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#1 rbwilson

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 10:56 AM

Several days ago I discovered TheSearchMall tool bar on my IE.
I'm using IE on Windows XP professional

I downloaded the most recent updates of Ad-Adware and Spybot S&D, and ran them, but neither one fixed the problem.

I checked your SpyWareInfo, read the FAQs page, read the tutorials, downloaded HijackThis and ran it..

Here is the logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 1:02:56 AM, on 6/10/2004
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\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\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLACSD.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$VSDOTNET\Binn\sqlservr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
C:\Program Files\Motive\motmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\AOLSPY~1\AOLSP Scheduler.exe
C:\Program Files\OfferApp\OfferApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\msyrvs.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MESSEN~1\msmsgs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\QUICKENW\QWDLLS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Binn\sqlmangr.exe
C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0b\aoltray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
F:\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://netscape.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\blank.htm
N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.search.defaultengine", "engine://F%3A%5CProgram%20Files%5CNetscape%5Csearchplugins%5CSBWeb_01.src"); (C:\Documents and Settings\Randall\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\k135a0nu.slt\prefs.js)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {0000607D-D204-42C7-8E46-216055BF9918} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 5.0\ACROBAT\ACTIVEX\ACROIEHELPER.OCX
O2 - BHO: ohb - {0AEE4D0C-4B38-4196-AE32-70ACE5656647} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\winsrm32.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: AOL Toolbar - {4982D40A-C53B-4615-B15B-B5B5E98D167C} - C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: TheSearchMall.com Bar - {4B8F38C7-62FC-4762-B9A0-27E63F768167} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\winsrm32.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MotiveMonitor] C:\Program Files\Motive\motmon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] "C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AOLDialer] C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AOL Spyware Protection] "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\AOLSPY~1\AOLSP Scheduler.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OfferApp] C:\Program Files\OfferApp\OfferApp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hqdqnwqwgqu] C:\WINDOWS\System32\msyrvs.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [MOSearch] C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\System\MOSearch\Bin\mosearch.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] C:\PROGRA~1\MESSEN~1\msmsgs.exe /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MoneyAgent] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\Money Express.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Resolution Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Dell\Resolution Assistant\MotiveAssistant\bin\matcli.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Quicken Startup.lnk = C:\QUICKENW\QWDLLS.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Billminder.lnk = C:\QUICKENW\BILLMIND.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Service Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Binn\sqlmangr.exe
O4 - Global Startup: America Online 9.0 Tray Icon.lnk = C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0b\aoltray.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &AOL Toolbar search - res://C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll/SEARCH.HTML
O9 - Extra button: AOL Toolbar (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: AOL Toolbar (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Real.com (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Dell Home (HKCU)
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: ConferenceRoom Java Client - http://chat.strictly...080/java/cr.cab
O16 - DPF: Win32 Classes -
O16 - DPF: {017C99A0-8637-11CF-A3A9-00A0C9034920} (Gradient Object) - http://activex.micro.../x86/iegrad.cab
O16 - DPF: {01A88BB1-1174-41EC-ACCB-963509EAE56B} (SysProWmi Class) - http://support.dell....iler/SysPro.CAB
O16 - DPF: {02BCC737-B171-4746-94C9-0D8A0B2C0089} (Microsoft Office Template and Media Control) - http://office.micros...tes/ieawsdc.cab
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} (QuickTime Object) - http://www.apple.com...ex/qtplugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {106E49CF-797A-11D2-81A2-00E02C015623} (AlternaTIFF ActiveX Object) - http://www.alternati.../00/alttiff.cab
O16 - DPF: {31B7EB4E-8B4B-11D1-A789-00A0CC6651A8} (Cult3D ActiveX Player) - http://i.a.cnn.net/c...cult3d/cult.cab
O16 - DPF: {41D13E9A-BB94-402A-8502-AFA78526B63D} (iiittt Class) - file://C:\install.cab
O16 - DPF: {4E888414-DB8F-11D1-9CD9-00C04F98436A} (Microsoft.WinRep) - https://webresponse....iveX/winrep.cab
O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} (RdxIE Class) - http://207.188.7.150...ip/RdxIE601.cab
O16 - DPF: {6B4788E2-BAE8-11D2-A1B4-00400512739B} (PWMediaSendControl Class) - http://216.249.24.14...tiveXImgCtl.CAB
O16 - DPF: {72C23FEC-3AF9-48FC-9597-241A8EBDFE0A} (InstallShield International Setup Player) - http://ftp.hp.com/pu...er/isetupML.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai...all/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {90A29DA5-D020-4B18-8660-6689520C7CD7} (DmiReader Class) - http://support.dell..../SysProfLCD.CAB
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupd...37929.603275463
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {EB387D2F-E27B-4D36-979E-847D1036C65D} (QDiagHUpdateObj Class) - http://h30043.www3.h.../qdiagh.cab?312
O16 - DPF: {F2A84794-EE6D-447B-8C21-3BA1DC77C5B4} (SDKInstall Class) - http://activex.micro...ate/sdkinst.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{BB136023-A46A-4245-BE41-ED98FC4D1928}: NameServer = 192.168.0.1,4.2.2.2


