To kill a digital spy.

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  1. DragoUnicron

    DragoUnicron Dragon Master

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    Well, I appears that my computer has acquired a new friend, an unwanted one: spyware. I already have Ad-Aware, and it doesn't seem to be getting rid of it. I was wondering if there is a free scanner online that also has a free removal tool for both viruses and spyware. I keep finding scanners that scan all these problems, then require me to pay to get rid of them. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Phy

    Phy I want... ROOM SERVICE!!

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    Try Spybot and Windows Defender as well.
     
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    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    I swear by spybot search and destroy!
     
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    You can try AVG Anti-Spyware as well, that shrugged off a bunch of bugs that my usual methods missed.
     
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    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

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    Norton catches all of my stuff
     
  6. DragoUnicron

    DragoUnicron Dragon Master

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    Well I did use all of the above, and they did help, but I still have the System Alert Popup still lurking within my computer. Any ideas from someone more computer literate then I?
     
  7. Severus

    Severus Curmudgeon TFW2005 Supporter

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    Ad-aware and Spybot are ok, for free tools, but there's better stuff out there. Windows defender was good back when it was Giant Antispyware, but Microsoft has flushed it down the toilet through lack of updating.

    I'd recommend taking advantage of some of the free trials out there. Install for the trial, clean it off, and then pick one as your protection. SpySweeper is the king, and has been for a long time. Ewido is also good (now AVG antispyware), as is Spyware Doctor.

    It sounds like a Smitfraud variant, so you might also try this tool if none of that stuff works. One of these should take care of you. I'd try SpySweeper first, and I'd recommend using it as your final protection too. But run them all to make sure you're clean.

    Note that a lot of spyware gets put on with a dropper trojan, so you'll want to do a traditional virus scan as well. TrojanHunter is good for a free trial and Trend Micro Housecall can do a web-based scan and cleaning for free.

    Norton finds only a tiny percentage of spyware, and isn't really even worth of the title of "antispyware" software. For viruses it's great, even if it is a little piggy with system resources, but don't even waste your time with a scan with the antispyware.
     
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    Norton found all the stuff that Adaware found on my computer. Then again, I'm not going to websites where spyware is prevalent.
     
  9. flamepanther

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    In addition to Spybot: Search and Destroy, which was already suggested a few times, you might want to try this:

    http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/

    It's extremely thorough, and I've very rarely found any malware it can't oust. In the future, I'd also suggest a web browser that won't load any severely harmful software without your knowledge. IE7 should be much safer than IE6, but I'd personally recommend Firefox. Also be really careful with file sharing software and with any other "free" software you decide to try out. Most of it is really free, but some of it will gunk up your computer with all manner of malware.
     
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    OmegaScourge Custom Made TFW2005 Supporter

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    i use Spybot: S&D, Spyware Doctor, and Ad-Aware...usually one will get rid rid of it. Spyware Doctors works really well for me.
     
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    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I have Norton, it tends to catch everything.

    I also use Spybot as a backup. What I don't do is have Norton and Spybots residents running at the same time... they interfere with each other and screw up your registry.
     
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    Eric RIP AND TEAR!!!

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    I use Counterspy and Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Those two beat the shit out of viruses for me. And I don't complain. :) 
     
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    RoboticPlanet Exclusively Exclusive

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    Are you booting into Safe Mode?

    For all but 1 virus/malware I've ever dealt with, Safe Mode stopped the unwanted process from starting with my system, as it's supposed to do, making it easier to clean. Try running your anti-malware/virus apps from here.

    Also, a gritty but effective tool is HijackThis: http://www.download.com/HijackThis/3000-8022_4-10379544.html
    This is the most direct way of nuking the pest, but can also be dangerous if you delete the wrong stuff.

    After running it you'll get a log file of all running processes, hopefully revealing the one(s) causing trouble. Unless its so apparently obvious, don't delete anything until you share your log file with pros. Google, among others suggests sharing your log file here: http://www.techmonkeys.co.uk/ Hopefully members will point out the problem(s).

    Good luck
     
  14. getoninja

    getoninja 1# Porno Moderentor

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    exactly. Safe Mode doesnt have any programs running in the background which makes it much easer to delete. for Safe mode hold F8 once you (re) start your pc then choose safe mode and run spybot and adaware.

    and Hijackthis works awesome but like Macabremouse its very dangerous if you dont know what your doing.
    www.techguy.org is a awesome place, they helped n the past with my Hijackthis Log. you can even search me there under Getoninja to get a idea what Hijackthis is about.

    I know about spyware cause i helped so many people removing it. Nortan and Mcafee suck. AVG antispyware is beter and free, but only works with XP
    heres what I used in the past, AVG antispyware, Spybot, Adaware, Hijackthis and Cwshredder.

    but before you install any new software put your PC in Safe Mode and run those spyware programs. good luck and keep us posted
     

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