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From: Frank on 06/12/2005
There's always spybot, adaware, antivir and other programs that are free, but sometimes you need to do your own removal manually.

Here's how I did it.

Here's what I did. If you are a complete idiot, don't try this, it's not fool proof.

The thing to check in these situations is what programs are starting up when you boot. You do that by going to Start->Run and then type in "msconfig" and click on the "startup" tab, it shows all things that startup and you can shut them off from there and see if that helps.

You can also start the computer but keep pressing "F8" key over and over till you get to the safemode screen and start up in safemode.

Now use Start->Programs->Accessories->Windows Explorer (I don't know why they buried it like that but's it's a great little thing).

Now go to your C: drive, then Windows->System32 (or wherever your virus scanner found the files, but most start up programs are in System32).

And in the "tools" pull down menu go to folder options and click on the "show hidden files" so you can see hidden files (like it should be anyway).

Now look for the files you want to "turn off" and move them to your main C: drive (or some other folder you made, just get them out of there). One of them may be a ".exe" so make sure it's really moved out!

If this messes up something you can always put them back, that's why we just moved them out. Now shut down again and start as usual then see if antivir detects the trojan anymore.

In some cases, even if you turn them off, the "DLL" file is still there and it could re-infect the machine, so starting up in safemode and getting rid of the damn files is a good way.


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