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Posted: 6/2/2003 4:02:38 PM EDT
Somehow I got this annoying "passthrough" software on my home 'puter and I can't get rid of it. My home page is AR15.com. However, when I boot up Internet Explorer, I get the following page: http://v2603.ecpm.com/passthrough/index.html?http://ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=1&f=5 I've searched for and deleted the following terms from my PC, but still get this annoying page: v2603, ecpm and passthrough. What else can I do to get rid of this??? Thanks, Merlin
Link Posted: 6/2/2003 4:05:46 PM EDT
Did you try going to your Tools menue and clicking on Internet Options. You can set your homepage there.
Link Posted: 6/2/2003 4:07:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/2/2003 4:21:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/2/2003 4:27:40 PM EDT
Why not just use Netscape or Mozilla? [url]www.mozilla.org[/url]
Link Posted: 6/2/2003 4:43:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/2/2003 4:46:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By fearlessrogue: Why not just use Netscape or Mozilla? [url]www.mozilla.org[/url]
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b/c they both suck?
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 3:37:50 AM EDT
Swire, did that, still get the passthrough crap before it goes to AR15.com where its supposed to go, but the tool bar crap comes with it. Troy and Big Bear, thanks for the help. I'll try it when I get home tonight. I recall a popup that only had one option for clicking and I couldn't get rid of it, I must have hit the "accept" button too soon. Thanks for the help. Merlin
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 3:37:22 PM EDT
OK, I downloaded Ad-aware and ran a scan about 8 times before I got 0 returns and I deleted (quaranteed) all the files it found. The software still sent me to a strange place for my home page and I still have the annoying search bar at the top. Any other ideas? thanks, Merlin
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 4:06:09 PM EDT
no run spybot-search&destroy, it will catch a few things that adaware doesnt, i use both. [url]http://security.kolla.de[/url]
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 4:26:18 PM EDT
OK, rebooted and the Passthrough crap seems to be gone and the IE home page stays AR15.com GD page, which is good. Progress. I still have the annoying search bar, but I went to the "View" and "Toolbars" menu and found out that the annoying searchbar is labeled: "dgpssjmchwi", all lower caps. Did a seach of my hard drive and found no results. I can turn off the searchbar, but I'd rather get rid of it permanently. I'm running Spybot now (thanks Freeride!) and getting lots of hits. I guess I'll have to read the Help file to find out what to do about them. Any ideas on getting rid of the "dgpss.." searchbar?? Thanks, Merlin
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 4:42:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 4:45:20 PM EDT
go into Control Panel / Add Remove Programs. anything there that does not belong should be removed if you have questions about what can be removed safley or what should post here. someone can help you out. Seachbars generally have actual instal entries in the add/remove programs panel. lop.net, distributed.net NewNet Domains, ect. all should be removed if seen.
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 5:04:56 PM EDT
Something that's a little ironic; we have a problem with renegade software that is doing more/different than it should (spyware). The answer? Go to an unknown wbsite and download some unknown (to you) software and run it! And everyone always does it without question. How do we know what this new software really does, or really is? Gator sounded good when we downloaded it, as did WeatherBug. Hmmm.
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 5:25:36 PM EDT
Ok im gonna pass this little hint along. DONT EVER EVER INSTALL SOMETHING A WEBSITE TELLS YOU DO INSTALL WITH A POPUP...GATOR, BONZAI BUDDY, COMET CURSOR...YOU NAME IT! IF IT ASKS IF IT CAN PUT SOMETHING ON YOUR COMPUTER...[B]JUST SAY NO![/B] also..download "accellerators" are up there on my list of CRAP. there is a bit of discretion that goes along with this...use common sense.
