Removing browser hijacks, Virus's and Spyware

Program to cure

5. SmartKiller

SmartKiller is part of a variant of the CoolWebSearch browser hijacker. SmartKiller will try to close various tools that have been designed to remove spyware and adware. All the gory details are here SpywareInfo We will need to check for and remove SmartKiller first. Download Safer Networking and unzip the removal tool. Run the tool and remove SmartKiller.

6. CoolWebSearch

The CoolWebSearch has many variants and isn't always completely removed by the other programs used in this how to. Before attempting to remove CoolWebSearch make sure you have followed the steps in the SmartKiller section above. "The CoolWebSearch Chronicles" has info on all the different variants and a link to CWShredder which will remove CoolWebSearch from your computer. The chronicles can be found here Spyware Chronicles.Download CWShredder, run it and click Fix to remove CoolWebSearch from your computer.

7. Home Search

Another little hijacker that may not be cleaned up properly is Home Search, AKA Home Search Assistant. Home Search uses a random filename which can make it harder to track down. There is a tool avaliable at HS Remove which will remove Home Search.

8. Adware

To remove adware your best bet is Adaware, available here Adaware or spybot S&D available here Spybot Home. Just like a virus checker this will need to be updated. Once updated click on Start. I prefer to use the "Select drivesfolders to scan" mode. Click on select and tick all your drives. Click on Proceed to return to the previous window. Make sure in-depth scanning is enabled. Click on Next to start the scan. When the scan has finished click Next and Adaware will display a list of the items it found. Tick all the items you want to remove, right click will give you the option to select all objects. For info on a specific item right click on it and select Item details. If you want to backup the selected items before you remove them click on the Quarantine button. Click on the Finish button to remove the selected items.

9. Spyware

Grab your self a copy of Spybot Search and Destroy from Spybot Home The latest version of Spybot runs a wizard the first time you open Spybot This wizard will ask you to create a backup of your registry and ask if you want to update as well as a few other options. These are good things. Get the wizard to do them. The wizard will also ask if you want to immunise your computer I'll talk about this later. At the end of the wizard you can read the help file and a tutorial if you want to. Now that you are in Spybot click on Check for problems. Once it's finished a list of all the items it found will be displayed. To get info on an item click on it and drag the arrows in from the right hand side of the window. An information window will open behind the arrows. Just like Adaware select what you want to remove and click Fix selected problems.

Spybot and Adaware both pick up some of the same things but neither picks up everything because they are targeted at different types of programs.

10. System Restore

Now it's time to turn System restore back on. Open the System control panel. Go back into the System Restore tab and untick the box "Turn off System Restore on all devices". A new restore point will be created.


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19-06-2006, 13:19:36

Homer
:wavey: Not so bad, if i can add another advice, the best solution for increase your network is to use a firewall router (like linksys for example) or a PC with a linux firewall (likes smoothwall) which blocks, by default, INCOMING connections from internet AND a software firewall on all PCs of your network (zone alarm, kerio or bitdefender) which blocks incoming and OUTGOING connections by default.
And the best antivirus is Kaspersky.
I survey my active connections with a little soft called Active ports.

Homer
(Sry for my english)

19-06-2006, 16:29:34

Phnom_Penh
SFC.exe, the built in windows system file checker is a useful little tool which does what it says on the tin. (I.E. it checks all the windows files for any nasties) ;) Has come in handy in the past

Three switches you're only really need are...

/SCANNOW Scans all protected system files immediately.
/SCANONCE Scans all protected system files once at the next boot.
/SCANBOOT Scans all protected system files at every boot.

21-06-2006, 07:13:49

PV5150
Hey Homer, I did actually mention firewalls on the last page of the guide. :)

21-06-2006, 14:40:57

Homer
Hello,

yes you mention the interest of firewalls and your guide is very interesting for users... just want to said the most important is to install and set up a hardware firewall and a software firewall on each computers on LAN, both of them. And if a PC is too unstable/infected, the best way to solve pbs is to format HDD and reinstall WXP and install antivirus, firewalls, anti-spyware in first, don't hesitate to do it when needed.

Think about to disabled the windows services which are non useful (in most cases) and dangerous for security, like :

- help and support
- NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
- Portable Media Serial Number Service (a strange one ^^)
- QoS RSVP (u just win about 20% bandwith with this one)
- Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
- Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
- Remote Registry (very dangerous)
- Server (but if u have a personnal web site or ftp... on your LAN u need it, of course)
- SSDP Discovery Service
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
- Telephony
- Telnet
- Terminal Services
- WebClient
- Windows Time

and more... ;)

In result i have only 30 processes active, the best way to check what kind of processes is up.:beerchug:

PS : This is dedicate to Jiffz who i knows have some router pb ;)

01-07-2006, 03:43:28

Homer
Did i was out of topic with my windows services, interesting or not useful?
(sorry for my english)

01-07-2006, 05:57:54

Phnom_Penh
[QUOTE=Homer]Did i was out of topic with my windows services, interesting or not useful?
(sorry for my english)[/QUOTE]
Yeh, it's usefull, but there's no point in having both hardware and software firewalls.

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04-05-2009, 11:45:23

MarkW7
Good tut, thanks

04-05-2009, 11:56:34

themcman1
What's with bumping all the old threads?

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MarkW7
I need 15 posts. Lmao
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