Spyware Update


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redneck2
April 23, 2006, 07:46 AM
I had a thread maybe a month or so ago about spyware. I keep getting keylogger cookies about every time I go on the internet. I've got McAfee and per advice here I got Webroot Spy Sweeper.

Either my setting are off or these things aren't working. I'm not a computer person at all, I just want something that works to keep this crap from happening. Short of burning the computer is there anything I can do??

Help GREATLY apprecited. tia

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Arkie
April 23, 2006, 08:07 AM
Here is some ones you can use.

Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware)

Spybot Search and Destroy. (http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10122137.html?part=104443&subj=dlpage&tag=button)


A-Squared. (http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free)

Spyware Blaster. (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html)

And get rid of McAfee!
Try one of these instead...

Grisoft. (http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5)

Avast. (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html)

Or you can go here and see what kind of goodies you need...

Lots of goodies. (http://www.freebyte.com/antivirus)

And the best thing is, they are Free Forever!!! :)

redneck2
April 23, 2006, 09:10 AM
I use Adware. Problem is it only detects problems after it's already on the computer.

McAfee has stopped the virus stuff, just not spyware. thanks

Preacherman
April 23, 2006, 10:40 AM
I use two products 24/7, and a couple of others for periodic sweeps.

I have Norton Internet Security running full-time, and also Microsoft AntiSpyware. These are memory-resident, and have trapped quite a number of virii and spyware applications as they arrive, before they can install themselves.

Then, I use Spybot S&D and PestPatrol on a monthly basis. These occasionally catch something that has slipped through the cracks of the other two, but not very often. I find the Norton/MS combo works pretty well to stop infections. However, you do have to set Norton to a high level of security if it's to work well. This can be annoying, as it flashes at you for permission for any JavaScript or ActiveX control to execute - but it's safer that way.

frenchwrench
April 23, 2006, 10:45 AM
Win Anti Virus Pro 2006 and Adaware do the job for me. I was expeiencing the same problems you are having . I was using Symantic. Dropped it and put on Win Pro and it went away,also check your settings under security and pop up blocker. Good luck.

elmrich
April 23, 2006, 11:24 AM
Here's another free malware scanning program.
http://www.ewido.net/en/download/

Just_a_dude_with_a_gun
April 23, 2006, 11:27 AM
Hijack This - a great program that kills bad .exe and .dll files in your registry that are responsible for the regeneration of spyware upon reboot.

Killbox - good for stopping and deleting apps that won't allow you to get rid of them.

lee n. field
April 23, 2006, 05:28 PM
I use Adware. Problem is it only detects problems after it's already on the computer.

I think the pay version has a resident part.

Microsoft's Antispyware (their #1 most popular download since the day it was first offered, I wonder why) will sit resident. Spybot has a setting that will too, but it's pop-up messages can be quite cryptic.

The best preventative solution is to use good browsing habits (making good judgements on where to surf, what to click on, what to say yes to, etc.) and use something other than the Big Blue E (http://www.mozilla.com) to surf the Web with.

redneck2
April 24, 2006, 06:36 AM
The best preventative solution is to use good browsing habits (making good judgements on where to surf, what to click on, what to say yes to, etc.) I only visit this and a few other sites, nothing I would term "questionable". I never open pop-ups.

use something other than the Big Blue E to surf the Web with. I've just always used IE because that's what came with the computer. Forgive a very basic question, but what would you use if not IE. I know there are other browsers out there, just never saw or at least understood the need.

I also made the mistake of activating MS Instant Messenger, which I never use. I was going to delete it out of my programs, but evidentally MS has it buried somewhere. One of my replies before said this is one of the sources of problems

Also, if I run multiple similar spyware or anti-virus programs will they conflict somehow?? thanks for the replies

GoRon
April 24, 2006, 08:39 AM
I leave Microsoft Beta run in the background and I have heard good things about it from those who should know. BETA (http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx)

edited to add: I also use Mozilla Firefox as my main browser.

redneck2
April 24, 2006, 06:04 PM
I went back and re-read the post and got the link for Mozilla. I start using that as soon as I get it loaded. thanks for the replies

AndyC
April 24, 2006, 09:06 PM
If you do use Internet Explorer (heck, if it comes to that, if you use Windows) make sure you do a WindowsUpdate (http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com) every so often and get all the critical patches installed - otherwise you're just leaving the front door unlocked for these guys to hijack your system.

meef
April 24, 2006, 10:27 PM
Webroot Spy Sweeper...

Check out their site and decide for yourself. It has saved my bacon on several occasions.

It ain't free, but you DO get what you pay for.

http://www.webroot.com/

lee n. field
April 25, 2006, 12:16 PM
I only visit this and a few other sites, nothing I would term "questionable". I never open pop-ups.


I sould have said "In general The best preventative solution is to use good browsing habits etc."

redneck2
April 26, 2006, 06:31 AM
It ain't free, but you DO get what you pay for.I paid for Adware, and it's not what I was looking for. I paid for MacAfee and the firewall part isn't working. I'm not concerned about paying a few dollars. I am concerned about identity theft and what that would cost. Anyone who's willing to have identity theft over a few dollars is a fool. I'm concerned that I'll have a dozen different programs and they'll start conflicting with each other

I did use the info to go to Windows Update and got 3 updates. No problems for the past few days. One of the new patches may have worked. I still run Adware every time I boot

Any way to delete MS Instant Messenger so I don't have to do an "exit" at every start up??

