Skip to comments.Freeper Help Needed to remove adwareware from my PC
Posted on 03/23/2005 8:42:31 PM PST by passionfruit
I have been a Mac user since the first one rolled off the assembly line. I love them, and still have one, which I am using to write this post. The problem is that I bought a notebook PC because I have some work related needs that I couldn't use my Mac for.
My teenage son asked if he could check his email on the PC, and like an idiot, I said yes. He walked off with the notebook, and went to a web site that a friend had told him was "really cool". It became infected with spyware, ad ware and goodness knows what else. We have been running Norton anti virus on it, and have deleted all of the infected files several times. Some persistant ones pop up again when the computer re-starts, and now, Norton Anti Virus won't allow us to do any repair wizard fumctions. It tells us that it has deleted fioles, but won't let us do anything manually, and of course, the files aren't really deleted.
Our version of Norton Anti Virus came with the computer, and did not come with instructions.
Any suggestions that don't include bodily injury to my son, or buying another Mac would be appreciated!
I suggest Spybot or Spykiller.
Get adaware and spybot...
They usually do the trick.
Go to www.adaware.com. Download the free adaware tool. It'll clean all the gunk out of your machine.
Will they get rid of spyware that is already infecting the computer?
Go to wwww.majorgeeks.com and download Spybot Search and Destroy (it is free and powerful). Update it on a regular basis. Since I downloaded it, I have not had any spyware problems.
I have gotten rid of ALL adware using ALL-In )ne-Secretmaker that I dl at download.com.
And it is free.
Is that www.adware.com or www.adaware.com?
Go download Adaware or spybot (I think that's the name of the second one) it's free and it'll id and quarenteen all those malware, spyware, etc programs for you. I don't know what ports you've got open but you can use a program called bullguard, it's internet based firewall/anti-virus (both protects and disinfects) and sandbox tool. Costs $5/month and gives you a 100mg backup emergency storage off your computer. Want more, got to pay more. It updates constantly too.
Go here, read the instructions, then follow them. You won't be sorry, and will learn a lot. Good Luck. :-)
adaware. Spybot is also good.
I have gotten rid of ALL adware using ALL-In )ne-Secretmaker that I dl at download.com.
And it is free
Adaware, SpySweeper (by Webroot), Spybot, are all good.
I'd also recommend "Registry Optimizer". You can get all of these at www.download.com
Spybot and Ad-Aware are both free and easy to download and use.
It doesn't matter if you have Norton or McAfee. You must still use the above daily!
Until Congress passes laws making hackers and malicious attackers punishable with severe penalties, there is not much recourse.
My recommendation is to give them (malwarers) the Teri Schiavo treatment!
You may be able to find aps for Macs.
Chack Your Free Republic E-mail
Most of the advice to get rid of spyware is OK. However, I think that you also have malicous files which Norton has isolated.
1 In the Norton AntiVirus main window, click Reports.
2 Click View Reports next to the Quarantined items option.
3 In the left panel of the Quarantine, click Quarantined Items.
4 Select a file in the list of Quarantined items and click Delete Item.
You are prompted to confirm that you want to permanently remove the item from you computer.
5 Click Yes to delete the file.
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That would be about as effective as King Canute commanding the waves to stop crashing on shore. Hackers in Russia and India and Vietnam will take no notice whatsoever of laws passed by our Congress.
I've been using Ad-Aware for about a year now. Between that and my ZoneAlarm firewall software, I've been in pretty good shape as far as pop-ups and spyware are concerned.
I sure appreciate all of this help guys, It's been about three weeks now and I haven't been able to use the computer for it's intended purpose for fear I would infect the companys web site.
Don't listen to the Adware or Spybot suggestions. The best product out there by far is Microsoft's Antispyware. This stuff ROCKS.
The PC that is infected has XP on it. My Mac's just don't get infected.
There's no job so good that it would make me use Bill Gates's feeble crapware instead of my Mac.
I would also suggest downloading SpywareBlaster - keeps the nasties from ever getting ON your PC.
Another thing you might DL is X-Ray PC: works like Hijack This! but automatically.
The absolutely best spyware remover is Spy Sweeper from Webroot. If everything else fails use this software... you get a free 30 day trial, more than enough to get the crap out of your system.
