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11-25-2004 | FrankRepublican

Posted on 11/25/2004 10:32:44 AM PST by FrankRepublican

Does anyone know a good tool to get rid of and block spyware,parasites,adware, viruses and other crap. I think Drudge has it on his web site. I surf but not a huge amount but the crap is getting too much.

These advertising parasites also come as worms, viruses, trohans etc.

I have tried free AdAware 6.0, free Spybot and the latest is the Giant AntiSpyware on a free trial. Giant seems the best but a lot of crap is still there.

I also run Norton (worthless on most of this stuff), Solo (great AV program) plus have used free Panada and AVG in the past.

The Internet is rapidly becoming a waste of time for me. I tried to stick to mainly newsweb sites and links off Drudge. I am thinking of switching to Mozilla's browser as MSFT IE appears to be crap.

Help. Any suggestion appreciated. Also let's give thanks to American trrops protecting us on this day.


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1 posted on 11/25/2004 10:32:44 AM PST by FrankRepublican
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To: FrankRepublican

I have been using Webroot's Spy Sweeper. Seems to do the job.


2 posted on 11/25/2004 10:35:01 AM PST by Knute (The PEOPLE have spoken!)
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To: FrankRepublican

I just had to pay $220 to have three trojans and a klez virus removed from my computer. I've given up on Drudge due to the crap he allows to be inflicted on us. Conventional advertising is one thing, but these smart-a$$ advertisers are intentionally attempting to infect our machines.


3 posted on 11/25/2004 10:35:15 AM PST by EggsAckley (...............stop unnecessary excerpting.................)
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To: FrankRepublican
Spybot Search and Destroy v1.3, and
SpywareBlaster v3.2

Both are free for personal use and easy to find.

Make sure you use the immunize features to prevent reinfection.

4 posted on 11/25/2004 10:36:04 AM PST by balrog666 (The invisible and the nonexistent look very much alike.)
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To: EggsAckley

2 Words... Mozilla Firefox!


5 posted on 11/25/2004 10:36:28 AM PST by zzen01
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To: FrankRepublican

Free:
XoftSpy by ParetoLogic
http://www.paretologic.com/

Paid:
SpySweeper by Webroot
http://www.webroot.com/land/spysweeperb.php?rc=655


6 posted on 11/25/2004 10:37:06 AM PST by BushCountry (They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.)
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To: EggsAckley

Thanks and keep the suggestions coming.

I think Drudge is allowing this crap to get on my machine. It makes me sad to have to avoid his site now. He pissed me off on election day when he started posting the exit polls without heavy disclaimers that Kerry's people we posting bogus exit polls. They were trying to supress Repub voters like the Florida panhandle early call fiasco in 2000 to try to help Gore.


7 posted on 11/25/2004 10:38:11 AM PST by FrankRepublican (Boycott NBC & their parent company General Electric for smearing the USMC)
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To: FrankRepublican

Two things. First is SpyBot search and destroy and the other is Ad Aware from LavaSoft. Both are free and very well developed. Please give to the developers of SpyBot since that is how they make their living. Just google them install and off you go.

The other thing is to switch to Linux. :-)


8 posted on 11/25/2004 10:38:38 AM PST by GodGunsandGuts
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To: FrankRepublican
I have tried free AdAware 6.0, free Spybot and the latest is the Giant AntiSpyware on a free trial. Giant seems the best but a lot of crap is still there.

Seriesly (sic), how do you know it is still there. I've been trusting AdAware to get everything, am I wrong?

9 posted on 11/25/2004 10:39:17 AM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: FrankRepublican

I use McAfee, Adware, SpyBot Search and Destroy and Trojan Hunter.

Together they keep my computer free of all bugs (so far).


10 posted on 11/25/2004 10:39:32 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: zzen01

Yeah. I am going to download Mozilla Firefox. Thanks for all the suggestions and keep em coming. I am sure other Freepers can use some ideas too.

You folks are the best & I love this place. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.


11 posted on 11/25/2004 10:39:55 AM PST by FrankRepublican (Boycott NBC & their parent company General Electric for smearing the USMC)
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To: FrankRepublican

I use PestPatrol http://www.pestpatrol.com and set it up to scan automatically when I start the system. It keeps things pretty clean but it isn't free.


12 posted on 11/25/2004 10:40:10 AM PST by poindexters brother
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To: FrankRepublican

SpywareBlaster keeps garbage from reaching your browser... it's preventive. Also, you don't mention what firewall you're using. If you don't have one, get the free Zone Alarm.


13 posted on 11/25/2004 10:41:34 AM PST by glock rocks (You're on, Bo... which is it... prime rib or Atta Boy?)
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To: FrankRepublican

Try Ad-Adware SE. Its the best I've found so far. Finds 100x more crap hidden on your computer than XSOFT for which I paid for :-(.


