I decided I had a bit of energy to spare so I decided to at least start the ugly grind of cleaning some junk off my computer.
A few things had been creeping in, and I won't be done today, but I figured my notes might help at least one other person out there!
1. Getting started
I started with this decently thorough looking overview of some of the standard tools. http://malwaretips.c...e-exe-virus-removal/
This all started not from the browser side, but because separate from "plugin-container", I noticed "PluginService.exe". According to the guide it's not a full virus itself, but apparently "accessory to other crimes". On a whole other note, I'd noticed that some random program hijacked my zip file association. It's supposed to be Chris G's Fast Unzip Snack we'd worked on here, but a week or two ago something jumped up in there so I figured I'd go skeet shooting today and try to get at least a little stuff done.
Courtesy of Shades reminding me of Process Explorer, I also just now identified "WinZiper" - and Process Explorer does a good job with "name" so it has some def suspicious weird looking Chinese name.
So I set out first downloading the following tools:
Junkware Removal Tool
Malware AntiMaware (I went with the free version)
Elsewhere I (think) have Hijack This which I might run later.
First Step was Add/Remove programs in Windows. I'm on XP. The PluginService thing hid itself from uninstall, but Karen Directory Reader found it easily enough. It's currently sitting at:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\IePluginServices\PluginService.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\IePluginServices\update\conf
AdwCleaner certainly found that and WinZiper.
WinZipper/WinZiper does at least seem/pretend to play fair. I just now removed it from Add/Remove Programs. ReRunning adwcleaner .... survey says ... that it might be gone for now. So far so good enough.
Onward with trying to remove PluginService with adwcleaner.