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Posted: 5/24/2005 2:33:10 PM EDT
I can't seem to get rid of this crap. Help!
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:34:54 PM EDT
How did you get it?

Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:35:31 PM EDT
Lavasoft's AdAware SE is probably the best spyware eliminator on the market. Check em out.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:38:45 PM EDT
free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2

AVG Free is the best free version of software i have used and is avaible for download at the link above. Use it, youll love it...
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:42:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -chaos-:
Lavasoft's AdAware SE is probably the best spyware eliminator on the market. Check em out.



I've got it but it's not working. It just keeps coming back.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:43:19 PM EDT
I have found that we need at least three different programs to kill off spyware. And still you have to go into the registry and edit code.

We use SpyDoctor, xSoftSpy and Norton. Spybot once in awhile. Each appears to do certain things better.

I haven't tried AVG yet.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:43:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By viper5194:
free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2

AVG Free is the best free version of software i have used and is avaible for download at the link above. Use it, youll love it...



+1
Run this before your AdAware
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:46:52 PM EDT
use firefox
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:49:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/24/2005 2:49:53 PM EDT by rkbar15]
Go here and follow the instrucitions and post a HijackThis log in their forum. forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showtopic=227

Install Firefox when you're finished with the above. Firefox
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:50:42 PM EDT
What virus did you get?
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:52:06 PM EDT
whats the names of the spyware programs popping up?
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:52:16 PM EDT
When all else fails. format hard drive.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:02:11 PM EDT
Agent.3.1 and something that keeps installing over and over. I am running the AVG as we speak.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:04:07 PM EDT
Use any one of these while connected to the internet, and you'll be safe from damn near everything:
http://www.knoppix.net
http://www.morphix.org
http://www.kanotix.com
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:31:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mousehunter:
use firefox


+1
Add 2 firewalls and AV (anything but Norton: think about it...all the crap that's aimed at IE is also aimed at Norton), spybot, and spy sweeper too...
All free but the AV...recommend Panda
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:34:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/24/2005 3:35:38 PM EDT by PlaymoreMinds]

Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL-01:
Agent.3.1 and something that keeps installing over and over. I am running the AVG as we speak.



It's in a registry key...don't mess with them manually unless you know what you're doing...go to spybot and spysweeper and down load EACH one...install each and run each. what one does not find in the registry the other will. If all else fails, complete dump and restore: backup any photos, .doc etc files you want to disk first including your email addies. System dump and re-start and use Firefox

Been down that road before...not fun...good luck!
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:37:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ramjet:
I have found that we need at least three different programs to kill off spyware. And still you have to go into the registry and edit code.

We use SpyDoctor, xSoftSpy and Norton. Spybot once in awhile. Each appears to do certain things better.

I haven't tried AVG yet.



we use avg for virus, adaware and spybot for spyware etc
and lately have been using ewido for trojans and other spyware type things....
It is my understanding for a really good full scanning you actually need to do it with your computer in safe mode
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:40:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/24/2005 3:51:25 PM EDT by TarzanFainberg]
Here are some that I use:

Spybot
Adaware
Spyware Doctor
Bazooka
X Cleaner

Run all of these programs and run them often.

Another program I use is Spyware Blaster. It's a bit different in the fact that acts in a pre-emptive fashion by not allowing spyware/adware to be installed in the first place.

I'd also suggest using a different web browser. It seems that IE is a bit more vulnerable than others. I use Mozilla's Firefox.

I'm still running this box that I purchased in 1999 on Windows 98 with an Intel Pentium 3 chip and a fraction of the memory that most boxes run on nowadays and runs better than most boxes that run on XP with a buttload of memory because they're so bogged down with spyware/adware.


Edit: Usually the more of these programs you use the better because some of these programs identify certain spyware and don't identify others.

I would agree that it would be better to run these in safe mode because more than likely these programs will be running at startup in regular mode and may not be able to be deleted at that time.

+1 on getting a free anti-virus program.



Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:44:22 PM EDT
If you use Spybot, Adaware and Microsoft Anti Spy you will most likely get rid of it.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 3:46:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 4:28:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DOA:
If you use Spybot, Adaware and Microsoft Anti Spy you will most likely get rid of it.



for what is worth, I was forced to go to firefox when all of thee above (and syamntec corporate addition) failed to get rid of stuff on my machine. Finnally after a month or two symantec got updated and cleaned it - but not going back to ie
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:00:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL-01:

Originally Posted By -chaos-:
Lavasoft's AdAware SE is probably the best spyware eliminator on the market. Check em out.



