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    I have an XP that has something that is preventing me fromm logging on to mcafee website to download their anti virus program. I was told by the comcast/mcafee personnel that I have a virus in my system after they had me ping the mcafee website. The ping result was 127.0.0.1 which according to them was that the virus is trying to send me to another site. They sent me a "stinger" program to delete the virus but it didn't get rid of it. I tried logging on to ESET.com for their online scan but my browser gives giving me "failed to connect" error message just like at the mcafee website. I cannot udate my antivirus program or the anti walmare from malwarebytes. Any suggestions?

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    We have a very effective process That should clean things up for you, D-Joey!

    Please follow the steps below and get back to us with the results.

    Your computer is probably infected with Malware.

    • Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent.
      It is a combination of the words malicious and software.
      The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.


    • Required Cleanup Steps
      1. Disable the Spybot Search & Destroy TEA TIMER if you use it and if it is enabled
      2. Run a Temporary file and cache cleaner (ATF)
      3. Run 2 Anti-Malware scanners (Listed Below)
      4. Run an Online Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware Scanner (Listed Below)
      5. Clear out old System Restore points
      6. If continued Malware type activity is present you may be asked to post a TrendMicro™ HijackThis™ Log file, do not do so unless requested.

    The reason to run multiple scanners is to ensure that no single scanner is missing something.
    The time it takes will vary depending on your system and your internet connection speed.
    Typically the SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes scanners will take between 10 to 90 minutes.
    The ESET online scan should take between 1 to 3 hours.
    In most cases, these scans will suffice to clean and disinfect your computer.
    Heavily infected systems or slower PCs can take much longer to scan and clean.

    For best results print the following instructions and bookmark this Web page
    To keep this guide printer-friendly, use your cursor to highlight the contents below.
    From your browser select File - Print and in the printer dialog box under "Print range"
    click the Selection choice to print out these instructions for removal of malware.



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    STEP 1
    • Disable Spybot Search & Destroys' TEA TIMER: (if installed, if not go to Step 2)
      1. Run Spybot-S&D in Advanced Mode.
      2. If it is not already set to do this Go to the Mode menu select "Advanced Mode"
      3. On the left hand side, Click on Tools
      4. Then click on the Resident Icon in the List
      5. Uncheck "Resident TeaTimer" and OK any prompts.
      6. Restart your computer.
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    STEP 2
    • Follow these instructions carefully.
    • Download ATF-Cleaner from SCANWITH.com to remove un-needed temporary files from your computer that may contain malware.
    • When you run ATF-Cleaner, check the items as shown below for Main.
    • For FireFox, be sure to click on the FireFox tab on top and check the items as shown below for FireFox
    • NOTE: If you don't have FireFox or Opera installed then they will be grayed out and can be ignored
    • Then click on "Empty Selected".
    .
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    STEP 3
    • Install and run the free version (not the Professional version) of SUPERAntiSpyware from SUPERAntiSpyware.com
      • Accept any prompts to allow SUPERAntiSpyware to install the latest rules and infection definition files.
      • You do not have to send them your e-mail address, just click next.
      • You can leave the automated check for updates on.
      • You can uncheck "Send a diagnostic report to research center" if you don't want to send the information.
      • DO NOT allow SUPERAntiSpyware to protect your Home Page settings.
      • On the Top Left select the Scan your computer button.
      • Make sure there is a CHECK MARK on all Fixed Drives.
      • Click "Perform a Complete Scan". Click "Next" to Repair issues found and reboot the computer when prompted to do so.
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    STEP 4
    • Install and run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Malwarebytes - (direct download)
      • Accept all defaults for the installer
      • Allow the program to update the definitions
      • Click on the Quick Scan and click Next.
      • If any items are found allow it to clean them and then Reboot your computer.
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    STEP 5
    • Run an online scan with ESET from Free Virus Scan: Use ESET's Online Antivirus Scanner
      • You must use Internet Explorer for this online scan. FireFox, Opera, etc will not work for this scan.
      • If your computer is running Window's Vista, then you must first start Internet Explorer as an Administrator. To do so, right-click on the Internet Explorer icon in the Start Menu and select "Run as administrator" from the popup context menu.


      • Accept the terms and click "Start".
      • Once the scanner is ready, check "Remove found threats" AND "Scan unwanted applications".
      • Click "Start" to begin the scan.
      • When completed restart your computer
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    Make sure your internet firewall security is enabled, and then please return to Free PC Help and tell us how the computer seems to be operating.
    At that time, you will receive instructions to assist you in removing malicious programs from your Add/Remove program list if warranted.

    If required this is the download link for TrendMicro™ HijackThis™
    Unless instructed to by the Technician helping you then do not download this tool.

    Once you and the Technician agree that your system appears to be clean then you should delete all your System Restore points and recreate a new one.
    Please follow the instructions here
    How to turn off and turn on System Restore in Windows XP
    How to turn off and turn on System Restore in Windows Vista
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    I believe 127.0.0.1 is pointing right back to your computer not another website.

    Follow the guide to rid yourself of the infection. Make sure to update the programs first.

    If you can't link to them normally try to use Safemode with networking to download them.

    If you can't link to the programs sites or download them that way then use another computer and put them on disk. Then install from the disk.

    Also download the SuperAntispyware updates in case you can't update it online.

    Also download the Malwarebytes updates in case you can't update it online.
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    Providing you can install from a disk you may still not be able to open and run the program, if that happens, right click on the program icon, and choose to rename it. give it a name you can remember then try to run the program again.
    if all that fails, I assume you have another good and clean computer and can give you instructions for a last resort, but that will involve removing the hard drive from the infected machine, so I will need to know if you are happy in doing that.
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    Fortunately, I had an older program of superantispyware on my computer from the last time I had a problem. There were enough updates on it to take care of the problems I had. The virus, or whatever it was, would not let me log on to web sites with antivirus programs or free virus scan sites.
    Again, thanks for all your professional help and very quick response.
    Don

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    Glad you managed to overcome the main problem, but do follow our procedure as beeceebee gave now that you can, just to make sure you have got all traces removed, otherwise it may come back, or there may also be other malware still there. Do keep the Superantispyware and also the Malwarebytes, and use them both to do regular scans. Remember to update each before a scan.
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