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Old 11-23-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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How to get rid of Adware / Spyware

Download both these free programs. Run them on a regular basis. You should run both as each get's some spyware the other does not. Always check for updates before running.

These programs are free but I highly recommend sending them a donation especially if they actually get rid of something on your computer. $5 is better than throwing out your computer and buying a new one, no?

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Old 11-24-2004, 08:33 AM   #2
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:08 PM   #3
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Hey! It looks like Geek Speak's first official sticky...cool.

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Alright you primitive screw-heads, listen up. See this? This is my boomstick! It's a 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan; retails for about one hundred nine, ninety-five. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right, shop smart, shop S-Mart!
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Old 11-27-2004, 12:35 PM   #4
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Also, another good tool is the CWS removal tool whitch can be removed with this little software app...

CWS Adaware removal tool.


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CWS is a trojan that hijacks Internet Explorer start and search settings to one of several different web sites. Most of these web sites appear to have an affiliate relationship with coolwebsearch.com in which coolwebsearch pays them for every visitor they refer. There could be other domains involved in the future.

More info here..

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Old 12-26-2004, 07:20 PM   #5
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just recently i had a major spy/ad problem, none of the major apps would get rid of my spyware including adaware, spybot, giant, or adawares vx2 plugin, i followed the manual instructions that lavasoft adaware has here: http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/index...howtopic=54511

it got rid of the most recent vx2 problem i had that none of the anti spyware would get rid of, hopefully it helps anyone else who runs into this nasty malware, i was at my wits end and was about to do a clean install of windows..
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Old 01-02-2005, 11:01 AM   #6
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Yup, Ad-aware and Spybot are the way to go. I also recommend House Call from Trend Micro It's an online virus/trojan scan that's updated almost daily.

Be sure to run these in Safe Mode with Networking to be sure you can access as much of the HD as possible while running the OS.

And try to not use Internet Explorer. Most nasty ad-ware/spyware/viruses/trojans tend to be based on IE. Use
Mozilla Firefox as an alternative web browser.
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Old 01-08-2005, 04:21 PM   #7
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One utility I use is called HiJackThis available on download.com

Some really bad malware like CWS (coolwebsearch) will manifest it self as popups that occour WHENEVER you have a network connection (and IE isn't even open)

CWSSHredder may not get rid of it- you have to manually remove some .dll files (for experienced users only)
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The best way to get rid of it is to prevent it:

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If you choose to reinstall your OS or you have a new computer:

If you run WinXP- make sure all the microsoft patches and SP2 is installed.

Install Spybot and use the immunization function and tea-timer.

Download and install spywareblaster from www.download.com.

(If you have already spent over an hour cleaning up spyware: a clean install will save you a few more hours of agonizing scanning and rebooting )
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Old 01-18-2005, 12:33 AM   #8
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:24 PM   #9
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FWIW, the MS Anti-Spyware Beta seems to do the job well enough and it's free to commercial/institutional end-users with legit Windows licenses, unlike ad-aware and sypbot.
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i'm surprized nobody has yet to mention "bazooka"

Also by updating windows.
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:25 AM   #12
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If the spyware is THAT bad... instead of spending hours trying to fix it:

1-Do a fresh install of windows (as in format your PC)
(Don't go surfing untill all of this is done)
2-Make sure your OS patches current
3-Install Spybot Search and Destroy and use the immunize and teatimer utilities
4-Install spywareblaster
5- BUY a good antivirus program (www.trendmicro.com)
6- Make sure all of the above programs are up to date.
7- Stop looking at questionable websites
8-Install the googletoolbar w/ the pop-up blocker


~~~Prevention is the key here~~~


Also: Only download spybot and spyware blaster from www.download.com

Don't click on ANY popup that looks like a windows error or anything that says "you may have spyware"

I also suggest that if you use spybot that you donate
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Old 04-14-2005, 08:59 PM   #15
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If the spyware is THAT bad... instead of spending hours trying to fix it:

1-Do a fresh install of windows (as in format your PC)
(Don't go surfing untill all of this is done)
2-Make sure your OS patches current
3-Install Spybot Search and Destroy and use the immunize and teatimer utilities
4-Install spywareblaster
5- BUY a good antivirus program (www.trendmicro.com)
6- Make sure all of the above programs are up to date.
7- Stop looking at questionable websites
8-Install the googletoolbar w/ the pop-up blocker


~~~Prevention is the key here~~~


Also: Only download spybot and spyware blaster from www.download.com

Don't click on ANY popup that looks like a windows error or anything that says "you may have spyware"

I also suggest that if you use spybot that you donate
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I have done that twice, definitely fixes everything
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