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Spy Axe 3.0
My PC ^ | 12/6/05 | Me

Posted on 12/06/2005 8:16:34 PM PST by Carling

I hate vanity posts, but I am wondering if anyone in FR land knows anything about the Spy Axe 3.0 virus. It has set up shop in my toolbar and has hijacked my home page.

eTrust isn't touching it. Help?!?!


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: exploit; getamac; lowqualitycrap; malware; microsoft; securityflaw; spyware; tech; trojan; virus; virusbait; windows
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This one is a bugger. I came home from work and had a pop-up for an on-line casino along with the virus alert bubble.

Things have gone downhill from there.

1 posted on 12/06/2005 8:16:35 PM PST by Carling
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To: Carling

Did you Google it for a solution?


2 posted on 12/06/2005 8:18:44 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Carling

This must be an emerging epidemic. There is another thread in here about it. Once you get clean, stop going to porn sites!


3 posted on 12/06/2005 8:19:06 PM PST by FEARED MUTATION
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To: Carling

See the Post, Ugly SpyAxe Virus Alert, below.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535370/posts


4 posted on 12/06/2005 8:19:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Carling
You could try Ad-Aware from Lavasoft. It's free. Lavasoft
5 posted on 12/06/2005 8:19:35 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cowards cut and run. Marines finish the job. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: FEARED MUTATION

There was another thread posted about this same thing this evening. You can find it at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535370/posts


6 posted on 12/06/2005 8:20:25 PM PST by moonpie57 (Fred Howell McMurray, Jr. The man on my POW bracelet.)
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To: Carling

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535370/posts


7 posted on 12/06/2005 8:20:31 PM PST by FEARED MUTATION
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To: FEARED MUTATION
Once you get clean, stop going to porn sites!

Never!  Viruses be d*mned!  =)

8 posted on 12/06/2005 8:21:26 PM PST by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: Carling

If you can do a system restore back to a previous restore point (I think it's possible in ME and XP), do that. Seems to be the easiest way to fix the problem.


9 posted on 12/06/2005 8:21:32 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: FEARED MUTATION; Carling

Oops...that post was to Carling..:)


10 posted on 12/06/2005 8:21:48 PM PST by moonpie57 (Fred Howell McMurray, Jr. The man on my POW bracelet.)
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To: FEARED MUTATION

I notice you posted the porn comment in another thread.

I also notice you are a FR newbie.

Hmm...


11 posted on 12/06/2005 8:22:43 PM PST by Carling (http://www.marriedadults.com/howarddeanscreamaudio141jq.mp3)
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To: Carling
Try AdAware, Spybot, and the Microsoft Anti Spyware program. Also, Hijack This.

If those don't remove it, Google the name of the spyware because you will more than like have to find step by step instructions to manually uninstall it.
12 posted on 12/06/2005 8:22:53 PM PST by Skooz (Santa's laughter mocks the poor.)
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To: Carling

Get this program called counter spy. make sure it is updated to the latest version and it should ease your ills...


13 posted on 12/06/2005 8:23:09 PM PST by DieselBoy
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To: Carling
Try Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program. It actually is a good program and removes a lot of stuff other anti-spyware programs miss.
14 posted on 12/06/2005 8:23:31 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Those Who Want to Impeach President Bush Are the Party of Treason.)
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To: FEARED MUTATION
Once you get clean, stop going to porn sites!

Then I might as well throw out the computer ... without porn sites, what good is it?

15 posted on 12/06/2005 8:24:12 PM PST by SittinYonder (Flea, feather, bird, egg, nest, twig, branch, limb, tree, and the bog down in the valley - o.)
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To: Skooz

Like at this site:

http://forums.designtechnica.com/showthread.php?p=58899#post58899


16 posted on 12/06/2005 8:24:14 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Carling

Anyone joining after 2000 is a newbie. :)


17 posted on 12/06/2005 8:24:49 PM PST by FEARED MUTATION
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To: Carling

HKEd over at www.suggestafix.com has a fix for it.

Just register (free) and go to the 'Malicious Code: Viruses, Trojans, Spyware and Browser HiJacking' forum.

He'll walk you through it step by step. It's a son of a gun to get rid of. Ed's not only the best there is, he also writes codes to get rid of these parasites.


18 posted on 12/06/2005 8:26:05 PM PST by AmeriBrit (HILLARY's1974 Watergate Crimes: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/925684/posts)
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To: Dog Gone


Looks like a vicious little sucker.


