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Freepers how do I get rid of this spyware crap that is on my computer?
myself ^ | 3 July 2004 | trueblackman

Posted on 07/03/2004 9:40:02 AM PDT by Trueblackman

I have Norton and two pop-killer programs, but my Norton can't remove Spyware and activeware on my computer.


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Freepers do you know of any rograms that can kill this crap, I am sick of these pop-up ads.
1 posted on 07/03/2004 9:40:03 AM PDT by Trueblackman
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To: Trueblackman

Free Republic does that until the donation drive is over.


2 posted on 07/03/2004 9:41:01 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Trueblackman

TBM, have you tried the Google Toolbar that has a popup blocker built into it?

I use it and it knocks out 95% of the popups...


3 posted on 07/03/2004 9:42:35 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Fabrizio Quattrocchi: "Adesso vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano")
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Yeah Jim has to raise money to keep the website open, but I was looking online for a program to kill this spyware that is on my computer.


4 posted on 07/03/2004 9:43:21 AM PDT by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: Trueblackman

5 posted on 07/03/2004 9:43:23 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (If you can read this, thank a teacher....and since it's in English, thank a soldier)
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To: Trueblackman

Have you tried Spybot?

http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3000-8022-10122137.html


6 posted on 07/03/2004 9:43:32 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Trueblackman

ad-aware and "spybot search and destroy" should do the trick. Get both.


7 posted on 07/03/2004 9:43:49 AM PDT by Petronski (Fairness is fiction.)
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To: So Cal Rocket

And try Spybot - Search and Destroy.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,22262,00.asp


8 posted on 07/03/2004 9:44:18 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Fabrizio Quattrocchi: "Adesso vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano")
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To: So Cal Rocket

Yeah I have that, but my Norton can't remove this spyware crap and it is causing me bluescreen deaths.


9 posted on 07/03/2004 9:44:23 AM PDT by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: Trueblackman
We use Spysweeper
Works good so far.

I hope you're doing well, and have a great 4th!
10 posted on 07/03/2004 9:44:41 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: Trueblackman
Try Ad-Aware and Spy Sweeper
11 posted on 07/03/2004 9:44:48 AM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/])
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To: Trueblackman

Go to Download.com and look for spyware blockers. I use Adaware and if you like you can search within download.com or google to find similar programs. This software will search out and find spyware popup programs. Best of all it's free.


12 posted on 07/03/2004 9:45:14 AM PDT by gtwizard (AdAware kills spyware and its free)
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To: Trueblackman
Google's popup blocker has worked, but has become less effective of late. I guess having something that can be updated frequently would be the cure.

Don't ignore the possibility that your popups might be coming from adware installed on your machine. I run AdAware, and update it at least weekly, to keep junk off my machines. Go to Tucows.com and download it, nice thing is, it's free.

13 posted on 07/03/2004 9:45:23 AM PDT by hunter112
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To: Trueblackman

Adaware works well for me.


14 posted on 07/03/2004 9:45:51 AM PDT by SFmom
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To: Trueblackman

You want "Spybot Search and Destroy" which you can download here: http://www.tucows.com/preview/310138.html


15 posted on 07/03/2004 9:45:52 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Hillary Clinton: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: Trueblackman; MeekOneGOP; potlatch; devolve; Happy2BMe
Install Google Pop-Up blocker. Free. It works pretty good!
16 posted on 07/03/2004 9:47:50 AM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.)
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To: Trueblackman

I use the following:

Norton Anti-Virus
Spybot
AdAware
Popup Stopper

Spybot & AdAware are free for personal use. You can make donations, though.


17 posted on 07/03/2004 9:49:20 AM PDT by drjulie
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To: Trueblackman

You can get ad-aware 6.0 free (just google it) and it will clear lots of spie progrqams, but you need to do it regularly.


18 posted on 07/03/2004 9:49:50 AM PDT by Chieftain (To all who serve and support those who serve - thank you!)
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To: Trueblackman

Try Spybot Search and Destroy. It's free. Also, try using the Firefox browser by Mozilla. It has built-in pop-up blockers. Since switching to Firefox, spyware has dramatically decreased. Good luck!


19 posted on 07/03/2004 9:52:23 AM PDT by rintense (Screw justice. I want revenge.)
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Can anyone tell me how to download a .wmv file to my hard drive? I want to save a clip of a tv spot.


20 posted on 07/03/2004 9:53:32 AM PDT by 1rudeboy (running Win XP Home)
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To: 1rudeboy

Right click and "Save Target As"


21 posted on 07/03/2004 9:54:52 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: 1rudeboy

bump for later


22 posted on 07/03/2004 9:55:01 AM PDT by umgud (speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: Smartass; Trueblackman; Happy2BMe; potlatch; devolve
Well, I don't know about how to dump the Spyware thing, but that Netcaptor
Browser/Popup Blocker you told me about is GREAT, Happy ! I'm lovin' it !

23 posted on 07/03/2004 9:55:49 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Become a monthly donor on FR. No amount is too small and monthly giving is the way to go !)
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To: Trueblackman

Make sure you get Ad - aware with a hyphen there is an adaware spy program.
I use ad-aware, spybot S&D 1.3 and Spyware blaster along
with Zone alarm and still the stuff keeps coming through,
just have to stay on it.

