Captoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1875 times:
Recently I have been hit with a bad case of adware and spyware.
I am running Avast! anti-viruns
I use the current free version of Adaware
I use the current version of Spybot search and destroy.
Yet the problem persists. I know Spybot and Adaware were great a couple years ago when I started using them but is there something better? Running scan after scan after scan seems to just slow the problem down for a few hours.
The worst of what I am regularly getting are various versions of Virtumonde, Vundo, and Smithfraud-C. There are many others that don't appear quite so regularly.
Getting a Mac or switching to Linux is not an option.
Surfpunk From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1771 times:
Virtumonde/Vundo/Virtumundo and Smitfraud variants can be quite the pain in the neck to remove, as they load in Safe Mode as well, and have watchdog components that monitor the running trojans. Both are also (or contain) rootkits which mask their presence from Windows (the files/registry entries do not appear when browsing the file system or registry). You can find a Smitfraud removal tool here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/smitRem.php , and a Virtumundo removal tool here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic18610.html .
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2669 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1700 times:
Get yourself a registry cleaner. Spyware apps can eliminate the malware but they don't do much about the registry changes that spyware and malware make.
I use a registry editor and, after a recent, nasty spyware attack, I also used Microsoft's diagnostic tools for Internet Explorer. Go to Help > Online Support and just follow the menu links. The analyses tools were slow but extremely effective in solving my problem, especially their registry repair tool. I highly recommend using Microsoft's Online Support (which is unusual for me to ever offer a Microsoft solution).
Also, update your Java tools as this will rid some sneaky things spyware does to Java.