiSpyware, and i run both on computers regular customers of mine to remove malware with good results ,some are nastier than others and may require a bit more work ..
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  10. #80

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Well, David, if AdAware works for you, then use it- It's simply too difficult to install Just Ad Aware all by itself without the utter CACK that's tacked onto it which cannot be avoided without extreme difficulty. It must be difficult to see the prompts for the extra stuff. I know with me, I look at every aspect of every installer with intense scrutiny, so I would have been able to avoid installing the malware that comes with adaware.

    But most people who simply download programs and install them, really don't know where to look to find out how to avoid this. Actually most people do not understand they are being forced to install programs they never wanted. There are two programs that are on my permanent Shi-ite list: IMGburn and Ad-Aware. Both of them deliberately hide the malware installers so they are very difficult to avoid installing.

    Distributors of software that do this need to be run off the face of the earth, I don't care HOW "good" the software is. I use an old version of IMGburn which does not have the forced malware installations, and I've never updated it since they started practicing this kind of invasion. ElbMek's Problem is based on this practice, and Ad-Aware participates in it, which makes them propagators of the problem rather than part of the solution.

    If you have Malwarebytes, I would nto bother with "SuperAntiApyware" - it's a borderline program, and it should not be installed as to run in "Resident" mode, because it causes a bunch of problems. But it's fine for single-use scanning.
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