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CWS.MSCONFIG

by Fish / July 14, 2005 9:42 AM PDT

Just a heads up here.
my pc last night started to get very slow responding.Today and tonight got much worse.
Spybot,AdAware and Norton found nothing.
Ran cwshredder and it found and removed a hijacker
named CWS.MSCONFIG.
Back to normal for now. :o)

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Glad you fixed it Fish but I'm
by roddy32 / July 14, 2005 10:16 AM PDT
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rather surprised that you got it in the first place.

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Me too
by Fish / July 14, 2005 10:43 AM PDT

Roddy.I have no idea where I got it.Do you think since cwshredder claims to have removed it that Im safe? Maybe I'd better do some checking around in my pc.I'l post anything new.

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It wouldn't hurt to check but you
by roddy32 / July 14, 2005 10:45 AM PDT
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are probably OK Fish.

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good to hear
by dyspyzthespyz / July 14, 2005 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: CWS.MSCONFIG

that you got it...
CWS.MSCONFIG. can be a real threat, This variant uses the filename msconfig.exe which overwrites the real Windows file in Windows 98/98SE/ME. The temp2.txt file it drops is actually a Registry script, but since it's in the wrong format, Windows 9x/ME will throw up an error about an invalid Registry script. Windows 2000/XP will import it without complaining, creating the '??????' item in the IE right-click menu. The msconfig.exe file will always stay in memory, reinstalling the hijack every 5 seconds. Killing the process, deleting the file and restoring the IE homepages/search pages fixes this hijack
Source: Merijn.org

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