what the hell is on my computer?

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  1. Zzeezz

    Zzeezz Ambassador of Music TFW2005 Supporter

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    Hey guys,
    I'm hoping someone here can help me out. Somehow, some program got downloaded on my computer that keeps giving me system warning popups about how my PC is infected with spyware and where I can download software to get rid of it. There's a warning icon in my system tray that keeps appearing to, but whenever I click on it, it disappears and brings up a web page on where to buy spyware software. I didn't download anything in the past couple of days, so I can only assume that its something that happened when visiting a web page. Anyone know what this thing is?
     
  2. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Somewhere along the way you, or someone else using your computer, downloaded some sort of spyware or adware.

    I recommend updating the virus definitions of your anti-spyware program of choice and doing a nice deep scan.
     
  3. Th0r4z1n3

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    Try using Spybot Search and Destroy, it's a great freeware proggy that removes spy/malware, should rub that s@*t righ out. lol
     
  4. Mega-Prime

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    Where can you get the truely free version?

    When I downloaded it & scanned my PC it said I needed to pay like 25$ to register for it to delete the spyware it found.

    Since then I went to Ad-Aware.
     
  5. MnemonicSyntax

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    What's the supposed program's name? Sometimes those fake Spyware scanners that actually infect your computer need much more than a true Anti-Spyware sweep and clean, sometimes the registry itself needs to be edited/deleted.
     
  6. drippy

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    I get that once or twice a year on my home computer. I just do a spyware/anitvirus sweep and it is as good as gone. The last time it popped up, I had not installed anything new on the computer, so I can only assume it was from some site I had visited.
     
  8. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    I just had to help out a co-worker that had one of these. Went so far as to change his background, and was popping up messages every 3 or 4 minutes. After a handful of virus scans and anti spam runs it eventually had to be reformatted.

    Good Luck.
     
  9. Greyryder

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    Sounds like something that installed itself onto my computer, a couple of years ago. I wound up using information I got at the Short Media forums, to get rid of it. It pissed me off, because I hadn't been to any sites I didn't normally visist, that day. I just left the computer sitteing for a while, while I was doing something else.

    The one I had, was made of three different services, any one of which, was capable of restoring the other two. I don't remember exactly how I got rid of it, but I recall the use of regedit, and Hijack This! Spybot: Search and Destory (the real one, that doesn't cost money) also came in handy.
     
  10. a person

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    That is the exact same thing I got about a week ago. It came when I installed a programme titled as ''Video Add-on''. At the time I thought it was an update for Windows Media or Quicktime etc. I tried removiing the folder from my computer but there was no way to do this, so I ended up buying Norton Antivirus 2007 and that solved the problem. It is some sort of Virus, not a major one but it is bloody annoying.

    P.S if you do not close the popups, after about 25 popups you get a porno popup.
     
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    Spybot can not remove this, as soon as it tried to the Spybot would stop responding. Even Adaware could not rid of it.
     
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    That's one of the few success stories I've heard from Norton. I've had McAfee, Norton and AVG and all but AVG have failed to protect my computer even with the regular scans and updates. It's been years now since I've had any viruses. Zzeezz, if the malware destroyers don't work, try some virus protection. In either case, make sure to run your software from Safe Mode.
     
  13. Destroyer

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    Depending on your service provider they offer free spy ware/fire wall/and anti virus.If you pay for one I would recomend panda antivirus.I have all verizon so I get all mine for free.I've never trusted any of the free trials they always caused more problems in the end.You could always .hacksighn if you are into that type of thing.
     
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    Try CrapCleaner, and if that doesn't work, regedit.
     
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    AVG Ftw! I've had mine for years now. Hasnt cost me a penny, and I've never had a virus.
     
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    ditto the avg.
     
  17. Zzeezz

    Zzeezz Ambassador of Music TFW2005 Supporter

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    Thanks for all the help.

    I was finally able to get rid of it, it just took a while to do it. I had to run spybot and adaware multiple times to catch it all. Talk about a pain.
     
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    If Spybot doesn't work, it could be because the spyware is currently running. Try starting your PC up in safe mode, then run Spybot S&R. This should make it more likely the spyware isn't running when you scan for it, and should make removal easier as well.
     
  19. moocow

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    Do a system restore?
     
  20. MnemonicSyntax

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    Even better would be a Clean Boot, but you loose all your System Restore points this way.

    Uh, that wouldn't work. Most malicious software is designed to circumvent System Restore.

    Even if it works, it'd only be a temporary fix. It will return as it most likely has made itself a nice new home in your Windows Registry. The best course of action if Spybot or Adware doesn't work, then either do a reformat or if you've got the know-how, regedit like godsenddeath suggested.

    Also, I use Panda Internet Security 2007. It's not free, but it works much better than Norton or McAfee. A few weeks ago it was available at Newegg for I think no less then 10 bucks shipped. It's liscence is also applicable to three different PCs.
     

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