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Spyware message installed itself as desktop wallpaper

by clarissam / January 1, 2005 6:40 AM PST

Hi,
I have managed to some how accumulate a "spyware warning" message which is set as my desktop background. I have tried deleting the file file://C:\WINDOWS\Web\desktop.html (this is supposed to be its URL/address) but it just wont go away. If you click on the background you are taken to the http://www.topantispyware.com/overview.php?38 site.

I have the spyware doctor programme but it doesnt seem to detect the file.

Can anyone help?

Thanks

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by pjb1124 / January 1, 2005 7:26 AM PST

go into start menu, click control panel, click DISPLAY, and choose a new background or theme.

this should work

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Re: reply
by clarissam / January 1, 2005 7:51 AM PST
In reply to: background

Hi,
I've tried this but the spyware ad will still stay there even though i have changed the backgroung/theme.
Thanks

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Clarissa, Try This...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 1, 2005 8:37 AM PST
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It would sure help us if you told us more about your computer such as the operating system, the browser you're using, etc. The more information you give us, the better informed our answer will be.

First, click on either or both of the free online virus scans at the links below and run them:

Housecall Online Scanner

Panda Online Scanner


Next, download, install, update, then run the free spyware removal tools from the links below. Delete all spyware found.

Ad-Aware

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What about . .
by Cursorcowboy / January 1, 2005 9:37 PM PST
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unselecting the Show Web Content?

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RE: Spyware message on desktop
by clarissam / January 2, 2005 5:56 AM PST
In reply to: What about . .

Hi,
Thanks for replying. How do I get to "Show Web Content" have had a try but cant seem to find it.
Thanks

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by Cursorcowboy / January 2, 2005 8:39 PM PST
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Try FixVundo.exe
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 1, 2005 10:02 AM PST

. Download the FixVundo.exe file from: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/FixVundo.exe

2. Save the file to a convenient location, such as your Windows desktop.
3. Close all the running programs.
4. If you are on a network or if you have a full-time connection to the Internet, disconnect the computer from the network and the Internet.
5. If you are running Windows Me or XP, turn off System Restore. Do Start->Control Panel->System, System restore. Check "Turn off System Restore" and reboot.
6. Locate the file that you just downloaded.
7. Double-click the FixVundo.exe file to start the removal tool.
8. Click Start to begin the process, and then allow the tool to run.

Important: Do not launch any new applications while the tool is running.

9. Restart the computer.
10. Run the removal tool again to ensure that the system is clean.
11. If you are running Windows Me/XP, then re-enable System Restore.(Check the box)
12. If you are on a network or if you have a full-time connection to the Internet, reconnect the computer to the network or to the Internet connection

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