Strange Adware Icons

Discussion in 'Windows XP General' started by Johnny Schmitt, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Problem: I have a series of icons that have popped up on my desktop that I
    can't get rid of. They are ones that are called,
    "bingo",..."travel"..."website hosting",..."casino online",..."card
    games",..."poker",...and "printer cartridges".

    What I have tried (and everything I am listing is the latest versions with
    the most recent updates to each): Ad-Aware SE Personal ----- Spybot Search
    & Destroy ---- SBC Yahoo Anti-Spy ----- XBlock X-Cleaner ----- Norton
    Internet Security 2004 (including running a complete system scan). I have
    shut down System Restore and have run ChkDisk.

    I am running WinXP Pro on a Pentium 4 computer.

    What gets me is that I have seen these same icons in the past but after
    running Spybot or Ad-Aware it would find a bunch of instances of
    adware/spyware and remove them. NOW when I run these programs they don't
    find any threats. If I try to drag the icons to the re-cycle bin they won't
    move. If I right click on them to get a menu and "Properties", nothing
    happens.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks

    Johnny
     
    Johnny Schmitt, Dec 31, 2004
    #1
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  2. Johnny Schmitt

    Alias Guest

    "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    news:mycBd.8879$...
    : Problem: I have a series of icons that have popped up on my desktop that
    I
    : can't get rid of. They are ones that are called,
    : "bingo",..."travel"..."website hosting",..."casino online",..."card
    : games",..."poker",...and "printer cartridges".
    :
    : What I have tried (and everything I am listing is the latest versions
    with
    : the most recent updates to each): Ad-Aware SE Personal ----- Spybot
    Search
    : & Destroy ---- SBC Yahoo Anti-Spy ----- XBlock X-Cleaner ----- Norton
    : Internet Security 2004 (including running a complete system scan). I have
    : shut down System Restore and have run ChkDisk.
    :
    : I am running WinXP Pro on a Pentium 4 computer.
    :
    : What gets me is that I have seen these same icons in the past but after
    : running Spybot or Ad-Aware it would find a bunch of instances of
    : adware/spyware and remove them. NOW when I run these programs they don't
    : find any threats. If I try to drag the icons to the re-cycle bin they
    won't
    : move. If I right click on them to get a menu and "Properties", nothing
    : happens.
    :
    : Can anyone help?
    :
    : Thanks
    :
    : Johnny

    Run your anti malware programs in Safe Mode.
    --
    Alias

    Use the Reply to Sender feature of your news reader program to email me.
    :
    :
     
    Alias, Dec 31, 2004
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  3. Johnny Schmitt

    tim Guest

    this is only a guess. this may be related to
    CoolWebSearch, a malware with many variants. If so, go
    to merijn.org. or google search spywareinfo. Merijn.org
    has a link to CWShredder an application created by merijn
    to remove CoolWebSearch and its variants. You may also
    want to temporarily disable your System Restore during
    removal and reactivate after reboot. Adaware has a help
    forum that you can access at Lavasoftusa.com, which is
    the source of Adaware. I hope this helps. Above all, do
    the research and satisfy yourself on the safety and
    security on the info offered here.
    >-----Original Message-----
    >Problem: I have a series of icons that have popped up

    on my desktop that I
    >can't get rid of. They are ones that are called,
    >"bingo",..."travel"..."website hosting",..."casino

    online",..."card
    >games",..."poker",...and "printer cartridges".
    >
    >What I have tried (and everything I am listing is the

    latest versions with
    >the most recent updates to each): Ad-Aware SE Personal -

    ---- Spybot Search
    >& Destroy ---- SBC Yahoo Anti-Spy ----- XBlock X-

    Cleaner ----- Norton
    >Internet Security 2004 (including running a complete

    system scan). I have
    >shut down System Restore and have run ChkDisk.
    >
    >I am running WinXP Pro on a Pentium 4 computer.
    >
    >What gets me is that I have seen these same icons in the

    past but after
    >running Spybot or Ad-Aware it would find a bunch of

    instances of
    >adware/spyware and remove them. NOW when I run these

    programs they don't
    >find any threats. If I try to drag the icons to the re-

    cycle bin they won't
    >move. If I right click on them to get a menu

    and "Properties", nothing
    >happens.
    >
    >Can anyone help?
    >
    >Thanks
    >
    >Johnny
    >
    >
    >.
    >
     
    tim, Dec 31, 2004
    #3
  4. Johnny Schmitt

    Bronxtim Guest

    Have you tried running the scans in safe mode? Type MSCONFIG in Start\Run and
    choose safeboot under boot.ini. After running all of the scans in safe mode run
    MSCONFIG to uncheck the safeboot option.
     
