Skip to comments.Spy Axe 3.0
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?!?!
Things have gone downhill from there.
Did you Google it for a solution?
This must be an emerging epidemic. There is another thread in here about it. Once you get clean, stop going to porn sites!
See the Post, Ugly SpyAxe Virus Alert, below.
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
Never! Viruses be d*mned! =)
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.
Oops...that post was to Carling..:)
I notice you posted the porn comment in another thread.
I also notice you are a FR newbie.
Get this program called counter spy. make sure it is updated to the latest version and it should ease your ills...
Then I might as well throw out the computer ... without porn sites, what good is it?
Like at this site:
Anyone joining after 2000 is a newbie. :)
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.
Looks like a vicious little sucker.
Your post alone makes this thread worthy to be bookmarked.
Glad to see someone knows the best there is. I'd give up food before I gave up my 'Counter-Spy'.
Anyone with a sign up after Nov 28, 1997 is a newbie!
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.
nope just you
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.
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.
Um, didn't Microsoft reclassify Gator's spyware program once they acquiRed the company?
Good luck with that.
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.
Of course. But it applies especially for those joining up three days ago. :-)
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.
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.
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.
I wonder about those joining up for the 37th time?
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.
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
Franken aint it past your bed time
I appreciate the update and correction. I still have to wonder if the same practice may have been okay for other buyouts.
I don't get spyware. I get paid to remove it.
Yes, we wonder about you, too...
Todd, is that you? :-)
It's a good post. Cruising questionable sites is a darn plausible explanation for where people get this stuff!
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.
Well, goody for you. :-)
HA! So it's in your interest for people to think it's everywhere! :~D
If you are having problems removing it from your computer, I have found this site VERY helpful...
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...
Except that this poster is probably a retread. :-)
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.
Except for the 9 spyware programs ;~D
It's the most likely source of infection - of course, as the revenue numbers indicate, very few people visit such sites.