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    Need help getting rid of PWSPinchIE and VistaActivation.Trojan Plus Win32Agent

    I recently had a really bad adware/spyware infection on my computer. I was able to remove the Vundo and SmitFraud with Vundofix and SmitFraudFix. Everything else got wiped out with Spybot and Adaware.

    The only problem now is I have a few that wont go away. The ones that are PWS.PinchIE, VistaActivation.Trojan and two variants of Win32.Agent. I recently installed Zone Alarm which seams to just do what spybot does, it looks like it gets rid of them but they just come back on next bootup.

    I am wondering what I can do to get rid of these annoying pieces of garbage on my computer. If anyone can help please let me know.

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    Computer Associates have a free online virus scan
    http://www.ca.com/gb/securityadvisor...info/scan.aspx

    Other than that, open up task manager and go through the list of processes, stick the names of any suspisious looking .exe into google to check if it's not supposed to be there, if you find one then end that process and then search your harddrive for the .exe file, delete it (use Shift+delete to delete not send to recycle bin) Then run a full virus scan again.

    EDIT: Make sure in windows exploere options, you've got show hidden and show system files ticked and hide known extentions Unticked.
    If you're not sure about a file rename it by sticking .old after the .exe rather than deleteing it then you should be able to name it back again if that was an important file and not a virus.
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    Before I ran the vundofix and smitfraudfix I have plenty of those weird exe's but not I dont see any. I will take a look again when I get home tonight.

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    best overall way is to reinstall your os

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    no its not, cleaning the PC out is a far better option than a reinstall.

    try instlaling the AVG anti spyware trial, or the kaspersky internet security demo, 1 of them should clear the rest of the spyware out.

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    i should qualify my post with 'if no joy with the above'

    however i personally would reinstall just for piece of mind

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