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Old 06-29-2004, 07:04 AM   #1
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Smile spyware removal assistance

it seems the issue of "help, i've got spyware" comes up a good 2 or 3 times a week lately, so instead of compiling a list of software for the infected individuals to use EVERY TIME it happens, i'm going to start up this little thread, then dump a link to it in my sig line, so i won't have to compile this list 2 or 3 times a week. i'll also try to keep it updated as new tools become available. let me know if there is anything that i am missing.

by the way..... everything below is available for free.

ad-aware (i use this)
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

spybot - search and destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download

spyware blaster (i use this)
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/

windows defender (formerly "windows anti-spyware) (i use this)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...e/default.mspx

malwarebytes
http://malwarebytes.org/

additional microsoft offerings.....
http://safety.live.com/site/en-US/default.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/security/ma...e/default.mspx
http://www.windowsonecare.com/

above programs compared here......
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...mparisons.mspx

spyware doctor
http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/

spyware guard
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html

rootkit revealer
http://www.sysinternals.com/utilitie...trevealer.html

crap cleaner
http://www.ccleaner.com

CWshredder and HiJackThis
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract..._download.html
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

winpatrol
http://www.winpatrol.com/winpatrol.html

pest patrol research center
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/pest/

spyware guide
http://www.spywareguide.com/

computer cops
http://www.computercops.us/index.php

zone alarm free firewall software
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/conten...ku_list_za.jsp

avast free anti-virus software (i use this)
http://www.avast.com/eng/down_home.html

avg free anti-virus software
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php


some useful online scan utilities
A2 Trojan Scan

TrendMicro

Symantec

Panda


i would also recommend using a brower and email program other than microsoft's internet explorer and outlook express. my two favorite alternatives are:

- mozilla firefox (browser) and mozilla thunderbird (email) (i use both)
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/

- opera browser (with email combined)
http://www.opera.com

another useful link from microsoft's website.....

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/default.mspx
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Old 06-29-2004, 07:25 AM   #2
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What's this? You are trying to reduce posting?
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Old 06-29-2004, 07:27 AM   #3
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What's this? You are trying to reduce posting?
YES!!!
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Old 07-18-2004, 12:12 AM   #4
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just stumbled on this one.
hey dipps this is great

thanks,..............johnson
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Old 08-02-2004, 01:36 PM   #5
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quick update...... added some great free online scans to the list above.

A2 Trojan Scan

TrendMicro

Symantec

Panda
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Old 08-02-2004, 02:19 PM   #6
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I've been g firfox with spyware blaster (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/) for a month now and I can tell you the combo rocks!
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Old 08-02-2004, 02:26 PM   #7
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I've been using firefox with spyware blaster (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/) for a month now and I can tell you the combo rocks!
excellent. i've added spyware blaster to the list above.
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Old 10-15-2004, 08:49 AM   #8
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i added a new tool to the original post... "crap cleaner".

http://www.ccleaner.com

comes highly recommended.
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:29 AM   #9
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Unhappy Crap, I think I picked up a virus

Hey Guys, I need help! I think I picked up a virus that as transformed all my jpeg images in the "my document" folder. The files are still there, properties show 700 k +/-, but no program can open them. Pictures in other directories are fine , only in "my pictures" in "my document".

Has anybody had any luck with retrieving these files?

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Old 02-01-2005, 11:22 AM   #10
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What did they get renamed to? I mean, what's the extension on them now instead of .JPG?

I seem to recall I had this happen to me yearsssssssss ago. I don't recall what it was.

BTW - Have you run a virus scan on your machine? If so, what did it say, if not, what are you waiting for?
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:25 AM   #11
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Sounds like it could be a version of the LoveLetter virus -

It overwrites the contents of all the files with a VBS, VBE, JS, JSE, CSS, WSH, SCT, HTA, JPG, JPEG, MP3 and MP2 extension, thus their contents are lost and cannot be recovered.

http://www.cknow.com/vtutor/vtloveletter.htm
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:16 PM   #12
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Virus

It only affected files in the "my pictures" file that Window xp sets-up. The file is still called a jpeg. I have run numerous virus scans, no luck! I use firefox and never open unknown e-mail.
My only crime is I let my Norton expire, I guess that left a hole open!
Warning, open another file for pics, music etc. do not put stuff in "my documents" it's like painting a target on your ass! And make back-ups.


