CaptOveur
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Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:48 pm

Recently I have been hit with a bad case of adware and spyware.

I am running Avast! anti-viruns
I use the current free version of Adaware
I use the current version of Spybot search and destroy.

Yet the problem persists. I know Spybot and Adaware were great a couple years ago when I started using them but is there something better? Running scan after scan after scan seems to just slow the problem down for a few hours.

The worst of what I am regularly getting are various versions of Virtumonde, Vundo, and Smithfraud-C. There are many others that don't appear quite so regularly.

Getting a Mac or switching to Linux is not an option.
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miamix707
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:58 pm

1- stop watching so much porn

2- get spyware terminator, turn the real-time shield on

3- SpywareBlaster is also good, allows you to create a restore point if something messes up afterwards it allows going back to that previos state.

4- Avast antivirus you already have, good choice.
 
CaptOveur
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:02 am



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 1):
1- stop watching so much porn

awwww but thats half the fun of the internet.

seriously, i have the worst problems from this site and myspace.
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:33 am

In addition to their well known free anti-virus software, AVG has an anti-spyware program too. It picks up lots of things that Addaware and Spybot miss.
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:40 am



Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 2):
from this site

That doesn't surprise me.
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bok269
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:06 am

Spybot S & D saved my you know what a few days ago. Download the newest updates, its really great stuff. I'm indebted to the creators.
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Nuori5084
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:00 am

I use Spybot, Ad-aware, and Windows Defender all while running Norton AnitVirus. All are freeware and each pick up things the others didn't.
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jush
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:07 am

If you really want to stop the shit then run firefox with noscript and those little things doesn't have to be removed later because they can't install in the first place.

Nevertheless I regularly run adaware but it doesn't find much since I use Firefox with no script. Really a good thing this little helper.

Regds
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surfpunk
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:15 am

Virtumonde/Vundo/Virtumundo and Smitfraud variants can be quite the pain in the neck to remove, as they load in Safe Mode as well, and have watchdog components that monitor the running trojans. Both are also (or contain) rootkits which mask their presence from Windows (the files/registry entries do not appear when browsing the file system or registry). You can find a Smitfraud removal tool here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/smitRem.php , and a Virtumundo removal tool here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic18610.html .

Good luck with the removal.
 
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:52 am

Good luck, and let me know what works - I had to pay a Symantec (Norton) tech $99.95USD to remote-access my machine and completely clean it off.
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CaptOveur
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:16 am

I did what was suggested and got Spyware Terminator.

That cut down on most of the spyware and adware, then I found the real root of my problems was really a program called gwang.exe

I downloaded something called killbox and that was able to eliminate gwang, and we all lived happily ever after.

Thanks for all the help guys.
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DLPMMM
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:49 am

CA also has a free on-line web based anti-virus/spyware program.

It has worked for me for some difficult nasties. It should at least show you where the little buggers are hiding.

http://www.ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
 
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RE: Lets Talk About Adware/spyware Removal

Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:26 am

Get yourself a registry cleaner. Spyware apps can eliminate the malware but they don't do much about the registry changes that spyware and malware make.

I use a registry editor and, after a recent, nasty spyware attack, I also used Microsoft's diagnostic tools for Internet Explorer. Go to Help > Online Support and just follow the menu links. The analyses tools were slow but extremely effective in solving my problem, especially their registry repair tool. I highly recommend using Microsoft's Online Support (which is unusual for me to ever offer a Microsoft solution).

Also, update your Java tools as this will rid some sneaky things spyware does to Java.

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