Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Spyware-adware removal help needed (yet another vanity)
March 8, 2008 | processing please hold

Posted on 03/08/2008 9:52:50 AM PST by processing please hold

I've been searching for a free download version of adware/spyware removal. The sites I find says free but after turning a couple of pages on the site, dollar signs are always at the end of the article.

Is there a truly FREE download, no bait and switch?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: help; malware
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-155 next last
Any help would be appreciated. Off topic, comic responses are okay, I need a laugh or two.
1 posted on 03/08/2008 9:52:51 AM PST by processing please hold
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

Adware SE Personal version and Spy Bot Search and destroy.....both free


2 posted on 03/08/2008 9:54:36 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (Doomage on you)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold; ShadowAce

I think we had a thread just recently....


3 posted on 03/08/2008 9:55:08 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

http://snapfiles.com/


4 posted on 03/08/2008 9:55:57 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; ...

5 posted on 03/08/2008 9:56:20 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

To my knowledge, Spybot is still free. Of, course they’d like you to sign up for more bells and whistles, but the basic program is free. Sometimes they make it hard to find the “free” button, for obvious reasons.


6 posted on 03/08/2008 9:56:25 AM PST by FReepapalooza (Joshua 3:4 ..."for ye have not passed this way heretofore.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Focault's Pendulum

Thank you. I’ll check it out.


7 posted on 03/08/2008 9:58:14 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
Spybot is still free, although they will try to sell you a purchased copy. Go to download.com and search for spyware or adware.
8 posted on 03/08/2008 9:58:29 AM PST by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

Spyware: www.lavasoft.com search for their free version of ad-aware. If it’s not from lavasoft it’s not the real thing.

Anti-virus: free.grisoft.com and download the free version of AVG. So good I’ve many times thought about actually buying their commercial version.


9 posted on 03/08/2008 9:59:25 AM PST by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I can’t even find my own post on FR in the last few days. I typed in tech support in the upper right hand corner and checked threads. I saw nothing that could help me.


10 posted on 03/08/2008 9:59:54 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold; hsmomx3
Look thru this thread ...others on the malware keyword list....:

Trojan Horses & Computer Help

11 posted on 03/08/2008 9:59:58 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
Spybot S&D
12 posted on 03/08/2008 10:00:16 AM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afganistan and Iraq))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Soaring Feather

Thank you. I’ll go to the sites suggested and bookmark them.


13 posted on 03/08/2008 10:01:36 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
I use Ad-Aware and SpyWareBlaster myself and really like the combo.
14 posted on 03/08/2008 10:01:58 AM PST by SledgeCS (Build the fence. Deport the Illegals. Sell all their assets to cover the cost.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
try the malware keyword list....and read thru some of the threads on recent changes to FreeRepublic ...for the new ways to do the old searchs etc....lots and lots of discussion...
15 posted on 03/08/2008 10:02:32 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: FReepapalooza
Of, course they’d like you to sign up for more bells and whistles, but the basic program is free. Sometimes they make it hard to find the “free” button, for obvious reasons.

That seems to be the ones I found, they want money. I'm not a bells and whistle kinda gal, just the spyware/adware removal kind. :)

16 posted on 03/08/2008 10:04:06 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
SuperAntiSpyware or Malwarebytes.
17 posted on 03/08/2008 10:04:23 AM PST by jdm (Contrary to popular belief, the search function works just fine.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Domandred

I went to lavasoft and clicked on the free home version. It wasn’t, I’ll go back and see what I missed concerning the free part.


18 posted on 03/08/2008 10:05:31 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
Here's a thread regarding the FR changes:

Who keeps tinkering with FR?(Yes this is a VANITY)

19 posted on 03/08/2008 10:06:07 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

After all the time and money wasted trying to protect Windows computers, it’s a better deal to just buy a Mac and quit worrying about it.


20 posted on 03/08/2008 10:06:26 AM PST by HAL9000 ("If someone who has access to the press says something over and over again, people believe it"- B.C.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

hijackthis

But you better know what you are doing.

past the log file to hijackthis.de for analysis (can download from there as well.)


21 posted on 03/08/2008 10:08:18 AM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (Si Hoc Legere Scis Nimium Eruditionis Habes)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HAL9000

You guys are getting slow. Up to 20 posts before the Mac attack.


22 posted on 03/08/2008 10:09:11 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

SpyBot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Adware SE Personal
http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-2007/3000-8022_4-10045910.html

Run them in that order, SpyBot first, Adware second.


23 posted on 03/08/2008 10:09:46 AM PST by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
This thread might be more useful...since the author of the changes started it:

Recent Changes to Free Republic
Posted on 03/06/2008 7:53:34 PM PST by John Robinson

24 posted on 03/08/2008 10:10:22 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thank you. Bookmarked.


25 posted on 03/08/2008 10:10:51 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks. I’m an old dog and these new tricks on FR are killing me. Lol


26 posted on 03/08/2008 10:12:27 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: PeaceBeWithYou

Thank you. Going into my NEW tech support folder.


27 posted on 03/08/2008 10:13:28 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Zuben Elgenubi
You guys are getting slow. Up to 20 posts before the Mac attack.

No, it's our current strategy on spyware threads. We wait until twenty or so anti-spyware product suggestions have been posted, then we strike.

