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My Toolbar was Hijacked!
Vanity | May 17th, 2005 | Missyme

Posted on 05/17/2005 2:38:36 PM PDT by missyme

Please help. My toolbar was highjacked now I have: Online Casinos Online Dating Online Drugs!

I just bought Spydoctor and it did not erase the toolbar does anyone know how to get my original toolbar back? I think I just wasted my money again! Thanks!


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1 posted on 05/17/2005 2:38:38 PM PDT by missyme
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To: pissant

Ping!


2 posted on 05/17/2005 2:39:01 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme

Try this: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/


3 posted on 05/17/2005 2:40:45 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: missyme

what operating system & browser are you using ?


4 posted on 05/17/2005 2:40:46 PM PDT by AlBondigas
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To: missyme

uninstall spydoctor...

If that doesnt work...revert to the last known good configuration...


what system are you running? Microsft XP?


5 posted on 05/17/2005 2:40:58 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: All

I am also getting email from German Witches!


6 posted on 05/17/2005 2:41:03 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme

You could try add/delete programs in your control panel. It may be listed there.


7 posted on 05/17/2005 2:41:06 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: missyme

Ad-Aware and Spybot Search&Destroy are both free programs that generally work well at removing such things.

I did have something loaded that was redirecting my browser (I.E. only). Eventually it went away but nothing I ran could detect it.

I also had McAffee anti-virus and it did not detect it.


8 posted on 05/17/2005 2:41:08 PM PDT by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: missyme

Also try "View", "Toolbars", and see if its listed there. If it is, uncheck it.


9 posted on 05/17/2005 2:41:52 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: MikeinIraq

Yes XP I just paid 30.00 and it says I have 346 Threats on my computer


10 posted on 05/17/2005 2:42:01 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme

Is this the MYSEARCH bar? That's a tough one.

Get Spysweeper (it's free -- Google it). It does a pretty good job of eradicating the nasties.

Then pledge you will ALWAYS stay out of dark Internet neighborhoods! :-)


11 posted on 05/17/2005 2:42:32 PM PDT by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: missyme
German witches, eh?

Computer Virus Spews Right-Wing Spam

"A computer virus spewed neo-Nazi-tinged spam in English and German into inboxes over the weekend. The virus, first spotted on Thursday, sends out a blast of e-mail to addresses found on infected PCs."

12 posted on 05/17/2005 2:42:35 PM PDT by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: weegee

I have Norton and it did not do diddly squat!


13 posted on 05/17/2005 2:42:45 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme

Sorry about your trouble.

"Hijack This" is a very useful free utility, but very dangerous as well. Use with caution.


14 posted on 05/17/2005 2:44:10 PM PDT by msf92497 (My brain is "twitchy")
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To: missyme

yeah and it probably installed 345 of them....

you should go with Norton....


15 posted on 05/17/2005 2:44:11 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: JennysCool

On the Links Bar of the Toolbar I use to have my bank Freerepublic, the hospital I work for..Now the links on the Toolbar is Online drugs, casinos and dating service?


16 posted on 05/17/2005 2:44:58 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme
Yes XP I just paid 30.00 and it says I have 346 Threats on my computer

Congratulations. You just lost $30. I bought one of those crappy programs last year. They don't work.

Someone already pointed you to Ad-Aware. This program is awesome. Also, go get Hijack This. If you are not computer literate, there are web sites that can help you use Hijack This to tell you what is bad on your system. Hijack This will definitely find your "new" toolbar.

Good luck!
17 posted on 05/17/2005 2:46:02 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty ("Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." —Albert Einstein)
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To: missyme

Either you've fallen under the spell of the Dark Side or you've been hijacked!

Medic!

Peeps on this thread have some good ideas on how to de-toolbar-ify you. Good luck, Missy!


18 posted on 05/17/2005 2:46:51 PM PDT by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: missyme

Lots of goodies here:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html


19 posted on 05/17/2005 2:47:15 PM PDT by msf92497 (My brain is "twitchy")
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To: Kerretarded

Is Hijack this free?


20 posted on 05/17/2005 2:47:28 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme
 
Things you need--(all FREE)
Anti-Virus
AVG Anti-Virus version 7 (free) release available...
 Avast
Firewall
Kerio(Direct Download) Zone Alarm
 If are using zone alarm it may slow your PC. Try Outpost Firewall http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost or Sygate Firewall http://www.sygate.com/ both have FREE and Pro versions and are heads above ZA.
Misc.
IE Spyads SpywareBlaster Spyware Guard
Windows Update- you must keep updated, it is the start of a secure system-
get all CRITICAL Updates

Things you want(Still Free)
 
 Get Firefox I use Firefox. Click the link and give it a try.
 