19 posted on 12/06/2005 8:26:52 PM PST by Skooz (Santa's laughter mocks the poor.)
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To: AmeriBrit

Your post alone makes this thread worthy to be bookmarked.


20 posted on 12/06/2005 8:27:38 PM PST by Skooz (Santa's laughter mocks the poor.)
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To: DieselBoy

Thumb's up!

Glad to see someone knows the best there is. I'd give up food before I gave up my 'Counter-Spy'.


21 posted on 12/06/2005 8:28:42 PM PST by AmeriBrit (HILLARY's1974 Watergate Crimes: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/925684/posts)
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To: FEARED MUTATION

Anyone with a sign up after Nov 28, 1997 is a newbie!


22 posted on 12/06/2005 8:32:50 PM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: Carling

I'm finding more of these that are not detected by Spybot or Ad-aware. McAffee found one of them, but unlike viruses, it did not block it at the tiee of install (and I have Zonealarm running and don't give websites permission to do things when ZA asks unless I REALLY know the site).

When I google the names of these programs, I get hits for sites selling the same software that the hijackers offer to sell to clean my system.

This crap should have been criminalized years ago. It is simply holding your computer for randsom. They never should have been able to install crap software without your permission in the first place. And these programs have some pieces that will attempt to reinstall if you don't delete EVERYTHING. C;early the designers know that you don't want it there in that case.

I call them virsues because that is what they are. Lobbyists appear to have conviced congress otherwise.


23 posted on 12/06/2005 8:36:31 PM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: FEARED MUTATION

nope just you


24 posted on 12/06/2005 8:36:41 PM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: AmeriBrit
Glad to see someone knows the best there is. I'd give up food before I gave up my 'Counter-Spy'.

While Counterspy is quite good and one of my favorites, ALL of them miss stuff. I have scanned really clotted-up PCs with CS, cleaned it, then immediately found stuff with a Spybot S&D scan. Removed it there and ran Adaware- it found yet more.

It depends how bad the infestation is. If it's really bad- a blended counterattack with several utilities is the best bet. And, like with pulling weeds, there still may be something left.

25 posted on 12/06/2005 8:37:08 PM PST by Riley ("Bother" said Pooh, as he fired the Claymores.)
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To: COEXERJ145

Um, didn't Microsoft reclassify Gator's spyware program once they acquited the company?

The moral thing would have been to shut them down (put the programmers on other software) but instead they did what Bill Clinton did in reclassifying the KLA so they were not "terrorists".

Gator was one of the horrible programs I referred to that would reinstall if you didn't remove all of it.


26 posted on 12/06/2005 8:39:33 PM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: weegee

Um, didn't Microsoft reclassify Gator's spyware program once they acquiRed the company?


27 posted on 12/06/2005 8:39:59 PM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: al baby

Good luck with that.


28 posted on 12/06/2005 8:40:41 PM PST by FEARED MUTATION
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To: Skooz

Following HKEd and Angoid's recommendation's I haven't had any spyware or a virus since I bought my computer almost 4 years ago and I've never seen the BSD. They both took me under their wings and taught me everything I know about getting rid of 'nasties' and I spent over two years helping others clean their machines but my love of politics took over and drew me too FR.


29 posted on 12/06/2005 8:40:58 PM PST by AmeriBrit (HILLARY's1974 Watergate Crimes: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/925684/posts)
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To: FEARED MUTATION
Anyone joining after 2000 is a newbie.

Of course. But it applies especially for those joining up three days ago. :-)

30 posted on 12/06/2005 8:41:00 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: weegee

My wife and I were just having this same discussion regarding the thoughts you just conveyed. It seems like entrapment or unlawful entry. My CPU seems to be running OK, but I'm certainly not going to be running any credit card purchases or visiting my bank on-line until this is gone.

I was just FReemailed a solid fix and should be A-OK now.


31 posted on 12/06/2005 8:41:42 PM PST by Carling (http://www.marriedadults.com/howarddeanscreamaudio141jq.mp3)
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To: weegee

Don't know. I haven't seen Gator in ages. I used to see it on PC's at work but not it is mostly Cool Web Search that is haunting us. That one almost takes a nuke to get rid of.


32 posted on 12/06/2005 8:42:27 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Those Who Want to Impeach President Bush Are the Party of Treason.)
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To: Carling
Follow this advice and you will never be bothered by viruses or spyware again.
33 posted on 12/06/2005 8:43:03 PM PST by zeebee
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To: weegee

Actually, that fell through - rumor is that it was the result of an internal battle at MS, where the good guys won. So Claria/Gator is *not* part of MS. Anyway, the MS Antispyware still finds Claria's stuff, but it does not mark it for deletion by default - you have to tell Antispyware to remove it.