I have both AdAware and Spybot Search and Destroy plus a registry cleaner. I got a Download Trojan last week and have been running scans over and over.
I also have Norton with Symantics update but I am getting popups like crazy in spite of MS blocker and also getting new icons on my desktop.
Nothing seems to be working!
You could always reformat your computer and start from scratch.
Go here and see if any parasites are detected: Parasite detector
I have tons of spyware cookies on my computer.
Adaware will get rid of them, but the second i got a website the cookies are on my computer.
Cookies are not always bad. Free Republic uses one.
absolutely agree...the new anti-spyware program by Microsoft is awesome!
Are you talking about a website of your own? I have several and of course you have to have cookies for them unless you want to relog in over and over.
I blame mine on downloading gifs from everywhere!
My computer is running slow tonight and I'm on cable.
Isn't it great? I tried all that other crap - the adaware, lavasoft, spyhunter, etc. Microsoft caught all the stuff that the others left behind. I am 110% behind it. (of course there are Microsoft haters that will ever acknowledge it's a good thing)
It is really good, isn't it? Since you recommended it before, I haven't had one!
Both are good... for being "free"
If you want it to NOT start randmly eating certain components of your comp (sometimes if you don't know what you're doing, you can get rid of windows applications.)
I recently went to Best Buy and purchased($30) Webroot SpySweeper.
No problems since.
It also gives you more info on what you're getting rid of before you get rid of it (so you can choose to NOT if you like)
Simple interface, and now my roomies can't even find my files using the network watchers they got. (The watcher operated off the fact that I HAD spyware on my comp.)
Use either Firefox or Mozilla. You can control your cookies, accepting only the ones you want.
My recommendation is to use all three... Ad-Aware, Spybot Search and Destroy, AND Microsoft Anti-Spyware. I have cleaned PCs that required all three to get everything. AND even then, on one, infected with Cool Web Search, I had to use a fourth program... CWShredder.
After downloading Spybot AND GETTING THE LATEST UPDATES... Boot into SAFE MODE and run Spybot in Safe Mode. Then run Ad-aware. Boot back into regular Windows and runs Microsoft Anti-spyware to finish... it's surprising how many pieces are left behind by the other two. But if you do it the other way, the other two will find pieces left behind by MS Anti-Spyware. You may have to run CWShredder if "Cool Web Search" keeps popping up. That one hides re-installers everywhere.
Its a good idea to run them twice... or even three times.
Here's one by a fellow Freeper that's a little less intimidating.
Good luck passionfruit and keep after it. It never ends. And never let any kids use your machine.
Unfortunately, it goes both ways... MS AS also leaves some things as well. If you run it the other way around on a badly infected computer.
"That would be about as effective as King Canute commanding the waves to stop crashing on shore. Hackers in Russia and India and Vietnam will take no notice whatsoever of laws passed by our Congress."
All messages coming into or going out of the U.S. have to go through specific routers. Once the address of the the culprit is known, his messages can be blocked.
There is also the option of working with the foreign governments to get them to pass like laws.
It is not useless. It is necessary.
What's nice is you get a fully functional product - and updates - for free. Most of that other stuff you have to pay for the full version. I really like it because it took care of my brower hijack problem. I dont know if you've ever had one of those buggers, but it's horrible. You do a google search and it redirects you to ITS list of results - all links from the hijacker's sponsors.
Likely the Norton Anti Virus subscription has lapsed and you probably have not kept up with the updates and virus definitions either. I would suggest going out and buying a current version of NAV and first running NAV from the CD to check to see if it finds any virii. After you install NAV you will need to do the live update downloads at least 3 times to make sure you have the very latest version and virus definitions.
Also download, update and run Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware and Anti-Spy (comes with Yahoo Tool Bar.)
You will also need to check your Windows Registry to see if it needs repairing. I recommend Registry Mechanic. If you get Semantec SystemWorks you get NAV along with Norton Utilities One Button Checkup, it will check and fix Registry problems also.
I had one of those on the downstairs computer and, man, are you ever right. It was that about:blank thing, I think.
The thing I love about the MS one is that it does its job without bothering me and it isn't so invasive.
I'll be eternally grateful!