Spyware help.

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not the brightest spark...
Member Since: Sep 13, 2005

I know there is was a post recently about this but I've followed it and am still stuck.

I have all the updates for the following free programmes.

Spyware Doctor
CW Shredder
Suybot search and destroy
AVG free edition
Google toolbar

I run them at least twice a day and they always get results.

I block sites in my browser and even when i set the levels to max I still get the same old sites popping up.

I can't get windows beta because the p.c was built for my uncle and it doesn't seem to have be running a legit copy of windows.

Please don't roast me on this as I had no idea it wasn't legit until now. I have mended my wayward ways and paid for my software sins!

Can anybody help?

If I have to buy one, what's the best anti-spy software?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 16, 2005 08:58 am

OK, well, execution is an unfit penalty for this offense of piracy, so let's just try to fix it. (come on now, I had to say something) :-)

When you run those apps, what are the finding? Are they not removing, or not able to remove, something that they find?

With CWShredder, how is it working? There are some nasty ones that will actually shut down CWShredder if the spyware sees it running...

Honestly, my best advicie is to go to www.spywareinfo.com and share with them what you have said here as well as any info regarding names of things they have found and names of things perhaps the apps have not been able to remove. Give them as much detail as possible, the people over there are VERY good.

not the brightest spark...
Since: Sep 13, 2005

Dec 16, 2005 09:12 am

lol! Touche...

They find loads of all kinds of stuff, then they remove them, or at least say the do. They don't seem to be running into any problems.

CW shredder tells me I'm fine, no coolweb things or whatever, and then adaware picks some up.

I wouldn't mind db but it's affecting my ability to conduct effective debates on the finer points of capital punishment :-)

I'll check that site out.

thanks for the ADvice (nice)

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 16, 2005 09:19 am

hehehehehe, well, we can't be having anything getting in the way of spirited debate now can we!

I know the guy that runs that web site, the dude and his staff know everything, it's really quite impressive knowledge base they have there.

Remember, share as much as you can with them, and what symptoms you actually have, popups, shutdowns, system slowdown, etc...

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Dec 16, 2005 09:21 am

When I started running adaware, it would always show the same 4 or so problems, that would still bring in junk.

After a few go-arounds trying to remove them the normal way, I looked into adaware's logs, and found the files, and/or info that adaware was finding on each problem. I went in and manually deleted the offending file, or reg entry (be careful) in each case, and the problem was gone.

Maybe that'll help as well, in addition to what dB said.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 16, 2005 09:26 am

Yeah, there is always the manual route, that can get ugly, but many times it winds up being the only way to go. Often you have to start in safe mode to do it too, because if they fire up with windows and you try to delete the files it'll give you the ol' "file in use, can't delete" error...in safe mode none of the file will be fired upon loading...in theory.

I hate recommending the manual route because I don't know the skill level of some people in the inards of a PC, and I'd hate to lead them down a path that ends up wrecking their computer.

That said, everything pjk said is correct, just scary...

not the brightest spark...
Since: Sep 13, 2005

Dec 16, 2005 10:03 am

I would say that I know as much about computers as a rat knows about the the principles of guest fiendship in ancient greece.

hopefully your man will sort me out. I don't want to lose my music!

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Dec 16, 2005 10:17 am

oh man, that is scary =)

Hopefully the spywareinfo site will lead you to a good and easy (painless) solution.

The Eternal Student
Since: Oct 08, 2005

Dec 16, 2005 10:19 am

Back up everything before you start messing in the registry... I'm sure you did already, but yeah... do it!

jimmie neutron
Since: Feb 14, 2005

Dec 17, 2005 12:51 pm

Another thing to do is every once in a while, boot into "Safe Mode" and run the "killers". Doing that won't allow some of the nasty stuff to "phone home" and tell pappa that they're being removed and to send re-inforcements. Also, run a firewall (hardware or software), if you can, or use a router, if you can. 'Nother thing, be sure you've got all the updates... Try something like Zone Alarm for a "freeware" firewall. Seems to me that there's like a half dozen freeware firewalls out there...

not the brightest spark...
Since: Sep 13, 2005

Dec 19, 2005 05:26 pm


I went to spyware heroes twice and they didn't help me. I'm sure they're busy. I wasn't pushy. In fact I was very humble. They did'nt want to know though.

In facty the second time I pretended I was a fair maiden in distress. They still didn't help. Could it be that my reputation preceeds me?

What can I do to get noticed up there?

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