Lately in our shop, we have been running into persistant adware trojans that defy removal usually the kind of crap that's picked up from porn sites and other trash. Im sure it's some kind of CWS variant or something similar. We try all of the tricks of the trade as we know them but with limited results including editing the registry and so on. Forget AdAware, Spybot and so on. We have had some results by closing the Explorer through task manager and opening regedit and deleting the entry and then unplugging the system so as to dump the trojan in memory before it can refresh itself and recreate the registry entry.
We are getting more and more systems like this that even our experts can't deal with it and we're groping for solutions. We have gotten to the point the if we cant get a grip on it in a reasonable amount of time, its Format C: time.
I dont think there are any "magic" programs out there or silver bullet solutions. If virus writers ever get the same concepts of stickability that these spyware jerks have, heaven help us.
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