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Spyware slowing computer - ad aware fixed it (not a commercial)
Lavasoft and me ^ | Me

Posted on 09/01/2003 8:22:33 PM PDT by BJungNan

Sorry if this is viewed as a vaniety. Just trying to pass along a bit of information in case anyone is having slow computer problems.

First, I have a dial up so it is slow anyhow. But for the last couple of days it has been crawling - nearly usable. So, for the heck of it, I ran an ad aware scan (lavasoft).

Amazing. As soon as I got rid of the spyware it detected, my computer sped right back up to normal. All I can figure is the spyware was hogging up the line.

Maybe some of you have a better handle on this and can tell me what happened. Anyhow, if you are having similar slow, slow, slow connection, you might give it a try.


TOPICS: Technical; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: slowcomputer

1 posted on 09/01/2003 8:22:35 PM PDT by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan
Adaware does rock

http://lavasoft.element5.com/support/download/


2 posted on 09/01/2003 8:26:15 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
I use it in conjunction with spybot, nothing gets past those two.
3 posted on 09/01/2003 8:33:28 PM PDT by dts32041 ("moderate Arab" he's the one who detonates his bomb via remote control.)
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To: BJungNan
Computer-Security
1.  Security Test

3.  Download AVG AntiVirus

5.  Check for Virus Hoaxes
2.  Download Zone Alarm

4.  Download Ad-Aware


4 posted on 09/01/2003 8:36:52 PM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: BJungNan
ADAWARE IS ONE OF THOSE FREEWARE PROGRAMS THAT WORKS EXACTLY AS IT IS SUPPOSED TO. I LOVE IT!

I RANK IT UP THERE WITH ZONEALARM FIREWALL WHICH IS ANOTHER TERRIFIC FREEEWARE PROGRAM.

BIGFIX IS ANOTHER EXCELLENT PROGRAM WHICH COSTS NOTHING.
5 posted on 09/01/2003 8:38:27 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Either you are an American or you are a Liberal.)
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To: BJungNan
I've tried to install AdAware on two separate PC's, and all I get is a message that says some .DLL file is missing. However, when I've gotten it to install, I've been pleased.
6 posted on 09/01/2003 8:43:27 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: BJungNan
My results haven't been that dramatic, but it does keep things clean and I run it regularly.

So9

7 posted on 09/01/2003 8:47:45 PM PDT by Servant of the Nine (I am not reptilian, I just have a low basal metabloism.)
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To: BJungNan
Yup. Works as advertised. Make sure you update the program and run it regularly.
8 posted on 09/01/2003 8:47:59 PM PDT by CedarDave (The Dems look for a shadow on the brightest day, call it the dark of night and blame George W. Bush)
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To: BJungNan
Sorry if this is viewed as a vaniety

And a bunip to the top for this vaniety. :-)

9 posted on 09/01/2003 8:49:30 PM PDT by krb (the statement on the other side of this tagline is false)
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To: BJungNan
I thought it was just Cox.net when I started to see a slowdown and tonight it ceased to function so I read some magazines. Just tried getting on line again and come across your post. Darn thing is I ran a speed test last night and I'm getting 2616 kbps down loadload. Will these programs work on a Mac running OSX?

Another reason I thought it was Cox is because I bought a 20 Sharp LCD TV for my desk from Costco Friday and any action (Nascar football baseball etc) is blurred. I was told by a Freeper the broadband too slow for the tv...

10 posted on 09/01/2003 9:01:34 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: Pikamax
I had the same problem with spyware from www.igetnet.com
Ad-Aware detected it but couldn't remove it using igetnet's unistall. Finally had to uninstall Ad-Aware. Apparently it created a file. Finally found it and was able to delete it. Took about 2 weeks.
11 posted on 09/01/2003 9:13:01 PM PDT by dvan
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To: BJungNan
bump
12 posted on 09/01/2003 9:15:11 PM PDT by KineticKitty (We support our troops...as long as what they say/do fits our preconceived notions?)
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To: Pikamax
bump
13 posted on 09/01/2003 9:20:56 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: BJungNan; snopercod
http://forums.techguy.org/t110934/s75b02c57fbb595a017a6a95c081019bc.html

That link will help you with understanding what all has happened.

The techguy recommends two app.'s, StartupList and SpyBot

Good luck.

