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Hey Advanced,

I noticed in the HiJackThis log that there are still some remnants of Symantec Live update. AT&T switched from Symantec

to McAfee a few months ago & Symatec (Norton, Live Update) was suppose to be removed.

Is it okay to remove these using HiJackThis?

O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe (file missing)

O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Unknown owner - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE (file missing)

Waiting for further directions!!

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No it's best to use the Symantec tool to remove that stuff.

Please download and use this tool. Symantec/Norton Removal Tool

You may want to also do an MBAM quick scan under each of the other user profiles on the system just in case.

Then also from within Internet Explorer go to Tools/Internet Options/Advanced and click on the RESETE button.

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Ok, everything is done except for SP3 & that will be done today or tomorrow.

Let me know if there is anything else before I finally leave you alone. :D

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Looks all good to me.

Great, all looks good now.

I'll close your post soon so that other don't post into it and leave you with this information and suggestions.

So how did I get infected in the first place?

At this time your system appears to be clean. Nothing else in the logs indicates that you are still infected.

Now that you appear to be clean, please follow these simple steps in order to keep your computer clean and secure:

Remove all but the most recent Restore Point on Windows XP

You should
Create a New Restore Point
to prevent possible reinfection from an old one.

Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore.

Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point.

Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to
to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is

  • Go to
    System Tools
    and click "
    System Restore
  • If the shortcut is missing you can also click on
    > and type in
    and click OK

  • Choose the radio button marked "
    Create a Restore Point
    " on the first screen then click "

  • Give the new Restore Point a name, then click "

  • The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.

  • Then use the
    Disk Cleanup
    to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to
    and type:

  • Select the drive where Windows is installed and click "
    ". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.

  • Click the "
    More Options
    " tab, then click the "
    Clean up
    " button under System Restore.

  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "
    Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?

  • Click
    , then click Ok.

  • Click
    again when prompted with "
    Are you sure you want to perform these actions?

  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.

  • On the
    Disk Cleanup
    tab, if the
    System Restore: Obsolete Data Stores
    entry is available remove them also.

  • These are files that were created before Windows was reformatted or reinstalled. They are obsolete and you can delete them.


Additional information

Microsoft KB article: How to turn off and turn on System Restore in Windows XP

Bert Kinney's site: All about Windows System Restore

Here are some free programs I recommend that could help you improve your computer's security.

Install SpyWare Blaster

Download it from here

Find here the tutorial on how to use Spyware Blaster here

Install WinPatrol

Download it from here

Here you can find information about how WinPatrol works here

Install FireTrust SiteHound

You can find information and download it from here

Install hpHosts

Download it from here

hpHosts is a community managed and maintained hosts file that allows an additional layer of protection against access to ad,

tracking and malicious websites. This prevents your computer from connecting to these untrusted sites

by redirecting them to which is your own local computer.

hpHosts Support Forum

Update your Antivirus programs and other security products regularly to avoid new threats that could infect your system.

You can use one of these sites to check if any updates are needed for your pc.

Secunia Software Inspector

F-secure Health Check

Visit Microsoft often to get the latest updates for your computer.


Note 1: If you are running Windows XP SP2, you should upgrade to SP3.

Note 2: Users of Norton Internet Security 2008 should uninstall the software before they install Service Pack 3.

The security suite can then be reinstalled afterwards.

The windows firewall is not sufficient to protect your system. It doesn't monitor outgoing traffic and this is a must.

I recommend Online Armor Free

A little outdated but good reading on how to prevent Malware

Keep safe online and happy surfing.

Since this issue is resolved I will close the thread to prevent others from posting into it. If you need assistance please start your own topic and someone will be happy to assist you.

The fixes and advice in this thread are for this machine only. Do not apply to your machine unless you Fully Understand how these programs work and what you're doing. Please start a thread of your own and someone will be happy to help you, just follow the Pre-Hijackthis instructions found here before posting Pre- HJT Post Instructions

Also don't forget that we offer FREE assistance with General PC questions and repair here PC Help

If you're pleased with the product Malwarebytes and the service provided you, please let your friends, family, and co-workers know. http://www.malwarebytes.org

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Thanks Advanced!

You have been great to work with & I really appreciate you're assistance.

You are a great asset to the bug fighting business!!!

You're rating is 5 Stars or 5 Squashed Bugs, whichever you prefer.

So long & thanks again!!

Now, I'm NOTNeedinghelpinTX!! :D

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