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How do I remove eZula in WinXP

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1) eZula will not die!

2) I'm running Windows XP Pro (svc pk 2) on this machine.

3) I've been repeatedly running the following two Spy/Ad-ware Scan/Removal Utilities:

a) AdAware (v.6.181)
b) SpyBot (v.1.3)

4) I've Immunized the machine with SpyBot.

5) I've implemented SpyWareBlaster (v.3.2).

6) In Internet Explorer, the following two items are UnChecked:

a) Enable Install On Demand (Internet Explorer)
b) Enable Install On Demand (Other)

7) I’ve removed all Registry entries containing any eZula reference(s) [after making sure it was ok to delete them - be very careful when "fooling" with the Registry, it can be an extremely unforgiving beast].

8) I’ve repeatedly searched for the following files to no avail (I can’t find them anywhere):

a) stub.exe
b) ezstub.exe
c) ezulaboot.dll

9) I’m running Symantec/Norton Internet Security Pro 2004, but I know that won’t/doesn’t help in some Spy/Ad-ware and Trojan situations.

10) All of the above referenced programs/utilities have the most up-to-date definition files.

No matter what I've done, eZula keeps reactivating/installing itself within seconds/minutes of "Removal".

What can be done?

I know I’m probably overlooking something relatively simple…but what?

Please help me, I know eZula may-or-may-not be "malicious"...but it's highly annoying and unnerving!

I can provide you with a HiJack-This log-file if necessary.

I thank you in advance for any and all insights you might be willing and able to provide.

Regards,

David
(excuse the "difficult" classification if this is child's play to you, frustration rules!)
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Yes, please post the hijackthis log.
Also, make sure you are running these tools in safe mode (Start-Run-MSConfig and choose Safe Boot from the BOOT.INI tab and reboot)
You might also have better luck with this tool: http://aboutyourbreakup.com/xcleaner.html
But, above all - make sure that you are updating these tools before you attempt to clean your system with them...
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SirBounty,

Ah yes...good ole' Safe Mode.

What was I thinking!?

I knew it was something obvious and simple.

Thanks for reminding me.

And thanks for the heads-up regarding XCleaner. Cool utility!

I ran everything in Safe Mode (AdAware, SpyBot, and XCleaner) just to be sure, and voila!, my machine she's as clean as a baby's bottom...well, you know what I mean.

I hope this post helps others who find themselves similarly frustrated.

Writing code, applets, or programs like eZula isn't hip, cool, or professional -- it's crude, obnoxious, and insidious.

Regards,

David
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>>my machine she's as clean as a baby's bottom...well, you know what I mean.<<
Having a two-year-old that we're potty-training, yes - I know EXACTLY what you mean...LOL
Glad you got it sorted.
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