You can sure tell, cursor gets acting funny, things don't load right etc. Hate it when the home page gets hijacked
it happened recently and was occuring with out changing the
home page address. Sure enough, some sort of spyware.


24 posted on 07/03/2004 9:56:31 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: hunter112
Go here (Mozilla.org) and download any one of their browsers. All have pop-up blockers and you will browse faster.
25 posted on 07/03/2004 9:57:25 AM PDT by raybbr (My 1.4 cents - It used to be 2 cents, but after taxes - you get the idea.)
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To: Trueblackman

Open the back of the computer and cut all the red wires. You won't have pop-ups on your screen anymore.

There is a trojan that is able to reproduce itself unless you get it out of three or four places at once. I don't recall the name, but I used the "System Restore" once to get rid of it. There were other ways listed on the Windows Help pages, but that seemed simplest since I had just gotten in on there. You would need to know when you DIDN'T have it on there so you could restore back to that time.


26 posted on 07/03/2004 9:57:49 AM PDT by TN4Liberty (Life is a quagmire. Get used to it.)
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To: Trueblackman

self bump


27 posted on 07/03/2004 10:01:50 AM PDT by exnavy
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To: Trueblackman
spybot search and destroy does an excellent job.
28 posted on 07/03/2004 10:02:20 AM PDT by PokeyJoe (Starting rumors for terrorist to believe since 1998.)
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To: RandallFlagg

Thanks, but what am I supposed to right-click on, and when? If I right-click on the "media player" window, I simply get the standard play options. If I right-click somewhere else on the web page, no "Save Target As" option appears. Am I supposed to highlight something.


29 posted on 07/03/2004 10:03:16 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Post the link to the page and I'll take a look.


30 posted on 07/03/2004 10:03:45 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: Trueblackman

Norton, Norton, Norton. Try to stay on topic. He said you need AdAware and Spybot, you said you had them. Have you actually run them? Do you run daily or at least weekly? Have you gone online to both sites to update to the latest spyware definition files?


31 posted on 07/03/2004 10:05:02 AM PDT by Still Thinking
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To: So Cal Rocket

Thanks for the Google bar info! I've had the bar on my computer for ages and had overlooked their popup block. Thanks!


32 posted on 07/03/2004 10:05:29 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (If we had some eggs, we could have bacon and eggs if we had some bacon. --unknown Freeper)
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To: Trueblackman; KayEyeDoubleDee
If you have any expertise with computers, just re-install the operating system [then apply all critical updates, and NEVER install an Active X control that you find on the web].

Another option for people with some expertise is to redirect your DNS traffic for the pop-up advertising companies [typically this would involve your HOSTS file, but you could do it on an intranetwork with a DNS server]:

Mike Skallas' Ad Blocking Hosts file
Also, there's more on the state of the art in pop-up blocking in this recent Slashdot thread:
End Run Around Pop-up Blockers

33 posted on 07/03/2004 10:08:47 AM PDT by SlickWillard
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To: Trueblackman

Have you tried ad-aware?


34 posted on 07/03/2004 10:11:42 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Trueblackman
I have found that no one tool will catch all the malware on your system. Run both Spybot and Ad-aware periodically.

Also, run these after booting into Safe Mode.

Also try CWShredder.

If you're PC savvy or know someone who is, use HijackThis. Don't try it if you don't know what you're doing.

BEWARE FAKE SPYWARE REMOVAL TOOLS!! There are some out there that are fake and actually drop malware onto your system.

BEWARE OF A SOFTWARE PRODUCT CALLED: "PURITYSCAN"!! This purports to find all traces of porno on your system. It actually drops malicious ad/spyware onto your system.

35 posted on 07/03/2004 10:11:50 AM PDT by FReepaholic (War On Terror: If not us, who? If not now, when?)
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To: RandallFlagg
Here. Thanks in advance.
36 posted on 07/03/2004 10:12:18 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: So Cal Rocket

I use spysweeper, it is the best I have found so far. I used to use adaware until I found out that it actually puts it's own spyware on your computer.

You might also try www.kimkommando.com, she usually has good tips for spyware programs.


37 posted on 07/03/2004 10:13:02 AM PDT by DaiHuy (MUST HAVE JUST BEEN BORN THAT WAY...)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Getting spyware off your PC is difficult at best. The knobs that write this stuff should be hung by their toes...

First, check your Startup Folder under your Start->Programs. Remove everything you can (right click->delete) without breaking anything.

IF YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR REGISTRY AND ARE COMFORTABLE MODIFYING IT SKIP TO THE BOTTOM FOR EXTRA INSTRUCTION. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE REGISTRY DO NOT MODIFY IT. YOU WILL DESTROY YOUR PC IF YOU DO!

Get Adaware http://www.download.com/Ad-aware/3000-8022-10214379.html?tag=lst-0-2.

Also get Spybot http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022-10289035.html?tag=lst-0-2.

