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Snapdo

I have a Snapdo infection on Win Vista on my old Toshiba Tecra M9. I have tried all the spells in the book but it keeps on coming back. Essentially Windows installer just goes round and round when I nix the installed Snapdo and that has to be removed. I’m normally pretty good on this sort of stuff but this is a bastard and no mistake. Any ideas?

The main problem seems to be it just seizes when you try and do any of the sensible things. I couldn’t even get as far as trying to expunge it from the Reg.

And no, I have tons of stuff on this so “nuking it from orbit” is not an option.

Thanks,

Nick.

PS If I ever catch the bastard behind this then it is a case of Mr Soldering-Iron meet Mr Urethra.

12 Comments

  1. john in cheshire says:

    NickM, I’ve had the same problem. I caught it from an installation of VLC. It added several programmes. I had to uninstall everything and it seems to have removed snapdo.

  2. NickM says:

    What’s VLC?

  3. NickM says:

    And thanks.

  4. Monty Cristo says:

    Have you tried downloading and running Hitman Pro? I’ve used it a few times and it was pretty effective if a bit brutal. VLC is a media player (pretty good too).

  5. Sam Duncan says:

    If all else fails, boot up a live Linux system (System Rescue CD would be a good choice), copy all your pr0n data to an external drive, then nuke it from orbit. But I don’t know Windows from a hole in the ground, so it’s definitely a last resort.

    First time I’d heard of Snapdo. Sounds nasty. All the more so for appearing legit.

  6. NickM says:

    Sam, it looked legit as hell and technically possibly is. Arrgh! It is so embarrassing for me to succumb to it.

  7. CountingCats says:

    Really?

    I have had snapdo turn up on two machines, and was able to uninstall it without major heartache.

    I have been running VLC for years, It is extremely fit for purpose, and have never had a problem with it.

  8. EB says:

    Suggestion: buy yourself Win 7 Home 64 bit, and a new huge hard drive. Take the old one out and install Win on the new drive. Buy a USB hard drive box and put the old drive in it. Copy your stuff across and then format the old drive, which you can use for backups. If it wasn’t a laptop I’d suggest buying a lot more RAM too.

  9. VftS says:

    Nick,
    have you tried Malwarebytes anti malware? That has been successful in the past at removing Snapdo.
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/

  10. NickM says:

    Thanks to all. VftS, I shall try…

  11. NickM says:

    And another thing. I recently got a new Motorola RAZRi smartphone. The battery life seems quite low. I accidentally turned it on very briefly before first charge. Could that have fecked the battery? I really want to know.

  12. CountingCats says:

    No.

    These things are pretty robust these days.

    When I get a new device I always charge it fully before use, run it until the battery fully discharges, and then fully charge it again, but I think I am just being paranoid. Showing my age as it were.

    Nowhere in the instruction manuals do I find orders to do this any more.

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