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Its got me beat !!

By gbrownlee ·
I just returned from holidays and before I left, I thought I had rid my system of virus dialer.x.x.

I just went on line and updated AVG (free edition), ad-aware and spy bot. In this short period of time, my system was reinfected.

I have searched my registry and used windows explorer and found some suspicous entries which I have deleted; and yet the virus returns every time I access the web (within 15 minutes). Obviously there is something in my system that is calling home, but I cannot find it and I have already wasted countless hours trying to do so.

I do not wish to repartion and format my HDD; my internet access is POTS and updating all my software will take 8 hrs (max. file tranfer rate 2.6 KBytes/sec.)

System specs: XP Home,adaware,browserhijacker blaster, spybot, hijackthis, noadware, stinger, cwshredder, dsostop2. I also previosly tried trial versions of other related software.

System restore is not in use and I have found an index.dat file that I cannot remove, Also, I am unable to run AVG in safe mode.

Any assistance you may be able to render will be greatly appreciated by this ole farmer.

Thank you
Greg

ps: I have also used online virus checkers etc.

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by gbrownlee In reply to

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Thank you for your thoughts. I access the Internet through a dial up service and never leave my pc while connected.

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by pctech In reply to Its got me beat !!

Notepad will open the host file.

Are you saying that you do not know which application will open the host file or will it not open with notepad?

What is your OS?

Let me know with a comment, please. I feel rejected enough already. *smile*

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by gbrownlee In reply to

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Hello:

The host file icon is one which indicates that my system doesn't have the program to open it. I am offered the option to search online for the program, which I have done, but there is no response. Also, this may be coincidental, but notepad.exe is no longer accesible. My OS is XP Home.(always updated)

I think the answer lies in finding my system vulnerability, wherever that may be. Normally, I would have deleted my HDD, but view this as a learning experience. I have become comfortable with editing my registry and contrary to what the text books warn of, the sky didn't fall. As I have previously mentioned dialer.8.u is like the inlaws, really tough to get rid of!

The only bright spot is the fact that my system is only infected once every 24 hours and it is easy to recognize when it enters my system. I have tried browsing different web sites to see if that made a difference, but no leads there.

Regards
Greg

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by Unidentified In reply to Its got me beat !!

With a very tight budget, i've tried several of spyware scanners (demos only), found out that spysweeper (freeware version) combined with the url below works well, if not good enough.

http://www.spywareguide.com/txt_onlinescan.html

hope this helps

Unidentified

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by gbrownlee In reply to

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Thank you for your suggestions! I have already spent alot of time on this problem and I,ve already done numerous online virus and spyware scans. I also now have more software on my system than you can shake 2 sticks at. My system is cleaned and all traces of the virus removed, but within minutes of connecting to the internet, my system becomes reinfected.

Regards
Greg

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by burtonizer In reply to Its got me beat !!

I know you don't want to format your PC and have to reinstall all of your system updates, etc., however....with the time you have spent on this problem, you could have done that a couple of times over!

I suggest you FDISK and format, reinstall your operating system and then, take your CPU to a friends house who has a broadband connection. Plug into their network and download all of the patches, etc. within a few minutes.

I did this for a friend of mine, and not only does the system start fresh and clean, but we got to have a couple of drinks while the process completed!

Don't forget to backup any necessary documents, folders, settings, etc., prior to formatting.

I just think this is something that will keep getting worse before it gets better!

Good luck!

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by gbrownlee In reply to

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Thank you for your suggestion. You are right in that the problem is getting worse, but I am viewing this as a learning experience. I aspire to be a good comp. repair tech. and do enjoy trouble shooting! This is the reason I haven't done as you have suggested a long time ago.

Regards
Greg

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by willcomp In reply to Its got me beat !!

Install Zone Alarm (it's free and good) and try to block unknown or suspicious outbound traffic. Some malware uses innocent sounding names close to Windows services and apps. Chase name down using search function and look for publisher info under properties as described in prior response.

XP firewall is for incoming only and not very effective.

If the critter can't call home, you may be able to remove it once and for all.

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by gbrownlee In reply to

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I have used Zone Alarm Pro and had 2 problems with it. it. Both were related to how I access the web. I am using dial up and firstly, it made an already sloooooow conection into something totally unacceptable and secondly, it would periodically freeze my OS (XP Home). Support at Zone Alarm said it was caused by my not being able to download the program properly at my internet connection speed and cheerfully refunded the $.

Regards
Greg

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by willcomp In reply to Its got me beat !!

Addendum to above.

When you run Ad-Aware select custom scanning options and enable all.

Apparently, AVG will not run in safe mode. Don't know why, but it doesn't.

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