Skip to comments.Anti-Spyware Programs Clean but Don't Disinfect
Posted on 10/31/2004 9:11:53 PM PST by quidnunc
Salinas, Calif. Though less than a year old, the PC took more than åfive minutes to start up and never shut down without stalling on error messages. Attempts to Web surf generated at least a half-dozen pop-up ads and frequently system freezes.
Internet Explorer's home page was hijacked. Attempts to reach some sites, including eBay were redirected to random search engines that only called up more ads. Google search results were altered. And the modem, without permission, tried to dial distant lands in search of porn.
Welcome to the nasty world of a PC infected with adware, spyware, dialers and their ilk, all of it installed without the knowledge of its owner my brother-in-law.
No sooner had he spent nearly $1,000 for the Dell Dimension 4600C than he lost control of it to advertisers and porn peddlers.
My brother-in-law, bless him, had committed the computing equivalent of running with sharp objects: Installing free software willy-nilly, clicking carelessly on misleading ads or spam and letting relatives (not this one) have free reign during visits.
But my job was not to judge. It was, rather, to make the violated system hum again. I agreed have a go at degunking it provided I could write about the experience. He agreed.
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
If you download Kazaa you're asking for trouble.
Anybody have an opinion as to the best ad ware spy ware program. I use Ad Ware and Webroot and can't get the job done. Have a couple programs I can't get rid of.
try cws shredder. it has bailed me out
Download Spybot Search & Destroy. And download Spyblaster to keep the pests off your hard drive for good. They're both free.
He left out using Zone Alarm or some good firewall...
where are the geeks when we need them? I just had a pop-up while I typed this!!!
What's worked for me is to reinstall Windows ME(or whatever you use). It takes about an hour, but afterwards my hard drive is squeaky clean.
Most folks don't realize Spybot has TeaTimer and Resident. They block changes to the registry and warn of changes to homepages, etc.... I use it and Webroot's Spy Sweeper. They work well.
I use ad-aware, cwshredder, spybot seach and destroy, and spyblaster. Been a while since I had any major problems.
I have a brand new computer as of today. I am running Norton virus scan right now for the first time and it has already found one virus!
I've run adware twice today and had to clean up about 40 things already!
This is just nuts!
I find if you immunize with both adware and spybot it helps keep the problems down to a small number.
I use spy sweeper
I am a computer repair technician. I do this stuff all day long. Here is my advice. (Assuming you are running Windows XP).
1) Download and install Ad-Aware, Spybot, and Spy Sweeper. Update all 3 programs to the latest definitions.
2) Turn off System Restore.
3) Boot into Safe Mode.
4) Run a full system scan with all 3 of these programs.
5) Run the program "regedit" and delete any values from the Run key that look suspicious.
6) Open the Add/Remove Control Panel and remove any programs that look suspicious.
7) Reboot the computer back into normal mode.
8) Connect to the internet and download all updates from www.windowsupdate.com. After you download the updates, you'll have to reboot and keep going back to the site until no more updates are available. Especially important is to make sure that you get Service Pack 2.
9) Download and install Mozilla Firefox from www.mozilla.org.
Personally, I don't run Windows. I'm an avid linux users--I like to have control of my operating system.
We use Pest Patrol, works wonderfully.
Netscape 7.1 has a grat pop killer, and you still can get the ones on websites
Thanks for the good advice!
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