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Nel mezzo del cammin

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#1 13 years ago

(Might not be the right forum though.)

3 days ago, some links to websites appeared on my desktop, the classic 'poker', 'travel',... You've probably had them.

But once I tried to remove them, using 'delete', I noticed the button didn't do anything. Right-clicking on them didn't do anything either. Left clicking - duh - got me on their stupid website. I managed to delete them, stopping an 'iexplorer' process (via ctr-alt-del). A few hours later, they were back, and - get this - they had adapted! Had to update and run ad-aware to remove them.

And the worst part - an hour after running ad-aware - they're back again :uhm:. I've got a firewall, virusscanner and (supra) ad-aware. Would putting the firewall on higher control do anything? And do you have any idea what website keeps putting these things on my computer? (I think it might be something related to MSN/Hotmail.)


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#2 13 years ago

Also try spybot search and destroy,have you looked you for them in add and remove programs?also look in c drive,windows,prefech.Do a general search for anything related after you have stopped the process.

Mortal Gathum

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#3 13 years ago

Use PestPatrol if you have it. If you dont then steal it. What firewall are you using? Some like zone alarm have the options which allows progarms to access the net w/o asking permission. And do you have all of the windows updates? And no I would have to say its not something related to MSN/Hotmail unless your downloading .exe's and launching them from there. If for some reason you do not want to steal a copy of PestPatrol then get this: You need to resister but its free checks for trojen's, worms, spyware, IE ihjacking, but you'll need to clean the cookies yourself. (which is why I recommend PestPatrol)


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#4 13 years ago

What Spyware, anti-virus tools are you using anyway?

I also recommend

Spybot Search & Destroy. It is a VERY good anti-spyware tool, and its FREE, no need to register.

Sounds like you've installed a program, that automatically checks itself. Or a Internet Explorer Toolbar/Plugin. Those things are annoying. Quite common actually, especially for those who view every e-mail they get, before they delete it. Or click "YES" in every pop-up box.

1. Could it be a Gator program? <--- Gator does this. 2. Any toolbar's besides Yahoo or Google, in IE? Those are the only known, "Safe" ones. 3. Any Peer 2 Peer file sharing programs? Several come with Gator. 4. Anyone else use your PC?


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#5 13 years ago

Try turning off your modem while you try to get rid of them. Its alot easier to get rid of spyware if you have no internet connection.

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#6 13 years ago

I thought firewalls were only for hackers, and this is a malicious program, so the firewall won't do much. I had this same problem, but i have bad news. The solution i came to was to re-format.

you could try to delete the regestry file manually. start>run>regedit you have to know what you're looking for...DO NOT DELETE THINGS YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT!


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#7 13 years ago

Firewalls have the nice ability to monitor traffic and shut down ports. Very useful at times. What you've likely done is installed a program that isn't classified as spyware, but installs spyware every time it's run. ***** [ed- Wow, they've actually filtered out P2P program names] is a prime example of a program of this sort. This is a problem that plagues a lot of free programs, particularly those who have pay-for-use counterparts, or are designed to for not-always-legal activities. My standard sweep includes Spybot S&D (which I believe will remove Gator), AdAware, and (until their recent acquisition by M$) GIANT AntiSpyware. There are many other programs out there; I recommend running as many of them as can be trusted if you're having problems. I also recommend not using MSIE. Firefox is a much better choice. Lastly, run any local antivirus software you have. Then run TrendMicro's Housecall. Viruses can cause this kind of behaviour, and we're now seeing strains in the wild that effectively hide themselves from local scanners. As GameFreak said, you should perform all scanning while disconnected from the Internet (except, of course for my last recommendation. Save that one for last).