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    Common Spyware Solutions

    Ok this is a bit of a broken record with all of the spyware/malware problems.

    I wanted to create a post that others can refer to as a generic TRY THESE SOLUTIONS for all of the spyware threads

    What is Spyware

    Suggested Appilcations:
    These applications can help to remove the problems from your machine.

    (suggested applications have a free version)
    AdAware SE (Updated around early August so make sure you have the new version!)
    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    CWShredder Specific to CoolWebSearch (and variants) spyware but its spreading rapidly and is causing a lot of problems.

    Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta Works pretty well, and may clean things the other two do not.

    If these utilities fail to clean up the problem please run
    HijackThis
    This application will create a log of all installed and running applications.
    Please create a thread and include a copy of this log so we can determine what the problem is.
    When giving a subject line for your thread, do not use "Help". Use a more descriptive subject like "Problem with spyware"

    Important:
    Once you install Spybot/AdAware/MS Antispyware PLEASE run its update process!
    Anti Spyware utilities need to be updated just like antivirus utilities so they must have the latest reference files to be successful.
    (if anybody has a few moments post up a quick tutorial how to do it in each application please do so)

    Also note that some "Anti Spyware" utilities ARE SPYWARE
    They may work to clean up some spyware, but they may also install their own spyware so please stick with the popular solutions given above.

    Another suggestion is to try using an online virus scanner such as
    TrendMicro House Call
    Do a full scan to make sure viruses are not causing the problem.
    If you prefer you can install a free full application virus scanner.
    Grisoft AVG Antivirus

    Post any other suggestions, and maybe we can get it stickied.
    Last edited by vass0922; June 23rd, 2005 at 06:39 AM.
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    (previously posted in thread: http://www.techimo.com/forum/t113501.html)

    Simple solution to avoid spyware: don't download stuff you don't need. You know that cute Weatherbug program that people think they NEED to survive (it shows the temperature outside as an icon down by the clock in the corner of your screen), it comes with quite a bit of spyware. How about Kazaa or most other file sharing programs? Enough spyware to make even the fastest system choke. Webshots desktop wallpaper changing program? Yup, it probably has some too.

    The fact of the matter is, surfing around the internet using a browser like Firefox (www.mozilla.org) instead of Internet Explorer, going to reputable pages like Yahoo, Google, or my favorite - TechIMO... won't give you anything worse than a bad tummy ache from all the tracking cookies websites will flick onto your machine (no big deal, in many security experts' opinions).

    The problem starts when people install active-x components or visit less than reputable sites and end up downloading stuff to their PC's that really shouldn't be on there.

    The best way to prevent spyware and ad-ware is to avoid them like the plague - if you NEED to know the temperature outside, go to www.noaa.gov (far cleaner and faster than www.weather.com and it's the same source most airlines get their info from, so it's very accurate). If you want to download MP3's and other junk, find a different way to do it like newsgroups or use an ad-free version of the software you like (may require $$$). And if you want your wallpaper to change on a daily basis... go into the blasted control panel and change it by hand.

    It's all the "extras" people install that come with this adware... NOTHING in this life is free... and that includes cutesy little useless applications that people are just BEGGING you to download.

    Remember, spyware isn't limited to the three types of applications I described above and OFTEN, people don't even need to download anything specific to get it. Simply clicking a bad webpage and telling Microsoft Internet Explorer to trust the code from the page or install an extension "necessary" to view the page is all it takes. This is the reason most people are saying to switch to Firefox - it's faster, cleaner, pop-up free, and a heck of a lot harder to get slammed with adware unknowingly while you're using it.

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    I might add that AdAware,only the new version build 6.181 will accept the update.If you have anything older than 6.181 get the new one.The old one will but will not find all the spyware.This was covered in a different thread,but worth mentioning again.
    Also there is a new update,so be sure and dowload that when you get the new build.
    Last edited by Brainchild; July 10th, 2004 at 03:25 AM.
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    dang you guys remind me to scan my systems for adware and spyware thanks ! haha.. i havent been doing scanning for a week.. since i install firefox and spyblaster i feel safe

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    Never to safe,IMO.
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    If you are running windows XP with Firefox, you need a update. Go get the latest build (a .2 version) Found a hole, posted a patch. http://update.mozilla.org/extensions...nfo.php?id=154
    Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info
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    For AIM users, make sure NOT to install the WildTangent games or WeatherBug. WildTangent is a good source of spyware, and many people think WeatherBug is. Weather Watcher is a better program for monitoring weather.

