a trash download disabled my antispyware Beta1, any suggestion?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by =?Utf-8?B?bmVhbCBwaGVscHM=?=, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. I was looking for a chess screensaver. When I downloaded one, it disabled my
    antispyware beta 1. I removed it and tried to reload it, but there seems to
    be something wrong. It will not install now.
    =?Utf-8?B?bmVhbCBwaGVscHM=?=, Dec 13, 2005
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  2. =?Utf-8?B?bmVhbCBwaGVscHM=?=

    Malke Guest

    Unfortunately, you seem to have downloaded a malicious program. I
    certainly wouldn't try to install it again. No legitimate program
    should disable antispyware/antivirus programs. Scan your system with a
    current version antivirus (not earlier than 2004) that has an active
    subscription and updated virus definitions. Do the scan in Safe Mode.
    Then continue your housecleaning by scanning for non-viral malware.
    Here are general instructions for that:


    Malke, Dec 13, 2005
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  3. In case is was not clear, I removed and reload Microsoft Antispyware Beta 1.
    When I reload it, an icon appears on the desktop, but it will not install.
    When I load the screensaver software, the "bullseye" icon for the antispyware
    disappeared. Although I have not said it, the first thing that I did was to
    remove the screensaver software or at least what I saw of it.
    =?Utf-8?B?bmVhbCBwaGVscHM=?=, Dec 13, 2005
  4. =?Utf-8?B?bmVhbCBwaGVscHM=?=

    AlmostBob Guest

    do scan with updated antivirus and an online scanner
    do scan with updated antispyware
    do not, once you get rid of it, reinstall the screensaver

    free screensavers are a constant source of problems
    screensavers(scr) are executable in themselves and do not need to be
    installed, all they need is to be copied to the relevant folder, any
    screensaver that comes as an (exe)installer contains something that is
    trying to hide.
    Do not install anything without properly scanning it with a current
    Read the EULA. Understand it
    Adaware http://www.lavasoft.de
    spybot http://security.kolla.de
    AVG free antivirus http://www.grisoft.com
    Etrust/Vet/CA.online Antivirus scan
    Panda online AntiVirus scan http://www.pandasoftware.com/ActiveScan/
    Panda online AntiSpyware Scan
    Catalog of removal tools (1)
    Catalog of removal tools (2)
    Trouble Shooting guide to Windows http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/
    Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts file
    links provided as a courtesy, read all instructions on the pages before
    Grateful thanks to the authors/webmasters
    AlmostBob, Dec 13, 2005
  5. =?Utf-8?B?bmVhbCBwaGVscHM=?=

    Malke Guest

    Oh, it wasn't clear (at least to me). I thought you were trying to
    reinstall the suspect program. It is possible that you won't be able to
    reinstall MSAS until you get your computer cleaned up, so do that
    first. Once you are sure your computer is clean, download a fresh copy
    of MSAS and try again. Then if you have problems, post details in a
    newsgroup specifically for MSAS:


    Malke, Dec 13, 2005
  6. Since MSAS won't work I suggest that you try some others:
    What You Should Know About Spyware

    Help with Hijackware
    All MS - MVP Sites.

    Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software.

    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
    Please respond in Newsgroup only. Do not send email
    Protect your PC
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Dec 14, 2005
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