To completely clean a system you need the following programs/utilities:
|Rootkit Revealer||Rootkit Remover|
Many (most?) people just run these programs and then find out that the problem is not solved.
Of course it is not! Viruses, browser hijackers and similar applications are ment to do harm to a system
and they can only do that while they are active. Windows will not allow applications that are active
to be removed. So first thing to do is stop these harmful applications, before trying to remove them.
This can be done by either disable them in the taskmanager or by booting in safe mode.
Before running the programs, you need to do two things. First disable system restore. Secondly, make sure
the programs have the latest database so they will detect the latest threats. Most (if not all) have a
automatic update option build in. If that one fails to update, check the publishers website to see
if there is a manual way. And yes(!) you need to run multiple applications to completely remove everything.
Although they do overlap up to some point, each can handle different things.
|Ad-Aware||Avast anti virus||Housecall||Analyzing the Hijackthis log file|
|Hijackthis||AntiVir||BitDefender||About browser hijacking - 1|
|Bazooka||Hijackthis log analyzer||About browser hijacking - 2|
|Spybot s&d||Enable/disable auto updates on XP||Hijackthis log analyzer online||Several useful utilities|
|SpywareBlaster||Free online ad-/spyware scan||MS security tips||Tips to prevent hijacking|
|Startup list||DON'T use these!||Spybot s&d tutorial|
|Scan a file online||Firewall (Kerio)||Firewall (Sygate)||Jotti Online Scanner (all browsers)|
|EBU (BHO Util)||Online virus scan||Virus Total online scanner||Kasperky's online scanner|