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SpyAxe (aka Spy Axe) - rogue anti-spyware application

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SpyAxe (aka Spy Axe) - latest in rogue anti-spyware applications


SpyAxe (also known as "Spy Axe") is one of the latest in rogue anti-Spyware applications that dupes unsuspecting users into paying a nominal fee to reverse the problems that it causes.


The entire scheme is built off of a flaw in the MS Windows Operating System that allows the rogue software to install itself without any input from the user.


Once SpyAxe infects a system, it sends a notification via popup balloon -- similar (and almost identical to) Windows Update Notification balloons.


The good news is this defect has been resolved -- but only if you have the latest Windows updates that were released on December 13th. If you aren't sure if you have the latest updates, it is recommended that you visit the Windows Update web site immediately.


How to Remove (Uninstall) SpyAxe


If you have been unlucky enough to be infected by this SpyAxe scam, then do the following before updating Windows:


1. Download SmitRemfix by Noahdfear. Once downloaded, double click to uninstall all the files into a folder, but do not run the program yet (note that you *must* run SmitRemfix in Safe Mode -- described further down).


2. Download the free trial of Ewido anti-malware. Install it and check for updates, but do not run a scan yet.


3. Download Ad Aware SE. Install and check for updates, but do not run a scan yet.


Running SmitRemfix


Read over another post I have made about SmitRemfix. It goes into more detail and has pictures. Once you have familiarized yourself with what you are about to do, reboot your computer into safe mode.


In safe mode:


run the SmitRem fix

scan with ewido and fix what it finds

scan with Ad Aware and fix what it finds

When you are done with all three, reboot the computer normally. If your desktop wallpaper has been changed by SpyAxe, you may need to go to the Control Panel and click Display > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Web > Uncheck Security Info if present. Now you should be able to use any wallpaper you want.


After doing all of that, you should visit Windows Update, select express install. After your computer has been checked, install all the updates it finds. After you are done, you shouldn't have to worry about SpyAxe ever again.


Source: infopackets.com

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