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How to get rid of IE viruses AdClicker-BW and Reg/Seeker

I am running Windows XP and use McAfee, which detects the AdClicker-BW and Reg/Seeker viruses and deletes them but every time I open IE, they appear again. I downloaded FireFox and do not have the viruses appear,however my keyboard freezes up without warning. This all may be due to my discovery that my XP is pirated. Is there a way to deal with the virus issue seperately from the pirated software issue or do I need to erase my hard drive and start over? My computer is a Dell Inspiron 5000 notebook.

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2 issues to tackle.

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1. The tools I note at http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&messageID=15002 may also help remove a pest or two but IE is open season for many attacks. Use something else when you can until Microsoft updates it further.

2. What OS came with your laptop? Can you use that?

You may not able to get the latest patches until you make peace with Microsoft and obtain a new license or upgrade. The good news is that most of the time I can just install the new XP CD (hopefully with SP2 builtin) over the pirated OS and all will survive. But this is never a sure procedure so saving what you can't lose on write protected media is something you do along the way.

Microsoft also provides a procedure to change your registration and cdkey to match your new license. You have to wiegh in if using the OS that came with the laptop is an option here.

Best of luck,


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Forgot the usuall notebook issue.

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How do I get rid of AdClicker-BW;Reg/Seeker;StartPage-EF....

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Thanks for the info. FYI: I originally had Windows 98 and installed the ME upgrade; both of which I had to eliminate by wiping my hard drive clean due to a previous virus issue.

In addition, I found 3 other viruses are in my system; NTRootKit-H; StartPage-EF and AdClicker-BM.

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That's terrible.

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Can you reveal why you think such found their way onto your machine?

No antivirus?


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I'm not sure of the specific source of the viruses, however, I use an updated version of McAfee which detects the viruses and deletes the files, but the viruses still exist somewhere and seem to be launched every time I open IE. I'm in the process of installing and using several adware removers, per your previous suggestion and will advise as to their success/failure. Thanks again.

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you might also want to note

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the exact name of the viruses and where you AV determines they are located i.e a file path.

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Trojan and other viruses....

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Thanks for the info. I've run Ad-Aware and its found the problems lie in the registry. It's been some time since I've accessed that...refresh me on how to access it please. I wrote down the ones to delete. Ad-Aware seems incapable of getting rid of all of them.

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Here is a good tutorial of

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Viruses, and other issues

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Thank you to everyone for your help. I was able to rid myself of these viruses through several different adware and spyware program installations. However now I have another issue with an lsass.exe shutdown. Anyway, I want to wipe my computer clean and start over with a licensed operating system. See my message in the Windows XP forum. Thanks again.

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(NT) (NT) You're welcome and good luck.

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