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Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? * 1
    #2543405 - 04/09/04 02:44 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Toolbars you can't get rid of? etc.. etc.. etc...

Here's how you KILL 'EM ALL!!!

I've just done a ton of research and cleaned the hell out of my system.

All of this stuff is FREE.. so you have no excuse.

First step -
http://www.spywareinfo.com/xscan.php

Next.. if you don't have them already...get Adaware and Spybot to remove spyware from your system. Make sure to update them regularly.

Download and install Adaware
http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/

Download and install Spybot Search & Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/

Be careful what you get rid of with Spybot.. it can get rid of important files your computer needs. As a rule of thumb get rid of anything in RED , and anything else you know should not be there.

A comprehesive Tutorial by the Author of Spybot Search & Destroy:
http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?...p?page=tutorial

Then Spysweeper -
http://www.webroot.com/wb/products/spysweeper/index.php

The above three programs will find and clean spyware off your system. They can all work together.. some will find things the others can't.

Next get CWshredder
Just download it, unzip it and click on it. Hit the *Fix* button to run it.
http://www.merijn.org/files/cwshredder.zip

Alternate download for CWShredder:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloadget.php?...6c5901960cc6e24

This program will kill CoolWebSearch (a very annoying trojan).. which is usually a toolbar that appears in your browser without you loading it.


Scan for viruses and trojans online for free:

Panda's Active Scan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm

Trend Micro (PC-cillin) - Free on-line Scan
http://housecall.antivirus.com


Now...
Download *Hijack This!*
http://www.merijn.org/files/hijackthis.zip

Hijack This by Merijn is a great tool for detecting and removing browser Hijacks. A browser hijack is when spyware takes over your internet settings, often redirecting your internet searches and stealing your default home page

Make a new folder to put this program into.. anything but directly on the desktop or in the temp folder. Run it and hit scan.
*WARNING* Be VERY careful with this program. Do not fix anything it brings up in the list unless you know EXACTLY what you are doing. You can delete very important files and programs that can permanently damage your system if you don't know what you're doing. What you will do is run the program and hit scan, then save log and copy and paste the file that comes up. You will want to post this log in a forum where knowledgable people can tell you what to get rid of. I recommend http://spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX IT YOURSELF UNLESS YOU KNOW *EXACTLY* what you are doing


For further preventative measures, download the following two programs

SpywareBlaster
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

SpywareGuard
http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareguard.html

These two programs essentially run in the background and scan files for viruses before you download them. SpywareGuard is like an extra barrier for spyware protection, as it will protect you from browser hijacks, scan your computer for viruses, and protect your downloads to make sure they are safe and clean. SpywareBlaster will protect your browser, and block sites that are known to spread spyware.


This may be overkill.. but better safe than sorry.
The combination of Adaware, Spybot, and Spysweeper will get rid of the majority of spyware on your system.


A good forum for comprehensive death of spyware - http://www.spywarewarrior.com
There are many knowledgable people there that can help you protect yourself from spyware and completely clean your system.. but the steps in this thread should be good.
Many resources and preventative measures


Good luck, and happy spywarekilling!!


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: Shroomism]
    #2545801 - 04/10/04 03:54 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: Shroomism]
    #2546110 - 04/10/04 09:46 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Wow.. you must have gone on a spyware killing software binge :crazy2:


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: ]
    #2546896 - 04/10/04 07:42 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

It was a massacre I tell ya..genocide revised

my friend's computer was really bad.. he had millions of pop ups and toolbars and all sorts of malware shit. it's clean now.


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: Shroomism]
    #2547324 - 04/10/04 11:50 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I find it pretty fucking sad it takes so much effort these days just to be sure your own computer isn't full of this crap..I mean look at the size of that list..  :oogle:

Thanks btw  :thumbup:


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: Shroomism]
    #2547691 - 04/11/04 01:52 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

sweet, thanks shroomism..i was currently in the middle of cleaning my system, and it'a already starting to run nice and smooth again... :headbang: :headbang: :whoa: :headbang:


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: funkymonk]
    #2548049 - 04/11/04 04:24 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

The following explains how to set Ad-aware's settings to perform a "Full Scan."

In Ad-aware click the Gear (at the top) to go to the Settings area.
The following items should be on a green check, not on a red X.

Under the Scanning button:

* Scan within archives
* Under Memory & Registry, Check EVERYTHING
* In Check Drives & Folders, make sure all of your hard drives are selected

Under the Advanced button, check ALL under Log detail level
(this makes it easier for visitors to the Lavasoft Support Forums to see what options you have selected should you require assistance.)
Under the Tweak button...
Some of these may not be an available option, depending on your version of Ad-aware and your version of Windows. Do not be concerned if you cannot select a certain item.

In Scanning Engine:

* Unload recognized processes during scanning
* Include info about ignored objects in logfile, if detected in scan
* Include basic Ad-aware settings in logfile
* Include additional Ad-aware settings in logfile
* Include used command line parameters in logfile


In Cleaning Engine:

* XP/2000: Allow unloading explorer to unload shell extensions prior to deletion
* Let Windows remove files in use at next reboot
* UNCHECK: Automatically try to unregister objects prior to deletion


Click Proceed to save these settings. When you would like to perform a "Full Scan," switch the scan mode from SmartScan to Custom.
http://www.lavahelp.com/howto/fullscan/index.html


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: Shroomism]
    #2552065 - 04/12/04 07:30 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

OMG thank you SO much!

My computer was totally blasted with shit that seriously made me almost cry because I couldn't be online for more than 2 minutes before it was pop-up city and my mouse and keyboard settings would be all fucked up.

thank you SO MUCH

BTW those zip files wouldnt open for me, but my comp works just fine without them  :thumbup:


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: StonedShroom]
    #2552474 - 04/12/04 11:50 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

excellent.. glad to help.
Make sure to optimize ad-aware to the FULL SCAN as indicated in the above post.. it will find things that "smart scan" will not. Make sure you have it set on "custom scan" after you make the changes, and not smart scan.


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Re: Got spyware? popups? hidden files? annoying programs? [Re: Shroomism]
    #2555663 - 04/13/04 06:39 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Fuckin awesome. Thanks a million!

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