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Bereaved
24-01-2007, 12:31 PM
Hello everyone,

Owing to one of the more crappy things posted in here ie 1337, in the last couple of days, my computer is now riddled with spyware, and other assorted malware.

Any wonderful ideas as to how to get rid of it, as the pop up windows are driving me nuts!!

Would really appreciate a reply,

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Basil
24-01-2007, 12:45 PM
Mac, I can only offer advice for the future regrettably. Machine 'wiping and cleansing' is not something I have to do ;)

My advice to anyone when clicking on a likely dodgy site (which I have to do as low-volume forum admin) is to turn off cookies in the browser before making the click of no return. Clicking on the site will generate mucho hidden traffic between the remote and your comp, but 'cookies off' will prevent your browser from receiving at least 99% of the crapola, and if on a mac 100%.

I assume the wiping will have to be done with a commercial program or a damn good shareware job. That's it from me ... over to the PC boffins.

antichrist
24-01-2007, 03:33 PM
Hello everyone,

Owing to one of the more crappy things posted in here ie 1337, in the last couple of days, my computer is now riddled with spyware, and other assorted malware.

Any wonderful ideas as to how to get rid of it, as the pop up windows are driving me nuts!!

Would really appreciate a reply,

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Now you know how I feel when your blessings keep jumping up everywhere - serve you really bloody right.

And wake up to yourself about your stupid blessings!

Rincewind
24-01-2007, 06:34 PM
Mac,

I find the best free adware/malware remover for Windows is LavaSoft's Ad-Aware SE Personal. You can download it free from their website...

http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php

Beware of imitations and I hope this helps.

Bill Gletsos
24-01-2007, 06:40 PM
Mac,

If all else fails, buy a Mac. :hand:

Desmond
24-01-2007, 10:04 PM
Geeks To Go (http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/You_Must_Read_This_Before_Posting_A_Hijackthis_Log-t2852.html) is without a doubt the best set of instructions I have found. Follow them closely and you'll be fine.

Basil
24-01-2007, 11:34 PM
Geeks To Go (http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/You_Must_Read_This_Before_Posting_A_Hijackthis_Log-t2852.html) is without a doubt the best set of instructions I have found. Follow them closely and you'll be fine.
Now let me see if I remember from last time ...
1. Back up entire hard drive ...
2. Stand on left foot ...
3. Wet right index finger ...
4. Place in ear ...

etc etc etc ...

:)

Bereaved
25-01-2007, 12:32 AM
Thank you all for your concern, will look into the other programs,

Have currently downloaded the AVG anti Virus recommended to me by Shirty in the shoutbox, it seems to have worked as all of the problems I was experiencing have stopped. The program suggests that it has locked the viruses in a quarantine vault, and so they don't work any more; does this mean that they are deleted?

Anyway once again thank you all for your concern,

Take care and God Bless Macavity

Basil
25-01-2007, 12:38 AM
The program suggests that it has locked the viruses in a quarantine vault, and so they don't work any more; does this mean that they are deleted?

My guess is no. I say that with reasonable certainty based on my experiences with Norton Ant-virus. Its method is to move infected files to quarantine. Files contained therein are specifically prevented from interacting with any file outside quarantine (as the name suggests).

The purpose for this (as opposed to straight auto deletion) is to allow for examination of virus and or repair and or partial retrieval at a time that suits. However this tends to be top end stuff beyond your interest I dare say.

I'd venture there is an option to delete quarantined files there somewhere. On second thoughts, what the hell am I doing 'venturing' when Shirtz will give you the real deal.

Anyway, glad you're back up (pun) and running.

Rincewind
25-01-2007, 06:58 AM
Thank you all for your concern, will look into the other programs,

Have currently downloaded the AVG anti Virus recommended to me by Shirty in the shoutbox, it seems to have worked as all of the problems I was experiencing have stopped. The program suggests that it has locked the viruses in a quarantine vault, and so they don't work any more; does this mean that they are deleted?

Anyway once again thank you all for your concern,

Take care and God Bless Macavity

Mac,

I use Avast anti-virus rather than AVG but the concept of a vault exists in that as well and while they are not physically removed from the harddrive, the viruses have been put somewhere where they will not cause any more harm. At a time that suits you can see if it warrants further investigation or just remove them.

If you have thge energy it might still be worth trying Ad-Aware as there are other adware/malware/spybots etc that AVG may not detect.

Glad to hear the immediate issues have been solved though.

