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I have a file on my C Drive called "Internet Optimizer" with a round gray
logo with what looks like a hippo face in it. Can anyone tell me what this
is and do I need it? If I don't, how can I get rid of it.

I appreciate any help in this matter.

Fred
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It's hijackware!
http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/InternetOptimizer.html

Dealing with Trojans & Hijackware

A. Trojans

1. Download and run Stinger (http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/); then...

2. Update your virus definitions, enable Show Hidden Files
(http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2002092715262339)
and then run a full system scan in Safe Mode
(http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001052409420406)
with nothing else running in background. Note the files identified and
removed then find the corresponding page for the file at your AV maker's
online support pages (e.g.,
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/adware.winfavorites.html)
and follow *all* Removal steps, including editing the Registry if directed.

WinXP Only (WinME similar): If this scan finds anything, create a new
Restore Point then:

Disk Cleanup > More options > Delete all but the most recent Restore
Point.

B. Hijackware

Help with Hijackware
http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/Darnit.htm
http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm

Run these tools in the following order with nothing else running in
background:

1. CWShredder v2,0 (Run "Fix", not "Scan)
http://forum.aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip

2. Ad-Aware SE (reconfigure per Post #2 in
http://aumha.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5877; fix all found)
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

3. Spybot (RTFM; Immunize then Scan; Generally fix everything in red)
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Important: You must seek updates for Ad-Aware, Spybot, etc., before each and
every use, even "right out of the box". But even they can't catch
everything, 24/7.

When all else fails...

HijackThis
http://forum.aumha.org/downloads/hijackthis.zip

....is the preferred tool to use. With advice from experts, it will help you
to both identify and remove any hijackware/spyware. Post your log to, e.g.,
http://forums.spywareinfo.com/, http://computercops.biz/forum67.html or
http://forum.aumha.org/viewforum.php?f=30 for expert analysis, **not here.**

[Alternate download pages for many of the above tools may be found at
http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm.]
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~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE)


Fred wrote:
> I have a file on my C Drive called "Internet Optimizer" with a round gray
> logo with what looks like a hippo face in it. Can anyone tell me what this
> is and do I need it? If I don't, how can I get rid of it.
>
> I appreciate any help in this matter.
>
> Fred
 

fred

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Thanks, It Looks complicated to remove. I'll proceed slowly.
I 've updated AD-Aware, Spybot, Sure Delete and jv16 power.

Fred
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Life's Too Short, So Smile
"PA Bear" <PABear@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:uNQQjtSxEHA.3668@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> It's hijackware!
> http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/InternetOptimizer.html
>
> Dealing with Trojans & Hijackware
>
> A. Trojans
>
> 1. Download and run Stinger (http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/); then...
>
> 2. Update your virus definitions, enable Show Hidden Files
> (http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2002092715262339)
> and then run a full system scan in Safe Mode
> (http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001052409420406)
> with nothing else running in background. Note the files identified and
> removed then find the corresponding page for the file at your AV maker's
> online support pages (e.g.,
> http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/adware.winfavorites.html)
> and follow *all* Removal steps, including editing the Registry if
> directed.
>
> WinXP Only (WinME similar): If this scan finds anything, create a new
> Restore Point then:
>
> Disk Cleanup > More options > Delete all but the most recent Restore
> Point.
>
> B. Hijackware
>
> Help with Hijackware
> http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
> http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
> http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
> http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/Darnit.htm
> http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
>
> Run these tools in the following order with nothing else running in
> background:
>
> 1. CWShredder v2,0 (Run "Fix", not "Scan)
> http://forum.aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip
>
> 2. Ad-Aware SE (reconfigure per Post #2 in
> http://aumha.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5877; fix all found)
> http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
>
> 3. Spybot (RTFM; Immunize then Scan; Generally fix everything in red)
> http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
>
> Important: You must seek updates for Ad-Aware, Spybot, etc., before each
> and every use, even "right out of the box". But even they can't catch
> everything, 24/7.
>
> When all else fails...
>
> HijackThis
> http://forum.aumha.org/downloads/hijackthis.zip
>
> ...is the preferred tool to use. With advice from experts, it will help
> you to both identify and remove any hijackware/spyware. Post your log to,
> e.g., http://forums.spywareinfo.com/, http://computercops.biz/forum67.html
> or http://forum.aumha.org/viewforum.php?f=30 for expert analysis, **not
> here.**
>
> [Alternate download pages for many of the above tools may be found at
> http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm.]
> --
> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
> MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE)
>
>
> Fred wrote:
>> I have a file on my C Drive called "Internet Optimizer" with a round gray
>> logo with what looks like a hippo face in it. Can anyone tell me what
>> this
>> is and do I need it? If I don't, how can I get rid of it.
>>
>> I appreciate any help in this matter.
>>
>> Fred
>
 

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