w32/Ramex.A Virus Removal Instructions

1. Restart the PC in safe mode
2. Run regedit
3. Go to HKLM/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion/runonce find entry with mshtmldat32.exe. Delete this entry.
4. Go to Windows\System32 directory and delete following files: wndrivs32.exe, mshtmldat32.exe, winlgcvers.exe, sdrivew32.exe
5. Go to windows/system32/drivers/etc
6. Find file hosts
7. Open it with notepad, ctrl+a and delete all entries (this will resume your antivirus updates), save, close.
8. Restart the PC.



SpyLocked Removal Instructions (Update)

SpyLocked, or also known as SpywareLocked is a malicious rogue, which has a whole bag of tricks which serve its malevolent plan – to mislead you into purchasing the fake full version of SpyLocked.

Figure 1. Spylocked screenshot

Phony anti-virus programs, which resemble the real products in layout, and try to sell their phony full versions at a solid price, are called rogues. New rogues appear every day, and it becomes very difficult for the average user to differentiate between the legitimate applications and the fake ones, because they are very similar at first sight. Rogues always have some clever name – like SpyLocked or System Check, and seemingly feasible interface.

SpyLocked is distributed via malicious Trojans, which come disguised as video or audio codecs that you are prompted to download and install in order to gain access to a given video or audio file. If you are misled into downloading the codec, the Trojans immediately get settled into the system and download SpyLocked.

After its installation, SpyLocked performs a series of tricks which aim at scaring you into believing that there are various malware pieces in your PC. This is a lie via which the rogue aims at making you pay for its full version.

To start with – fake scans. SpyLocked starts scans of your system every time and again, without asking for your authorization. After each scan, it displays a counterfeit list of infections. The only real virus in this list is the very Trojan which has downloaded it. All the rest of the viruses are made up to frighten you. The rogue counts on the possibility that your fear may push you into buying SpyLocked’s full version, which is advertised after each scan as capable of removing all the viruses found by SpyLocked’s trial version. The truth is that there is no trial or full version of this product. It is all one and the same scam, which has been created by hackers in an attempt to gain profit by unsuspecting victims.

Fake security alerts are another deception-weapon used by SpyLocked. It makes them pop up extremely frequently. The bogus warnings are created to look very scary. Most of them claim that there are too many viruses in the PC, others state that there are attempts of identity theft and some even try to convince the user that a remote attacker (hacker) has managed to gain access to the computer. Below, you can see one of the less scary examples of SpyLocked notifications:

System has detected a number of active spyware applications that may impact the performance of your computer. Click the icon to get rid of unwanted spyware by downloading an up-to-date anti-spyware solution.

The alerts may look legitimate, and they come from Windows taskbar, but this does not mean the information, included in them, is accurate. Apart from being irritating, the counterfeit scans and warnings also slow down the computer’s performance palpably and hinder your work on the PC.

To put it in a nutshell, if SpyLocked manages to find a way inside your system, the best way to treat it is to remove it immediately with the help of a legitimate anti-virus program.

We will constantly update the instructions to combat against Spylocked and its variants. Please feel free to post comments if you have any questions or suggestions regarding Spylocked. This is a great community and I am sure that you would find the answers. Good luck! (New variant is also known as VirusProtect) (New variant is also known as Trojan.Win32)

Although this virus was seen 4 years ago, researchers found that newly discovered malware strains have the same fingerprint as the old SpyLocked rogue.


Manual Removal Instructions:

Stop SpyLocked Processes:
(Learn how to do this)
spylocked.exe
SpywareLocked.exe
Spy-Locked.exe
SpywareLock.exe
SpywareLocked 3.5.exe
SpyLocked 3.6.exe
SpyLocked 3.7.exe (new)
SpyLocked 3.9.exe (new)
SpyLocked 4.0 exe (new)
SpyLocked 4.1.exe (new)
SpyLocked 4.2.exe (new)
SpyLocked 4.3.exe (new)
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How to disable annoying prompts or alerts (UAC) in Windows Vista?

Does this sound familiar to you? It becomes rather annoying that Windows Vista consistently prompts you for any changes involving software installations or system updates. We understand that it’s Microsoft’s attempt to enhance the security in Windows Vista, nevertheless, as a careful user, we find it more annoying than being helpful.

Here’s how you can disable it:

  1. From Start -> Control Panel
  2. Click “User Accounts and Family Safety”
  3. Then click “User Accounts”
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How to make Windows Vista log on automatically?

