View Full Version : Manual Removal Guide for IGetNet.WinStart

2008-11-28, 18:40
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "IGetNet.WinStart" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:


This malware can install silently in background, it does not show up on screen but installs a file in systemdirectory and starts this file at Systemstart. The installed WinStart001.exe also connects to the internet in background.
All of this is done without user consent.
Removal Instructions:


Please use Spybot-S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=spybotsd), RunAlyzer (http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=runalyzer) or msconfig.exe to remove the following autorun entries.

Entries named "WinStart001.EXE" and pointing to "<$WINDIR>\System\WinStart001.EXE -b".


Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.

The file at "<$WINDIR>\system\rules.dat".
The file at "<$WINDIR>\system\WinStart001.EXE".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If IGetNet.WinStart uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer (http://forums.spybot.info/downloads.php?id=8) or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins (http://forums.spybot.info/downloads.php?id=3).
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=spybotsd) to remove them.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,
Please read these instructions (http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=288) before requesting assistance,
Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum (http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=22) where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.