    And yes, I vote to stickify this because you know at least once a day someone asks how to rid their computer of spyware.

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    Spybot Update:

    This is rediculously easy but I figured I'd fill Vass' request

    First step is to startup Spybot 1.3


    1) Click the "search for updates" button.

    2) Place checkmark next to detections

    3) Press download updates button



    4) Afterwards goto "Search and Destroy" to the left and run the scan by hitting "check for problems"

    5) After scan is done... press fix problems button

    6) Now goto "Immunize" to the left.

    7) Press the "immunize" button with the green "+" next to it

    Lavasoft Ad-Aware Update:

    Essentially just as easy

    1) Startup Ad-Aware

    2) look just above the "start" button for the "Check for updates" link

    Or u can press the graphic button, 2nd from the right, which has a magnifing glass looking at a globe to

    3) Press "connect"

    4) If an update is available you will get a prompt, click OK to allow it to install the reference file.

    5) When its done, just press "finish"

    6) Now you can just press "start" to scan your computer

    7) Click on the "customize" button. With the "general" tab to the left selected:
    Make sure there is a green checkmark next to every option except "skip non-executable files, and "skip files larger than:..."

    8) Press 'Proceed' and then 'Next'
    Last edited by VHockey86; July 11th, 2004 at 11:49 PM.

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    netclnc.exe

    Has anyone ben able to sort out this problem using adaware, spybot or other. My [free] version of adaware could not even spot the problem. Also my mcafee cannot locate problem [new virus sigs downloaded], although it spots the viruses being produced. I have made sure all MW fixes in place as well.

    The symptoms are that the netclnc.exe uses up 90% of CPU and seems to be sending huge amounts of data over internet!

    I will buy anti-spy version that will remove this trojan, but which one?

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    have started new thread on this subject

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    You guys mentioned programs that scan, detect, and delete spyware.
    But not programs that will prevent you from getting the malicious content.

    Here are a few of them that I recommend:

    Spyware Preventers
    SpywareBlaster - The best free preventer in my opinion. Freeware.
    Spybot - S&D - Includes a preventer. Freeware.
    Ad-Aware Professional - Pro version includes a preventer. Not Freeware.
    Spy Sweeper - Scanner/Preventer. Not Freeware.
    PestPatrol - Scanner/Preventer/Anti-Trojan. Not Freeware.

    dan

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    http://www.enigmasoftwaregroup.com/

    i recommend SpyHunter....works wonders....picked up stuff ad-aware was unable to pick up.


    i also run "Weatherbug" as i installed it with AIM, but have not noticed any type of ad's being shown etc. ? Should i look for something, just ran a full scan with Spyhunter, but only came up with some "cookies", about "7" and it deleted them.
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    Quick Note: I tried Fire Fox. When I try an import my IE setting, Favorites, etc.... It gets a runtime error, and closes. Anyone else run in to this????
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    For specific questions please start a new thread
    Because this one is stickied it doesn't 'float' to the top of the forum list so may not be noticed.

    Last edited by vass0922; August 18th, 2004 at 06:41 AM.
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    does add aware help with spyware?

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    Angry Bad advice alert!

    Quote Originally Posted by sweeper2
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    i recommend SpyHunter....works wonders....picked up stuff ad-aware was unable to pick up.


    i also run "Weatherbug" as i installed it with AIM, but have not noticed any type of ad's being shown etc. ? Should i look for something, just ran a full scan with Spyhunter, but only came up with some "cookies", about "7" and it deleted them.
    BAD ADVICE!!! Just look at spyhunter's reviews on download.com.

    Stay away from spyhunter!!! Go with Spybot S&D and Adaware instead.

    I bet they'll find stuff from that weatherbug junk real quick, along with the junk from spyhunter. Spyhunter isn't even free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanredbaron
    does add aware help with spyware?
    Adaware scans for spyware, adware, tracking cookies, etc....


    Also make sure you download the new Adaware SE.

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    Timing is everything... had I found this forum prior to investing/blowing $29.95 on another spyware removal app (Webroot SpySweeper) perhaps this weeks grief would be less intense in flavor!

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