For security reasons, Windows Vista disables auto logon by default. If it happens that you are the only one who uses the computer, you might want to get rid of the annoying logon screen and have your machine log on automatically. You can easily accomplish it. Here’s how:

1. Press “Windows Key” + “R” to bring out the RUN dialog box, and then type “netplwiz“.

2. Uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer“, then click on “Apply“.
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Microsoft acknowledges Windows Vista OEM hack

(NEWS) (April 13, 2007) Microsoft has confirmed the Vista OEM hack, which has circulated the web in recent months. The story covering Windows Vista Activation crack was first reported by the Inquirer on March 1, 2007, then many Vista users-in-waiting rushed out of the gate and test out the OEM crack, which of course makes Microsoft worried, and that’s how we got the recent confirmation by Microsoft Senior Product Manager Alex Kochis on Windows Genuine Advantage developers’ blog. According to the blog, Microsoft will not take immediate actions against what they called “mad scientists”, and instead, they will focus on protecting their “customers, partners and products.” Does this sound familiar?

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows XP / Vista

(TIPS) Here’re some of the most frequently-used keyboard shortcuts for Windows:

Windows + R                                     Open “Run” dialog box
Ctrl + Shift + ESC                              Open Task Manager
Ctrl + ESC                                          Open Start Menu
Windows + M                                     Minimize all active Windows
Windows + F
                                     Open “Search”
Windows + E                                      Open “My Computer”
Shift + Delete                                     Delete files permanently
Shift + while insert CD                       Prevents CD from running autoplay

How to launch the Task Manager instantly in Windows XP or Vista?

(TIPS) Just in case you didn’t already know. You can launch the Task Manager instantly if you press Ctrl + Shift + ESC simultaneously. This is much easier than accessing it from Ctrl + Alt + Delete or the taskbar. It works for both Windows XP or Windows Vista.

This would save you a lot of time if you need to access Task Manager very often. If you don’t, it doesn’t hurt to know so you can show it to your co-workers to impress them.

How to find and delete a file in Windows XP or Vista?

Want to stop a process on Windows XP or Windows Vista? Click here How to stop or kill a process in Windows XP or Vista?

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Are you having difficulties in finding certain files you want to get rid of? Here is the simple and easy-to-follow instructions on how to look for files.

1. Go to START.

2. Click SEARCH.

3. Click on “For Files and Folders…

search

4. From “What do you want to search for?” list on the left, click on “All files and folders.”

5. Type the filenames on the search box, and choose the “Local Hard Drives” (normally, it’s C: drive).

6. Click on “Search“.

That’s it!



Download RegHunter’s* Registry Scanner to check your Windows registry for errors.

Please remember, if you are not a computer literate you should better use an automatic registry scanner to fix your Windows registry

errors.

 


Do you have troubles in deleting a registry key in Windows Vista or Windows XP? Find the best way to do that How to Delete a Registry Key in Windows Vista or Windows XP?

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You need to find and delete a certain file on Windows Vista or Windows XP? How to do that? How to Find and Delete a File in Windows Vista or Windows XP?

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Looking for the information how to edit a registry key in Windows Vista or Windows XP? Edit a Registry Key in Windows Vista or Windows XP.

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System Alert Popup Removal Instructions for Windows XP or Vista

Are you one of those who got the annoying and blinking system alert popup on the taskbar? If you are, then you are in the right place. We are going to tell you what they are and how to get rid of them safely.

The rapidly-developing Internet has posted a lot of threats to our daily online activities and securities. To name a few, spyware, adware, Trojans and viruses…etc. They can potentially steal your data or even bring down your computer. Fake or false system alert popup, one of many syndromes of the potential threats you might see, is usually installed via a Trojan called Zlob (Trojan.Zlob). Most people get the Zlob Trojan by installing a video codec from one of those social networking sites such as MySpace. The Zlob Trojans then generates fake system popup alert to trick you into buying of their products, for examples, AntiVirGear, VirusProtect, SpyLocked, AntiVermeans, Spydawn…etc. To remove them completely, it takes time and some basic computer skills. Here’s how you do it:
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Where is RUN in Windows Vista?

Are you using Windows 7? How to Find RUN in Windows 7?

(Where is RUN in Windows 7?)

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Download RegHunter’s* Registry Scanner to check your Windows registry for errors.

Please remember, if you are not a computer literate you should better use an automatic registry scanner to fix your Windows registry errors.


By default, Windows Vista does not have RUN function in START menu. You can access RUN in two ways:

  • Press “Windows” and “R” keys simultaneously.

run

  • Customize the START menu, taking these steps:

  1. Right-click on the TASKBAR.
  2. Select “PROPERTIES
  3. Check “Run command“.
  4. Click OK.

And you’re done!

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Are you using Windows 7? How to Find RUN in Windows 7? (Where is RUN in Windows 7?)

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Do you have troubles in deleting a registry key in Windows Vista? Find the best way to do that How to Delete a Registry Key in Windows Vista?

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You need to find and delete a certain file on Windows Vista? How to do that? How to Find and Delete a File in Windows Vista?

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Looking for the information how to edit a registry key in Windows Vista? Edit a Registry Key in Windows Vista.

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