no need to panic.
if Ad-Aware determines they are wrong entries it is safe to delete them.....
also I would set paramenters for 'custom scan'.
all data miners can be deleted as well.
I have been using Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE for almost a year now, a month after I got the computer. With the exception of a few tracking cookies, I THOUGHT I never had much of a problem. I prided myself as being EXTREMELY careful, when I went on the Internet. I have had Spybot S&D, since November and have come up clean, with one or two exceptions with the first scan.
When I first downloaded Ad-Aware, I left it at the recommended setting, as I am far from "advanced". Today I downloaded HexDump. (Just a point of reference) In addition, I attempted to go to a site today that I found at Google. McAfee immediately came up with a warning that an unauthorized.. "something or other"' ..was trying to gain access, and did I want to block it.I immediately blocked it and Hacker Watch's page came up asking me to report it. There may be no point in recreating my tracks for anyone, since "why" may not matter at all.
I ran a scan and it came up with 119 objects!! Most of them were BHO's. All said "Data Miner". I was under the impression, I could delete them, BUT, I've only had tracking cookies to deal with. Everything that came up was a RegKey or RegValue. I tried to quarantine these objects. Ad-Aware said some objects could not be removed. (All located:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\wintools\ ) The end of the path for these 3 items is.. WSup.exe,\WToolsA.exe,\WToolsB.dll.
I am at a total loss. I went to Lavasoft's forum, with the hopes of finding a place to discern what is okay to delete.. and what is not. I have a feeling these objects have been accumulating from day one, and not from the one website, that I believe was blocked. Although I saved all the logs, I don't know if I am equipped to deal with their forums. Since everyone seems to have Ad-Aware, is it possible someone could tell me if it is okay to delete all Data Miner's.. even if it is a Registry Key or Value??
Yes, I have I.E. I need to get out of this mess before I can start using Firefox. Sorry for this long post, but when I see "Reg" anywhere, I tend to panic. I now have these items quarantined and don't know if they should be deleted. Is there a hard fast rule about Data Miner's? Please Help. (I'm willing to do the "work", but don't know where to go or what to do at this point.)
ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated!