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Tue, Dec 27, 2011 6:14 pm

Spbyot - You are missing administrator rights

After installing Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2 through allmyapps, I started Spybot and attempted to peform an immunization, but saw the following error, even though I was logged into an account in the administrator group when I started Spybot.


You are missing administrator rights to perform this action.
If you need to do this, please run this application elevated as an administrtor.

When I started Spybot by right-clicking on its shortcut and choosing "Run as administrator", the immunization performed successfully.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2008 9:27 am

CA Anti-Spyware Scan of J

I checked a Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 system, J, with CA Anti-Spyware 2008 LE. That version is free and will detect malware, but not remove it. You can purchase a license to have the software remove any malware it finds.

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Sat, Sep 13, 2008 4:52 pm

Rootkit Checks on J on 2008-09-13

I had checked a system, J, that had malware on it earlier in the week with the rootkit detection program, BlackLight from F-Secure. Today, I checked the system with two other rootkit detection programs, Rootkit Hook Analyzer from Resplendence Software Projects and RootkitRevealer from Microsoft. The software was originally developed by Sysinternals; Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in 2006.

I did not find any rootkit software on the system with any of the 3 rootkit revealers I used.

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Wed, Sep 10, 2008 11:00 pm

Infection Checks on 2008-09-10

I ran further checks on September 10, 2008 on a system that I found infected with Virantix and other malware on September 9 (see Infection by Virantix - braviax.exe).

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Wed, Sep 10, 2008 12:27 am

Infection by Virantix - braviax.exe

After a user attempted to open an attachment on an email message that was ostensibly from Southwest Airlines, but which was really malware, her system rebooted and kept popping up a ballon message from the system tray that "It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to pervent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you." The message, which misspelled "prevent" was really coming from rogue antispyware software. Such messages are common to rogue antispyware that attempts to trick users into buying the software after the software has managed to surreptitiously install itself.

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Mon, Jun 23, 2008 9:21 pm


I scanned my laptop with Windows Defender version 1593. It reported it found "Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack.

Windows Defender - PossibleHostsFileHijack

Scan Results
1 items detected

Select an action to apply:

NameAlert levelActionStatus
SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack MediumClean 

Category Settings Modifier

This program has potentially unwanted behavior

Advice: Review the alert details to see why the software was detected. If you do not like how the software operates or if you do not recognize and trust the publisher, consider, blocking or removing the software.

Resources: file: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

View more information about this item online

The link provided by Windows Defender to SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack provided the following information:

Also Known As:

Trojan.Win32.Qhost (Kaspersky)
Qhosts.apd (McAfee)


A detection of Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack is an indicator that your HOSTS file may have been modified by malicious or potentially unwanted software. Modifications to the HOSTS file can cause access to certain Internet domains to be redirected or denied. This may prevent the computer from connecting to certain Web sites.


Situations such as the following may be signs that your HOSTS file has been modified without your consent:

  1. You are unable to access a certain Web site that you believe is in operation, such as a site that provides programs to help keep your computer secure.
  2. Your browser connects to a Web site that does not appear to be appropriate, given the Web address you entered.

The hosts file is at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. In this case Windows Defender is flagging it because it has been modified. Typically, it doesn't have much more in it than a reference to the loopback address, i.e. localhost.

In the case of this laptop, Spy Sweeper added entries such as the following: localhost #SpySweeperCASS #SpySweeperCASS #SpySweeperCASS #SpySweeperCASS

Many antispyware programs, such as Spy Sweeper or Spybot Search & Destroy, will add entries to the hosts file, pointing the address to malicious sites or those that distribute adware/spyware to the loopback address,, instead. That ensures that if the the system attempts to contact one of those sites, such as , which is listed by SpySweeper, which is antispyware software produced by Webroot Software, Inc., that instead of going to the website distributing the malware, the system instead is directed to the local loopback address on the system itself, preventing the system from contacting the actual website.

So, in this case, I can consider the report a "false positive" and instruct Windows Defender to ignore it.

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Wed, Nov 07, 2007 10:34 pm


When I scanned a system for malware, BitDefender Free Edition v10 reported the presence of Spyware.Destart.A in Restart.exe, which was in the directory C:\Windows\System32\Tools. I submitted the file to VirusTotal for analysis and also to Jotti's Online Malware Scan. Other antimalware software used by those sites also reported the file as malware. However, after further checking, I believe that the file is actually innocuous.

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Mon, Apr 30, 2007 11:13 pm

Charlene Infection

After a user complained of popup windows advising her to download antivirus software, I checked the system with Spybot Search & Destroy. Spybot found the following malware on the system:


I also found that the popup ad was appearing whenever Internet Explorer was opened. When Interenet Explorer was opened it would go immediately to, which would result in a dubious W32.Myzor.FK@yf virus warning appearing.

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Mon, Jan 01, 2007 2:22 pm

Bazooka Update Failure

When attempting to update the malware database for Bazooka ™ Adware and Spyware Scanner, a free tool for detecting adware, spyware, trojans, keyloggers, etc. on a system, which is compatible with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, I received the message below:
Error updating database. Could not save the new database on the hard drive.
An error occurred when trying to open the file for writing.
Filename: 'system\bazooka_db.bdb'
Current Working Directory: C:\Program Files\Security\Spyware\Bazooka Scanner\
System error message: Access is denied.

C++ exception: ios::failbit set

Could not update the database. Please check the following:
1. Are you connected to the Internet?
2. Maybe it was a temporary error. Please try again later.

You can also update the database manually. Would you like to have instructions 
how to update it manually?

When I checked the properties of the Bazooka database, bazooka_db.bdb, which is under the system directory of the Bazooka installation folder, by right-clicking on the file and selecting Properties, I found it was marked as "read-only". I unchecked the read-only option and then was able to update the database.

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Thu, Dec 28, 2006 9:33 pm

Fixing TeaTimer Window Problem with Resource Hacker

On several systems where I've installed Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4, I've encountered problems with the popup windows that appear when I've activated TeaTimer, a Spybot application that monitors attempts to change the registry. The buttons on the warning window that appears won't have the correct description of their function written on them, so it is hard to determine what will happen when you click on a particular button.

The problem can be fixed with Resource Hacker.

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