    Bronxtim, Dec 31, 2004
    #4
  5. For those of you who have replied, THANK YOU!

    I tried running the malware removal programs in safe mode as per your
    suggestion. They still didn't find anything or fix the problem.

    Tim, I took your advice and tried CWShredder, but it didn't find anything. I
    downloaded and ran "SpySubtract" and it DID find 44 registry and 30 files
    that neither Ad-Aware nor Spybot discovered, but after fixing/deleting those
    entries I STILL have the adware icons. Also the icons that I want on the
    desktop are moving to other spots after re-booting.

    Any more ideas, I hope?

    Johnny

    "Bronxtim" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Have you tried running the scans in safe mode? Type MSCONFIG in Start\Run
    > and
    > choose safeboot under boot.ini. After running all of the scans in safe
    > mode run
    > MSCONFIG to uncheck the safeboot option.
     
    Johnny Schmitt, Dec 31, 2004
    #5
  6. Johnny Schmitt

    Alias Guest

    Do you have MSN Messenger Plus plug in installed? If so, uninstall it.
    --
    Alias

    Use the Reply to Sender feature of your news reader program to email me.

    "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote

    : For those of you who have replied, THANK YOU!
    :
    : I tried running the malware removal programs in safe mode as per your
    : suggestion. They still didn't find anything or fix the problem.
    :
    : Tim, I took your advice and tried CWShredder, but it didn't find anything.
    I
    : downloaded and ran "SpySubtract" and it DID find 44 registry and 30 files
    : that neither Ad-Aware nor Spybot discovered, but after fixing/deleting
    those
    : entries I STILL have the adware icons. Also the icons that I want on the
    : desktop are moving to other spots after re-booting.
    :
    : Any more ideas, I hope?
    :
    : Johnny
    :
    : "Bronxtim" <> wrote in message
    : news:...
    : > Have you tried running the scans in safe mode? Type MSCONFIG in
    Start\Run
    : > and
    : > choose safeboot under boot.ini. After running all of the scans in safe
    : > mode run
    : > MSCONFIG to uncheck the safeboot option.
    :
    :
     
    Alias, Dec 31, 2004
    #6
  7. Nope,

    I don't use any type of "Messenger" program. I assume it would show up in
    the add/remove programs section?

    Johnny


    "Alias" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Do you have MSN Messenger Plus plug in installed? If so, uninstall it.
    > --
    > Alias
    >
    > Use the Reply to Sender feature of your news reader program to email me.
    >
    > "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote
    >
    > : For those of you who have replied, THANK YOU!
    > :
    > : I tried running the malware removal programs in safe mode as per your
    > : suggestion. They still didn't find anything or fix the problem.
    > :
    > : Tim, I took your advice and tried CWShredder, but it didn't find
    > anything.
    > I
    > : downloaded and ran "SpySubtract" and it DID find 44 registry and 30
    > files
    > : that neither Ad-Aware nor Spybot discovered, but after fixing/deleting
    > those
    > : entries I STILL have the adware icons. Also the icons that I want on the
    > : desktop are moving to other spots after re-booting.
    > :
    > : Any more ideas, I hope?
    > :
    > : Johnny
    > :
    > : "Bronxtim" <> wrote in message
    > : news:...
    > : > Have you tried running the scans in safe mode? Type MSCONFIG in
    > Start\Run
    > : > and
    > : > choose safeboot under boot.ini. After running all of the scans in safe
    > : > mode run
    > : > MSCONFIG to uncheck the safeboot option.
    > :
    > :
    >
    >
     
