probable spyware website posing as Microsoft website

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  1. On new years day we started getting the pop ups saying we had critical
    spyware problems, and rather than closing out of the popup my husband clicked
    on the "fix" button. Now when we try to log onto our homepage, a different
    website comes up, and it's called WWW.Securityonlinecaution.com - Microsoft.
    We can browse out to the web, but we can't change the homepage back. We've
    tried using several different addresses from within Internet Explorer,
    properties, options, and we apply them , but that doesn't change anything.
    I've tried clearing out the cookies, temp internet files, temp files, along
    with running Mcafee antivirus software,& ad-aware, but nothing helps. I
    also tried to download the IE 6.0 clear cache download, but my computer keeps
    blocking it. Any suggestions?
     
    =?Utf-8?B?ZGFkczV0aGQ=?=, Jan 6, 2006
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  2. From: "dads5thd" <>

    | On new years day we started getting the pop ups saying we had critical
    | spyware problems, and rather than closing out of the popup my husband clicked
    | on the "fix" button. Now when we try to log onto our homepage, a different
    | website comes up, and it's called WWW.Securityonlinecaution.com - Microsoft.
    | We can browse out to the web, but we can't change the homepage back. We've
    | tried using several different addresses from within Internet Explorer,
    | properties, options, and we apply them , but that doesn't change anything.
    | I've tried clearing out the cookies, temp internet files, temp files, along
    | with running Mcafee antivirus software,& ad-aware, but nothing helps. I
    | also tried to download the IE 6.0 clear cache download, but my computer keeps
    | blocking it. Any suggestions?



    For non-viral malware...

    Please download, install and update the following software...

    * Ad-aware SE v1.06
    http://www.lavasoft.de/
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

    * SpyBot Search and Destroy v1.4
    http://security.kolla.de/

    After the software is updated, I suggest scanning the system in Safe Mode.

    I also suggest downloading, installing and updating BHODemon for any Browser Helper Objects
    that may be on the PC.

    * BHODemon

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloadget.php?id=3550&file=11&evp=245a87539eea8ed6904332b4b8b8442d

    For viral malware...

    * Download MULTI_AV.EXE from the URL --
    http://www.ik-cs.com/programs/virtools/Multi_AV.exe

    To use this utility, perform the following...
    Execute; Multi_AV.exe { Note: You must use the default folder C:\AV-CLS }
    Choose; Unzip
    Choose; Close

    Execute; C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT
    { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS }

    NOTE: You may have to disable your software FireWall or allow WGET.EXE to go through your
    FireWall to allow it to download the needed AV vendor related files.

    C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT -- { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS}
    This will bring up the initial menu of choices and should be executed in Normal Mode.
    This way all the components can be downloaded from each AV vendor's web site.
    The choices are; Sophos, Trend, McAfee, Kaspersky, Exit this menu and Reboot the PC.

    You can choose to go to each menu item and just download the needed files or you can
    download the files and perform a scan in Normal Mode. Once you have downloaded the files
    needed for each scanner you want to use, you should reboot the PC into Safe Mode [F8 key
    during boot] and re-run the menu again and choose which scanner you want to run in Safe
    Mode. It is suggested to run the scanners in both Safe Mode and Normal Mode.

    When the menu is displayed hitting 'H' or 'h' will bring up a more comprehensive PDF help
    file. http://www.ik-cs.com/multi-av.htm


    * * * Please report back your results * * *
     
    David H. Lipman, Jan 6, 2006
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  3. For the inability to set your home page, even though the malware has been cleaned out, it may have left some registry restrictions behind. See www.dougknox.com, Security, Disable/Enable Setting of Default Home Page. This small VB Script will make the necessary registry change for you. If your antivirus software complains about the script, this is normal, as it does write to the registry. Tell it to allow the script to run.
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jan 6, 2006
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  4. I just visited Kelleys Corner yesterday and again today to re-check myself.
    When you click on a catagory, it puts out 'bravenet' tracking cookie! Any
    comments?
     
    =?Utf-8?B?RGFsZQ==?=, Jan 7, 2006
    #4
  5. That's normal. She uses a Bravenet counter on her site, and it leaves a cookie so it can differentiate between new visitors and returning visitors. I'm not sure of all the parameters that she set, but its benign. It just helps to keep her actual hit count more accurate.
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jan 7, 2006
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  6. Thanks for all the info and suggestions. The BHOdemon disabled the false web
    page, and I will follow up with cleaning up the registry per Doug;s
    instructions.
    Thanks again
     
    =?Utf-8?B?ZGFkczV0aGQ=?=, Jan 14, 2006
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