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Spyware and AddWare Removal Questions

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Jack1000, Sep 9, 2004.

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  1. Jack1000

    Jack1000 Thread Starter

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    Guys,

    I think I can save my reformating of my hard drive! I wanted you all to know that I downloaded and installed SpyBot:Search and Destroy and it solved A LOT of problems.

    1.) My Restart/Shutdown is back to normal

    2.) My system tray clock is no longer freezing

    On the downside: I still am autoconnecting to the Internet with my dialup service. (I will soon be switching to a DSL service, so I am not too worried about that.)

    I went to Adware.com, and it's actually Adwaresafe, I thought it looked really professional (and it did.) I click on Finish or next to complete the installation and it wants my to purchase the program!!! (UGGGG!!) I closed out and uninstalled the program. There was 1 file that couldn't be uninstalled. What I want is a SIMPLE and FREE ADWARE REMOVAL program, because I am still getting pop-up ads even though SpyBot S&D removed about 95 spyware things from my system.

    User MichaelRyder commented on using an Adware program and went through a removal process and got a missing dill file. I don't want that.

    What do you guys think about Yahoo's Pop-Up Blocker? You can download it and install it with our without Anti-Spy? Should I just go ahead and do that? All I really need to do now is to stop the ads.

    Jack
     
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  3. Jack1000

    Jack1000 Thread Starter

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    Guys,

    NO MORE POP UPS after installing the program mentioned above and also running Spybot-Search and Destroy!!!!

    The only thing left is my persistant auto-dial dialup Internet Connection at boot up. But next week or so, when I get the DSL modem that should be taken care of.

    One question: Now, will the free adaware program keep the pop-ups from coming back, or does it just get rid of the pop-ups that you HAD on your system? I do know that SpyBot S&D needs to be updated regularly. However, when I did the update for the adware program, it said that none was needed.

    Jack
     
  4. xgerryx

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    Adaware will not stop them coming back, it only removes what it finds. Spywareblaster is good for stopping things getting in: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

    Like spybot and all security programs adaware will need updating. Check for updates regularly, twice a week is a good start.
     
  5. GrumpyHermit

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    Ad-Aware, at least the free version, does not do any sort of blocking of spy/adware. Spybot Search and Destroy does, through the immunize function and the Browser Helper. In addition to SpyWareBlaster that xgerryx mentioned, you can also install IE-Spyads, which will add thousands of spy/adware URL's to your Internet Explorer Restricted zone.

    Another thing you can do is to switch browsers to Mozilla Firefox. I know that everyone says that Firefox is inherently no more secure than IE, but the fact is that malware programmers aren't targeting Firefox....yet. Best to take advantage of that fact, and use Firefox for your daily browsing needs, and save IE for Windows Updates only.

    None of these programs will help you if you are sloppy in your security habits. If you don't keep Windows, your AV, and all of the programs listed here updated, then sooner or later you will get infected, especially if you visit high-risk websites such as porn, gambling, games or file-sharing sites.

    The spy/adware blocking programs mentioned here can be found in the Security forum sticky thread titled How Did I Get Infected In The First Place? Mozilla Firefox can be found at www.mozilla.org .
     
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