    Johnny Schmitt, Dec 31, 2004
    #7
  8. Johnny Schmitt

    Alias Guest

    Then it's not that.
    --
    Alias

    Use the Reply to Sender feature of your news reader program to email me.
    "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    news:blush:BiBd.8952$...
    : Nope,
    :
    : I don't use any type of "Messenger" program. I assume it would show up in
    : the add/remove programs section?
    :
    : Johnny
    :
    :
    : "Alias" <> wrote in message
    : news:...
    : > Do you have MSN Messenger Plus plug in installed? If so, uninstall it.
    : > --
    : > Alias
    : >
    : > Use the Reply to Sender feature of your news reader program to email me.
    : >
    : > "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote
    : >
    : > : For those of you who have replied, THANK YOU!
    : > :
    : > : I tried running the malware removal programs in safe mode as per your
    : > : suggestion. They still didn't find anything or fix the problem.
    : > :
    : > : Tim, I took your advice and tried CWShredder, but it didn't find
    : > anything.
    : > I
    : > : downloaded and ran "SpySubtract" and it DID find 44 registry and 30
    : > files
    : > : that neither Ad-Aware nor Spybot discovered, but after fixing/deleting
    : > those
    : > : entries I STILL have the adware icons. Also the icons that I want on
    the
    : > : desktop are moving to other spots after re-booting.
    : > :
    : > : Any more ideas, I hope?
    : > :
    : > : Johnny
    : > :
    : > : "Bronxtim" <> wrote in message
    : > : news:...
    : > : > Have you tried running the scans in safe mode? Type MSCONFIG in
    : > Start\Run
    : > : > and
    : > : > choose safeboot under boot.ini. After running all of the scans in
    safe
    : > : > mode run
    : > : > MSCONFIG to uncheck the safeboot option.
    : > :
    : > :
    : >
    : >
    :
    :
     
    Alias, Dec 31, 2004
    #8
  9. For those who have responded with good ideas to try,..THANK YOU!!

    But I still have the problem. Those pesky icons are still on the desktop. In
    addition to the things that I have already tried and have shared with you
    (in my original post and another couple), I have down loaded and tried:
    Peperfix, Stinger, and purchased "Scan Spyware" by PC Privacy Protection
    Software. Scan Spyware found 73 instances of high risk threats that
    "Ad-Aware" and "Spybot" didn't find, but even after cleaning those out. I
    can't get rid of the problem.

    Those aggravating icons can't be deleted, or moved, or right clicked on to
    bring up a menu. Every time I go to Windows Explorer or re-boot, they
    re-arrange themselves on the desktop AND re-arrange MY icons helter skelter.

    Any more ideas, I hope?

    Johnny

    "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    news:mycBd.8879$...
    > Problem: I have a series of icons that have popped up on my desktop that
    > I can't get rid of. They are ones that are called,
    > "bingo",..."travel"..."website hosting",..."casino online",..."card
    > games",..."poker",...and "printer cartridges".
    >
    > What I have tried (and everything I am listing is the latest versions
    > with the most recent updates to each): Ad-Aware SE Personal ----- Spybot
    > Search & Destroy ---- SBC Yahoo Anti-Spy ----- XBlock X-Cleaner -----
    > Norton Internet Security 2004 (including running a complete system scan).
    > I have shut down System Restore and have run ChkDisk.
    >
    > I am running WinXP Pro on a Pentium 4 computer.
    >
    > What gets me is that I have seen these same icons in the past but after
    > running Spybot or Ad-Aware it would find a bunch of instances of
    > adware/spyware and remove them. NOW when I run these programs they don't
    > find any threats. If I try to drag the icons to the re-cycle bin they
    > won't move. If I right click on them to get a menu and "Properties",
    > nothing happens.
    >
    > Can anyone help?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Johnny
    >
     
    Johnny Schmitt, Jan 2, 2005
    #9
  10. Johnny Schmitt

    Joyce Guest

    I had the same problem. Downloaded HiJackThis and saved HiJackThis log.(
    http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm Unzip, double-click
    "HijackThis.exe" and Press "Scan". When the scan is finished, the "Scan"
    button will change into a "Save Log"
    button. Click: "Save Log" (generates: "hijackthis.log") )

    Then I went thru the log and noticed some entries that listed Search Bars
    (google, etc), so deleted them and the icons were gone. Hopefully nevermore
    to return. Hope this helps.



