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    Surfing Protection

    Dear Unkamunka and R2:
    It has been ages since I have updated you. I have been waiting to see if I can understand my notes, but my brain simply won't do it, so I thought that at least I would let you know that I did install the XML file as you suggested and got the msg that said it worked. I don't know how I find out if it is working. I also d/l Jason's trustsetter, but will have to wait until my brain decides to function better. I also checked my Pc-Cillin - it is 2005. I also loaded ERUNT & NTREGOPT and WinPatrol. I also d/l and ran Kaspersky's AV as suggested in Spywarrior and it actually found 1 virus - I presume that is the virus Bube.d, since KAV is the only AV that catches it and my computer ran better afterwards. Then I loaded .NETframework in order to load MS TimeZone and have had more problems with my computer since then, but I can't seem to be able to read my notes or create new ones for what is happening, so until I can do that again, I will just 'hang in there', so to speak.
    Someone just told me that KAV is the only good AV, but then everybody seems to have their favorite thing with good reasons behind it. However, I am considering changing to KAV because it found that 1 virus. But I wonder if I have to go through the entire safe mode process all the time in order to catch that virus. Does anyone know or shall I write to Spywarrior and ask?

    I did go to Eric Howe's site, but his instructions said that if you only wanted to create 1 boot disk and were not familiar with technical system things, to not attempt making a boot disk. I certainly am not familiar at all with what he was talking about, so I didn't attempt to make a boot disk. My computer did, in fact, go down about a month ago, due to something a person did on my computer and I was able to get it back with the original CD - thank God! Before that, I had made a real mistake in something I had done and had successfully done a restore to an earlier date, but was unable to do anything with ERUNT because my brain wouldn't digest it. But it seems to be okay.
    Sorry I did not write sooner, but I was sort of just doing what I could.
    Thank you,
    Julia

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    Re: Surfing Protection

    Thanks for the response. I do have Trend Micro, but it never found the virus that KAV did. I followed some very specific instructions from SpyWarrior for SelfHelp before you ask for help. Their help notes gave the entire process to follow. The notes did say that this particular virus would load up to 100 malwares, so maybe that is why they have you go into safe mode.
    I am extremely careful about email attachments; I configured IE according to suggestions that I could follow. No ActiveX is allowed unless I okay it; I update with automatic MS update; and I have never downloaded any freeware or shareware yet.
    But - I have someone else using my machine that doesn't have a clue. Got quite a few pieces of spyware as well as several viruses because of the sites he visited. That might be where I got that one virus.
    I am going to go through the process with KAV again. It must be so that no other s/w catches the particular one they do, because I had already run 2 or 3 other AV scans online and I run a scan with my AV and Spyware every day. But KAV caught 1 virus that no one else had caught. I was impressed. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the name of the virus it caught. I am only assuming it was the one no one else could catch - the name is Bube.d aka Win32.Beavis, according to SpyWarrior. Too bad I don't know enough about computers to understand more.
    Thank you for being there and have a lovely evening!
    Julia Henson

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    Re: Surfing Protection

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 20-Nov-05 16:27. )</P>[Note: this was formerly in the thread http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.p...mp;Number=74918, which discusses the XML file option.]

    > However, I am considering changing to KAV because it found that 1 virus. But I wonder if I have to go
    > through the entire safe mode process all the time in order to catch that virus.

    I'm not familiar with any viruses that can be detected only by one product or only in in safe mode. Trend Micro has an entry for TROJ_BUBE.D - Description and solution, but perhaps this is a newer variant? Safe mode might be necessary to delete malware that is set to start up immediately when you connect to a network.

    Anyway, now that you have removed it, the important thing is to avoid becoming re-infected. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I haven't read up on how this one spreads, but the usual culprits are: (1) e-mail attachment; (2) unsafe configuration in Internet Explorer that lets ActiveX controls install without your approval; (3) unpatched vulnerability in Windows or Internet Explorer that allows remote sites to bypass normal security and implant software onto your computer; and (4) freeware with spyware or adware components.

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    Re: Surfing Protection

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 20-Nov-05 16:27. )</P>I think I found the post you are referring to, Spyware Warrior :: View topic - Bube.d (aka Beavis) Removal [ISRVS]. While it does say that only Kaspersky removes it, it says that others recognize and try to remove it (not as well). As that post is dated February 22, 2005, it seems pretty likely that all the major products can handle it by now (certainly the detection if not the removal). For that reason, unless there were other corroboration, I don't think we can assume that you had that particular virus. If Kaspersky didn't reporting the virus name to you on the screen in a dialog or with a link, perhaps it makes a log file? I just don't know where you could look. Either way, I see no harm in scanning again; hopefully you won't find anything to report.

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    Re: Surfing Protection

    Mmmm, good point, jscher. KAV did produce a log, but after looking for 1/2 hour and realizing that it was so long it would take me another 5 or 6 hours to move through it, I gave up. Just now thinking - I saved it as a .txt file. Maybe I could do a search on it for that name. I am really curious as to what it found, when 4 other programs found nothing and it made such a difference in my computer performance. KAV might have reported it, but the process takes about 3 hours, and it probably showed a box that went off the screen after a certain period of time.
    I'll let you know if I find something that no one else found - again!
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    Julia

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