Hi all, my laptop has recently become infected by Zlob, and I followed many of the suggestions given in a previous forum posting, including downloading Spybot and A Squared. After several scannings and cleanings, Spybot finally reported that my laptop was "clean". However, the little blinking shield icon telling me to download the false adware is still there. Also, when I check the active processes in my Windows Task Manager, the malware code of "msmmsgs.exe" is still there. Does that mean that Spybot is wrong and Zlob is still very much present in my laptop? Or is this just harmless leftovers that still appear even after the Zlob is cleaned out of the system?
Oops, yes, I meant "msmsgs.exe" (I'm glad one of us knows what they're talking about). The shield is located on my desktop taskbar; it blinks red with an x then blue with a question mark, and periodically, a little pop up appears saying something along the lines of "System Warning!" and proceeds to tell me that I should download an "up-to-date spyware software". When I right-click it or left-click it, either nothing happens or it automatically opens up a blank internet explorer window. I hope this description helps in some way. Thanks for trying to help me through this!
Besides Spybot, I have Ad-aware and A-squared. I have no idea which program this shield belongs to: when I hold my pointer over the icon, no additional information pops up; usually, the name of the program will appear, but this shield icon does nothing.
Thanks, Acx! The first article you linked to was exactly what I needed, and it seemed to have done the trick: the flashing icon is now gone. I'm going to run the same scan that seemed to have worked in a few days time to make sure all of Zlob was removed, but I'm fairly confident that it's gone. Thanks again for the help!