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by peterkeila / March 13, 2008 4:32 PM PDT


"Spyware Alert - Security Warning!
Worm.Win32.NetSky detected on your machine. This virus is distributed via the Internet through e-mail and Active-X objects. The worm has its own SMTP engine which means it gathers e-mails from your local computer and re-distributes itself. In worst cases this worm can allow attackers to access your computer, stealing passwords and personal data.
This process should be removed from your system.
Type: Virus
System Affected: Windows 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista
Security Risk (0-5): 5
Recommendations: Click Yes to remove it from your PC immediately.

"Microsoft Internet Explorer
NOTICE: Your system is not optimized and your computer performance is not at the highest level.
Full system optimization will greatly increase your computer's performance and prevent data loss.
Would you like to install SystemErrorFixer to optimize your computer's performance now for free? (Recommended)

"Windows Security Alert - Windows has detected an Internet attack attempt... Somebody's trying to infect your PC with spyware or harmful viruses. Rull full system scan now to protect your PC from Internet attacks, hijacking attempts and spyware! Click here to download spyware remover for total protection. OK/Cancel."

"The page at http://scanner.malwarealarms.com says:
Privacy and Spyware protection is not found on your computer. Security center has detected that your private information could be sent to a remote computer. We recommend you to update your security system and install MalwareAlarm antispyware removal kit.
Click OK to view Security Center warning window


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No Expert But....This Looks Like A Better....
by tobeach / March 13, 2008 5:27 PM PDT
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than usually crafted phony malware alert. Refers to REAL Netsky (no capital S) to make more believable. Yes you are infected & the guy warning you gave it to you!!

IF it was the real netsky, ANY Real AV , even last updated at end of 2007, would have caught & stopped it. Who's AV are you using & have you scanned with it?? Do not click on supplied link in warning as it'll just download even more trouble.

You can try removal with Super Anti-Spy (Free). A little slow but very thorough. See if you can run it in Safe Mode if you can't find the problem running via task manager to stop it for removal.

It may be removable by Siri's Smitfraud Fix:

Or Malwarebytes Rogue Remover program (also has Free version):

Let us know how it goes please! Happy

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Appears to be a
by JonathanCase / March 13, 2008 5:55 PM PDT
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rogue software of the family of spysherrif (a variant, I believe, of spywarequake, spyaxe) and in your case, "spyshredder".
(I say "believe" because I am no expert at this.)
These are installed on the machine by a trojan downloader, the time it happened to me it was a variant of the Zlob trojan, and a bit of a pain to get rid of.
Whatever AV you have, I'd be inclined to run a full scan in safe mode.
I would download Superantispyware, install, update it, and run a full scan straight away, quarantining anything found. This application has a good reputation for removing this kind of infection.
No doubt the real experts will reply here in due course, but those would be good first steps.
There may well be a bit of a "procedure" to follow, using a few different tools/scanners, restarting, unlocking particular files, turning off system restore etc, so maybe be prepared for a few hours work on this.
Afterward, it would pay to get all your vulnerable applications up to date, and installing security software if you don't already have it.

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