    "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    news:WLSBd.8776$...
    > For those who have responded with good ideas to try,..THANK YOU!!
    >
    > But I still have the problem. Those pesky icons are still on the desktop.
    > In addition to the things that I have already tried and have shared with
    > you (in my original post and another couple), I have down loaded and
    > tried: Peperfix, Stinger, and purchased "Scan Spyware" by PC Privacy
    > Protection Software. Scan Spyware found 73 instances of high risk threats
    > that "Ad-Aware" and "Spybot" didn't find, but even after cleaning those
    > out. I can't get rid of the problem.
    >
    > Those aggravating icons can't be deleted, or moved, or right clicked on to
    > bring up a menu. Every time I go to Windows Explorer or re-boot, they
    > re-arrange themselves on the desktop AND re-arrange MY icons helter
    > skelter.
    >
    > Any more ideas, I hope?
    >
    > Johnny
    >
    > "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    > news:mycBd.8879$...
    >> Problem: I have a series of icons that have popped up on my desktop that
    >> I can't get rid of. They are ones that are called,
    >> "bingo",..."travel"..."website hosting",..."casino online",..."card
    >> games",..."poker",...and "printer cartridges".
    >>
    >> What I have tried (and everything I am listing is the latest versions
    >> with the most recent updates to each): Ad-Aware SE Personal ----- Spybot
    >> Search & Destroy ---- SBC Yahoo Anti-Spy ----- XBlock X-Cleaner -----
    >> Norton Internet Security 2004 (including running a complete system scan).
    >> I have shut down System Restore and have run ChkDisk.
    >>
    >> I am running WinXP Pro on a Pentium 4 computer.
    >>
    >> What gets me is that I have seen these same icons in the past but after
    >> running Spybot or Ad-Aware it would find a bunch of instances of
    >> adware/spyware and remove them. NOW when I run these programs they don't
    >> find any threats. If I try to drag the icons to the re-cycle bin they
    >> won't move. If I right click on them to get a menu and "Properties",
    >> nothing happens.
    >>
    >> Can anyone help?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Johnny
    >>

    >
    >
     
    Joyce, Jan 2, 2005
    #10
  11. Johnny Schmitt wrote:
    > For those who have responded with good ideas to try,..THANK YOU!!
    >
    > But I still have the problem. Those pesky icons are still on the
    > desktop. In addition to the things that I have already tried and have
    > shared with you (in my original post and another couple), I have down
    > loaded and tried: Peperfix, Stinger, and purchased "Scan Spyware" by
    > PC Privacy Protection Software. Scan Spyware found 73 instances of
    > high risk threats that "Ad-Aware" and "Spybot" didn't find, but even
    > after cleaning those out. I can't get rid of the problem.
    >
    > Those aggravating icons can't be deleted, or moved, or right clicked
    > on to bring up a menu. Every time I go to Windows Explorer or
    > re-boot, they re-arrange themselves on the desktop AND re-arrange MY
    > icons helter skelter.
    > Any more ideas, I hope?
    >



    If you have tried everything and are still experiencing spyware related
    problems, go to the following website:

    http://forum.aumha.org

    Click Register to join the forums (free) and then go to the
    "Parasites - Adware, Spyware & Other Scumware" forum and post a detailed
    explanation of your problem for expert advice and guidance on how to clean
    your system.
    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jan 2, 2005
    #11
  12. Re: Strange Adware Icons - FIXED!!!

    FIXED!!!

    It was late at night, and I was very tired, but I thought, "Run the
    anti-malware programs one more time just for the heck of it." So, I
    disabled system restore, went into safe mode and started running the
    programs one by one. After running 5 different programs they all had the
    same result: no problems found. I ran "stinger" one more time and it found
    just one threat. I was so tired I figured well that's not it so I didn't
    even write it down or remember what it was, but IT FIXED IT!

    Thanks for ALL the help and ideas.

