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removing spylocked

By A N D ·
does anyone know any effective (and free) method to remove a spyware called spylocked (it installed by itself on my pc)

on some further research i found that it contains a trojan called zlob which is difficult to remove
it also affects the registry.

i tried several spyware removal applications like spybot and avg but they dont detect it.

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Hi, to use Bit Defender

by pandianec In reply to removing spylocked

Hi,

To use Bit Defender v10 Anti-Virus and Spy Ware removal tool. it'll clear virus and spyware on ur pc.

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no use

by A N D In reply to Hi, to use Bit Defender

i tried bitdefender but it dosent detect anything in my disk.

my taskbar also shows an unwanted "install spylocked" icon which (irritates me and) auto connects to the net everytime i make a connection

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if you can identify

by Dr Dij In reply to no use

the running process file name
using task manager (ctl-alt-del)

goto the registry and search for this.
write down the registry key

go thru registry and remove all registry keys matching the spyware.

(do a search for both the registry key and the executable file name)


check for the file name in startup keys - either run or run once via registry search.
m$ has free tools to backup your registry first , good idea.

when you get all the reg keys the spyware won't come back.

couldn't hurt to scan for rootkits
(get sysinternals.com rootkit scanner)

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messed up

by A N D In reply to if you can identify

i tried to clear the registry entries but i made a major mess up. now i cant see the start menu, taskbar or the desktop. i have to work through the task manager to run anything now. please suggest a solution.

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Perform a XP System Restore

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to messed up

Do a Restore back to a time and date prior to when you made the changes.
This can be done in Safe Mode.

Try to bring up the Start menu by using the Ctrl + Esc key combination. Then if you cannot click on choices, you can use the arrow keys to move up and down the menu and the Enter key to make a selection.

Here is a link to a page with instructions on how to run System Restore from a command prompt: http://tinyurl.com/59z5k

Once the Restore is finished, read and follow my previous post.

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Here are the steps

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to removing spylocked

To remove Spylocked (known Malware), go here and follow the instructions:
http://tinyurl.com/yoe59f

Additionally, here are some tips for the typical removal and avoidance of spyware, malware, adware.

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Try emptying your Internet Cache* and then doing a scan and clean.

Here are excellent tools for removing spyware, malware and adware:

Ad-Aware:
http://tinyurl.com/5kgsl

CWShredder:
http://tinyurl.com/5lstv

X-Cleaner Micro:
http://tinyurl.com/357tuu

If they were not able to find the culprit, Then next scan for RootKits. Here's the best tool for that-
RootKit Revealer:
http://tinyurl.com/y3hgq9

Make sure you follow the instructions provided by the suppliers of the above tools before deleting anything. If you're nervous about removing things found by spyware scanners, you can always create a System Restore Point as a safety net.

If the issue remains, download and run HiJackThis (http://tinyurl.com/b9h3s) and post the log file it creates in one of the many forums dedicated for that purpose. I recommend that you post your HiJackThis log where there are many people who specialize in working with them. Try here: http://tinyurl.com/2nxzqt
You'll have to create a login but I think you'll find it to be the easiest and best way to resolve your issue.

When you finally get everything cleaned up and running smooth, here are great tools to help you avoid getting that garbage again:

SpywareBlaster:
http://tinyurl.com/g1d9

SpywareGuard:
http://tinyurl.com/3yj37

and to quickly clean out the places where their installers usually hide before you shut down or reboot - ATF-Cleaner:
http://tinyurl.com/kqmvp


Good Luck


Please let me know if this was helpful.


* To empty the Internet Cache - if you are using IE7, open to a browser window, click on Tools, select Internet Options, in the Browsing History section click on Delete and then in the next menu click on Temporary Internet Files 'Delete Files.'
If you are using IE6, click on Tools, select Internet Options and then under Temporary Internet Files click on the Delete Files button.

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