Removing browser hijacks, Virus's and Spyware
Program to cure
SmartKiller is part of a variant of the CoolWebSearch browser hijacker. SmartKiller will try to close various tools that have been designed to remove spyware and adware. All the gory details are here SpywareInfo
We will need to check for and remove SmartKiller first. Download Safer Networking
and unzip the removal tool. Run the tool and remove SmartKiller.
7. Home Search
The CoolWebSearch has many variants and isn't always completely removed by the other programs used in this how to. Before attempting to remove CoolWebSearch make sure you have followed the steps in the SmartKiller section above. "The CoolWebSearch Chronicles" has info on all the different variants and a link to CWShredder which will remove CoolWebSearch from your computer. The chronicles can be found here Spyware Chronicles.
Download CWShredder, run it and click Fix to remove CoolWebSearch from your computer.
Another little hijacker that may not be cleaned up properly is Home Search, AKA Home Search Assistant. Home Search uses a random filename which can make it harder to track down. There is a tool avaliable at HS Remove
which will remove Home Search.
To remove adware your best bet is Adaware, available here Adaware
or spybot S&D available here Spybot Home
. Just like a virus checker this will need to be updated. Once updated click on Start. I prefer to use the "Select drivesfolders to scan" mode. Click on select and tick all your drives. Click on Proceed to return to the previous window. Make sure in-depth scanning is enabled. Click on Next to start the scan. When the scan has finished click Next and Adaware will display a list of the items it found. Tick all the items you want to remove, right click will give you the option to select all objects. For info on a specific item right click on it and select Item details. If you want to backup the selected items before you remove them click on the Quarantine button. Click on the Finish button to remove the selected items.9. Spyware
Grab your self a copy of Spybot Search and Destroy from Spybot Home
The latest version of Spybot runs a wizard the first time you open Spybot This wizard will ask you to create a backup of your registry and ask if you want to update as well as a few other options. These are good things. Get the wizard to do them. The wizard will also ask if you want to immunise your computer I'll talk about this later. At the end of the wizard you can read the help file and a tutorial if you want to. Now that you are in Spybot click on Check for problems. Once it's finished a list of all the items it found will be displayed. To get info on an item click on it and drag the arrows in from the right hand side of the window. An information window will open behind the arrows. Just like Adaware select what you want to remove and click Fix selected problems.
Spybot and Adaware both pick up some of the same things but neither picks up everything because they are targeted at different types of programs. 10. System Restore
Now it's time to turn System restore back on. Open the System control panel. Go back into the System Restore
tab and untick the box "Turn off System Restore on all devices
". A new restore point will be created.
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