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Virus websites blocked

by ckmurphy1958 / December 29, 2008 1:57 PM PST

My daughter has a virus(?) on her laptop which will not allow AVG to update. Access to the site is blocked, as well as access to most any site that has virus protection. I have tried downloading a number of virus scanners (mbam, ComboFix, Kaspersky). In many of the cases, I downloaded the programs on another computer, copied them to her laptop, but they will not install. In fact, nothing happens. Kapersky will install, but always stops because it thinks AVG is installed, but it isn't. The operating system is XP. Most other websites work, however if you try to do a search you get ads that pop up and the search will not work. I installed hijack this and posted the results on an anlyze site and removed a few items, svchost was in a wrong folder was the main problem on hijack this.

I greatly appreciate any help anyone can offer!!

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by CascaLonginus / December 29, 2008 2:22 PM PST
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Put the mbam installer on the desktop of the infected computer, right click on it, and rename it, anything you like, and see if it will install then. If that don't work, scour this section of the forum, and you will see many posts of people with the same problem with more detailed ways of getting mbam installed, updated, and ready to remove your malware.
Good luck.

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by ckmurphy1958 / December 30, 2008 12:36 PM PST
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Thank you thank you thank you!! I spent hours (close to 7 to be exact) on this problem. I renamed the mbam installation file and then renamed the program folder. There was more than one trojan on the computer, not sure which one was causing the problem, but they're all gone now and the computer seems to be working.

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You CAN Try Stinger....
by tobeach / December 29, 2008 4:21 PM PST
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Download it on a clean computer, re-name to anything else & burn to CD. It's run as an application & doesn't need install or on-line update.

Just put in daughters CD/DVD drive, navigate to that drive & double click to run. May fix enough to get main functions back.

I would also look at her Add/Delete programs list (in C.P.) watching for any 3rd party programs like MY Web, My Search, Anything w/toolbar in it (Yahoo!/Google,etc)Free Bonuses shopping, Coupon Bargains & the like.
Most are designed to place ads constantly. In IE, toolbars& plug-ins are often removed via extension available when browser is open. Happy

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by ckmurphy1958 / December 30, 2008 12:37 PM PST

Thank you for your suggestion. Her roommate apparently has the same virus (they're blaming it on some puppy cam). I may make the CD that you mentioned for her to take back for her roommate to use.

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