Run Spybot first. When installing, be sure to not load extra languages, unless you use your pc with another language. Also be sure to enable the Tea Timer. Tea Timer is a real time Registry protection program.

For both SBot And AdAware, be sure to download the updates available.

After each program has run, remove or quarantine the found spyware items.

TeaTimer will notify you when a suspicious mod will be made to your registry. This is a tricky thing to know when to allow registry mods and when to disallow. If you did something to trigger a registry mod, it may be ok. IE - Installing MS Office, probably ok. Windows Update, probably ok. HOWEVER... if you're surfing or just reading email and TeaTimer pops up and asks to mod the registry... NUKE IT! No way!

A good pop-up killer is from Panicware at http://panicware.com/process_download.html?prdid=PSFREE.

Install this straight thru. No sweat. It catches most pop-ups. Not all.

FINALLY, if you do not want any spyware, DO NOT DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE CUTESY JUNK OFF THE NET... To include:

ANY helper bars (GOOGLE, YAHOO, MSN, are included in this)
Screen savers
Smileys
Icons
Wallpaper
Bargain Helpers
Password Reminders (GATOR!)

For those who will say, "But I cannot remember my passwords" or "I really like the pictures of tropical islands" or "But Google is a major corporation" I say learn to live with Spyware, pop ups and your PC being PWNED! (That's elite speak for "OWNED!") At that point, someone else is using your PC more than you are!

OK, DANGEROUS STUFF HERE - MODIFYING YOUR REGISTRY

DO NOT DO THESE THINGS UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

It's probably a good idea to create a back up of your registry. Export ALL settings in case something goes awry.

Start->Run Command->regedit

Find HKEY_CURRENT_USERS Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Run

In the Run Folder on the right hand side of the window, start ripping stuff out. If you cannot look at the item and determine what it is you may not want to remove it.

Do the same for anything in the folders like Run, ie - RunOnce, RunOnceEx, RunServices, etc.

ALSO do the same thing for

HKEY_CURRENT_USERS Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Run*

By removing things from the Run* folders, the worst that should happen is you remove something that SHOULD be started when the PC boots. You may need to re-install some software like a printer or scanner driver.

At times, I have ripped out EVERYTHING in a Run Folder with no harm.

Please do not screw up your PC. I am not responsible for what you do to your PC!

-Ken

38 posted on 07/03/2004 10:14:20 AM PDT by kenholm3 (-Interian.Com Kills Spam, try it for 2 weeks FREE)
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To: Mo1

FYI


39 posted on 07/03/2004 10:15:27 AM PDT by Brad’s Gramma (Make Hillary happy.... IGNORE the Freepathon!!!!)
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To: Still Thinking
Try to stay on topic. He said you need AdAware and Spybot, you said you had them.

TBL's response was to reply #3.

You can't find anywhere on this thread where TBL says he has adAware or Spybot installed.

Still Thinking, you may be thinking, but it's certainly not about the contents of this thread..

40 posted on 07/03/2004 10:17:58 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: rintense

I'm thinking of switching to Firefox or Opera from IE. Am wondering what the tradeoff is, have you experienced or heard of any downside to Firefox?


41 posted on 07/03/2004 10:18:17 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: 1rudeboy
Right click here and "save as." I did all the HTML cheating for you. ;O)
42 posted on 07/03/2004 10:21:16 AM PDT by Petronski (Fairness is fiction.)
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To: 1rudeboy

One minute... STILL laughing!!


43 posted on 07/03/2004 10:21:44 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: Trueblackman

bump


44 posted on 07/03/2004 10:22:18 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (G.W. Bush in 2004)
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To: RandallFlagg

Me too. I can't get enough of that ad. I don't know why, but I find it to be one of the funniest I've ever seen.


45 posted on 07/03/2004 10:22:45 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Trueblackman

Two that I use, and they are both free:

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

Ad-Aware
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Both work well, I prefer the 2nd ... but these should do all you need. Remember to refresh them often and support their pay version if you like them.


46 posted on 07/03/2004 10:23:46 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!! But don't turn your back on America with "immigrant amnesty")
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To: RandallFlagg

The tall guy in the middle is the best. Replay the ad and focus exclusively upon him. What a hoot.


47 posted on 07/03/2004 10:23:56 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy; Petronski

*sniffle*

Pet--

*chuckle..."DOOMED!*

Petronski's got ya!

(Wipes eyes)

..."DOOMED!!!"

BWAAAHAHAHAAA!!!!


48 posted on 07/03/2004 10:23:59 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: Petronski
I use Ad Aware......but have to run it twice a day to keep the gremlins away.

First running found hundreds of spies......

49 posted on 07/03/2004 10:25:20 AM PDT by OldFriend (IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.......AND SINCE IT'S IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER)
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To: TN4Liberty
Open the back of the computer and cut all the red wires. You won't have pop-ups on your screen anymore.

But don't forget that you absolutely must cut the last one immediately before the red LED goes to zero, otherwise it will go off in a big explo

50 posted on 07/03/2004 10:25:48 AM PDT by sionnsar (Azadi baraye Iran ||| Resource for Traditional Anglicans: trad-anglican.faithweb.com)
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