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 Post Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:48 pm 
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Okay so get a PC in today with what appears to be a standard Malware problem.

The computer is XP home SP3 with most updates (just needed IE8 and Silver Light, and a MSN messenger update to complete)

The computer was running the "Alot toolbar" which seems to be a crappy.

The user complained that the Pc was unable to access www . shoplocally . co . uk

(link degraded in case it's bogus)

It seems that the web site is okay, just a listings site broadly similar to Gumtree for small Companies (for example i found a pottery company on there on my PC)

I have scanned the PC with the customers copy of NIS 2009 Spybot Search and Destroy and Adaware AE (clean)

Using IE8 the PC displays the following :-

"Your connection has been blocked by the firewall because it has detected that your computer may be infected by SIMBAR Malware, which can be used by other malicious software to spy on output from your browser to gather your usernames and passwords.

Pleas see SIMBAR Removal Tool <this is hyperlink> Or paste <Address http:// www . antispyware . com >

The title of the web page references the Sonicwall Firewall which I know to be a genuine company

Now the PC can access the site using Google Chrome but not IE (now upgraded to IE8)

I can't seem to find much info on the website or the Simbar

I will probably just do a Restore on the machine but really want to know WTF happened here!!


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 Post Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 5:47 pm 
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There is malware on the system that the automatic tools may not be able to find, so you may have to remove it manually. I don't have a forum for that here, so if you're not sure how to find and remove it yourself then I recommend forums dedicated to that subject such as the .

The message about being infected is from the malware, which has apparently hijacked IE. In which case I certainly wouldn't trust any tool or . <g>

BTW, there seems to be plenty of hits on the as well as on .

Let me know how the story ends. Scott.


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