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OT: SpyWare HELP needed

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by pullbangloss, Jun 21, 2007.

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  1. pullbangloss

    pullbangloss Active Member

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    Hey All,

    I'm not the most "knowledgable" computer person in the world so I need a little advice. I've got a message that started to pop up saying SpyWare has been detected. (Approximatley 27 items) My laptop (Windows) is telling me to register some software which should eliminate these files. The options are Malware Wiped and SpyCrush 3.3. Anyone ever used these programs? Are there better programs/software out there I should get? Should I not get anything? Thanks in advance for the help.

    Matt Ski
     
  2. Pull Bang

    Pull Bang Member

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    I have the paid version of Ad-Aware. There is a free version but does not have all the bells & whistles. As-Aware SE Plus is doing a good job for me.

    Check it out at the URL above.


    I also have Spybot. Each of these programs are working together to keep my computer free of snoops.

    You can find Spybot search & Destroy at this URL. http://www.spybot.info/en/index.html

    Good luck.


    Frank
     
  3. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Don't obey those messages!! They will put a program on that will "identify" some bogus threats, and you will have to pay to have them "cleaned".

    Ad-Aware is free, it works, and you can get it online from Lavasoft.

    Mash the above link and click on "products" Select the free version and be done with it.

    Haven't needed anything else for 7 years.

    HM
     
  4. Quack Shot

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    pullbangloss

    You may have been infected with some malware/adware. The best thing to do is to do a scan and get rid of it. There is NO WAY you should purchase ANY of them. It's a scam. There are many free online scanning tools that will work rather well. I would suggest usung at least two, so if one misses something, the other may find it. You may also need to do some further diagnostics if the messages persist. See the link above for more info and additional resources.
     
  5. AdamsRibs

    AdamsRibs TS Member

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    Just for giggles, try deleting the cookies on your machine.
    Normally, you can run Adaware, Spybot, whatever and let them
    tell you how many 'bad' programs exist on your computer. Then,
    delete the cookies and run the same programs (Adaware, Spybot,
    whatever) and you will find that most, if not all, of the 'bad'
    programs no longer show up. It appears that the 'hooks' to the
    'bad' stuff are mostly carried along as cookies......
    A note to the wise, if you have any websites that you use
    automatic logins with, deleting the cookies will probably delete
    the automatic logins as well. Just be sure that you remember
    how to log in to those sites, because you will probably have
    to do it once to renew your automatic login. Trapshooters.COM
    is one that will require a manual login (one time only) after
    you delete cookies.
    Give it a try, it does work and takes just a couple of minutes
    to do. Assuming you are running Internet Explorer, go to
    IE/Tools/Internet Options/General/Browsing History. Delete
    all cookies and temporary Internet files. Exit out of Tools,
    you are done.
    If you have been infected with Adware, Spyware, etc., you
    can be pretty sure it will return in the future. I delete
    the cookies and Temp Internet files on my machine at least
    once a week. I also run an Anti-Virus program on my machine
    all the time, but it doesn't catch Adware and Spyware.
    There are some programs that do, you pretty much get what
    you pay for....

    AdamsRibs
     
  6. Jerbear

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    Most important thing to do is to turn OFF system restore first.
    Right click on the "My Computer icon and go to properties.

    Go to System restore and uncheck the box and reboot.

    Now you can clean your computer.

    Above is Windows Defender download it and run it. Nice little program for the older folks to keep their boxes clean.


    Jerbear
     
  7. X Trap 2

    X Trap 2 TS Member

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  8. rosies dad

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    Go with Jerbear, he saved me a lot of hassle (computer) a couple of times.
     
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