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VANITY: Help! Downloaded "search.com" Adware
02-16-04 | self

Posted on 02/16/2004 3:12:02 PM PST by mamaduck

My husband allowed a download of Adware, which turns out to be a program that takes over your computer and internet with popups and shorcut bars, etc. I am running into dead ends trying to find out how to get rid of this thing. Can anyone help??

search.exe, search.com are the referrences I can give you. My homepage now has a passthrough via search.com. I now have an extra toolbar on my desktop, and on my internet page. AND lots and lots of popups.

It originally came with some extra folders in my favorites file (including adult sites). These seem to have deleted and stayed deleted. I have deleted cookies, and my history, and my temporary internet files. Changed my home page address. And this things just keeps coming back!

From what I have found out it seems to be an internet tracking software as well.


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Sorry this is garbled. Help!
1 posted on 02/16/2004 3:12:03 PM PST by mamaduck
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To: mamaduck
Googe "Ad-Aware". Then download it and run it.
2 posted on 02/16/2004 3:13:43 PM PST by William McKinley
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To: mamaduck
get spybot search and destroy. www.pcworld.com is a nice safe place to download it.
3 posted on 02/16/2004 3:14:15 PM PST by evolved_rage (All your base are belong to us.)
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To: mamaduck
Yes, Ad-aware from Lavasoft.com will get rid of it for free.
4 posted on 02/16/2004 3:14:34 PM PST by Sender ("This is the most important election in the history of the world." -DU)
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To: mamaduck
Ad-Aware is good; so is Spybot-Search & Destroy; also available for download (search Google.com)
5 posted on 02/16/2004 3:16:08 PM PST by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: mamaduck
go to lavasoft and download adware. ru it and it'll clean the ad trojans off your pc.
6 posted on 02/16/2004 3:16:17 PM PST by go star go
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To: mamaduck
Try this site.

http://www.spywareguide.com/spydet_599_coolwebsearch.html
7 posted on 02/16/2004 3:17:46 PM PST by aomagrat (IYAOYAS)
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To: mamaduck
For Ad-Aware:

http://www.lavasoft.de/

For SpyBot:

http://www.safer-networking.org/

I highly suggest to all Spywareblaster, which helps "immunize" against the scum.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

As with all programs, check for updates at least weekly!
8 posted on 02/16/2004 3:18:45 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Gut and raze the NEA! )
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To: mamaduck
Make sure it is Lavasoft Adware or spybot. There are several "adware" programs that make you think they are Adware.
9 posted on 02/16/2004 3:18:50 PM PST by Always Right
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To: JoJo Gunn; mamaduck; yall
I add my voice to SpyBot. Works wonders as a cookie-killer.
10 posted on 02/16/2004 3:21:19 PM PST by Old Sarge
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To: Always Right
Make sure it is Lavasoft Adware or spybot.

Ditto that...there may be others but these two are known to be good. (and I think its Lavasoft Adaware)

11 posted on 02/16/2004 3:21:44 PM PST by Drango (Liberals give me a rash that even penicillin can't cure.)
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To: Always Right
Ad-Aware. Not Adware. That's what started the trouble to begin with. :)
12 posted on 02/16/2004 3:22:05 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: JoJo Gunn
After you get the spyware removed, use spyware blaster to prevent new infections.
13 posted on 02/16/2004 3:22:39 PM PST by js1138
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To: mamaduck; All
I can add nothing to the replies you have received concerning the problem except to say thanks to those who've replied to you.

Things like this should serve as a warning of caution to others.
Beware of what you download and install on your computers.
God Bless

14 posted on 02/16/2004 3:23:30 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tag Lines Repaired While You Wait! Reasonable Prices! Fast Service!)
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To: mamaduck
Contact your local computer guru, if you have one.
15 posted on 02/16/2004 3:25:10 PM PST by Bush Cheney
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To: William McKinley; evolved_rage; Sender; Charles Martel; go star go; aomagrat; JoJo Gunn; ...
Wow! you guys are so fast! Thanks for the good advice, I'll go see what I can do.
16 posted on 02/16/2004 3:31:20 PM PST by mamaduck (I follow a New Age Guru . . . from 2000 years ago.)
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To: mamaduck
Go into Windows Control Panel, choose Add or Remove Programs,
locate AdWare, and click "remove". That should remove all vestages of it from your computer, including any registry entries.
17 posted on 02/16/2004 3:41:33 PM PST by kylaka (The Clintons are the democRATS crack cocaine. They know they're bad for them, they just can't stop.)
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To: evolved_rage
Yeah, Spybot is a good one. Be aware that if you're also running iMesh, Kazaa, or any other file sharing apps, it'll disable them, too.
18 posted on 02/16/2004 3:48:22 PM PST by Viking2002 (Liberals can't take the heat unless they're the ones with their hands on the thermostat.....)
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To: mamaduck
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/adware.binet.html
19 posted on 02/16/2004 3:54:49 PM PST by countrydummy (http://chat.agitator.dynip.com)
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To: kylaka
That should remove all vestages of it from your computer, including any registry entries.

Can't speak to adware per say, but many spyware/malware such as Gator cannot be removed from the registry by the add/remove function. Thata why you need to use Ad Aware or Spybot.

20 posted on 02/16/2004 3:57:55 PM PST by Drango (Liberals give me a rash that even penicillin can't cure.)
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