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*WARNING* spyware removal tools infected themselves

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by rodeognome, Feb 16, 2005.

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  1. rodeognome

    rodeognome Thread Starter

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    have used spybot, adware, and hijackthis on three serparate
    computers...

    All three got infected with exact same pop-ups.

    heres the info:

    spybot I got from safernetworking.org
    adware from lavasoft.com
    hijackthis from spywareinfo.com* I am most suspicious about this site


    Please folks can I have some your input on this topic...spyware is hard enough to get rid of but spyware removal tools that are infected themselves is not on.
     
  2. teetdogs

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    personally i like either the microsoft anti spyware beta or pest patrol for spyware detection. you have tried the rest now try the best ;)
     
  3. rodeognome

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    I must try them Teetdogs.

    Does anyone else have experience of infected spyware removal tools?
     
  4. Mosaic1

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    Hi rodeognome,

    Those are some pretty serious statements. I do think you should post the details. Have you made an effort to get in touch with the Programs' authors? It is very possible run a program in the background to watch for another program to be started, or a particular window to appear and then bombard a User with all kinds of junk.


    Mo
     
  5. Rollin' Rog

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    The new 1.99.1 version of HijackThis is reported falsely detected as W32/Generic.worm!p2p by McAfee and a couple of others.

    I'm sure it will be corrected in due time. Ignore it for now.

    Ad-aware temporarily stores infected files in an Ad-aware temp folder and that might explain the detection there. I don't know what you are seeing from Spybot
     
  6. rodeognome

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    I know they are serious statements but it beggars belief that one of tools from
    these sites actually the EXACT same spyware on ALL three systems.

    I am not saying that spybot, adware and hijackthis are detecting new stuff - but
    after using the exact same pop-up appears. It is no co-incidence.

    My main suspect is hijackthis from spywareinfo.com...does anyone the credibility of this site??
     
  7. Rollin' Rog

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    It is the OFFICIAL host site for merijn's files ( he is the author of HijackThis and other programs)

    What is the exact message you are seeing? And howabout posting a HijackThis scanlog here:

    Create a new, permanent folder for HijackThis and save the file to that. Run it and select "do a system scan and save the log file". Then copy/paste the contents of the log to a reply

    Direct HijackThis download link: http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/HijackThis.exe
     
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