Security: How to prevent auto install of dialers, toolbars, etc.?

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Luigi

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Hi,

I have noticed that a Comsoft dialer and IST toolbar have been installed on my PC without any popup dialog.

Can someone tell me which security settings in IE6 can prevent this from happening?

TIA
Luigi
 
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Luigi

Welcome to TSG!

There are steps you can take to help keep you free of the scumware that is stealth installed on your PC.

The three programs that I think all PC users should have are Adaware, Spybot and SpywareBlaster.

So please do the following.

Go here http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ and download Adaware 6

Install the program and launch it.

I strongly recommend that you read the help file to familiarize yourself with the program.

Before running the scan look at the top of the main window and you will see a Gear Icon. This is where you configure the settings. Click on that and then in the next window that pops up click on the "Scanning" tab on the left side. Under "Drives and Folders" put a check by "Scan within archives" and below that under "Memory and Registry" put a check by all the options there.
The click on the "Tweak" tab and under "Scanning engine" put a check by "Unload recognized processes during scanning" ...........then......under "Cleaning engine" put a ckeck by "Automatically try to unregister objects prior to deletion" and "Let windows remove files in use at next reboot" then click "Proceed"

Next in the main window look in the bottom right corner and click on "Check for updates now" and get the latest referencefiles.
After getting the latest referencefiles you are ready to scan.

Click "Start" and in the next window make sure "Active in depth scanning" is checked then click "Next" and the scan will begin.

When it is finished let it fix everything it finds.

Restart your computer.

Then go here http://spybot.eon.net.au/index.php?lang=en&page=download and download Spybot.

Install the program and launch it.

Before scanning press "Online" and "Search for Updates" .

Put a check mark at and install all updates.

Click "Check for Problems" and when the scan is finished let Spybot fix/remove all it finds.

Restart your computer.

Be sure and take advantage of the "Immunize" feature in Spybot.

Finally go here http://www.net-integration.net/cgi-bin/forum/ikonboard.cgi?;act=ST;f=38;t=3051 for info on how this happens and how to help prevent future attacks.
On this page you will find a link to Javacool's SpywareBlaster. Get it and check for updates frequently.
The Immunize feature in Spybot used in conjunction with SpywareBlaster and weekly scans with Spybot and Adaware will go a long way toward keeping you spyware free.

Important!: ALWAYS check for updated detections and referencefiles before scanning with Spybot and Adaware. And be sure to check for updates to SpywareBlaster on a weekly basis.

As a second thought it may be a good idea if you post a Hijack This log here for analysis.

Please do this. Go here http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ and download Hijack This. Un Zip it and click on the Hijachthis.exe.

Click the "Scan" button when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.

Go to where you saved the log and click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.

Do NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless. Someone here will be glad to advise you on what to fix.
 

Luigi

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Thanx for your reply!

To be honest, I am not too eager to install any new SW.

What I am looking for is an IE6 security setting (ActiveX, Java, ?) that will prevent these programs from installing or at the very least generate a confirmation dialog pop-up so that I can decide myself if I want to install something or not.

Which mechanism do these applications use to install themselves?

-Luigi
 
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spybot S&D is a very effective way of removing junk from your computer that yuo realyl dont want. however it doesnt stop it installing!

you get to chose what you want to remove!
 

dvk01

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Luigi

open IE tools/options/security/ click on internet zone/press custom & scroll down to download SIGNED active x and tick prompt
then UNSIGNED and tick disabled

then press OK a few times and now anytime anything wants to download to your computer YOU are given the option not it auto downloading
 

Bryan

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Also in IE click on Tools>InternetOptions>Advanced. Now remove the check marks next to both "Enable Install on Demand (Internet Explorer)" and "Enable Install on Demand (Other)...." and click on Apply.
 

Luigi

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Thanks dkv01 and Brian!! I think this should solve my problem.

Ciao!
Luigi
 
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