I Got Spyware In My Pc!
Posted 13 December 2005 - 07:08 PM
Watch out for these spywares:
180Solutions (and all its versions and variants - about 1000 versions/variants)
This spyware sneaked into the PC and presents itself as SEEKMO Search Assistant. This spyware is a hijacker and installs itself without your knowledge. It'll just pop up one day and say that Seekmo has been installed, but gives you the option to uninstall it. However, if you try to uninstall it, it hangs.
Seekmo will reappear later on your tray and if you try to exit, you'll find that the option to exit does not exist. It will also put a new toolbar on your IE browser.
If you try to stop the process via Task Manager, it can be successfully stopped but will reappear another day when you're online again.
Use Spybot S&D in safe mode to flush it out. You will also have to manually remove Seekmo and 180Solutions on your Registry Editor. Ctrl-F will seek it out for you
CoolWWWSearch (there are over 5000 versions/variants)
This pesky spyware re-installs itself when you delete it whether by Task Manager, Add & Remove Programs or even via Spybot. It is also said that it mutates like a virus, which probably explains the over 5000 versions/variants. It manifests itself as Media Pass and/or Media Access. Also seen as MediaAccK.exe, MediaPass.exe.
You have to use Spybot in safe mode to weed them out. But you must use the registry editor to remove all other programs, keys, it installed itself. If removal is incomplete, it will re-install again and the whole process starts over. Also watch out for the program loaderx.exe. You will also have to remove all Media Pass/Media Access/LoaderX in the Temp folder and Program Files folder. You need to do this on safe mode using Spybot.
Spybot can not remove Media Pass/Media Access completely if not in safe mode
ISTbar (ISearchTech with about 1000 versions/variants)
This one is also tough to remove just like CoolWWWSearch/Media Pass/Media Access.
Once again, you need to remove it via Spybot on safe mode. If not, Spybot can not completely remove it. You also have to go thru the registry editor to remove this as well.
ISTbar is a hijacker and can redirect you to a certain website if you are searching for something on the net. There was a time (few days ago) when the Yahoo links I was clicking did not bring me to Yahoo but somewhere else.
I've been hit by HotBar before but that was easy to remove. Beware also of other anti-spyware and the names of anti-spyware on the net. Many so-called anti-spyware are actually spyware which does more harm than good and will mess up your PC.
And there are many more new ones coming out. There are only a few true anti-spyware you can trust.
For more info on spyware and anti-spyware visit www.vcn.com
Posted 13 December 2005 - 08:03 PM
Posted 13 December 2005 - 09:21 PM
Posted 23 December 2005 - 03:12 AM
Posted 23 December 2005 - 08:21 AM
very effective in detecting spywares
will warn you if a program tries to send info or connect to the internet
Posted 23 December 2005 - 11:23 AM
Posted 24 December 2005 - 09:49 PM
Question: I have such-and-such program to stop spyware. Isn't that good enough?
Answer: Probably not. It depends on what you have, but there is a very short list of good anti-spyware programs, and a very long list of bad ones. Norton and McAfee are not anti-spyware programs. They only protect you from viruses, not spyware. Also, there are an overwhelming number of fake anti-spyware programs out there. Many are not only fake, they’re malicious (that is, they'll mess up your computer). The following is the short list of the only programs I recommend for fighting spyware for typical users (for advice on how to use them, click here). There is a whole variety of tools and programs for advanced users (such as HijackThis, AboutBuster, etc) that I won't go into here.
Spybot Search and Destroy
SpywareGuard (note: duplicates functionality. Not really needed if you turn on Spybot's resident tools)
TrojanHunter (You can download a free 30-day trial, and buy it for $49 if you want to keep it. There is no yearly subscription fee, so that's a pretty good value.)
There’s also one or two good paid subscription programs:
Spy Sweeper from Webroot. PC Magazine gave Spy Sweeper their Editors’ Choice award in February 2005. Spy Sweeper costs $29.95 for a one-year subscription.
CounterSpy from Sunbelt. You don't have to give out your e-mail address to use the free demo; just put in a fake one or use email@example.com. Eric Howes, a great spyware fighter (see his homepage), has done consulting work for them. CounterSpy is $19.95 for a one-year subscription.
There are a few other non-malicious paid programs, including Spyware Doctor, Pest Patrol, McAfee AntiSpyware, and Norton AntiSpyware. At least these programs don’t actively destroy your computer, but they are really ineffective compared to the combination of free programs I recommend. Plus, you have to pay money for them. I do not recommend using these programs.