 

Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
SpywareBlaster
MS MVP Hosts file
Mike Lin's Homepage and get the Startup Control Panel and Startup Monitor tools.
 
The best forum for malware removal:
-SWI Forums-
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1315720/posts
 Microsoft Releases Anti-Spyware Beta 1 To Public Today.
Microsoft.com ^
 
=================================================
 
 
  Browser Wars, take two
various FR links | 12-22-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1306815/posts

...and let your compiler of links drop out of Lurk & Link mode for comment and advice:

Ditch IE. Honest to God, almost anything else will give you fewer problems. Try and compare- use IE, then run Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy... then try another browser and repeat. You will be stunned at the garbage IE attracts.

Keep your OS updated & patched.

Run a hardware firewall-- with today's LAN's, it's easy. You need a hardware firewall.


21 posted on 05/17/2005 2:47:35 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: missyme

www.getfirefox.com


22 posted on 05/17/2005 2:48:34 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: backhoe; All

Thanks bachoe and everyone!
I am only like 1/4 Computer Saavy!


23 posted on 05/17/2005 2:49:18 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme

yes.

go here:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

about halfway down.


24 posted on 05/17/2005 2:49:53 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty ("Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." —Albert Einstein)
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To: missyme
1.Download & install spybot
2. launch Spybot & look for updates
3.Scan yer puter

And/or do a system restore to a date before your browser was hijacked

25 posted on 05/17/2005 2:50:35 PM PDT by AlBondigas
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To: missyme

Did I properly ID your German witches?

You may look into that virus.


26 posted on 05/17/2005 2:51:41 PM PDT by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: backhoe

Norton Internet Security has blocked access to this restricted site.





Site: http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5

Blocked categories: Sex/Acts

If you think this web site is incorrectly categorized, visit the Symantec Internet Security Center to report it.

I GOT THIS WHEN TRYING TO ACCESS THE LINK?


27 posted on 05/17/2005 2:51:44 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme

Try a combo of Spybot & AdAware. Between the two, they'll kill most all. Then get yourself a good firewall. AVG and Norton have both worked for me. After all that, Get a router, even if you only have one computer. That will give you one more layer of protection. Not overnight I know, but get there, it's worth it !!!!


28 posted on 05/17/2005 2:55:24 PM PDT by dfwddr (Antarctiac, the 51st state, far more valuable than DC)
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To: weegee

NO but I will check out that virus too! 346! I have I hate my computer maybe I just get another one! This Lap top has to many problems...


29 posted on 05/17/2005 2:55:37 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: dfwddr

Are they free..I just paid 30.00 for the Spy doctor?


30 posted on 05/17/2005 2:57:12 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme

PS... Are they offering you Dating, at a Casino, while doing Drugs ?????
LMK !!!


31 posted on 05/17/2005 2:57:17 PM PDT by dfwddr (Antarctiac, the 51st state, far more valuable than DC)
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To: dfwddr

Proably! LOL...


32 posted on 05/17/2005 2:58:33 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme
Get Spysweeper
Get Spysweeper
Get Spysweeper
Get Spysweeper
Get Spysweeper
Get Spysweeper
33 posted on 05/17/2005 2:59:20 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Is it free"?


34 posted on 05/17/2005 3:00:25 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme
Proably! LOL...

WOW, FreepMail me with the details.....I need to sign up .... LOL

35 posted on 05/17/2005 3:01:10 PM PDT by dfwddr (Antarctiac, the 51st state, far more valuable than DC)
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To: JennysCool
I have not been able to get rid of MYSEARCH - fortunately it seems relatively benign.

Spybot finds it and claims to eliminate it, but it always comes back (for a while I suspected FR was infecting me). "Add/Delete" programs of course did not work.

Will Spysweeper do the trick?

36 posted on 05/17/2005 3:01:41 PM PDT by Martin Tell (Red States [should act like they] Rule)
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To: missyme

Try the freeware ToolBarCop. It's very nifty and works well. Just google it.


37 posted on 05/17/2005 3:01:56 PM PDT by dit_xi
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To: missyme

Stop visiting porn and online gambling sites and you won't have this problem....

Dang! My computer's acting zncvidhf8ry9q3uyg9g 7yhb-79ayeg79.....


38 posted on 05/17/2005 3:04:39 PM PDT by freebilly (whfiqhcjh;.,xcmvkNVG'oi hvohu8gy9[78r)
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I don't go to Porn or Gambling Silly, why would I FReerepublic encompasses all. LOL...