    Johnny


    "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    news:WLSBd.8776$...
    > For those who have responded with good ideas to try,..THANK YOU!!
    >
    > But I still have the problem. Those pesky icons are still on the desktop.
    > In addition to the things that I have already tried and have shared with
    > you (in my original post and another couple), I have down loaded and
    > tried: Peperfix, Stinger, and purchased "Scan Spyware" by PC Privacy
    > Protection Software. Scan Spyware found 73 instances of high risk threats
    > that "Ad-Aware" and "Spybot" didn't find, but even after cleaning those
    > out. I can't get rid of the problem.
    >
    > Those aggravating icons can't be deleted, or moved, or right clicked on to
    > bring up a menu. Every time I go to Windows Explorer or re-boot, they
    > re-arrange themselves on the desktop AND re-arrange MY icons helter
    > skelter.
    >
    > Any more ideas, I hope?
    >
    > Johnny
    >
    > "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    > news:mycBd.8879$...
    >> Problem: I have a series of icons that have popped up on my desktop that
    >> I can't get rid of. They are ones that are called,
    >> "bingo",..."travel"..."website hosting",..."casino online",..."card
    >> games",..."poker",...and "printer cartridges".
    >>
    >> What I have tried (and everything I am listing is the latest versions
    >> with the most recent updates to each): Ad-Aware SE Personal ----- Spybot
    >> Search & Destroy ---- SBC Yahoo Anti-Spy ----- XBlock X-Cleaner -----
    >> Norton Internet Security 2004 (including running a complete system scan).
    >> I have shut down System Restore and have run ChkDisk.
    >>
    >> I am running WinXP Pro on a Pentium 4 computer.
    >>
    >> What gets me is that I have seen these same icons in the past but after
    >> running Spybot or Ad-Aware it would find a bunch of instances of
    >> adware/spyware and remove them. NOW when I run these programs they don't
    >> find any threats. If I try to drag the icons to the re-cycle bin they
    >> won't move. If I right click on them to get a menu and "Properties",
    >> nothing happens.
    >>
    >> Can anyone help?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Johnny
    >>

    >
    >
     
    Johnny Schmitt, Jan 3, 2005
    #12
  13. Johnny Schmitt

    Guest Guest

    Re: Strange Adware Icons - FIXED!!!

    Well I hope you will be able to conger this back up because I'm working the
    same exact problem.

    I have successfully removed Xpservice but still have a series of malware
    programs to cleanse. I have the same icons that you had.


    "Johnny Schmitt" wrote:

    > FIXED!!!
    >
    > It was late at night, and I was very tired, but I thought, "Run the
    > anti-malware programs one more time just for the heck of it." So, I
    > disabled system restore, went into safe mode and started running the
    > programs one by one. After running 5 different programs they all had the
    > same result: no problems found. I ran "stinger" one more time and it found
    > just one threat. I was so tired I figured well that's not it so I didn't
    > even write it down or remember what it was, but IT FIXED IT!
    >
    > Thanks for ALL the help and ideas.
    >
    > Johnny
    >
    >
    > "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    > news:WLSBd.8776$...
    > > For those who have responded with good ideas to try,..THANK YOU!!
    > >
    > > But I still have the problem. Those pesky icons are still on the desktop.
    > > In addition to the things that I have already tried and have shared with
    > > you (in my original post and another couple), I have down loaded and
    > > tried: Peperfix, Stinger, and purchased "Scan Spyware" by PC Privacy
    > > Protection Software. Scan Spyware found 73 instances of high risk threats
    > > that "Ad-Aware" and "Spybot" didn't find, but even after cleaning those
    > > out. I can't get rid of the problem.
    > >
    > > Those aggravating icons can't be deleted, or moved, or right clicked on to
    > > bring up a menu. Every time I go to Windows Explorer or re-boot, they
    > > re-arrange themselves on the desktop AND re-arrange MY icons helter
    > > skelter.
    > >
    > > Any more ideas, I hope?
    > >
    > > Johnny
    > >
    > > "Johnny Schmitt" <> wrote in message
    > > news:mycBd.8879$...
    > >> Problem: I have a series of icons that have popped up on my desktop that
    > >> I can't get rid of. They are ones that are called,
    > >> "bingo",..."travel"..."website hosting",..."casino online",..."card
    > >> games",..."poker",...and "printer cartridges".
    > >>
    > >> What I have tried (and everything I am listing is the latest versions
    > >> with the most recent updates to each): Ad-Aware SE Personal ----- Spybot
    > >> Search & Destroy ---- SBC Yahoo Anti-Spy ----- XBlock X-Cleaner -----
    > >> Norton Internet Security 2004 (including running a complete system scan).
    > >> I have shut down System Restore and have run ChkDisk.
    > >>
    > >> I am running WinXP Pro on a Pentium 4 computer.
    > >>
    > >> What gets me is that I have seen these same icons in the past but after
    > >> running Spybot or Ad-Aware it would find a bunch of instances of
    > >> adware/spyware and remove them. NOW when I run these programs they don't
    > >> find any threats. If I try to drag the icons to the re-cycle bin they
    > >> won't move. If I right click on them to get a menu and "Properties",
    > >> nothing happens.
    > >>
    > >> Can anyone help?
    > >>
    > >> Thanks
    > >>
    > >> Johnny
    > >>

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    >
     
    Guest, Jan 5, 2005
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