BowflexBrennan From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 124 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1972 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?
AC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1946 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.
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.
AndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1908 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.
Tmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1901 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:
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.
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?
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.
Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1875 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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13624 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1859 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.
Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
I had a HUGE spyware problem a few months back, and did the usual thing (i.e. asking on A.net for help ). 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!
Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.