14 posted on 11/25/2004 10:41:44 AM PST by Al Simmons (THANK YOU SwiftVets/POWs for Truth!!!!!)
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To: thegreatbeast

Are you using AdAware pay version. I am using 6.0 and the freebie.

I will pay if it works. I used AdAware 6.0 (free version) but I was still getting junk. Maybe the pay version blocks the stuff.

I am just trying to get help and not trying to bash anyone or any software. This paarsite/adware/spyware is out of control. Thanks for any help.


15 posted on 11/25/2004 10:42:30 AM PST by FrankRepublican (Boycott NBC & their parent company General Electric for smearing the USMC)
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To: FrankRepublican

Spy Sweeper works well for me.
Also, stay away from the Drudge site. Pop-up city, and all the spyware known to man.
I finally took Drudge off my bookmarks so I wouldn't accidently go there.


16 posted on 11/25/2004 10:43:06 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: glock rocks

I have a hardware firewall.

I agree that Zone Alarm freebie is the best free firewall. Worth paying $29 or so for the pay version because it is A1.


17 posted on 11/25/2004 10:43:57 AM PST by FrankRepublican (Boycott NBC & their parent company General Electric for smearing the USMC)
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To: FrankRepublican

You can also use HijackThis for when your homepage is hijacked.
http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html

Personally I use either Opera or Firefox when surfing beyond the FR realm.


18 posted on 11/25/2004 10:44:34 AM PST by wright2bear
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To: balrog666
Another vote for Spybot Search and Destroy.
19 posted on 11/25/2004 10:44:44 AM PST by taxcontrol (People are entitled to their opinion - no matter how wrong it is.)
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To: FrankRepublican

Again, unless you are having performance problems, how do you know that AdAware, let's say, is not working 100% effectively? How would I know I need something better?


20 posted on 11/25/2004 10:44:47 AM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: thegreatbeast
I've been trusting AdAware to get everything, am I wrong?

Yes. All of these programs depend on how fast they can track down and counter the newest spyware and that you keep the databases updated (just like your antivirus). None are perfect but using 2 or 3 of the best can keep you very clean. I also use Ad-Aware but somebody else had already mentioned it.

Anyway, if you use more than one, you can see what the others may be missing!

And a Happy Thanksgiving to you all as well.

21 posted on 11/25/2004 10:45:26 AM PST by balrog666 (The invisible and the nonexistent look very much alike.)
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To: FrankRepublican
HOW TO KILL SPYWARE
22 posted on 11/25/2004 10:46:11 AM PST by Capitalism2003
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To: FrankRepublican

You won't be disappointed with Firefox. I find that I get about 5% of the spyware with it that I used to get with IE. Keep IE around though because there are still a few sites that Firefox won't fully display, (not many though). With Firefox you don't even need a popup blocker. It does it for you. Only that @#!*& DrudgeReport manages to get popups through. It's faster too.


23 posted on 11/25/2004 10:46:31 AM PST by elmer fudd
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To: FrankRepublican

Make sure you UPDATE all of the programs before scanning.


24 posted on 11/25/2004 10:47:33 AM PST by Capitalism2003
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To: FrankRepublican

We had a few problems around our town earlier this year. I run webroot spy sweeper, f-prot anti-virus, zone alarm firewall, mozilla firefox and win-patrol. This is the combination that I've come up with to combat it. I tested it by going on every creepy website I could think of to test it out and every attack was picked up by one or another of my defenses.


25 posted on 11/25/2004 10:48:45 AM PST by bad company (Four more years.)
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To: balrog666

But Spysweeper found at least four times the amount of spyware on my system then Spybot! I trusted Spybot and it wasn't even a close comparision.

What I did was run Spybot and it found 20 items, did not remove any items. Ran Spysweeper immediately after and it found 84 items. I was a little surprised to say the least.


26 posted on 11/25/2004 10:49:01 AM PST by BushCountry (They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.)
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To: FrankRepublican

Many thanks for posting this thread. I'm in dire need of help too, so will read the whole thing.


27 posted on 11/25/2004 10:49:04 AM PST by truthkeeper (Yeah, I have a 1998 signup date. So?)
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To: FrankRepublican
Use safari it'd trouble free.
28 posted on 11/25/2004 10:49:25 AM PST by Democrap (http://democrap.com)
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To: Knute
Go here

I use ie-spyad, adware SE, and spybot.

29 posted on 11/25/2004 10:50:04 AM PST by realpatriot (Some spelling errors may have been intentionally included)
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To: elmer fudd

Thanks. I am ready to get off the Net. I will download Firefox tonight. Looks like Drudge is off my list.


