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Remove SpyAxe with smitRem.exe (formerly SpyAxeFix.exe)

by Oscar Sodani
December 14, 2005

Oscar Sodani is a founder of Help2Go and owner of Help2Go Networks, an IT consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area. Oscar holds the CISSP certification as well as industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and Novell.

SpyAxe has rapidly been making its way around the Internet, infecting people's computers. It is a "rogue" anti-spyware program, meaning that it issues false information about your system, all in the hope that you will purchase the "real" version of SpyAxe, which of course costs money. It's a scam.

(Note: You should print this page out before continuing)

SpyAxe's fake notifications will look something like this:

 SpyAxe fake notification 

To remove SpyAxe, you'll need a tool called smitRem.exe (which has replaced the previous removal tool, SpyAxeFix.exe).

Download smitRem.exe  

Once you have downloaded the file, double-click on it to run it. You'll see a window like the one below. Click on the Start button in the smitRem window.

SmitRem.exe window

The program will create a folder on your desktop called "SmitRem"

Now, you should reboot your computer into Safe Mode. If you need help on getting into Safe Mode, see this tutorial.

Once your PC is in Safe Mode, open the SmitRem folder on your desktop. You will see a file within called RunThis.bat (or just RunThis). Double-click on that file, and SpyAxe will be removed from your PC.

When it is complete, reboot your computer again.

Now run the Panda ActiveScan virus scanner as detailed in Step 1 of our guide to Get Rid of Spyware, Adware, and Web Browser Hijackers. Only then can you be completely sure than your computer is clean from infection.

You should now be free of SpyAxe - however, you may have additional spyware on your PC. These things tend to travel in packs ;) Go through the rest of the instructions in the Get Rid of Spyware guide to remove any other infections, and to protect your PC from future spyware.

If you have been referred to this Tutorial from the help forums:  please find the C:\smitfiles.txt file. Open it in notepad and copy & paste the contents in your next post in the forum.

Additionally, Bleeping Computer has an excellent tutorial on how to get rid of advanced SpyAxe infections .

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