Windows Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 5.61, by Dr. Herong Yang
Spyware: DSSAgent - DSSAgent.exe
This section provides a tutorial example on remove spyware 'DSSAgent' and related files webspec.dll.
HijackThis Report: I ran HijackThis on my friend's system and saw this line:
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DSS] C:\WINDOWS\BBSTORE\DSS\DSSAGENT.EXE
Quick Research: I did a Google search on "C:\WINDOWS\BBSTORE\DSS\DSSAGENT.EXE" and located a good description from http://archive.salon.com/tech/col/garf/2000/06/15/brodcast/:
... The program itself had been hidden deep within my Windows directory, apparently designed to look like a system file. Further investigation revealed that the DSSAgent had been written by Broderbund and had been installed when my daughter loaded an Arthur's Reading Race CD-ROM onto my laptop the previous weekend. There were thunderstorms over my destination, so while my jet ran racetracks in the sky, I fired up some tools and started pulling apart the DSSAgent program. I discovered that the DSSAgent contained a copy of the developer's kit for the Pretty Good Privacy encryption system, that it contained the ability to send e-mail and post forms to Web pages and that its creators had gone to great lengths to hide the software's function. And there was no copyright message indicating who had written the program...
What I Did:
1. Looked at C:\WINDOWS\BBSTORE, found the directory, and deleted it:
>dir C:\WINDOWS\BBSTORE\DSS DSSAGENT.EXE ... >rmdir C:\WINDOWS\BBSTORE .\DSS\*.* removed .\ScopeUsr\Software\The learning company\education division \arthur's preschool
So the software, "arthur's preschool", is also removed. I guess this spyware was actually distributed as part "arthur's preschool".
2. Run "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Add and remove programs", found "Authur's Preschool", and removed it.
Result: DSSAgent is gone.
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