I've got it but it's not working. It just keeps coming back.



Find the files that keep coming back, boot into safe mode------->delete said files--------->re-boot.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:07:38 PM EDT
posting this for the 50th time now:

ewido
spysubtract
a2
use yahoo and search for pestpatrol, ad-aware, spybot,


use something other than nortons and mcafee, they are just not cutting it.

ive used:
nod32
commandondemand
f-prot
kaspersky
panda

they, in my option, are superior to nav and mcafee

ths page will tell you what programs are legit and whats not link
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 10:57:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/24/2005 10:59:30 PM EDT by Kacer]

Originally Posted By -chaos-:
Lavasoft's AdAware SE is probably the best spyware eliminator on the market. Check em out.



Ditto:
www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Not free (Though they might have a "free version"?)

That took care of my problems.

And "Stinger" HELPED, IMO. (didn't get it ALL, but every little bit helps ;)
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 5:51:00 AM EDT
I had the AVG running and left the computer on the table to run the clean up and destroy. Well my wife came in the room while I was out and wanted to play some game so after an hour and a half she just closed the program. I came in to finish the clean up and there she was playing her game. She said that program wouldn't let me play so I closed it.. Man I was mad. It ran overnight and found a lot of stuff and I deleted it. I left it unhooked from the the network so it could not connect to the spam servers and I will run SPYBOT and ADAWARE again when I get home. Firefox here I come.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 5:57:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL-01:
I had the AVG running and left the computer on the table to run the clean up and destroy. Well my wife came in the room while I was out and wanted to play some game so after an hour and a half she just closed the program. I came in to finish the clean up and there she was playing her game. She said that program wouldn't let me play so I closed it.. Man I was mad. It ran overnight and found a lot of stuff and I deleted it. I left it unhooked from the the network so it could not connect to the spam servers and I will run SPYBOT and ADAWARE again when I get home. Firefox here I come.



Firefox rocks...experiement with Spybot and webroot spy sweeper...they have nifty blocking options (porn and other crap ya don't want). Between those three and a good firewall and AV (As I said, forget Norton and McAffee: they, like IE are HUGE targets) you should be good to go.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 6:07:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Kacer:

Originally Posted By -chaos-:
Lavasoft's AdAware SE is probably the best spyware eliminator on the market. Check em out.


Ditto:
www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Not free (Though they might have a "free version"?)
That took care of my problems.
And "Stinger" HELPED, IMO. (didn't get it ALL, but every little bit helps ;)



Yes, Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition is freeware. It doesn't have all the bells & whistles that the
full-blown version does probably, but it get the job done.

And make sure that you run the updates on a regular basis, to keep your definitions up to date.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 6:13:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Will there ever be a public lynching for the rat bastards who put that shit out??




Step 1:




www.roanoke.com/business/24243.html

Goodlatte's anti-spyware bill passes in House easily


The bill would make it a crime to install software that would be used to break a law, such as stealing someone's identity.


By Andrew Kantor
981-3384
The Roanoke Times

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte's anti-spyware bill has passed the House of Representatives and is a step closer to becoming law.

The Internet Spyware Prevention Act of 2005 would make it a crime to install software on a computer if that software will be used to break a law, transmit personal information or try to bypass the computer's security measures. Violators would face up to five years in prison.

It also outlaws "phishing" (using fake messages and look-alike Web sites to trick consumers into providing personal financial information) and "pharming" (using spyware to redirect an unknowing user to a fake Web site for the same purpose).

Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, said that his bill is needed for a simple reason: spyware, phishing and pharming aren't against the law.

"These are things that people can do that are not clearly illegal under current law," he said. "We want to make it very clear that people who use spyware for the purpose of changing security settings, diverting you to a place you don't intend to go to or to steal your personal information for the purpose of committing a crime, will get some serious punishment."

Spyware often ends up on a computer when a user installs some other software, such as a free product or trial version. A license agreement that users accept might mention these "third-party programs," but many users don't read those agreements before clicking "Accept." In other cases, Web sites can install spyware on a computer that has inadequate security.

Spyware gets its name because it operates quietly in the background without a user's knowledge. Commercial, marketing spyware will transmit information about a user's Internet habits and sometimes personal data.