34 posted on 12/06/2005 8:43:59 PM PST by Senator Bedfellow
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To: Ramius

I wonder about those joining up for the 37th time?


35 posted on 12/06/2005 8:44:22 PM PST by FEARED MUTATION
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To: Riley

I agree that hitting it with multiple packages is the best solution.

Ad=Aware and Spybot are better than they once were. There used to be some virus programs that they could detect but not remove.

Perhaps that is why some of them won't catch some problems these days? Too proud to admit that they can't fix some problems.

And with the Microsoft exclusion of some genuine problems (because of partial ownership), the only way around it is to use competing programs.


Figure too that some programmers made have developed workarounds to being detected by Ad-Aware, Spybot, etc. I seem to have had periods where I had to reinstall to get them to find any real problems.

Count on there being something added to your computer anytime you enter a bad URL and wind up at some squatter's search engine. Some will be nice enough to ask you if you want them to become your homepage. Others don't care and do it anyway.


36 posted on 12/06/2005 8:45:55 PM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: Riley

I don't know how you guys end up with all this spyware.

I've just never had any of it. Well... almost never, I got Gator 4 years or more ago, but I made the mistake of saying yes to install it.

I use Windows XP, Trend's PC-Cillan for virus protection and MS AntiSpyware. I know you think I probably have all kinds of it and just don't know. I don't. I actually think people who have a lot of adware and spyware get it because they install all kinds of freebie 'scareware' supposedly designed to get rid of it. :~D


37 posted on 12/06/2005 8:46:30 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: FEARED MUTATION

Franken aint it past your bed time


38 posted on 12/06/2005 8:47:04 PM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: Senator Bedfellow

I appreciate the update and correction. I still have to wonder if the same practice may have been okay for other buyouts.


39 posted on 12/06/2005 8:48:14 PM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
I don't know how you guys end up with all this spyware.

I don't get spyware. I get paid to remove it.

40 posted on 12/06/2005 8:48:47 PM PST by Riley ("Bother" said Pooh, as he fired the Claymores.)
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To: FEARED MUTATION
I wonder about those joining up for the 37th time?

Yes, we wonder about you, too...

Todd, is that you? :-)

41 posted on 12/06/2005 8:49:08 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: Carling; FEARED MUTATION
I notice you posted the porn comment in another thread. I also notice you are a FR newbie. Hmm...

It's a good post. Cruising questionable sites is a darn plausible explanation for where people get this stuff!

42 posted on 12/06/2005 8:49:31 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: COEXERJ145

I had one that I could not remove (and nothing would detect).

However it could not hijack Netscape nor Firefox so I used those browsers until my harddrive died.

Unfortunately there are websites that DO NOT work with Netscape and even more that don't work with Firefox.

So much for industry standards.


43 posted on 12/06/2005 8:50:50 PM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: Riley

Well, goody for you. :-)


44 posted on 12/06/2005 8:51:28 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: Riley
I don't get spyware. I get paid to remove it.

HA! So it's in your interest for people to think it's everywhere! :~D

45 posted on 12/06/2005 8:51:45 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Carling

If you are having problems removing it from your computer, I have found this site VERY helpful...

www.techsupportguy.com

Go to the security section of the forum...they will help, and if you feel like it after they help you out, you can make a donation to help them keep the assistance free.

Check it out....there seems to be a lot of 'SPYAXE' going around...


46 posted on 12/06/2005 8:52:37 PM PST by Ethrane ("semper consolar")
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To: HairOfTheDog

Except that this poster is probably a retread. :-)


47 posted on 12/06/2005 8:52:55 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: Riley

Besides my Anti-Virus program and Firewall I have 9 anti-spyware programs installed but 'Counter-Spy' is still my favorite.
Problem I've found is people d/l programs but don't install, update or run them till it's too late.
We have 5 computers in the house and they're all as clean as a whistle.


48 posted on 12/06/2005 8:53:33 PM PST by AmeriBrit (HILLARY's1974 Watergate Crimes: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/925684/posts)
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To: AmeriBrit
We have 5 computers in the house and they're all as clean as a whistle.

Except for the 9 spyware programs ;~D

49 posted on 12/06/2005 8:56:05 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: HairOfTheDog

It's the most likely source of infection - of course, as the revenue numbers indicate, very few people visit such sites.


50 posted on 12/06/2005 8:59:47 PM PST by FEARED MUTATION
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