If you have a program listed below, delete it. Sometimes you will not be able to delete it, in which case you’ll have to download the good programs I recommend above and have them try to clean it out(for help doing this, click here). There are a huge number of programs on the internet posing as anti-spyware programs that are fake, bad, malicious, and destructive. If you downloaded an anti-spyware program from an advertisement or a pop-up, for example, it was a trick. These so-called “anti”-spyware programs are actually spyware itself – a disease masquerading as its own cure. Some even have names deceptively close to the legitimate programs, for example AdwarePro, SpyDoctor, and SpyBlast. The list of these evil programs follows:
1 Click Spy Clean
#1 Spyware Killer
2004 Adware/Spyware Remover & Blocker
ADS Adware Remover
AdWare SpyWare Blocker & Removal
AGuardDog Adware/Spyware Remover
BPS Spyware & Adware Remover
CheckFlow CheckSpy & Anti Spyware 2005
CoffeeCup Spyware Remover
Easy Erase Spyware Remover
Easy Spyware Killer
Emco Malware Bouncer
ETD Security Scanner
IC Spyware Scanner
Intelligent Spyware Cleaner
JC Spyware Remover & Adware Killer
PAL Spyware Remover
PC AdWare SpyWare Removal
Privacy Tools 2004
Protect Your Identity
Spy-Ad Exterminator Pro
Spyware Cleaner & Pop-Up Blocker
Spyware & Pop-Up Utility
Spyware & Pest Remover
Spyware Protection Pro
SpywareTek / Spyware Removal System
Super Spyware Remover
The Adware Hunter
The Spyware Detective
The Web Shield
TZ Spyware Adware Remover
WareOut Spyware Remover
This list was taken from Eric L. Howes’ Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spy-ware Products & Web Sites, hosted by Spyware Warrior. For more detail on each individual item, and a more up-to-date list, go there. Eric marks some items (e.g. Stop-sign) as maybe having cleaned up their act, but I would definitely not trust their supposed reform. Stay far away from all these programs. Again, I would recommend deleting any “anti”-spyware programs other than the ones I recommend at the top, even if they’re not on the evil list.
I would also recommend deleting Aluria Spyware Eliminator, because Aluria has entered an alliance with one of the major spyware producers (WhenU).
Update: Well, Microsoft AntiSpyware has now entered into an alliance/agreement with Claria, another major spyware producer. So, I wouldn't totally trust Microsoft AntiSpyware either, but I still think it's overall a good program. For that matter, Ad-Aware also delisted WhenU for a while in early 2005. The only mainstream scanning program whose integrity I'd really trust is Spybot, but there are things it simply doesn't find/remove, so you've got to supplement it with these others
Posted 27 December 2005 - 07:55 AM
If you have a virus vault (AVG has one) or a virus quarantine area in your hard disk, I found a way to deactivate if not remove Media Access and 180solutions. Move all related folders and files of the said spyware to the virus vault. By doing so, the spywares will become dormant and not interfere with your processes and will not be able to function even if it's still there.
Try it and see for yourself
Posted 27 December 2005 - 08:47 AM
Tumpak yung isang kuya tungkol sa cleaning the registry chuva. NO amount of ad-aware, spy bot can get rid of your spywares. HAHAHA. You really have to clean the registry.
There are certain spyware like about:blank that tends to attack IE, so an easy cure would be to use OPERA or firefox.
But you have to get rid of them, asap. The longer it sits on your PC, the slower your PC will get.
In short, have a tech clean the registry of your PC.
Posted 27 December 2005 - 10:01 AM
Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:11 PM
anyone encountered them before? how an i get rid of it short of reformatting
Posted 05 March 2006 - 05:24 PM
When combined with spyware and/or adware, this is a bad combination for the user/victims since its difficult.
There are a couple of free to use tools on the net but the good list so far is here, and works for me:
CWS Shredder (stand alone and online free version)
Spybot Search & Destroy
Posted 22 March 2006 - 05:49 AM
Install Spy Sweeper and Window Washer
"There'a no such word as 'SPYWARES'."
Posted 23 March 2006 - 09:15 PM
Install Spy Sweeper and Window Washer
"There'a no such word as 'SPYWARES'."
That's correct. "There'a no such word as 'SPYWARES'."
I would recommend that you install a Panda - Titanium and Spy Sweeper programs on your computer.
Posted 07 April 2006 - 02:36 PM
Posted 07 April 2006 - 08:52 PM
Reformat your hard drive and Reinstall Windows XP.
Give yourself a limited user account separate from an administrator account.
Use only the administrator account when installing software.
Always use the limited user account for regular work.
Reformat hard drive and install either Ubuntu Linux or Mandriva Linux 2006.
Posted 08 April 2006 - 01:33 AM
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