Help! I can't get rid of MyWebSearch spyware and other spyware

My son got a shitload of spyware, malware, and og knows what else installed on my computer because he visited some goddamned site to find cheats for his Playstation basketball game. He denied downloading anything, so it seems the spyware can be installed on your hard drive just by loading a web page. Web users beware!

I now have four different antispyware programs (Spybot Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware, SpySubtract, and AOL spyware protection). Each of the 4 finds stuff the others missed. All four of them together cannot get rid of the maddeningly persistent spyware that keeps coming back no matter how many times you delete it.

One of the worst is MyWebSearch, which has permanently infected Internet Explorer, stuck toolbars on it that can’t be removed, and now my whole computer runs so slow it’s nearly unusable. There are others too that keep reinstalling themselves even though I keep deleting them.

When I use Windows Explorer to find the file folders where this crap lives, I delete manually as much as I can, but certain .exe programs and .dll files cannot be deleted. I get error messages popping up saying these are protected or in use by another program. I have updated all the antispyware programs I’m running, but I guess the latest updates haven’t yet included these files so they remain untouched and untouchable.

I’m at my wits’ end, and am now going to back up my files and just reformat the hard drive as a last resort. How do you do that?

Don’t do that, **Jomo]/b].

Some spyware cannot be removed with Spybot and Adaware. They’re rare, but they’re out there.

MyWebSearch Removal Instructions

When you find the name of a piece of spyware, Google the name and the word “removal”. I found that site by “MyWebSearch” Removal.

Take it slow, one at a time, and we’ll walk you through it.

Thanks Rico, I needed that too

I recommend CWShredder. Quick and easy.

Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel

Go to Add/Remove Programs

Find “My Web Search” and click on Change/Remove to uninstall it.
Also look for:
My Web Search
My Way Speedbar
My Way Speedbar
My Way Speedbar
Search Assistant - My Way

Then using Windows Explorer, find the Program Files folder

Right-click and delete the folders for:


Have you checked to make sure you have the newest versions of Spybot and Adaware ?

As you’ve already done before, make sure you update them and run the scans, after you’ve removed what you can from Add/Remove

If the other suggestions don’t do it then I’d recommend this procedure. You can post the HijackThis log here.