5 Step Virus Check Process


by Britec IT Solutions - Date: 2007-04-12 - Word Count: 709 Share This!

Britec IT Solutions - www.britec.co.uk
Borehamwood, Herts


5 Step Virus Check Process




STEP 1
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Running The Scanners


Before attacking an adware/spyware problem with hijackthis make sure you have already run the following tools. Download and update the databases on each program before running and run them in SAFE MODE if you can and if you can't then run them in normal mode.

*Note*

How to Reboot into Safe Mode. You can do this by restarting your computer and continually tapping the F8 key until a menu appears. Use your up arrow key to highlight Safe Mode, then hit enter.
- Ad-Aware¬(r) SE Personal Edition
*Note* For Ad-AwareSE also install the VX2 Add-on Cleaner To run this tool once Adaware is updated click on Add-ons in the left-hand column. Select VX2 Cleaner V2.0 and click Run Tool. Click "OK" , then, if something is found, click "Clean" as in the directions given. Click "Close", and exit Ad-Aware.
- Spybot Search & Destroy
- CWShredder

Also make sure you are using the latest version (1.99.1) of HijackThis and it's installed in it's own folder on the root drive. (C:HJT)



STEP 2
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Run an Antivirus/Spyware scan

If you have a high speed connection Please go to at least two of these sites and run an online Virus Scan. This will help clear out a lot of the malware first so the Analyst's can then attack the main infections.

If you already have an Antivirus program make sure you have an updated database for it and run it as well. You need to do both as one scanner may pick up what the other missed.

Be sure to have the AutoFix box(es) checked if they are required.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
http://www3.ca.com/virusinfo/virusscan.aspx
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/license.php
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?productid=symhome&langid=ie&venid=sym




STEP 3
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Uninstall Malware from Windows Add/Remove Program Tab

Open your add/remove programs tab and remove any of the following programs if you find them listed. These are all malware (spyware/adware) entry's that may appear in the add/remove programs tab so IF you find the entry...uninstall the program.

180 Search Assistant
180Solutions
Active alert
Ad Service
AdTools
AdTools Service
Alexa toolbar
BargainBuddy
Bullseye Networks
CashBack
cosmi
DH
EasySearchBar
Elite Sidebar
Elite Toolbar
Freeze Clip Art
GAIN
Gator
Hotbar Outlook Tools
Hotbar Web Tools
HuntBar
Internet Optimizer
ISTbar
ISTSvc
MaxiFiles
Media Access
Media Gateway
MySearch
MyWay Search Bar
MyWebSearch
NavExcel Search Toolbar
NavHelper
ncase
Oemji Toolbar
Open Site
Preview AdService
Search Toolbar (HuntBar/WinTools)
ShopperReports by Hotbar
Sidefind
SideSearch
Slotchbar
Software Update Manager
SurfAccuracy
SurfSideKick
Upspiral Toolbar
TurboDownload
VBouncer
Viewpoint
Viewpoint Manager
Viewpoint Media Player
WareOut
WeatherBug
Web Rebates
Web Search Toolbar (WinTools)
Webhancer
WhenU (any entry)
WeirdOnTheWeb
Windows AdService
Windows AdStatus
Windows ServeAd
WinTools
WinTools Easy Installer
WSEM Update

These are Optional removals but we recommend you remove them as well.

Download Accelerator Plus
Kazaa
Kontiki
Messenger Plus
NetPumper
NewDotNet
P2P Networking
StarWare
WildTangent

*Note* If you're unsure about ANY entry then leave it alone and the Analyst will advise you in the fix later.



STEP 4
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Search for Rogue and Suspect Programs

Please visit the following site and REMOVE/UNINSTALL any program you have that is listed on this site.

http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

This site is updated and maintained with a list of known "Rogue" and "Suspect" programs. These programs can not be trusted as they either don't do what they say, are poorly designed, or take advantage of the user in an effort to get YOU to spend money on buying their products. Several of these programs actually install "Spyware/Adware" on your system!


STEP 5
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Update your Operating System

This is a basic step that many users fail to do. In a high percentage of cases this is the reason the user is infected in the first place. At times...we may STOP the cleansing process until this is done.

*Note* There are some infections that may prevent you from updating your Operating System. In these cases...please make sure you tell the analyst this on your first post. They will provide a "General" fix and try to fix that option first.

Please visit Microsoft's Window's Update Page and install the latest service packs, patch's and security updates for your system.


For Windows XP Users!
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IMPORTANT!:

Before you proceed any further, please visit the Microsoft's Windows Update Page and install ALL Critical Updates for your system (except service pack 2) (SP2). SP2 should only be installed on a fully disinfected system. At the minimum install at least SP1a for both XP and IE6. Without these updates your system is wide open to re-infection and we are both wasting our efforts to clean your system. After you have completed your clean-up, we will have to return to the Windows Update page and install SP2. We also advise you to better protect yourself online with a good firewall and virus scanner





**Note** If you're having trouble locating the service pack SP1a here is a direct link to download it from..

http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/4/f/54f8bcf8-bb4d-4613-8ee7-db69d01735ed/xpsp1a_en_x86.exe




Thank you

Britec IT Solutions

www.britec.co.uk





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