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September 24th, 2008, 03:46 PM #1I've got a bug - Need Advice
No, I'm not contagious and a cream won't help.
My Norton Anti-virus has expired and hasn't been recently updated. Spybot didn't help. Ad-Aware hasn't helped..
Every few minutes now I'm getting pop-ups using Internet Explorer but I use Firefox 100% of the time. I'm getting voices from no where telling me I've won a contest. And its starting to affect the speed and performance of my laptop.
What is the one shot fix all for this type of problem ongoing? If I renew Norton, will it fix it? or Should I buy Spyware Doctor? What about OneCare, I could earn fifty cents commission if I buy that...
September 24th, 2008, 03:48 PM #2
September 24th, 2008, 03:50 PM #3
Hijackthis would be the best program to run to get rid of stuff that AdAware or Spybot can't catch. You can download it at http://download.hijackthis.eu/HJTInstall.exe , and then paste the log file it generates into the form at http://hijackthis.de/ , and see what's going on with your computer.
The most advanced thing to run (if hijackthis doesn't help) would be SecCheck at http://www.mynetwatchman.com/tools/sc/ . If you run that and post the link to the diagnostic report here, I could try to see what's up. Hijackthis would be your best bet to start, however.
September 24th, 2008, 03:50 PM #4
Never heard of it, thank you, Haiko.
I'm doing that right now.
September 24th, 2008, 04:20 PM #5
Haiko is right. ESET NOD32 will let you run a full version as a trial so it costs you nothing to use it, and there just isn't any better available.
September 24th, 2008, 05:38 PM #6
I downloaded the free 30-day trial of ESET NOD32. It immediately found a virus and quarantined it. I ran a full system scan and it found three more threats to fix.
During the 45 minutes it ran, the pop-up was teasing me in the background. It's still there.
I'm going to check out Spyware Doctor, they have a 3-computer deal for $29. Last night, it showed me all the threats but then asked me for money. I was hoping a free software would work.
If this doesn't work, I'm going with Joshua's suggestion and will let you know.
Thanks for the help.
September 24th, 2008, 06:03 PM #7
September 24th, 2008, 06:06 PM #8Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
September 24th, 2008, 06:48 PM #9
When running programs like AdAware, SpySweeper, etc it may help to let the software check for updates to its threat DB and then disconnect your network cable before running a sweep. This can prevent some adware from calling home and reinstalling itself as soon as you finish deleting it.
Once you've run your sweep, you may be able to catch other pieces of the adware (updaters, reinstallers, etc) by rebooting while still disconnected. Open task manager as soon as your comp comes back up and watch active processes as the boot finishes. Write down anything fishy and use another computer with an Internet connection to research those processes.
Good luck!Eathan Mertz
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September 24th, 2008, 06:59 PM #10
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- January 18th, 2005
- jacked by sylon www.sylonddos.weebly.com
September 25th, 2008, 01:45 AM #11
I forgot to mention my other favorite Spyware remover - Windows Defender. It's one of the best tools out there to proactively prevent spyware from infecting a system. For cleanup I prefer the power of Hijackthis (as this basically checks all registry and system settings where spyware could hide, and lets you manually remove pieces that other programs may not catch), but Defender can remove a lot, as well.
Hijackthis may seem oriented to more advanced users, but there are always places where you can post your log (or the community-based automatic log analysis from hijackthis.de) and get others to assist you.
September 25th, 2008, 03:51 AM #12
September 25th, 2008, 07:53 AM #13
Ok. The bug is gone. Spyware Doctor finally got it and it only cost me $24.95. Now I'm going to to look at ESET NOD32 as my antivirus software long term.
September 25th, 2008, 03:59 PM #14
Get NIS 2009
I wouldn't of told you to get NIS 2 weeks ago, but I recomend it now and Its well worth what it cost. no there aren't affiliate links in my blog post.
It installs in under a minute
uses less then 6 MB of memory even when running a full system scan
less bloated than AVG, easier to use than NOD32 and AVast. and way better than Windows Onecare or McAfee.
NIS 2009 ROCKS
September 26th, 2008, 02:51 PM #15
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- August 11th, 2008
- Hong Kong
try this two if its help
from your post, I would guess you may be just an average user.
so start from the most basic.
Download these two prog.
Ad-ware and Avast Anti-virus (all free)
try to follow the steps and see thx work....
if no. try thes two one.
or you can try
the AVG antivirus for a luck
if all fail
download this (no need to install). Run a check and post the report (remove any IP info pls) and see if we can solve it off-shore
Otherwise u may need to bring to the computer store for check
September 27th, 2008, 08:48 PM #16
Clam AV And A Cleaner ??....Originally Posted by akagorilla
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- January 19th, 2008
- Wilmer, Texas 75172
You can use advanquest free forever.
Be sure to sweep your house. Try a decent registry cleaner and follow Haiko's tips.
You got ShoreWall ?? EEEErrrr, ClamAV ???
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