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Help; My Computers Infected  
User currently offlineBowflexBrennan From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 1510 times:

Everytime I'm on the computer, I keep getting pop ups that say stuff like, "Attention! Your computer may be infected, try our product." and stuff like that. I have tried to find the source of thess pop up problems, but no luck. My computer is also running slower. I suspect it has viruses. Any thoughts on how to get rid of this crap?

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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 1511 times:

get some ant-spyware and anti-adware software. Spyware doctor seems pretty good.

User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 1498 times:

Quoting BowflexBrennan (Thread starter):
Any thoughts on how to get rid of this crap?

Sell the POS and get a Mac. Annoying Spyware was one of the prime reasons I crossed over.


User currently offlineMSPGUY From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

You don't have a virus you have spyware. download Spybot, Ad Aware, or Microsoft's anti-spyware product. They're all free and do a decent job.


If it ain't broke, DON'T touch it!!!!
User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Quoting MSPGUY (Reply 3):
You don't have a virus you have spyware. download Spybot, Ad Aware, or Microsoft's anti-spyware product. They're all free and do a decent job.

Additinally, it's recommended to run at least two different scanners. Each program is coded differently, and no antispyware program can catch everything. The second will pick up what the first has left behind.



Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3085 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

I use Webroot Spysweeper. It cost about 40 bucks, but is the best thing on the market. I haven't had a single problem since I installed it.


Chris



Marine Corps Aviation, The Last To Let You Down!
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

the best to remove all that garbage is to re-install windows. even after you uninstall, its still in the registry somewhere deep down inside. Should you decide to go that route, back up your stuff.

Leo aka The CompUSA tech for A.net.



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 6):
Leo aka The CompUSA tech for A.net.

Having gone thru this somewhat recently, I can tell you two things to fix your problem. Go to lavasoftware to download ad-aware. Great spyware program, and free. Last step is to go to your windows add/remove programs and remove all programs that you didnt install. Had the same pop up happen to me. I could not clean it up. And then I realized it was an actual installed program in the computer.


User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

yes but even after you remove it, there still will be traces of it in the registry.

Leo



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
Sell the POS and get a Mac. Annoying Spyware was one of the prime reasons I crossed over.

That's what I'm doing sometime soon. MAC's are better in my opinion, and who doesn't like their TV commercials?


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 8):
there still will be traces of it in the registry.

I havent completely checked it, but it worked fine after the removal of the hijacking program. The registry gets to be a mess after a few years anyway, so I would suggest (if you have time) reformatting and reinstallation.


User currently offlineTmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1439 times:

Quoting BowflexBrennan (Thread starter):
Everytime I'm on the computer, I keep getting pop ups that say stuff like, "Attention! Your computer may be infected, try our product." and stuff like that. I have tried to find the source of thess pop up problems, but no luck. My computer is also running slower. I suspect it has viruses. Any thoughts on how to get rid of this crap?

Try a freeware anti spy ware and also a free anti virus program. I have included links to the ones I use on my computer:

Anti spy ware freeware program:
http://www.lavasoft.de/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php

Anti Virus freeware program:
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
Sell the POS and get a Mac. Annoying Spy ware was one of the prime reasons I crossed over.

Please dont turn this thread into a Mac vs Windows thread... He has not said anything about Macs in the thread starter so I think it is safe to assume he is not interested in buying a new computer but instead, in fixing the current system. I am being hypocritical as I have posted replies to Mac vs Windows debates in the past. They get nowhere and I have learnt the best way to get an interesting debate started in the non av forum is to start a new thread on the subject.  Smile

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 9):

That's what I'm doing sometime soon. Mac's are better in my opinion, and who doesn't like their TV commercials?

They do create great adverts.  Smile

Matt


User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Infected Windows machine? No sweat.



Won't give you another problem.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

You have two choices.

1) backup your data then format and reload the OS
2) spend countless hours letting spyware and antivirus try to get rid of it.



If there is one thing I have learned over the past few years with windows it's to make the operating system as disposable as possible.


User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

Quoting MSPGUY (Reply 3):
Ad Aware

This program is ok, but will not take away your pop-up about that your PC is most likey infected. I got hit by Trojan a couple of weeks ago as my antivirus had not been renewed, my bad of course.
But the pop-up and the little icon "Click here for antivirus programs to download" did not make this go away.

I renewed, and upgraded to Panda Titanium, and that deleted the pop-up.

You should also install "Discwasher" as this program simply deletes all the rubbish.

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

Quoting Tmatt95 (Reply 11):
Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
Sell the POS and get a Mac. Annoying Spy ware was one of the prime reasons I crossed over.

Please dont turn this thread into a Mac vs Windows thread... He has not said anything about Macs in the thread starter so I think it is safe to assume he is not interested in buying a new computer but instead, in fixing the current system.

I'm not trying to start anything. I'm serious - he should seriously consider leaving Windows for good. For years I put up with all the garbage that goes along with the Windows OS, using many of the fixes people have mentioned. They work to a degree, but eventually the slimeball hackers develop workarounds, and you need to get a new fix.

Just switch over. It's painless.


User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 8):
yes but even after you remove it, there still will be traces of it in the registry.

And???

Seriously, you'll be fine with just the anitspyware apps. Doing a fresh install of XP is complete overkill.  Yeah sure



Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

It could be that your anti-virus program is infected. In that case go to the website of your anti-virus program for instruction on how to uninstall and reinstall. I had that happen to me earlier this year and the only way to clean it up my spyware/junkware problem.

User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1374 times:

I had a HUGE spyware problem a few months back, and did the usual thing (i.e. asking on A.net for help Big grin). I found the suggestions on my thread ( Spyware Invasion! Aaarrgh! (by Carmenlu15 Feb 25 2006 in Non Aviation) ) extremely helpful, and have had absolutely no problems ever since. And didn't need to reinstall Windows either...

Hope this helps!
Carmen



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
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