28 posted on 03/08/2008 10:15:07 AM PST by HAL9000 ("If someone who has access to the press says something over and over again, people believe it"- B.C.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: SledgeCS

Thank you very much. I’ll find the fix———eventually. :)


29 posted on 03/08/2008 10:16:16 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thank you, I’ll start using the keyword search I guess. I liked the older version of FR. Gone but not forgotten. *sigh*


30 posted on 03/08/2008 10:18:05 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: HAL9000
We wait until twenty or so anti-spyware product suggestions have been posted, then we strike.

Please tell me, you don't have that automatic iPod notification as the thread approaches 20 posts? That Jobs is just a genius.

31 posted on 03/08/2008 10:21:46 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: jdm

I bookmarked your second link. The first one popped up with a $29.95 fee. It it was free and I just didn’t see that, let me know please.


32 posted on 03/08/2008 10:22:32 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: HAL9000

I promise, if you send me the money for a new Mac, I’ll run out today and buy it. I can start a Nigerian account if that helps at all. :)


33 posted on 03/08/2008 10:25:20 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

SpywareBlaster 4.0. New version fully compatible with Windows Vista.


34 posted on 03/08/2008 10:26:35 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
ROFL!.....

Back on Topic....

from that first link at #17.....

***************************

Purchase
Professional
Version Now

Only $29.95

35 posted on 03/08/2008 10:28:08 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Zuben Elgenubi

That’s not a bad idea. Right now, I’m experimenting with a new web browser designed for Macs to surf Free Republic. It’s called the “FRowser”. It could do the automatic notifications. We’ll pass your suggestion over to R&D.


36 posted on 03/08/2008 10:29:11 AM PST by HAL9000 ("If someone who has access to the press says something over and over again, people believe it"- B.C.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
hijackthis

But you better know what you are doing.

I saw hijackthis. It has a trojan remover as well. I don't know what I'm doing so that leaves me out. Layman's terms only for me, broken down for even the simple minded when it comes to instructions on computers.

37 posted on 03/08/2008 10:29:52 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

I don’t have windows vista. I have the XP.


38 posted on 03/08/2008 10:32:18 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: TommyDale

Thank you, I’ll remember them in that order.


39 posted on 03/08/2008 10:33:33 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

While Freepers will step forward and help you out, you should go venture off to a dedicated forum for questions like this.
Here is a somewhat comprehensive list that you can definitely trust the source of.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic405.html


40 posted on 03/08/2008 10:35:46 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
yea the free version is difficult to find.

found the link for you, I know I said 'if it's not from lavasoft' but following the correct links lead to download.com

Ad-Aware 2007

41 posted on 03/08/2008 10:35:53 AM PST by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
On my Win XP Boxes, I have used Spybot S&D, SpyBlaster, and the anti-virus program AVG concurrently, and they have been willing to play well together. They use different protection strategies that I have found suit me just fine. If you wish to pay for the non-free version, you can get advanced features for each, but I've found this very adequate. In addition, by using AVG, I've been able to uninstall Symantic anti virus which is a major speed improvement for any computer that I've witnessed. Oh... and all this assumes that you have some type of hardware firewall/router between your computer and the internet. It took me only about an evening to download and install and do scans with all of these (after uninstalling Symantic) and a good part of that time was locating and verifying good links for these products.

This combo are highly likely to accomplish what you need. Hopefully, you don't have any really nasty stuff on the computer that these won't handle. If you do, they will flag it at least in almost all cases, and let you know what has infected you. At times, really nasty stuff requires special treatment... with worst case things ... well, let's not depress you... get back to us if the worst case occurs.

Of course, the best virus protection I have found is to use Linux as I typically do, because of the wealth of bundled or easily available software, especially OpenOffice, GIMP, Stellarium, and many, many games and educational programs, and the apparent lack of ANY real virus or spyware problems with EMail or surfing. I recommend Fedora for desktops and Ubuntu or Mint for laptops as of this hour, but others favor other flavors.

42 posted on 03/08/2008 10:35:55 AM PST by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HAL9000
It’s called the “FRowser”

Yowser, the FRowser! If there is one thing that would make me switch to Macs, it would be the FRowser browser.

43 posted on 03/08/2008 10:36:24 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Domandred

Edit someone beat me


44 posted on 03/08/2008 10:36:41 AM PST by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Who ever keeps tinker with FR, may they develop a mild case of bursitis in their fingers, see it that slows them down any.


45 posted on 03/08/2008 10:36:43 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold

I use Adware from Lavasoft and Spyware Doctor ($). I found you need both - neither doesn’t fully clean. Run daily...

Also get a copy of CCleaner (free). It’ll get rid of excess files and clean up your registry. Make sure you check the cookies you want to keep (like the FR).

Also install Windows Defender from the Msoft site. Not sure if it really does much but hell it’s free and runs in the background.

I believe Adware has real time protection - but that at an additional cost.


46 posted on 03/08/2008 10:37:13 AM PST by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Rudy, I shoulda known he was behind it. Lolol


47 posted on 03/08/2008 10:38:08 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: processing please hold
Adware SE Personal version and Spy Bot Search and destroy.....both free

Spyware Terminator is also free. I'd suggest running at least two of the three.

48 posted on 03/08/2008 10:41:22 AM PST by SUSSA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I saw that. I didn’t bookmark that site. However, if we win the lottery tonight, I just might buy it. That and an Alien computer. :-)


49 posted on 03/08/2008 10:42:04 AM PST by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: HAL9000
Why go out and buy new hardware when you can simply install Ubuntu?
50 posted on 03/08/2008 10:42:04 AM PST by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-155 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson