Removing browser hijacks, Virus's and Spyware

Hijackthis - how to continued

5. Click the scan button, scroll the list and tick the entries you want to fix and click the 'Fix Checked' button. Read the warning box and, if you still want to go ahead, click Yes to clear the warning box. Click the scan button again to be sure the items you just ticked no longer appear. Reboot your PC, run the HijackThis scan again and repeat this check.

Fix checked


As they say prevention is better than cure. Here are a few tips to help prevent spyware, adware, viruses etc... from getting into your computer in the first place.

Change your browser

Ditch Internet Explorer and use something like Mozilla click here or Firefox Firefox They are more secure and come with built in popup blocking and ad blocking via a plugin called Adblock Download Here Older versions of FireFox were not recognised by some plugin installers, eg the Flash installer. If you experience problems installing plugins you may need to use Mozilla or another browser.

Change your E-mail client

Along with Internet Explorer give Outlook it's marching orders. There's a lot of viruses and the like that are written to use Outlook and/or the Windows Address Book. Try something like Thunderbird Thunderbird or Eudora Here

Be alert

Know what you are installing. Some programs come bundled with spyware, adware etc. eg. I'm not sure if this is still the case but the DivX codec used to come with GAIN/Gator adware. Also read any warnings that your browser displays. A program may be attempting to install it's self without your approval.

Stay up to date

Windows Update Need I say more? Ok, maybe I do. If you want to save a whole chunk of downloads you can order the Security Update CD from Microsoft's website. It includes Service Pack 1 for XP as well as a number of updates released after SP1. There is also updates for Windows ME, 2000 Professional, 98SE and 98. Also on the CD is Direct X 9.0b and Windows Media Player 9. The Securtiy Update CD is free. To have a copy sent to you fill out this form on Microsoft's website Here The Security Update CD comes with a second CD as well. On the second disc is a trial version of eTrust EZ Armor, a firewall and anti virus program. Or if you are running XP you can order Service Pack 2 on CD. Fill out this form SP2 Form and Microsoft will send it out to you. Some people have had problems with SP2 but I recommend you install it. If possible install it on a fresh install or better yet create a new XP install CD with SP2 slipstreamed and install from that. A forum search will turn up a number of threads to help with slipstreaming. If you want to stay with Internet Explorer SP2 will also provide popup blocking and help prevent sites installing software without your consent

Block bad programs

Spybot has an option to immunize your computer. This will block spyware before it gets onto your computer. This is aimed at Internet Explorer but can still help. Open Spybot and click on Immunize. A window will come up telling you how many bad products are already blocked. Click on Ok. Use the Immunize button at the top of the window to block these products. You can also enable blocking of bad addresses in Internet Explorer. If enable this option you can choose to block pages silently, display a dialog box when the page is blocked or ask for confirmation before blocking. Adaware has an "Ad-watch" program which can intercept bad programs before they make it onto your computer but you need a licensed version of Adaware.

SpywareBlaster is another product aimed at preventing spyware from installing it's self. I haven't used this program myself so I can't offer any more info. The website is here Spyware Blaster

Another product that works similar to Adaware and Spybot is Pestpatrol. It can scan for and remove spyware, adware and other similar programs. You can download an evaluation copy from the website Here To obtain the full copy, including a years worth of updates, you must purchase it. I have used this program so I can say it's worth the $US39.95. Pestpatrol also offer an online scan for spyware, adware, etc called PestScan. Find it here Petscan
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19-06-2006, 13:19:36

: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.

(Sry for my english)

19-06-2006, 16:29:34

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

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

21-06-2006, 14:40:57


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

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

01-07-2006, 05:57:54

[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

Good tut, thanks

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What's with bumping all the old threads?

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I need 15 posts. Lmao

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