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Malware - Part 2

I thought I was finished and won the battle with malware. But I was wrong! I was still 'bugged' by warning from MS Anti-spyware (MAS) telling me that My Search bar was trying to change my toolbar. It would only happen when I switched between G's account and my account so I didn't notice it until a couple of days had passed and G logged on. I did another scan and found some more remnants of the viruses but I just couldn't get rid of this warning about My Search Bar.

I finally went out to the MAS newsgroups at Microsoft and got a couple of other good pieces of advice. A member found the guid for the program and I was able to search for the guid in the registry. I found a reference to it in 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbar \ WebBrowser'. That got it.

I'm also giving SpywareBlaster a try. I'm hoping it will block those critters.

Some other pieces of advice

If you have more than one account on your PC and use XP, turn off System Restore on all the accounts. This will prevent the registry entries for these critters from being backed up.

Boot into Safe Mode (F8 on startup) and thoroughly scan all accounts.

Scan with multiple anti-spyware programs and a virus checked.

Use some type of spyware blocker and keep it up to date.

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