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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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To: countrydummy
I have this same trojan! Except mine is called Stubby.A....it is doing the same things you have described.
I thought I had got rid of it, may have, but got it again yesterday!

So that is why I sent you that link above, that tells you how to fix all variances of this trojan!

Good Luck!
21 posted on 02/16/2004 4:03:57 PM PST by countrydummy (http://chat.agitator.dynip.com)
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To: mamaduck; All
By the way, here's a thread worth reading and bookmarking! Seems in the last 6 months or so there's been a lot of scumbags pretending to be spyware killers that install more of the same!

http://discussions.virtualdr.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=157084
22 posted on 02/16/2004 4:17:12 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Gut and raze the NEA! )
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To: Sender; mamaduck
Yes, Ad-aware from Lavasoft.com will get rid of it for free.

No, it's at lavasoft.de.

23 posted on 02/16/2004 5:03:57 PM PST by justlurking
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To: mamaduck
I have had the dsame thing happen before and run both Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy one after the other about every week and they wil clean your system right up.
Simply using the Add/Remove utility in the control panel will not do it since the program on your computer probably won't show up in there and will reload itself after the next time you turn on your computer.
I had that happen to me and at the time thought the only way to fix it was to format my hard drive. Since I have been using Ad-Aware and Spybot I have not had a problem.
24 posted on 02/16/2004 5:09:18 PM PST by sl-17b (Piss off a liberal by using your brain.)
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To: evolved_rage
Spybot also has an immunize option which prevents future downloads.
25 posted on 02/16/2004 5:36:58 PM PST by Bogey78O (Why are we even having this debate?)
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To: kylaka
You click the "unsubscribe me" link often?
26 posted on 02/16/2004 5:38:18 PM PST by Bogey78O (Why are we even having this debate?)
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To: js1138; JoJo Gunn; All
also AnalogX Script Defender is a great program:

http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/system/sdefend.htm
27 posted on 02/16/2004 5:40:37 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Bogey78O
I'm curious about immunization. Does it involve running a service?

Spyware Blaster does not need to run continuously. It kills spyware in the registry without uninstalling it. That makes it a snap to restore a function disabled by mistake.

It also disables many of the functions that display the come-ons, so that your kids will probably never be tempted by offers of free stuff.
28 posted on 02/16/2004 5:49:41 PM PST by js1138
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To: RadioAstronomer
So if there is a legitimate script, how do you know?
29 posted on 02/16/2004 5:50:22 PM PST by js1138
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To: js1138
It keeps a log that is updeated of certain adware scripts. If one tries to install iteself it knows.

Adware programs work almost exactly like anti-virus software for good reason.
30 posted on 02/16/2004 5:54:43 PM PST by Bogey78O (Why are we even having this debate?)
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To: Bogey78O
Adware programs work almost exactly like anti-virus software for good reason.

Spyware Blaster is an exception. I suggest you look into it. I've put it on a number of machines. The popups offering to install stuff have ceased to exist. And there's nothing running in the background.

I would, however appreciate the opinion of any gurus that might be lurking.

31 posted on 02/16/2004 6:03:44 PM PST by js1138
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To: js1138
I have run this peice of software for a while now. I have yet to run into a problem with it installed.
32 posted on 02/16/2004 6:20:58 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: mamaduck
This was posted last week - Spyware cures may cause more harm than good
33 posted on 02/16/2004 6:31:45 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: mamaduck
SPY- BOT

http://download.com.com/3000-2144-10194058.html?tag=txt
34 posted on 02/16/2004 6:38:00 PM PST by LynnHam
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To: RadioAstronomer
May I consider you a guru? I'm pretty much self-taught in the IT world. I find that most documentation is intended for things that arise only in a parallel universe. I find that many things recommended by enthusiasts have hidden flaws. Authors spam the user reviews at Amazon and Cnet. The IBM drives I bought for all my family members seveeral years ago are now the subject of a class-action suit. If anything can go wrong, I already have three copies.
35 posted on 02/16/2004 6:40:56 PM PST by js1138
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To: RadioAstronomer
I have run this peice of software for a while now. I have yet to run into a problem with it installed.

I tried to install it....but I ran out of drywall screws....maybe I'll just side mount it with Liquid Nails.

36 posted on 02/16/2004 6:44:14 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (The Sixties song/mantra....Where Have All The Flowers Gone?.....low carb dieters living large.)
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To: kylaka
*sigh* I wish it had been that easy. :-)
37 posted on 02/16/2004 6:49:02 PM PST by mamaduck (I follow a New Age Guru . . . from 2000 years ago.)
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To: countrydummy
Thanks, dummy, I think you are not!
38 posted on 02/16/2004 6:50:36 PM PST by mamaduck (I follow a New Age Guru . . . from 2000 years ago.)
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To: JoJo Gunn
Yes, the original solicitation was to *prevent* pop ups, yeah, right!
39 posted on 02/16/2004 6:51:15 PM PST by mamaduck (I follow a New Age Guru . . . from 2000 years ago.)
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To: js1138
May I consider you a guru? I'm pretty much self-taught in the IT world.

Sigh. I am most likely not any further along in IT than you are. I build a lot of computers, however, when it comes to software and networking, I am purely at the amateur level.

I find that most documentation is intended for things that arise only in a parallel universe.

LOL! Indeed!

Authors spam the user reviews at Amazon and Cnet.

For reviews and product information, I like "tomshardware", "anandtech", "overclockersclub", "futuremark", etc.

You have freepmail.

40 posted on 02/16/2004 6:52:19 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: JoJo Gunn
Thanks for the link. Love your tag-line!
41 posted on 02/16/2004 6:54:22 PM PST by mamaduck (I follow a New Age Guru . . . from 2000 years ago.)
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To: HAL9000
Interesting link. This seems to be exactly what we were sucked into.
42 posted on 02/16/2004 6:56:19 PM PST by mamaduck (I follow a New Age Guru . . . from 2000 years ago.)
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To: LynnHam
Gotcha! Thanks!
43 posted on 02/16/2004 6:56:47 PM PST by mamaduck (I follow a New Age Guru . . . from 2000 years ago.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Hehehe! :-)

Sheesh! I misspelled Piece! ROTFLMAO
44 posted on 02/16/2004 6:58:13 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: mamaduck; HAL9000; JoJo Gunn; LynnHam; Focault's Pendulum; js1138; All
Here is an excellent site:

http://www.wilders.org/
45 posted on 02/16/2004 7:00:30 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: RadioAstronomer
I notice they give spyware blaster 5 stars.
46 posted on 02/16/2004 7:08:41 PM PST by js1138
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To: mamaduck
You're welcome.
47 posted on 02/16/2004 7:17:00 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Gut and raze the NEA! )
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To: Old Sarge
I just depend on Spybot and SpywareBlaster, though I do have Ad-Aware. I lost faith in Ad-Aware since they wanted to branch out into games and such. Nothing wrong with that, but there for several months they went without an updated "ref" file, and that's an eternity in the malware game.
48 posted on 02/16/2004 7:19:54 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Gut and raze the NEA! )
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To: RadioAstronomer
Thanks for the link. Got it bookmarked and will look it over.
49 posted on 02/16/2004 7:21:19 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Gut and raze the NEA! )
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To: RadioAstronomer
"Here is an excellent site:"

Thanks, but no spyware, worms or viruses exist for my computer yet.

50 posted on 02/16/2004 7:26:00 PM PST by HAL9000
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