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My OS is windows 7 and I found an icon sitting on my desktop.  A click on the properties reveal that it is at : "C:\Program Files\Free Offers from Freeze.com\6840.url", but when I try to go to Control Panel to uninstall this item whatever it is, I cannot find its listing in the control panel, but it is in my C drive.  How do I get rid of this as it gives me the creeps what it might do next. thank u.
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I would start by downloading and running Malwarebytes.  The Free version.

www.malwarebytes.org

Install, update, and run a quick scan, then.

Post any results found.

Delete Temporary Internet files and run disk cleanup and remove Temp files.

The above is a start toward ensuring you have a clean computer
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by:evgeny_f31
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instructions for manual removal, in case malwarebytes wont help (usually it does)
http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=40379
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by:willcomp
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If Freeze is actually installed, you likely have a Programs entry for MyWebSearch and possibly MyFreeze. It is intrusive adware that MBAM will effectively remove.
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by:phototropic
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A Hijackthis scan log would help to sshow what is going on.  Download the installer to your desktop:

http://free.antivirus.com/hijackthis/

Run the installer. Open the program. Click on "Do a system scan and save a logfile". Post the scan log here using the attach file tab below.

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by:Johndo58
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Mcafee do not seem to think its malware, they have tested the site www.freeze.com and these are the results.

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/freeze.com?ref=safesearch&aff_id=0

I would say before you start running all these programs try deleting the desktop icon and then go to the

"C:\Program Files\Free Offers from Freeze.com\6840.url"  folder and delete it.   It sounds to me that you have installed some software that copies the freeze.com URL to your hard drive.   If once deleted it comes back then you very may well have malware installed.

Hope this is of help and good luck.
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by:younghv
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Mentioned above is a suggestion to clean up your Temp/Junk files and also comments about your registry.

I find that www.ccleaner.com is an outstanding program for both of these functions.

The primary program will do a great job of cleaning the trash stored on your computer by a browser and the "Registry" function will verify that your Registry is in good shape after you delete those program folders/files.
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by:jegajothy
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in response to bclongacre, I downloaded and ran the malware program and it did not find anything after a full scan.
So I am now trying the ccleaner and will let u know.
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@jegajothy,
It is much better to run CCleaner before doing any scans.
1. It can delete 100's of MB of temp/junk files.
2. It can delete malware executables in Temp Folders.

Make sure that when you download malwarebytes that you use the 'Save As' function and give it a new name BEFORE it touches your desktop.
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thank u everyone
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