39 posted on 05/17/2005 3:07:00 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: dit_xi

So go to Google and Type in what? then what do I need to do? I like need AH! Girl Map directions..LOL..


40 posted on 05/17/2005 3:08:26 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme
It's free for 30 days. Then it becomes inactive until purchased. But 30 days is more than enough for you to cleanse your system easily, download and install Firefox and never use Microsoft Internet Explorer again.

I've used them all and a combination of AdAware (free), Spybot Search & Destroy (free) and Spysweeper (I'm thinking of buying because it's so good) is the best bet for most users. Don't be afraid of installing these. They are free and easy to install. But most of all, stop using MSIE.


41 posted on 05/17/2005 3:09:41 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: missyme
I am only like 1/4 Computer Saavy-

OK, this is just general advice-- there are several ways to proceed, but one path:

1- download & install AVG, (free) and update it.

2- download & install Ad-Aware SE (free). Update it.

3- reboot in "Safe Mode"-- this is usually done by tapping the F8 key during boot-up. A menu offering several choices will appear, pick "safe mode" and proceed. Be warned, it is very slow to boot like this.

4 - now run Ad-Aware with a "full system scan" and let it clean out the nasties. Follow that with AVG-- you want it to scan everything.

5- reboot normally and run an online internet scan just to be sure-- Trend Micro and Panda are very good. So are bitdefender or RAV.

Be advised of two things-- the above is not gospel- some people swear by Avast and Spybot Search & Destroy... you need one that get viruses, and one for spyware, because they look for different things.
The other thing is some of this new malware regenerates, and is incredibly hard to eradicate. It can be done, but if a few tries with some of the things I and others mentioned don't work, you need to join a forum, learn what format they use, and ask for help.

Good luck- malware propagators should be horsewhipped, in public.

42 posted on 05/17/2005 3:11:14 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Your right! IBuse that e all the time! Okay I will do it!
Thanks so much BSR!


43 posted on 05/17/2005 3:11:47 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: Martin Tell

I'd give it a shot -- though MYSEARCH is, as you say, a pernicious little bug. Your mileage may vary.


44 posted on 05/17/2005 3:12:33 PM PDT by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: backhoe

Thanks SO Much !!!
Yes you are right! Them and Telemarketers should be horsewhipped!


45 posted on 05/17/2005 3:13:36 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme
Here ar the links to all you'll need. Click on the links, save the files to your hard drive (remember where you save them to) and install them one at a time. With AdAware, SPybot and Spysweeper, run the update functions before doing a scan on your system, then remember to update them before each scan (Once per week at least).

AdAware SE Personal

Spybot Search & Destroy

Spy Sweeper

Firefox Web Browser

46 posted on 05/17/2005 3:16:43 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (This tagline will be destoyed to make way for a new Hyperspace bypass.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

OKAY: I am working on it now!


47 posted on 05/17/2005 3:17:53 PM PDT by missyme (The Conclusion is:)
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To: missyme
Excuse the cut & paste-- it's the fastest way to get this info to you-- I just realized I did not include online scan links:

The most thorough is Trendmicro ( virus, trojan, spyware and security holes )--

http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/start_corp.asp

Some other good ones:

http://security.symantec.com/ssc/home.asp?j=1&langid=us&venid=sym&plfid=22&pkj=CUXVBXUQIZQVMUYTACD


http://www.rav.ro/scan/indexn.php

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm

http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/license.php


Do not use MS Internet Explorer, except for the sites ( like MS! ) that won't accept anything else-- get FireFox, or Opera, or even Netscape. IE is a popup and virus magnet.

You need a hardware firewall, too. How? Set up a home network, either wired or wireless. Even if you have only one PC, put it behind a modern Ethernet router-- all the new ones have a NAT firewall, and it filters out a load of garbage. Every hour, my router's log show dozens of "unrecognized attempts" by random port scans. You won't know how many intrusions are tried until you get a LAN ( local area network ) and see the logs. It's awful out there in 'netland nowadays.

48 posted on 05/17/2005 3:20:38 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: missyme
Spyware, gosh... you may be looking at a new keyboard...

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49 posted on 05/17/2005 3:20:51 PM PDT by Antioch (Benedict XVI: "I think the essential point is a weakness of faith.")
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To: missyme
BTW, be advised that if you have to join SWI forums, it's run by volunteers, so they can be slow responding-- they went from 5,000 members last year to over 52,000 today- that's how bad this garbage is.

The good news? New members with cute female names ( like yours ) seem to get the fastest attention. Sexism? Who cares, if it works to your advantage. Use what ya' got, is what I always say.

50 posted on 05/17/2005 3:24:47 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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