I'm assuming I should remove all the entries which explictly reference the searchmall, but based on some of the posts I've seen, there seems to be more to than than.... Can anybody help me?


Thanks

rbwilson

#2 Tuxedo Jack

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 11:39 AM

Tap Ctrl+Alt+Delete, click the Processes tab, and end the following process:

msyrvs.exe

Close all programs, tick the following for removal in HJT, and click "Fix Checked:"

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://netscape.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://thesearchmall.com/index.php
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\blank.htm

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {0000607D-D204-42C7-8E46-216055BF9918} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: ohb - {0AEE4D0C-4B38-4196-AE32-70ACE5656647} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\winsrm32.dll
O3 - Toolbar: TheSearchMall.com Bar - {4B8F38C7-62FC-4762-B9A0-27E63F768167} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\winsrm32.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OfferApp] C:\Program Files\OfferApp\OfferApp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hqdqnwqwgqu] C:\WINDOWS\System32\msyrvs.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [MOSearch] C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\System\MOSearch\Bin\mosearch.exe

O16 - DPF: Win32 Classes -
O16 - DPF: {41D13E9A-BB94-402A-8502-AFA78526B63D} (iiittt Class) - file://C:\install.cab
O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} (RdxIE Class) - http://207.188.7.150...ip/RdxIE601.cab

Reboot.

Find and delete the following files/folders:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\winsrm32.dll
C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\System\MOSearch\
C:\Program Files\OfferApp\
C:\WINDOWS\System32\msyrvs.exe

Scan again with HJT and post the new log into a reply to this thread.
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#3 rbwilson

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 01:35 PM

Dear Tuxedo Jack,

Thanks for your help,

I followed all the steps you listed, except I could not find C:\WINDOWS\System32\winsrm32.dll. I searched the whole C drive (with hidden files options activated) but I couldn't find it...

