Even when I thought I had gotten rid of all the files, some files just seemed to keept regenerating. What a pain the ass that spyware is.
It's your Internet Explorer keeping your cookies and temporary internet files on your desktop.
This is the correct order in which you should weed out spyware:
1. "Kill" any spyware programs that are running on your computer.
---> "Killing" involves Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the "Programs Running" box and closing any of the suspected spyware programs. Be careful though, the program GATOR isn't labled "gator.exe" on the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen, it might be "gain", "gmt" or the like...just do not close programs that.
2. With all of the spyware programs inactive, clear your internet cookies and
cache (very easy...no need to explain)
---> Spyware like Gator loves to save information to the internet cache (a folder on your computer) so that when you remove Gator, the internet cache is where Gator would go first to re-install itself.
3. Finally, run Ad-Aware or other ad-uninstalling program and done!
You're not alone. Yesterday, my computer downloaded these files: Timesaver, Timekeeper, Payday, Newyear and Saver.
I haven't heard of any of those programs!
Hope they're not viruses!
Hope they're not viruses
"Newyear" and "Saver" might be (i said, "might be or might not be") candidates for viruses...I've seen screensaver viruses and viruses that popup during the new year (or bearing the name before).
To avoid having your internet browser installing programs without your permission:
- When you are given a dialog box with a padlock image (for an example):
Security Warning - Do you want to install and run "so and so, and blah and blah" program signed on 1/25/02 and distributed by "some-trashware-spyware-program"
Do not check the "Always trust content from so-and-so company" and if you do not want the program on your computer, simply click NO. (I only click YES when legitimate companies like "Microsoft" or "Flash" wants to run programs on the computer)
- Play around with your Internet Options (IE) or Preferences (NS), particularly in the Security tab. Specify what you do or do not want other websites to do.
- This requires $$$. Spyware-remove programs and ad-blocker programs.
Happy surfing in the future!!
[Edited 2003-02-18 01:02:41]