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StopTheMorans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:11 PM
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suspect I have spyware from a p2p... how the hell do i get rid of it?
anyone? any help would be MUCH appreciated. thanks in advance!
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toddzilla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:12 PM
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1. google ad-aware, download and install
run it, and follow the directions.

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porkrind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:13 PM
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2. I was just about to suggest this.
Ad-aware works great!
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Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:29 PM
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9. It really does
It's lavasoft adware for when you do your google search.
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boxster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:11 PM
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11. Ad-Aware, that is.
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Not Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:14 PM
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4. And run it regularly.
I haven't downloaded any mp3's in a long time, but got a number of spyware agents on my machine. After running ad-aware last week, it found and remove 59 files.
My pc runs faster now I think.
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ProudGerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:13 PM
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3. specifics would help
But the usual suspects. Ad-aware from Lavasoft, and Spybot Search and Destroy should help.

But the particular p2p program, and the specific malware would help tremendously. There are lots of things on the net to clean your machine of these things, but we need the details to help more than just the generals.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:14 PM
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5. yes...
you should have both Adaware and Spybot S&D. Run each one. There are some things the other one misses. In tandem, they work really well.
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StopTheMorans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:15 PM
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6. thanks everyone!
n/t
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phaseolus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:17 PM
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7. ...and keep your definition files up to date.
Just like virus scanners, they have to update their lists of junk to get rid of on a regular basis.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:18 PM
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8. Another suggestions
Here's a link to a list of really handy utilities:

http://answersthatwork.com/Downright_pages/downrights_i...

I use Spybot, which is listed near the bottom of the page. It has a function to immunize your computer against known SpyWare and AdWare installation.
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Sentath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:55 PM
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12. Another vote for Spybot S&D
I have a burned CD that I call my silver bullet. ADAware, Spybot, their latest updates,and a couple winsock repairers.

Usually does the trick.

{rlg}
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:01 AM
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13. Yes, use both AdAware and Spybot S&D
They do catch different things. And for the future, you could try SpywareGuard and SpywareBlaster for free resident (on-download) protection.

Find them here:

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/products.html
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rhino47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:32 PM
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10. I got ad-ware off www.download.com nt
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TroubleMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:31 AM
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14. I used all of those and still had some then I used this:
It catches everything:

http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/index.html?source=...

Unfortunately it doesn't delete them. You have to manually do it, but it gives you instructions.

It's the last resort, because it takes a lot of time to do the manual deletions, but it does catch everything.
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