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Spyware/Adware removal?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Signals, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    I need recomendations and links to some sites that offer reliable free spy and adware removal software please.

    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    i can recomend you Ad-Aware www.lavasoft.de but i downloaded the cracked version from bittorrent
  3. AmarilloCowboyFan

    AmarilloCowboyFan Well-Known Member

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    I use these problems for most problems, some problems require extra programs.

    AdAware
    SpyBot

    You need to run both as they each find different spyware.

    There are several useful programs here.
    Merijn
    I use CWShredder and HiJack This after running the spyware programs above.

    These should remove most problems but not all. You should also make sure all of you Windows Updates are up to date and run a virus scan. There is a free online scan here: virus scan
  4. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    Thank you! :D These should keep me busy for a few minutes.
  5. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I use adaware but one thing you will want to do is after it's installed and updated restart in safe mode and run the scan. That will keep some of the spyware from starting automatically.
  6. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    get the Norton AntiVirus 2005 it protects from spyware and stuff like that
  7. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    In spite of the fact that I am fairly good with computers. My personal comp. is running on win 98, so thats what I'm familiar with.

    The pc that I'm having all of these problems with is my moms pc which is running XP. I attempted to run the defrag last night and it told me I need to run check disk, but for the life of me cannot find chkdsk. ( I was exausted last night so I was being mentally lazy.)

    Some one please coach me through this. I"m having XP warnings that I have disk errors that are critical.

    This PC has lost 80% of its power in the last few days so I know something is serious.

    Thanks :)
  8. GTaylor

    GTaylor Gif Dude

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    Besides the obvious reccomendations I would add:

    Spyware Blaster - Run this BEFORE you start surfing

    RegCleaner - Cleans old registry items

    Gibson Research Center

    A) From GRC, I'd reccomend downloading:

    1) UnPlug N Pray ******** HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS ***************
    2) XPDite
    3) SocketLock

    You can download NoShare as well, but I can't get my wireless to work, so be warned if you decide to run this program.

    Another tip:

    A) Start, Run, then at the bar type in Services.msc
    B) Look for Messenger, stop program, then end it.
    C) Now go back to A (You'll have the run box open), type in regedit
    D) Select the last tab (Should be something like 'StartUp')
    E) From here you can select which programs boot up, *** Note - If you're not sure, leave it checked. If you're curious, google the item and you'll get a ton of info on it). When you're done you'll need to reboot, this should speed up your PC bootup.

    Finally, XP Anti-Spy

    A) Make sure you're at the .org site, they have a disclaimer at the top, some scum spammer has registered the .de domain and tries to fool you into downloading a dialer instead of the actual program.
    B) When you run this program it'll have an option under 'Files' that says "Suggested", if anything select Uninstall Messenger (Unless you use it - BTW, this isn't releated to Microsoft's IM).

    Sorry for all the info, hope it helps...
  9. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    GTaylor

    Do you have msn messeger that I can chat with you on? If so , and you dont mind send me a PM with your srceen name.
  10. AmarilloCowboyFan

    AmarilloCowboyFan Well-Known Member

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    I think this should be msconfig not regedit
  11. GTaylor

    GTaylor Gif Dude

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    Awww man, my screwup. ACF is right, should be msconfig
  12. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    you were right, but I have no clue which ones in the list to disable. There is a list of about 30 items.
    :(
  13. GTaylor

    GTaylor Gif Dude

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    Sorry, don't have MSN. I've only used Yahoo, but I'm at work and so the earliest I would be on is tomorrow.

    Handlename is dfwgt (BTW, if you add me please let me know you're from this forum, I get a ton of spammers trying to add me to their lists and so by force of habit I reject invitiations from those I don't recognize, if I turned down anyone from here, sorry...unless you're a spammer :) ).
  14. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    anyone know how to open the recovery console in win XP?
  15. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    I was able to remove 412 items labeled malware, adware, data miner from the pc using adaware. But I'm still having problem with a real slow boot up.

    Any ideas?
  16. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    still trying to run chkdsk to repair disk errors reported by windows. But cant figure out how to run it on XP? :(

    HELP!!!?
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Scan Disk

    Double Click My Computer
    Right Click on C drive
    Select Properties
    Select Tools Tab
    It is the first option...right above the defrag option
    :D

    I will tell you now that if you do that and defrag you may run into problems if you are running some programs in the back ground and or have a cable/dsl modem that stays online.
    The degrag will keep starting over.

    Also might be wise to disable any antivirus software.
  18. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    There it is!

    Thanks Brain :D
  19. CowboyPrincess

    CowboyPrincess Priceless

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    Go to START ..... HELP AND SUPPORT.... and you'll find it under the section "Pick a task"
  20. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    No problem...it may require you to do a restart and then it will scan while reloading windows.

    Remember when you do the defrag to disable any antivirus software...and if you are on cable or dsl to disable those for the time you are running scan disk....or you can do it in safe mode but I can not remember how to get into safe mode in XP.

    After you have done all of that and ran the adaware programs you may also wish to download and run this program...

    http://www.worldstart.com/weekly-download/archives/reg-cleaner4.3.htm

    Regcleaner...it will go in and show you the entries in your registry and you can delete any that may be spyware or old programs that are no longer on the computer.
    I suggest you have a decent knowledge of computers before using it as you could delete stuff off you should not.

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