Here is the new HT logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 2:30:24 PM, on 6/10/2004
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\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\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLACSD.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$VSDOTNET\Binn\sqlservr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
C:\Program Files\Motive\motmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\AOLSPY~1\AOLSP Scheduler.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MESSEN~1\msmsgs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\QUICKENW\QWDLLS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Binn\sqlmangr.exe
C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0b\aoltray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
F:\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.search.defaultengine", "engine://F%3A%5CProgram%20Files%5CNetscape%5Csearchplugins%5CSBWeb_01.src"); (C:\Documents and Settings\Randall\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\k135a0nu.slt\prefs.js)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 5.0\ACROBAT\ACTIVEX\ACROIEHELPER.OCX
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: AOL Toolbar - {4982D40A-C53B-4615-B15B-B5B5E98D167C} - C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MotiveMonitor] C:\Program Files\Motive\motmon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] "C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AOLDialer] C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AOL Spyware Protection] "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\AOLSPY~1\AOLSP Scheduler.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] C:\PROGRA~1\MESSEN~1\msmsgs.exe /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MoneyAgent] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\Money Express.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Resolution Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Dell\Resolution Assistant\MotiveAssistant\bin\matcli.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Quicken Startup.lnk = C:\QUICKENW\QWDLLS.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Billminder.lnk = C:\QUICKENW\BILLMIND.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Service Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Binn\sqlmangr.exe
O4 - Global Startup: America Online 9.0 Tray Icon.lnk = C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0b\aoltray.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &AOL Toolbar search - res://C:\Program Files\AOL Toolbar\toolbar.dll/SEARCH.HTML
O9 - Extra button: AOL Toolbar (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: AOL Toolbar (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Real.com (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Dell Home (HKCU)
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: ConferenceRoom Java Client - http://chat.strictly...080/java/cr.cab
O16 - DPF: {017C99A0-8637-11CF-A3A9-00A0C9034920} (Gradient Object) - http://activex.micro.../x86/iegrad.cab
O16 - DPF: {01A88BB1-1174-41EC-ACCB-963509EAE56B} (SysProWmi Class) - http://support.dell....iler/SysPro.CAB
O16 - DPF: {02BCC737-B171-4746-94C9-0D8A0B2C0089} (Microsoft Office Template and Media Control) - http://office.micros...tes/ieawsdc.cab
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} (QuickTime Object) - http://www.apple.com...ex/qtplugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {106E49CF-797A-11D2-81A2-00E02C015623} (AlternaTIFF ActiveX Object) - http://www.alternati.../00/alttiff.cab
O16 - DPF: {31B7EB4E-8B4B-11D1-A789-00A0CC6651A8} (Cult3D ActiveX Player) - http://i.a.cnn.net/c...cult3d/cult.cab
O16 - DPF: {4E888414-DB8F-11D1-9CD9-00C04F98436A} (Microsoft.WinRep) - https://webresponse....iveX/winrep.cab
O16 - DPF: {6B4788E2-BAE8-11D2-A1B4-00400512739B} (PWMediaSendControl Class) - http://216.249.24.14...tiveXImgCtl.CAB
O16 - DPF: {72C23FEC-3AF9-48FC-9597-241A8EBDFE0A} (InstallShield International Setup Player) - http://ftp.hp.com/pu...er/isetupML.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai...all/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {90A29DA5-D020-4B18-8660-6689520C7CD7} (DmiReader Class) - http://support.dell..../SysProfLCD.CAB
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupd...37929.603275463
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macr...ash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {EB387D2F-E27B-4D36-979E-847D1036C65D} (QDiagHUpdateObj Class) - http://h30043.www3.h.../qdiagh.cab?312
O16 - DPF: {F2A84794-EE6D-447B-8C21-3BA1DC77C5B4} (SDKInstall Class) - http://activex.micro...ate/sdkinst.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{BB136023-A46A-4245-BE41-ED98FC4D1928}: NameServer = 192.168.0.1,4.2.2.2

Thanks,

rbwilson

#4 Tuxedo Jack

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 02:20 PM

Don't worry about it; I forgot that HijackThis kills rogue BHOs when they're marked for removal.

Since you've seen that AOL's spyware protection doesn't do jack. may I recommend Ad-Aware and Spybot? Both are free and have links in my signature. How good are they, you ask? I trust my Windows LAN servers to them. Not that my LAN servers ever go on the Internet, but you can never be too safe.

You're clean.

Clear your Temporary Internet Files immediately. To do this, go to the Internet Controls control panel, then click "Delete Files." Tick the checkbox there, then click "OK.'

You may wish to look at Mozilla Firefox instead of IE. It has no security holes, doesn't integrate into the Windows shell (which is a bad thing due to the shell's control over the system), doesn't download anything without your approval, and doesn't get hijacked.

It also takes up less resources and uses tabs or new windows (tabs save desktop and taskbar space and make closing windows easier). It also comes with a built-in popup blocker as well as the ability to block images from servers (i.e. advertisements) with a right-click.

Firefox is immune to CWS in all its forms. You will _never_ get hijacked by CWS or any of its affiliates ever again if you use Firefox.

There's a link to it in my signature.

IE-SPYAD places over 4,000 known evil sites into the Restricted Sites zone in Internet Explorer so they can't execute ActiveX, Java, or place cookies on your machine. It's a rather nice thing to have. There's a link to it in my signature.

SpywareBlaster can prevent spyware from installing itself on your computer. It does require updating every now and again, but it's rather easy to operate. Just install, run, update, click "Protect," and you're done. Update once every month or so. There's a link in my signature.

Happy computing, and don't forget to use Windows Update once a week!
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#5 rbwilson

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 02:50 PM

Dear Tuxedo Jack,

I think you're correct... IE seems to be clean and working normally again. Thanks so much for your help

I'll look into some of the other good advice in your reply...

Best Regards

rbwilson




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