How can I delete IE without getting into problems with Windows?? thanks for all the help.

AndyC
April 26, 2006, 08:58 AM
You should be able to easily uninstall MSN Messenger via Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. Alternatively, go into MSN's Messenger's options - there's something in there somewhere about "start MSN when Windows starts" (Can't be more specific - don't use it myself anymore).

Don't bother trying to uninstall Internet Explorer - it's extremely technical, a lot of registry-editing and you'll most likely break Windows if you try. Just don't use it, that's all.

Clean97GTI
April 27, 2006, 01:16 AM
redneck2, you can't really delete Internet Explorer. I know you can go into the Windows Control Panel and choose Add/Remove Programs. Once that opens, select add/remove windows components. You may or may not see IE there. You aren't really removing it by unchecking it though. I'd ignore that part. Regardless, just stop using it. It is really a pretty poor browser once you get used to Firefox or Opera. Once you use tabbed browsing, you'll wonder how you got along without it.

I would ditch McAfee just because it is a resource hog. AVG from Grisoft is much better and its free!
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5
near the bottom of that page, you'll find the download link for AVG Free.

as far as a firewall, for basic use, the firewall included with Windows XP SP2 (service pack 2) isn't too bad. You can get others that are better, but its not really a huge problem for most people. You can go to http://www.oldversion.com and get a free copy of Zonelabs ZoneAlarm personal firewall. The only firewall software I have is PeerGuardian2 ( http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/ ) but I use my router's firewall. Hardware is bettuh.

redneck2
April 28, 2006, 12:23 PM
Being the adventureous type I tried to delete Instant Messinger before I read that you couldn't delete IE. Somehow, it wiped out IE but instant messinger is still there. Now the little blue "e" is gone.

Two problems...if I use Mozilla to pull up our corporate website it's a mish-mash of garbage jammed together. IE pulled it up fine. Settings maybe??? There's a box that can be updated every week with our new corporate stuff and it shows an empty box instead of the info.

I've still got Instant Messinger which I want to delete.

The Windows Update thing is still working and I'm not getting the spyware, at least for now. Thanks

desoto
April 28, 2006, 12:58 PM
If your operating system is Windows XP, you could try the "system restore" feature to retreive your lost programs. If you're truly adventurous, there is a beta version of Internet Explorer 7 you can download at microsoft.com

AndyC
April 28, 2006, 01:35 PM
Being the adventureous type I tried to delete Instant Messinger before I read that you couldn't delete IE. Somehow, it wiped out IE but instant messinger is still there. Now the little blue "e" is gone.
All it did was remove the icon or shortcut for IE - you'll find Iexplore.exe in your C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer folder. To restore your icon on the desktop, right-click on Iexplore.exe and do this:

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5196/ie6cn.png

Two problems...if I use Mozilla to pull up our corporate website it's a mish-mash of garbage jammed together. IE pulled it up fine. Settings maybe??? There's a box that can be updated every week with our new corporate stuff and it shows an empty box instead of the info.
This is common - Microsoft decided to make their own standards w.r.t. webpages and most designers tend to be lazy and go with those, instead of open webpage standards. Use IE when browsing your corporate site - I have to do the same, which is irritating.

I've still got Instant Messinger which I want to delete.
Again, click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs and get rid of it there.

The Windows Update thing is still working and I'm not getting the spyware, at least for now. Thanks
Prop a noblem

redneck2
April 30, 2006, 09:19 AM
OK, so this stuff is working OK now. I don't have problems with keylogger stuff. Probably due to getting Spy Sweeper along with the Windows Updates. I run Adware every day and automatically run Spy Sweeper every night and haven't had anything for about a week.

I restored the little blue IE so I can run my company program, but I use Mozilla for everything else

Only problem (which I assume is real simple) is that I pull up one of the MS files now rather than a home page every time I use IE. How to you re-choose a home page?? I've spent over an hour looking thru stuff trying to find it without messing up other files.

I know these are real, real basic questions, but I don't have any local computer gurus to answer the basics. Thanks for all the help.

AndyC
April 30, 2006, 11:01 AM
Redneck, it's pretty easy. Open IE, go to the website you want then click on Tools -> Internet Options. That should open the General tab and you then click the Current button which will set your homepage to the current webpage you're in - or you can type the address manually, whatever suits you.

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/3500/ieo4ce.png

redneck2
May 21, 2006, 07:53 AM
Latest on this for anyone that's interested...

I did the Windows Update. I think that helped a ton. For some reason, my automatic updates was shut off.

I Got Webroot Spy Sweeper. I have automatic sweeps every night and haven't had anything for over 2 weeks.

I turned off IE Instant Messenger. I suspect this may have been their gateway in.

I use Adware a few times a week, but Spy Sweeper seems to work great. McAfee us still running.

Thanks for all the suggestions and help. Works great now. Zero problems

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