dawnal 14:52 09 May 2006

My computer appears to have have been infected with something which has placed a triangular yellow icon in the sysyem tray. When I hover the cursor over it it tells me that the computer is infected with something that can take information from it. Clicking on the icon opens am Internet Expolrer window which contains adverts for the removal of this intrusion. There is a different ad every time. So far UI've seen three; one for something called Pest Control, another for Malwarewipe and the third, a page called "click here," produced a page telling me about all kinds of things I can get to remove this threat. This page also includes a popup box giving details of a virus called [email protected] and a button to click to download "officially approved security software"

I have scanned the computer with the freeware versions of AVG, AdAware, A squared, Ewido, Microsoft AntiSpyware and Spybot but this has not removed it. I get a different page every time I open IE - all advertising the same things, however.

I am a bit stuck now, I don't know what to do next. Can anyone offer any advice?


  Devil Fish 15:00 09 May 2006

turn off system restore when scanning also try spycatcher express be carefull what you remove with it though click here

  SANTOS7 15:01 09 May 2006

click here
Sounds like homepage highjacking
click here

post your problem in the first link ,you will be prompted to use the tool in the second link, i am sure they will be able to solve your problem...

  GANDALF <|:-)> 15:08 09 May 2006

Try running ewido in safe mode. Usually works ;-))


  rawprawn 17:49 09 May 2006

If these solutions fail try this online scan which I have found very good at removing nasties
click here

  dawnal 22:21 09 May 2006

Thanks for all the advice. I'm at work now but I'll try it when I get home

  dawnal 10:21 10 May 2006

I've tried the solutions you guys have provided. Unfortunately, my computer won't open in safe mode. I just get a list of drivers and it sticks at that point. I also tried housecall. It wouldn't work either. It says it has to download somefiles to my computer and thats as far as it gets.

Can anyone tell me what to do now?

Thanks again for the assistance

  Totally-braindead 10:36 10 May 2006

You could try Counterspy free for 15 days click here if that fails then I think it might be time for a specialist forum that deals with hijackthis logs. Somewhere like here click here

  ACOLYTE 10:41 10 May 2006

This sounds like a spyaxe varient,it can be a pain to remove,it took me a good few hour's to remove on a friends pc,i would suggest you run Hijack this and post a log on there removal forums.,click here may help a little depending on what varient it is.Another good page with help is here click here


  Sethhaniel 10:43 10 May 2006

I coundn't get to 'Safe mode' -
the link further down 'Log on to your computer with an account that has administrator credentials '
which got me into 'safe mode'

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