Thanks for the info desmo! I 'll keep trying, there was 5 years of great motorcyle trip pictures in that file!
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:51 PM   #13
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Download the freeware AVG virus scanner and run it. Find out what you have and get rid of it.

www.grisoft.com

BTW - this is a very good anti-virus program, it updates daily, and it's 100% free to non commercial users. I've used it for years now.
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Dipps,
Thanks for setting up this thread.

I had, for a period of about 4 months, my Explorer browser hijacked. No matter what utility I used to try to fix the problem it would come back when the computer was restarted. I worked around it by using Firefox as a browser since the only known affected program was IE. A few weeks ago I decided to download the AVG Free virus software. I had previously been running McAfee and it never fixed the problem, and it never occured to me to get a different Virus Scanning Utility since I thought is was a spyware/adware issue that I couldn't resolve with any of THOSE tools. Once I loaded AVG, ran a scan and fixed the problems, it did not come back. I don't know who mentioned AVG on this board first, Desmo I think, but THANK YOU!! I have deactivated McAfee and am running AVG now. No problems since! It auto updates every other day it seems, as opposed to McAfee which was about once a week, I think. So thanks to all who participate in this board and help bring solutions to many problems that arise, regardless of whether it is FZ1 related or not.
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Old 09-14-2005, 01:27 PM   #15
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I don't know who mentioned AVG on this board first, Desmo I think, but THANK YOU!!
yep, t'was desmo.

i'm a huge fan of avast! antivirus. i set up my buddies computer with AVG a year or two ago, but recently switched him to avast! and ran a thorough scan of his computer. avast! found 14 viruses (mostly trojans)!

perhaps it was the thorough scan that made the difference.

glad to hear that you got everything resolved though.
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Flame on if you will, but it is worthwhile to check out Microsoft.com
for some stuff that is working well for me.
They have a new anti-spyware program that is currently in beta release.
Loaded that sucker right up and it zapped all those pesky bugs that
the other programs couldnt touch.
Buyer beware! It is beta. It is free. It does work well. (for me - so far)
If it grenades your hard drive, dont come crying to me!
I'm sure that Microsoft will lend a warm shoulder to cry on. (NOT)
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Dipps:

First, thanks for posting this thread. I've installed and updated and scanned with all of the recommended applications, and cleared a mind boggling 96 items from my machine.

96!!!!

But they did not remove the item that I KNEW about...I've got 2 icons in my taskbar, from SpySheriff, and I can't get rid of them. I've removed the software through the add/remove software option in the control panel, but is there any way to get those frickin icons out of my taskbar? Not hidden, but OUT?

I'd sincerely appreciate any guidance here, SpySheriff.com recommended a trial install of their product (of course) to get rid of it, but I can't picture them getting rid of themselves.
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fuzzy, this is about the best information i could find......

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=65945
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I run Norton Antivirus '05 and SpySweeper. Been runnin' the latest versions of both for over two years now and haven't had a single problem since. Not one. I also recommend this combo to all my customers. Most do it, and not one of them has had a problem since either. That's about 60+ people that I know of.

With those two, there's no need for anything else, they provide full coverage. They update themselves, run quietly in the background, and provide perfect protection. What else do you need?
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Flame on if you will, but it is worthwhile to check out Microsoft.com
for some stuff that is working well for me.
They have a new anti-spyware program that is currently in beta release.
Loaded that sucker right up and it zapped all those pesky bugs that
the other programs couldnt touch.
Buyer beware! It is beta. It is free. It does work well. (for me - so far)
If it grenades your hard drive, dont come crying to me!
I'm sure that Microsoft will lend a warm shoulder to cry on. (NOT)
I'll second the MS Beta Spyware remover. It seems to be able to root out almost all comers without fail. Even some Ad-Aware and SpyBot couldn't dislodge. If anyone knows where something could be lodged in the OS and how to get it out, it should be Microsoft.

Download Here

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