Running Win95 programs on Vista/Win7

Started Mar 26, 2014 | Questions thread
Jim Cockfield Forum Pro • Posts: 16,340
Re: P.S. Conduit and more...

ABA DABA wrote:

Yes indeed I ended up with conduit and it was a bear to get rid of. But thanks to you Jim I did get rid of it. Now I'm having a fit trying to get rid of Windows32.downloader.gen which Spybot can't delete, keep getting error message fixit denied. But working on it. Still don't know how we got it.

Spybot S&D, huh? It's not as good as it was some years back.

Have you ran both adwcleaner and malwarebytes free (checking the boxes by everything detected and clicking the buttons to clean/remove that that malware)?

See links and instructions in my earlier post to this thread here:

Here's a post in the malwarebytes forum that may also be helpful that includes running a junkware removal tool first, then running adwcleaner, followed by malwarebytes.   It was the solution that worked for a user with the same problem as you have (but, the user having the issue had some other software that could have been the cause that you may not have, that he removed as part of the fix).

So, you may need to remove something else you've got installed (or kill some processes running) to get rid of some problems (and that's probably a generic label that Spybot S&D gives to a variety of different unwanted software), if running those products doesn't fix it (and usually adwcleaner and malwarebytes get rid of most potentially unwanted program type stuff, like the adware you can get with downloaded programs).  Make sure you update Malwarebytes to use the latest definitions when you start it.

In addition to running Malwarebytes from within your normal Windows environment (making sure to use the "Show Results" button when the scan is finished, and making sure to check the boxes by all items found and use it's remove/clean choice to get rid of it, rebooting when prompted), you may also want to try running Malwarebytes from Safe Mode.   Basically, you'd press the F8 key repeatedly (two or 3 times per second), when booting into Windows, and you will see a menu come up that allows you to start Windows in Safe Mode (I'd just use Safe Mode with Networking).

If using those products doesn't solve the problems, then we may want to boot into a few Linux based rescue tools (so that we're not booting into an already infected Operating System to perform the scans), which is pretty easy to do. See one post here about scanning that way:

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