P.S. Strongly recommended, also: Zone Alarm Pro or Kerio Personal Firewall (look 'em up online)

14 posted on 09/01/2003 9:27:11 PM PDT by First_Salute
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To: First_Salute
anyone know how to detect if your computer is being hacked and is spy ware something someone has to download physically to your computer or can it be sent via email ect? another Q-is it normal for you mouse to go off on its own, to say your documents ect?? weve had lots of computer problems over the years, we had norton, but somehow it got disabled without our knowledge..we dont know how long weve been unprotected. both of us also will get odd messages when attempting to access email or our stock page such as "access denied, too many attempts at an invalid password" when we havent accessed it for days. any suggestions would be great at how to peek in my computer:)
15 posted on 09/01/2003 9:30:38 PM PDT by moondancer
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To: BJungNan
yep, Ad-ware is cool. I have been using it for about a year and helps at times. Some of the spyware will get right back on your machine though. Depends on sites you visit.
16 posted on 09/01/2003 9:39:27 PM PDT by lwoodham
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To: moondancer
Spy Ware gets put on your PC just by visiting certain websites. It should be outlawed.
17 posted on 09/01/2003 9:40:38 PM PDT by lwoodham
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To: BJungNan
Spybot works better but they're both good.
18 posted on 09/01/2003 9:42:01 PM PDT by Sir Gawain (Hey where da white women at?)
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To: moondancer
You've got problems.

Download and load up Zone Alarm (link above) to detect if someone is trying to access your computer without your knowlege. Likewise download Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware to check for spyware. But most importantly reload Norton Anti-Virus and check to see if you have any virus. Make sure you have the latest MS Windows updates as well. Bigfix will help with that, but the MS Internet Explorer update windows option will let you know what you need to update.

The mouse skitter may just be a dirty mouse ball. Also run scandisk and scanreg.exe /fix and defrag regularly.
19 posted on 09/01/2003 9:43:02 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: Sir Gawain
I really believe that this is a malicious intrusion on privacy and have thought about writing some "special" protection software to stop it completely )
20 posted on 09/01/2003 9:43:54 PM PDT by lwoodham
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To: Sir Gawain
Seems to me that is spyware is recieved and legal then anti-spyware transmitted in response should also be legal.
21 posted on 09/01/2003 9:46:54 PM PDT by lwoodham
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To: anymouse
thanks everyone:)
someone once told me that you could hit control/alt/delete and look at whats running while your online and thatll tell you if there is spyware or viruses, but i havnet noticed anything unusual, but i know very little about computers.
ive read about open ports, but dont know how to locate those. i did have zone alarm before we had our computer harddrive erased last fall...great stuff! any of these programs you all recomended tell you what the virus is and whre it came from? im looking at a specific person that is doing this (who also accessed my hotmail and deleted all my emails) so i dont want to download something thatll just "get rid of it" i want to see what it is ect.
thanks for letting me know it could be a dirty ball..most likely the cause thou the arrow did seem to go specifically to "my documents" or "my computer". hopefully its just a coinkydink!
22 posted on 09/01/2003 9:50:08 PM PDT by moondancer
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To: lwoodham
The one big problem with the Internet is that they have got to fix it where hackers or others can't cloak or modify the source address of the E-mail. That information should without question be available to the recipent.
23 posted on 09/01/2003 9:52:27 PM PDT by lwoodham
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To: BJungNan
Helps also to regularly clean out your temporary internet files. Run "disk cleanup" every couple of weeks.
24 posted on 09/01/2003 11:24:57 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: First_Salute
Absolutely fascinating link!
25 posted on 09/02/2003 3:57:03 AM PDT by snopercod (taking the fine art of syncophancy to new heights)
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To: First_Salute
This link is a little older, but nonetheless valuable:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/825016/posts
26 posted on 09/02/2003 4:41:08 AM PDT by nygoose
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To: steplock
AVG is the shiznit.

Best anti-virus I have used. And best of all its free.

27 posted on 09/02/2003 7:26:52 AM PDT by Smogger
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To: nygoose
Thanks.
28 posted on 09/02/2003 11:15:14 AM PDT by First_Salute
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To: snopercod; moondancer
Bump.
29 posted on 09/02/2003 11:16:38 AM PDT by First_Salute
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To: steplock
Bump for later. (i.e. home computer)
30 posted on 09/02/2003 11:22:28 AM PDT by NathanR (California Si! Aztlan NO!)
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To: BJungNan
I would add one more program to that powerful duo: Hijack This (http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/).

It looks at what is already loaded in memory and will eliminate that (along with fixing other registry entries). Some spyware programs (Gator & others) resist attempts at removal when elements are already in memory. Hijack This will help in those cases.
31 posted on 09/02/2003 11:25:18 AM PDT by mhking
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To: BJungNan
I did this a few weeks ago and found over a hundred spyware things to delete.
On my daughter's computer- almost 200.
It kept me from buying a new computer. I thought I needed one, but it was just the spyware clogging it up.
32 posted on 09/03/2003 7:19:11 PM PDT by republicangel
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To: republicangel
Funny, I almost went out and bought a new computer too. Say, how about you send me $10.00 for the tip. And then you give someone else the tip with a list with my name and your name on it and instructions to send you and me $10 and then they forward the tip to someone else and they add there name to the list and that person sends you and me and them $10 and before long we can just go ahead and buy ourselves that new computer.
33 posted on 09/03/2003 9:49:35 PM PDT by BJungNan
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