More malicious spyware will even look for detailed personal information and financial records such as Quicken or Microsoft Money files that can aid in an identity-theft scam.

Another anti-spyware bill proposed by Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., named Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act also passed. Besides outlawing phishing and pharming, it attacks spyware by requiring Web site and software creators to inform users if they will be collecting personal information.

Goodlatte has some concerns.

"Our bill takes a let's-crack-down-on-the-bad-guy approach," he said. "Their bill takes a regulatory approach, which we're concerned about because we're afraid that if you over-regulate the Internet you're going to make it too inconvenient for people to use."

Goodlatte specifically doesn't like the "opt-in" provisions of Bono's bill, which he feels consumers will quickly become numb to, and which the bad guys will ignore.

"It's going to dull consumers' ability to notice the difference," he explained. "They're going to get them [opt-in notices] all the time and are going to automatically accept them. When there really is one that's bad, they're not going to notice that."

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, supports both bills.

"The Bono bill is regulatory in nature. The Goodlatte bill imposes criminal penalties," he said. "These bills address the problem from two different vantage points. It seems to be that the best course to take - to sort of double the insurance against malicious spyware - is to pass both bills and have them signed into law."

Although Goodlatte's bill passed overwhelmingly, there was a single Nay vote: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

According to the representative's spokesman, Jeff Deist, Paul took issue with the idea of creating yet another federal crime. "He believes, constitutionally, that criminal matters are state matters," Deist said.

Paul also believes that the government should not police the Internet, period, "especially a Republican Congress that supposedly is here to reduce government and reduce regulation," Deist said.

It's a strategy that Paul believes has worked. "We've had a relatively hands-off attitude towards the Internet in a regulatory sense in the '80s and '90s, and as a result it boomed," Deist said. "We created industries that we literally didn't have 15 years ago ... especially as we're in the midst of losing our more 'hard' manufacturing jobs."

Goodlatte doesn't share Paul's point of view.

"He thinks the states should regulate the Internet and I think that's a very bad idea," he said. The Internet is not only national in scope, it's international in scope; so for heaven's sake you can't go backwards and have 50 different state regulations on how to handle the same piece of software."

Both Goodlatte's and Bono's bills enjoy solid bipartisan support. They will now go on to the Senate either as separate measures or combined into a single anti-spyware bill.

Link Posted: 5/25/2005 6:31:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cruze5:
posting this for the 50th time now:
ewido
spysubtract
a2
use yahoo and search for pestpatrol, ad-aware, spybot,

use something other than nortons and mcafee, they are just not cutting it.
ive used:
nod32
commandondemand
f-prot
kaspersky
panda
they, in my option, are superior to nav and mcafee
ths page will tell you what programs are legit and whats notlink


Stay away from Panda! My one experience with them pissed me off and showed the questionable
level of professionalism (??) that their staff had....

Our new PC came with a copy of Panda. I'd always been a Norton fan, but I figured, "Hey, the PC came
with a free subscription, I'll give it a try."
Loaded it up, updated with the latest definitions, then ran it, figuring "I'll just make sure" even though
it was a brand-new PC. BOOM! Melissa virus - WTF!?!

I check the findings, and lo & behold, it was Panda's definition file, downloaded from THEIR website,
that was infected!

So I called their support #:
Me: "Yes, I just bought a new PC and it came with your software. I updated it from your website,
ran a scan, and found that your definition file had a virus. You need to get that fixed.
Them: "That's impossible. Our servers scan all files. We wouldn't have an infected file available for
download."
Me: "Well, somebody screwed up, because it's there."
Them: "No, you must have picked the virus up someplace else..."
Me: "Sorry - your website was the first website that I've gone to with the new PC."
(Right then, you hear somebody in the background - "Mike, the server room says that our definition
file in the download section is infected, and they're shutting it down to sterilize it..."
I hear an "Oh crap!" and get hung up on.... Yeah, that's customer service....
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 7:24:34 AM EDT
I resell panda right now, the only problem i have. It doesn't work well with some versions of AOL. It corrupts the winsock. other than that its work really well
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 7:25:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/25/2005 7:28:56 AM EDT by NoHarmNoFAL-01]

"Mike, the server room says that our definition
file in the download section is infected, and they're shutting it down to sterilize it..."
I hear an "Oh crap!" and get hung up on.... Yeah, that's customer service....





That is almost as funny as the fact that most my problem are with adware popups for Spyware and Adware removers.
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