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#1 MarcOuwendijk

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 12:55 PM

I may incredibly dumb but my spyware scan finds "alexa toolbar ". After i sweeped it it returns but so far it doesnt seem to do me any harm (no hijacked pages,pop ups or whatsoever)... Is this a bad prog or simply a normal one that is mistakenly noticed as malware ? I'll be grateful for any advice thank you in advance

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:08 PM

As long as you have just the alexa related and not the whole Alexa package your OK in most ppl opinion anyway. Read more here Alexa article
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#3 MarcOuwendijk

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:13 PM

Hm i cant open the site with the article you give...

however can i remove it anyways ? And how do i see if i got the related and not the whole ? Please advise..thank you in advance

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:33 PM

Yeah I kind of misread your first post...If you have the whole Alexa TOOLBAR as you say...get rid of it. Look in Control Panel>Add/Remove for uninstall of toolbar. or post a HJT log (not a bad idea anyway) If it's just the Alexa related button you can use Spybot to change it to use Google instead.
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#5 MarcOuwendijk

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:48 PM

No no i do not have a toolbar in the browser...scannings just result in saying it is there...fo good measure : here is my log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 20:47:08, on 5-7-2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\YPager.exe
C:\Program Files\mIRC\mirc.exe
C:\Program Files\GrabIt\GrabIt.exe
C:\Program Files\Lineage II\system\l2.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\OPScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Marc Ouwendijk\Mijn documenten\Mijn ontvangen bestanden\HijackThis.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DeviceDiscovery] C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NAV CfgWiz] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CfgWiz.exe /GUID NAV /CMDLINE "REBOOT"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpySweeper] "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe" /0
O16 - DPF: {30528230-99F7-4BB4-88D8-FA1D4F56A2AB} (YInstStarter Class) - http://download.yaho...s/yinst0401.cab
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupd...8169.5149189815
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{844A4430-7634-423F-9E59-F0D9DD353054}: NameServer = 62.45.45.45 62.45.46.46

#6 MarcOuwendijk

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:48 PM

No no i do not have a toolbar in the browser...scannings just result in saying it is there...fo good measure : here is my log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 20:47:08, on 5-7-2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\YPager.exe
C:\Program Files\mIRC\mirc.exe
C:\Program Files\GrabIt\GrabIt.exe
C:\Program Files\Lineage II\system\l2.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\OPScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Marc Ouwendijk\Mijn documenten\Mijn ontvangen bestanden\HijackThis.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DeviceDiscovery] C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NAV CfgWiz] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CfgWiz.exe /GUID NAV /CMDLINE "REBOOT"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpySweeper] "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe" /0
O16 - DPF: {30528230-99F7-4BB4-88D8-FA1D4F56A2AB} (YInstStarter Class) - http://download.yaho...s/yinst0401.cab
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupd...8169.5149189815
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{844A4430-7634-423F-9E59-F0D9DD353054}: NameServer = 62.45.45.45 62.45.46.46

#7 MarcOuwendijk

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:54 PM

i was able to open your article and since i just have the normal internet explorer bar i guess i'll be fine...?

just find it strange that after adaware/spysweeper deleted it it returns in the next scan as found....

#8 jwbirdsong

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Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:56 PM

Good looking log you should be fine now.


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