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    Default Unwanted scans from http://microscano.info

    Sporadically my very old PC (XP Home w/auto updates, ZA Suite, FireFox 3.5.3) jumps into an unsolicited/unwanted computer scan from http://microscano.(info) I and can't find anything on Google. Anyone have any info/suggestions? How can I block getting re-directed to this unwanted website? - Thanks!
    Last edited by chiaz; September 11th, 2009 at 07:28 PM. Reason: EDITED OUT LINK TO BAD SITE

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    Post Re: Unwanted scans from http://microscano.info

    Quote Originally Posted by rodrigt View Post
    Sporadically my very old PC (XP Home w/auto updates, ZA Suite, FireFox 3.5.3) jumps into an unsolicited/unwanted computer scan from http://microscano.(info) I and can't find anything on Google. Anyone have any info/suggestions? How can I block getting re-directed to this unwanted website? - Thanks!

    It sounds like you've installes some new game or download that infected your computer with Malware..

    Try this to Clean your computer of Malware..

    NOTE: the steps below works only if you are on the latest versions of ZA (7.0.470.000 or later). If you are not, please update.
    Try to perform a full Antivirus/Antispyware scan but in SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING.

    1. Disable system restore;
    2. Set ZA Antivirus/antispyware to "Ultra Deep Scan" under the advanced options of the ZA antivirus/antispyware tab (scan modes);
    3. Reboot in SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING;
    4. Manual run ZA (ZA firewall will be OFF but Antivirus/Antispyware will be functional);
    5. Run a full ZA AV/AS scan;
    5. Reboot in Normal Mode
    6. Set ZA Antivirus/Antispyware back to Normal
    7. Ensable System restore

    How to start in SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING
    How to disable windows SYSTEM RESTORE

    If the above fails try to clean your system with:

    1. Download update and scan with MBAM
    WARNING: Some malware will block the download of this software, rename the installer to a random name before saving and running
    2. Download. update and scan with superantispyware FREE
    WARNING: Some malware will block the download of this software, rename the installer to a random name before saving and running
    3. Download update and scan with A2 free

    Still Problems? Try the bootable CD fromDrWeb

    if ALL the above fails please post your Hijackthis log to BleepingComputer or SpywareHammer
    Last edited by chiaz; September 11th, 2009 at 07:28 PM. Reason: EDITED OUT LINK TO BAD SITE
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    Default Re: Unwanted scans from http://microscano.info

    GeorgeV,

    Thank you for your instant and such thorough reply - I'll be digesting/implementing your information and will report back.

    Meanwhile (per Google search results) I've taken two defensive measures and would appreciate your comments on whether they are useful and would helpful to other ZA users:

    -- Added microscano.info to my Host file (C:>WINDOWS>system32>drivers>etc), which presumably will impedede any/all web browser from going to that website. (Another option I read about is to preclude that website via router settings, which presumably would also protect Laptops, etc.)

    -- Went into FireFox (Tools>Options>Privacy>Exceptions entered microscano.info >Block>Close... Which according to one posting would block the cookie triggering the malware.

    Meanwhile I suggest it would be great if ZA Suite would update to provide automatic eradication of this pest, as for me the steps in your procedure seen a bit daunting - THANK YOU!

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    Default Re: Unwanted scans from http://microscano.info

    Quote Originally Posted by rodrigt View Post
    -- Added microscano.info to my Host file (C:>WINDOWS>system32>drivers>etc), which presumably will impedede any/all web browser from going to that website. (Another option I read about is to preclude that website via router settings, which presumably would also protect Laptops, etc.)

    -- Went into FireFox (Tools>Options>Privacy>Exceptions entered microscano.info >Block>Close... Which according to one posting would block the cookie triggering the malware.
    Not really needed, also better not to touch system files. Better to go the origin of the problem thus following the steps already suggested.

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