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Adware Or Spyware, Not Sure?


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My kids use the wife's computer and the other day the desktop was a link to a spyware removal program.?????

 

Naturally I was unamused and found it to be a daunting task to remove the desktop screenshot, but I can't seem to load any screenshots or other themes, it just stays blank. :unsure: (darned kids will be the death of me! :lol: )

 

Would any of you have had the same experience and could explain how you delt with the problem?

 

Thanks guys.

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Boot into safe mode, run HijackThis, and post your log here. Otherwise, I will come over to your house, install a firewall on your kids' computer to block out sites that give you that piece of madware(malware and adware combined, and it can be a beeyotch to remove). I'm not even sure of how to remove it. All I know is, it's hard.

 

 

 

 

EDIT: Also, open up TaskManager and check your processes list for any processes in the list at the bottom of my post.

Edited by Kamikaze_Badger

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When all else fails... a clean install OS works for me, though now I've got better AV/firewall + utilities, so not for quite some time have I had to resort to such a drastic measure :)

 

Good luck...

 

 

P.s. Spybot 'search & destroy' allows for immunisation against known scum-ware sites ;)

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Hi Taz, how's it going.

 

I know that doing a low level format and re-installing would be the best thing to do, but hence the nature of my question. I'd rather not do that.

 

SHOOT!

 

I'll probably have to do that crap. :( the kids don't give a crap as to firewalls or adware removal programs) :angry:

 

The oldest that uses the computer (my wife's computer actually) is 13 years old, never mind the 8 year old that tries to play DOD on that rig! :lol:

 

The crap hit the fan, and the fan is on high! :lol: (you know what I mean)

 

Thanks guys.

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DON'T FORMAT YET!

 

 

 

Listen, post a HijackThis log. Here's a direct link to it: http://www.zerosrealm.com/downloads/hjt.zip

 

And some more:

 

http://downloads.subratam.org/hijackthis.zip

http://ftp.officefive.org.uk/sites/www.spy.../hijackthis.zip

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/hijackthis.zip

http://computercops.biz/zx/Merijn/hijackthis.zip

 

 

 

And here's a link to the Download.com download: http://www.download.com/HijackThis/3000-80...tml?tag=lst-0-1

 

 

 

Run it, post the log, and then do 10 scans with Ad-Aware 6.0 SE, Spybot - Search & Destroy, and Spysweeper.

 

 

 

And, try doing it in safemode. Then, find something for scanning in Linux, download it, boot from a Knoppix boot disk, and then run that program. I'm not going to allow anyone to give up against spyware/adware/scumware/malware without a fight. Hell, if you give me a ride, I'll come over there and get rid of it myself.

Edited by Kamikaze_Badger

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