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Hwbot.A

How to Remove Hwbot.A from Your Computer

To completely purge Hwbot.A from your computer, you need to delete the files and folders associated with Hwbot.A. These files and folders are respectively listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the Hwbot.A files and folders, see the following section How to Delete Hwbot.A Files (.exe, .dll, etc.).

How to Delete Hwbot.A Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with Hwbot.A are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the Hwbot.A files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

Worm

Worms are generally considered to be a subset of viruses, but have key differences. Unlike a virus, a worm is a computer program that replicates, but does not infect other files. Instead, a worm installs itself on a computer and then looks for a way to spread to other computers.

From a user’s perspective, there are noticeable differences. The longer a virus goes undetected, the more files it will infect on the victim computer. By contrast, there is just a single instance of the worm code on the computer.

Like viruses, worms are often subdivided according to the methods they use to infect a system. E-mail worms are distributed as attachments to e-mail messages. IM worms are attached to messages sent with instant messaging programs (such as IRC or ICQ). P2P (peer-to-peer) worms use file-sharing networks to spread. Network worms spread directly over the LAN (Local Area Network) or across the Internet, often exploiting a specific vulnerability.

Be Aware of the Following Worm Threats:

Win32.Rbot, BuddyPicture, Hack.Office, Win32.SXTBot, HideWindow.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Hwbot.A?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Hwbot.A:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Hwbot.A. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Hwbot.A.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Hwbot.A, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Hwbot.A^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Hwbot.A:

PC is working very slowly

Hwbot.A can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Hwbot.A.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Hwbot.A can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Hwbot.A may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Hwbot.A may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Hwbot.A may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.