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I told a friend I would help her install Avast, when I started her computer I could see she had some major problems,I installed Spybot S&D ran it and she had 681 problems, among them, smitfraud and a lot of variants there of.
What started out as a 20 min. install became a 4 hour clean up.
Spybot reported all problems fixed, I deleted restore points and went home.
The next day smitfraud was back.
Here's my question, I downloaded the Smitfraud fix and will run it on her computer later this week, will it do the trick, is there anything I should be wary of....any advice would be so helpful,
It's a Compaq desktop running XP.
Thanks for reading. Ann

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Following that it might help to try a follow-up with MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware:
download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from one of these locations:

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.

* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.

NOTE: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.

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Thank you

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I downloaded the set up on my flash drive and will run it as well smitfraud fix. Thank you for the quick response, I'll post back later in the week to let you know how it worked out.

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(NT) You Are Most Welcome :)

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Ann, Just a Suggestion About Using The Flash Drive...

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Generally, when I'm cleaning out badly infested computers I DO NOT use a flash drive to do so at first.. Instead, I burn a copy of all the cleanup programs to a CD, then I finalize the disc.. Because there are so many different viruses and trojans that could be on the infested computer, I choose not to place a "clean" flash drive in the "bad" computer until after I've done a routine bit of scanning FIRST using the programs on the CD.. The CD, as long as a finalized disc, can't be infected because it can't be written to.

Hope this helps.


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(NT) Good advice Grif. Thank you

In reply to: Ann, Just a Suggestion About Using The Flash Drive...

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In reply to: Good advice Grif. Thank you

I ran the smitfraud fix by Siri and it worked great, then I installed Malwarebytes, it found 80 more problems and cleaned them, mostly on reboot.
Thank you Bugbatter and Grif for your sage advice, all is well. Ann

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