Yellow triangle in taskbar malware

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Newbie, Dec 10, 2005.

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    Newbie Guest

    I've been having a very annoying malware problem since December 7th. At
    first I had the well-described red circle in taskbar and text bubbles that
    on clicking on them, linked to a website advertising Spyaxe 3.0. It got so
    bad I spent £ 30 UK Sterling on McAfee AntiSpyware (about 50 US Dollars).

    I also downloaded the free MS Windows antipsyware prog (beta version) but it
    kept saying it couldn't detect an internet connection to update itself. I
    don't know enough about IT to judge whether that was to do with it not being
    able to coexist with McAfee antispyware, or the malware or other reasons.

    Scanning with McAfee antispyware and deleting any nasties seemed to get rid
    of most of the problem. (E.g. I was able to specify my own startup website
    again etc.)


    I still get a yellow triangle with black exclamation mark in taskbar.


    Windows Antispyware notice

    Critical System Error (with sound)

    Deleting files on drive c: .



    10 tracking cookies - although I'd not knowingly surfed the web since last
    deleting all cookies

    Dialer-211 in c:\System Volume Information\_restore{blablabla\A0040467.exe

    Puper.dll in c:\WINDOWS|system32\hpD1DC.tmp

    Downloader-AQW in c:\WINDOWS\system32\ldDEC7.tmp

    Oh yes - and a monitor tells me something is trying to change the internet
    security zones all the time.

    I can't seem to shake this off EVEN with my pricey addition to McAfee
    security center.

    What to do? Any help much appreciated !!!
    Newbie, Dec 10, 2005
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    Newbie Guest

    Apols for the shit formatting of previous post - I drafted this in WORD and
    the cutting and pasting caused a bit of a mess.
    Newbie, Dec 10, 2005
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    Newbie Guest


    Well I seem to have sorted it out in the end. First I entered into an
    online chat with McAfee (Ace_Daniels I think the person called themselves)
    which was frankly useless. I got taken through some steps to establish that
    all my McAfee components are legit and up-to-date and that XP and IE are

    As a last resort I was told to run McAfee Antispyware 2 in safe mode but I
    had already tried that and couldn't get it to run at all. Then I got a
    prefab message saying sorry McAfee cannot actually help with detailed
    Spyware removal for free, if you want real advice, contact the paid-for
    support. (Fair enough at some level, but you either have the signatures to
    remove something or not. I parted with £ 30.00 yesterday when I bought
    their software and it clearly doesn't do what it claims it does.)

    Following NG advice I then ran a free online Spy Sweeper scan on my PC
    which, lo and behold, found some more, and different, nasties in the XP
    registry (HKLM and HKU methinks) one was called security2k hijacker, the
    other trojan-downloader-zlob.

    I uninstalled McAfee Antispyware 2 (not sure that was truly necessary, but
    by that stage I wanted it out of my life) and bought / downloaded Spy
    Sweeper 4.5

    Sweep took 13 minutes again, found the above two nasties, as well as some
    more traces of the original Spyaxe problem and some more cookies from other
    user identities.

    It quarantined, then removed everything and hey presto - on reboot, no more
    flashing yellow triangle in taskbar, and another sweep for adware, malware,
    trojans etc. came out entirely clean.

    I am just annoyed at myslef that I never bothered reading test reports what
    the recommended spyware removers are. I bought the McAfee product in a
    pricey retail outlet, on the 'strength' of the brand name, but this time,
    the product was actually behind the competition when it comes to detection
    and removal of some very annoying stuff.
    Newbie, Dec 10, 2005
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    d11 Guest

    d11, Dec 10, 2005
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    Lil' Abner Guest

    Even though you didn't get any replies, you did extend the courtesy of
    coming back and following up to your own post. That is a Good Thing.
    Thank you. I, for one, learned something from it.
    Lil' Abner, Dec 10, 2005
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