30 posted on 11/25/2004 10:50:07 AM PST by FrankRepublican (Boycott NBC & their parent company General Electric for smearing the USMC)
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To: FrankRepublican

I run the Windows Task Manager [Ctl-Alt-Delete] for weird looking stuff. If you do it often, you'll become familiar with what should be there. Windows XP will not allow you to End-Process to a vital running program.

Good Luck.


31 posted on 11/25/2004 10:50:34 AM PST by CAWats
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To: Democrap

What is Safari? Browser or spyware/adware/[arasite killer?

Thanks.


32 posted on 11/25/2004 10:50:59 AM PST by FrankRepublican (Boycott NBC & their parent company General Electric for smearing the USMC)
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To: Knute; All

Spysweeper does not get:

ezstub.exe Adware.Ezula
mmod.exe Adware.Ezula
TTIL.exe Adware.Ezula

and neither does Norton, of course, sigh.

Neither does Lavasoft AdAware.

I emailed SpySweeper. They had me send them a couple of logs. Sent the logs. They came back--no evidence. Can't do anything. Contact Norton. Of course, contacting Norton is as useless as t*ts on a boar hog.

Have searched including hidden files. Still can't find and dislodge. Norton always notes they are there but refuses to delete them. GRRRRR.

What a hideous bunch of horse manure!!!!

Installed AVG again. Good for some things. Doesn't touch those three above, as best I can tell yet. Not certain. Frustrating.

Any suggestions anyone?


33 posted on 11/25/2004 10:51:04 AM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: zzen01

Firefox gives me ALMOST as many fits as Microsoft does.

It crashes on webshots.com downloads persistently.

More than a few windows open and there are problems. Sigh.


34 posted on 11/25/2004 10:52:19 AM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: FrankRepublican

Only thing I can add to the other posts is that STOPzilla has worked very well for me in blocking popup ads.

Good luck with your quest.


35 posted on 11/25/2004 10:53:14 AM PST by DakotaGator
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To: Al Simmons

1. Use Mozilla Suite or Firefox as a browser.
2. If you insist on using IE, download and install the Google Toolbar.
3. If you are using AOL, find something else since they send advertisments to you. Remember the one thing missing from AOL is the "H" between the A and the O.
4. Download both Spybot and AdAwareSE and install them. No single Spyware Cleaner will clean everything.
5. Download and install a free firewall like SygatePE, my favorite since you have more control over stuff than Zone Alarm free.
To get rid of anything you may already have, go first to Start>Run and type msconfig. Then clcik on the Startup Tab and look for any entries that may have Search in it and uncheck it.
Next go to the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel or Download and install the trial version of ADD/Remove Plus and look for SeachBars or stuff like Bargin Buddy and uninstall them.
Finally get a copy of CoolWebSearch Shredder and run it. Then run your spyware cleaners to get rid of anything that is left.
As a final note, get use to closing any Pop-Ups you get by using the Alt-F4 method instead of clicking on the Pop-Up Ad's closer.


36 posted on 11/25/2004 10:53:17 AM PST by Wooly
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To: EggsAckley

I've noticed Drudge giving a lot of unasked for material...lately when I try to bring up Drudge it takes forever to get to them and when I do I get some kind of error...I just quit going there...


37 posted on 11/25/2004 10:55:47 AM PST by Hotdog
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To: FrankRepublican
Bump and bookmark.

Use Mozilla Firefox as your browser instead of Internet Explorer.

http://www.mozilla.org

38 posted on 11/25/2004 10:56:27 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: Quix
Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and remove manually. Like the example below:

Removing the Adware Program

This program includes its own uninstallation program. To remove the adware program, apply the following steps that executes its own uninstallation program:

Click on the file, C:\Program Files\Ezula\UnWise.exe.
Restart the machine.
Delete the folder C:\Program Files\Ezula
Also, delete the file %Windows%\EZInstall.exe
Then delete the file %System%\EZStub.exe
If the following folder still exists after uninstalling the Adware, please delete:
%Windows%\Start Menu\Programs\TopText iLookup
or
%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\TopText iLookup


Note: These folders are created by the adware to enable it to be accessed from your Programs Start Menu by using shortcuts. %Windows% pertains to your Windows folder usually C:\Windows or C:\WinNT. %USERPROFILE% pertains to the local user’s folder. This is usually C:\Documents and Settings\.