Rhubarb
25-01-2007, 10:35 AM
The purpose for this (as opposed to straight auto deletion) is to allow for examination of virus and or repair and or partial retrieval at a time that suits. However this tends to be top end stuff beyond your interest I dare say.

I'd venture there is an option to delete quarantined files there somewhere. On second thoughts, what the hell am I doing 'venturing' when Shirtz will give you the real deal.Yes, this is exactly right. Since I wouldn't have a clue how to make the quarantine work I normally just delete them straight away (right-click on the threat, change quarantine to delete, click on Apply Action in the scanner box and then click on Remove Finally in the quarantine vault).

If you have thge energy it might still be worth trying Ad-Aware as there are other adware/malware/spybots etc that AVG may not detect.This is probably true as well. I've had no problems with AVG Antivirus in more than a year but I'm not sure about AVG Anti-Spyware yet as I've only been using it for a few weeks. For one thing, while it has automatic updates it doesn't seem to have an automatic scheduler so I have to remember to run a full scan every so often.

I'll ask my mate Sutek what he thinks of AVG Anti-Spyware as he was one who put me onto AVG AV in the first place.

ElevatorEscapee
25-01-2007, 08:24 PM
I am also an Avast! user from long back :-)

Mac, what format are you using? (eg Win XP, etc) Do you have a firewall installed? (eg ZoneAlarm is a good one)

I remember having the devil of a time with my boss's home computer when after WinXP Pro was installed, the Windows Firewall had somehow become turned off as the default... and we were getting all sorts of rubbish popping up.

I also made use of the "Geeks to Go" site (as recommended by Boris earlier in this thread), and their advice was the only way I managed to overcome that ruddy virus! :)

Southpaw Jim
01-02-2007, 10:05 PM
I ditched AVG years ago in favour of ClamAV when I found that it picked up something that AVG hadn't.

AdAwareSE has already been mentioned, Spybot Search & Destroy is another good one to use in tandem with AdAware.

Basil
15-09-2007, 07:30 PM
Hi all

Visited my parents today. Their box (PC) is riddled with spyware. Have read the advice as previously offered - which is great.

Before I venture forth, I ask if there are any new recommendations. Looking for free/ shareware first NOT 'scan for free and remove for $30' - which is what is currently installed.

Thanks.

ElevatorEscapee
15-09-2007, 11:19 PM
Avast! is still going strong, as far as I know... and for the things that the virus scanners can't remove, the Geeks to Go forum site (refer Boris' post) has given me wonderful help in the past... it is still active now: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/forums.html

Ian Murray
16-09-2007, 03:10 PM
Before I venture forth, I ask if there are any new recommendations. Looking for free/ shareware first NOT 'scan for free and remove for $30' - which is what is currently installed
Hi Howard

Google Pack comes with an optional free copy of Spyware Doctor
http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?hl=en&gl=us&utm_source=en-com-pc_tools_learn_more&utm_medium=com&utm_campaign=en

Ciao

Ian

Miguel
16-09-2007, 05:34 PM
My freeware security preferences:
Anti-Virus: avast! Home Edition (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/avast.html)
Adware & Spyware Removal: Ad-Aware SE (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/adaware.html) and Spyware Terminator (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/spywareterminator.html)
Personal Firewall: ZoneAlarm (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/zonealarm.html) or Comodo Firewall (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/comodofirewall.html)

Basil
25-09-2007, 04:54 PM
Thanks all. Ad Aware and Google Pack proved useful goodies in removing the blighters. Twas a bloody and bitter struggle though :eek: No fun. Hours (days) down the plug-hole.

The computer still isn't right though and it is being moved into the corner tonight (where bro #2 will visit his man-hours upon it come Christmas time).

The empty space on the desk is being replaced with this (http://www.apple.com/imac/design.html) tonight. In fact, I'm off to pick it up right now. (20" screen; $1698 retail for those interested).

Southpaw Jim
26-09-2007, 01:22 PM
May I suggest you also try subjecting the poor beastie to an online virus scan, such as HouseCall (housecall.trendmicro.com)? Even the best AV can sometimes not detect stuff, or remove it once found. Whenever I've had a major issue, I've run all my software and then used HouseCall as a final checkover.

Davidflude
30-12-2007, 05:35 PM
I am using Panda which costs money. However as well as having a good firewall
and virus checker it has an on-line checker which goes to their web site and uses a much bigger file of suspect stuff.

At the club I have installed AVG. Other people have set up the security for our PC's which use radio to connect to the club broadband connection.