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Old 11-02-04, 06:05 PM
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Friend got new PC, but it's infected with all kinds of crap

Ok so my friend had a friend of his build him a new PC. Nothing big, just an AMD 1800+ with 512 ram, and a 40 gig hdd. Used an old eMachines case, and threw a geforce fx 5200 video card and a basic Soundblaster card.

Ok, so I am going through the PC, getting rid of all the useless crap programs that he'll never use, and I scan it with Spybot, Adaware, and Housecall, and Trojan Hunter and it found a mess of spyware, trojans, and viruses.

So I think his friend just found an old hdd he had gotten cheap, and never even formatted it, thus all the junk remained. It appears the previous user must have used P2P programs without any kind of protection (including no firewall), and just got slammed.

So my question is, how can I remove all this crap? Should I just wipe the whole drive clean?

Off the top of my head I remember seeing viruses/spyware like Parite A, spybot GJ, and wootbot. Never heard of these. Housecall supposedly cleaned most of them, but some were "uncleanable" or "cannot access"

What programs besides Spybot, Adaware, Spyware Blaster and virus scanners should I use?
Old 11-02-04, 06:14 PM
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Yes, you should reformat it. Which is a good idea anyway if it's an old hard drive that is being put into a new computer.
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Wipe it and start over. Even if there were no spyware or virsus I would start over.
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nickdawgy,

What operating System? If it is Windows ME or XP, disable System Restore then re-run your virus scanner with current definitions and set to scan ALL files!

Next, go to the Add/Remove Programs , and look for anyh ad type or anything suspicous and remove them

Next Run Adaware SE with the current refernence file and set to run with a full scan via these instructions:

1) Run the WebUpdate feature.

2) Set up the Configurations as follows:

General Button
Safety:
Check (Green) all three.

Advanced Button
Logfile Detail Level:
All options under this should be checked (Green).

Tweak Button
Check (Green) the following:
Log Files
Include basic Ad-Aware settings in logfile:
Include additional Ad-Aware settings in logfile:
Please do not check (Green): Include Module list in logfile:

Click on "Proceed"

3) Click on "Scan Now"

4) Please deselect "Search for negligible risk entries"in the "advanced Settings">logFile Detail Level,as negligible risk entries (MRU's) are not considered to be a threat.

Fix (remove) anything it finds.

Next,
Run CWS Shredder

Then Run HiJackTHis from its own folder and post your log here

Make sure ALL Browers are closed Prior to using any of these tools!


This should take about 20 minutes or so to run all of these items.

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Ok, I'll try all the info tonight. Thanks everyone.

BTW, his OS is XP Home. System restore is already turned off, one of the first things I did.
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Pop in another drive, copy off everything that's worth saving, reformat the sucker, reinstall, copy the stuff back. This is my usual approach when dealing with a used box.

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