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 5:33:08 PM EDT
Ad aware as recommended the best piece of software you can have on your computer, period
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 5:33:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By freeride21a: Ok im gonna pass this little hint along. DONT EVER EVER INSTALL SOMETHING A WEBSITE TELLS YOU DO INSTALL WITH A POPUP...GATOR, BONZAI BUDDY, COMET CURSOR...YOU NAME IT! IF IT ASKS IF IT CAN PUT SOMETHING ON YOUR COMPUTER...[B]JUST SAY NO![/B] also..download "accellerators" are up there on my list of CRAP. there is a bit of discretion that goes along with this...use common sense.
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Cynic ;)
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 5:39:24 PM EDT
Weatherbug? What evil does that one do??
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 5:42:31 PM EDT
Start - Run - regedit This gets you into the registry where all this pop up crap hides. But don't ask me what to delete. I once found a web site that told me what to delete in there and it got rid of all ecpm spy software I had. Search google under regedit and you might find something. Not much help but Good luck.
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 6:09:25 PM EDT
Along those same lines...what do you do when the install/un-install program will not un-install? I have some crap on mine that will not un-install...it won't let me un-install. What do I do?
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 6:22:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MickeyMouse: Weatherbug? What evil does that one do??
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It calls your boss and tries to get you fired. [:D] Actually it's benign. [url]http://ww3.weatherbug.com/WCAU/default.asp?cid=211[/url]
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 6:26:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MickeyMouse: Weatherbug? What evil does that one do??
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It used to install Gator, a spyware; and another one that escapes me. I'm glad they cleaned this up. This was several years ago; they may have been duped at the time.
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 6:36:31 PM EDT
This page tells you how to get rid of it. [url]www.doxdesk.com/parasite/lop.html[/url]
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 6:52:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: Who the hell is Mitnick?
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He's the friendly fellow who helped me with my computer about 10 years ago, I think. Sorry, I have to go -- it's another phone call about some stuff I never ordered or received..... [ROFL2]
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 10:01:30 PM EDT
There was a thing that went around just over a year ago, GoHip. It would hijack your homepage, no matter how many times you reset it, each time you rebooted, back to GoHip. Also, when you tried to go to Ebay, it would hijack you and send you to their auction site. No one who got this knows how it got on their computer. It spread like a virus through email, but was not considered a virus. Only known cure was to go to the GoHip site and download an uninstall. Many programs that come with spyware (the game Mahjong is one) will leave the spyware even after you uninstall the program. This crap hides way down in the registry and reinstalls itself each time you reboot.
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 11:14:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Merlin: I'm running Spybot now (thanks Freeride!) and getting lots of hits. I guess I'll have to read the Help file to find out what to do about them.
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Once Spybot has finished it's scan it will have a list of the spyware it's found in the main window. At the bottom of the window should be a button labelled "fix problems" (or words to that effect. Not at home right now). I click that and it deletes all the spyware it found. I haven't had any other problems so spyware isn't messing up any of the legitimate software for me, just the spyware.
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 11:39:52 PM EDT
Everytime I open Internet Explorer I get additional windows opening for crap like: "The amazing X2L Camera" - or - "Robotic internet cam" and other crap. Any way to stop those without giving up IE??
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 11:40:19 PM EDT
Spyware is pretty good crap. I was gonna recommend it, but I was WAY to late. [:)]
Link Posted: 6/4/2003 8:47:12 AM EDT
I just finished getting rid of the same sort of problem. Every time I started Explorer, I'd get some search page. I downloaded Ad-Aware and it found/deleted a bunch of files, but the problem was still there. Last night, I bought/downloaded McAfee's virus scan software and ran it. After almost two hours of scanning, it found four infected files files and deleted them. No more problem.
Link Posted: 6/4/2003 8:53:30 AM EDT
I ended up with "Xupiter" crap on my computer one time. It was the only software I couldn't figure out how to get rid of. I killed it, disabled it, and hacked though it, but it's bloody carcass stuck with the machine until it finally ended with a total system reload. "Scratch-n-Win cards" are another one that I used to get. It seemed like every other day it would show up. People that load software onto your computer without your consent or knowledge ought to be shot and stabbed.
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