39 posted on 11/25/2004 10:57:22 AM PST by BushCountry (They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.)
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To: FrankRepublican
firefox is far from bug-free or complete security. don't buy the hype, there's plenty of probs with firefox and they'll be more as more people use it and spyware makers hone in on it. the 'freesource myth' is one big crock of crap built up by script kiddies and 1337 puter nerds. plus the fact it doesn't read half the pages on the net correctly and many common features dont work because of its quirky code rendering (which they falsely claim is 'standards compliant')

firefox blows chunks

40 posted on 11/25/2004 10:58:08 AM PST by puppetz
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To: FrankRepublican
Help for viruses and malware:
 
 Ad-Aware ... Spybot ... Peper Uninstaller ... HijackThis... CWShredder ... Spyware Blaster ... IE Spyad ... Free online Virus scan ... AVG AntiVirus ... LSPfix ... How to Show Hidden Files ... How to boot into Safe Mode ... How did I get infected in the first place?


Things you need--(all FREE)
Anti-Virus
AVG Anti-Virus version 7 (free) release available...
 Avast
Firewall
Kerio(Direct Download) Zone Alarm
 If are using zone alarm it may slow your PC. Try Outpost Firewall http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost or Sygate Firewall http://www.sygate.com/, both have FREE and Pro versions and are heads above ZA.
Misc.
IE Spyads SpywareBlaster Spyware Guard
Windows Update- you must keep updated, it is the start of a secure system-
get all CRITICAL Updates

Things you want(Still Free)
 
 Get Firefox I use Firefox PR1 and IMHO, beats the sox off MS Explorer. Life is good with tabs. Click the link and give it a try.

Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
SpywareBlaster
MS MVP Hosts file
Mike Lin's Homepage and get the Startup Control Panel and Startup Monitor tools.
 
The best forum for malware removal:
 http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?s=262d844129208feb8b0cf5b0186a32f6&act=SC&c=4
SWI Forums--

41 posted on 11/25/2004 10:59:17 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: FrankRepublican
I use Spy Sweeper, plus the Freebies, AdAware & SpyBot and keep most everything cleaned off to where my computer runs about as fast as when new 3 years ago. Read good reviews of these products at CNet.com, and Consumer Reports had a good review of them recently. These three products rated very highly, so did Pest Patrol, but cost of it is high and not as user friendly as the others. Good Luck!

I don't know why so many are scared of Drudge. It has been my homepage for years now, and if spyware gets put on there, I am just taking it right back off, so it doesn't matter.

42 posted on 11/25/2004 10:59:58 AM PST by Babu
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To: FrankRepublican

Mark for later .


43 posted on 11/25/2004 11:00:20 AM PST by lysie
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To: BushCountry

Thanks tons.

Will try to track down. Search/find didn't find them.

Much appreciate your thoughtful helpfulness.

Best to you this day and weekend.

Blessings,


44 posted on 11/25/2004 11:00:20 AM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: Hotdog

Someone should give Drudge a clue on this. He's losing hits over it. Probably a lot of hits.

Those intrusive ads really are ridiculous. I mean, who in the world ever even clicks on them? All they do is hijack your computer and plant some nastiness on your hard drive.


45 posted on 11/25/2004 11:01:02 AM PST by EggsAckley (...............stop unnecessary excerpting.................)
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To: FrankRepublican
Ditto on Mozilla Firefox for browsing!!! IE is chock full of holes.

And another good anti-virus package is Kaspersky Personal Pro (http://www.kaspersky.com/personalpro). They have cumulative, weekly, and daily updates.

The best defense is always a good offense.

46 posted on 11/25/2004 11:01:07 AM PST by SpiritualPatriot
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To: Quix

Just a suggestion. I had a trojan or worm that kept giving me popups. Very annoying. Norton, AVG and Panda found it but they gave me instructions to remove - no easy task.

I found Solo AntiVirus. It found it and removed it. I was impressed. Solo has a free trial and you can search for it on Goggle. It seems to be a good one.


47 posted on 11/25/2004 11:01:48 AM PST by FrankRepublican (Boycott NBC & their parent company General Electric for smearing the USMC)
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To: FrankRepublican
I've found that Norton Antivirus seriously messes with my Windows 98 and ME. Also, Norton is terrible about refunding rebates that come with their software.

I use Ad Aware SE Personal and Spybot and find they usually do the job.

Muleteam1

48 posted on 11/25/2004 11:02:36 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: Lancey Howard

I visit Drudge all the time and have no problems.

You need to run Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.05 (free), Spybot Search and Destroy, and the related Spyware Blaster. Also occasionally run CWShredder. And I swear by Ad Muncher, which blocks popups and banners. Most of the spyware either comes from visiting porn or music download sites or from advertising links that have been hacked. Ad Muncher blocks a lot of that and saves time loading sites too. It costs a bit but is well worth it. Very clean, well-designed, and small footprint.


49 posted on 11/25/2004 11:04:07 AM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: BushCountry

Both of those are good


50 posted on 11/25/2004 11:05:39 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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