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    I just got "infected" with some sort of product called eAnthology. After rebooting earlier (I have XP), eAnthology tried to get me to run a scan of my machine, and there was also a pop-up stopper installed by them.

    Anybody know where this is coming from? I thought I got it off by going to Settings > Add or Remove Software, but I was wrong.

    If I go to Windows Explore and right click on a file, one of the options is eAnthology's Stop-Sign, which prompts me to Scan for Viruses.

    Anybody know how to completely clear this thing off?

    Shawn Collins
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    Shawn, I found this info on another forum:

    1) Open eAnthology Manager, and deactivate all of the features:
    - Click Start > Programs > eAnthology > Anthology Manager.
    - Click on the Stop Sign Icon.
    - Click on all tabs to deactivate each feature.
    - Close eAnthology Manager.

    2) Press CTRL-ALT-DEL once to bring up Task Manager:
    - For Windows 95/98/ME: Look for "defscangui.exe" and press "End Task".
    - For Windows XP/NT/2000: Click on "Processes" tab, search for "defscangui.exe" and press "End Process".

    ***NOTE*** If defscangui.exe is not found, skip to number 3.

    3) Click Start, then Settings, and then Control Panel. (In XP: Click Start > Control Panel.)

    4) Double-click Add/Remove Programs.

    5) Under the Install/Uninstall(or Add/Remove) tab, click eAnthology.
    - Click the Add/Remove button (Select the programs you wish to uninstall for newer versions) and click OK to approve the uninstall.

    6) Also repeat the above step for eAnthology Download Receiver.

    7) Reboot your computer.

    8) Click Start > Programs > and then right-click on eAnthology, and then choose the "Delete" option. Click "Yes" to confirm deletion.

    P.S. Thanks for all the information about affiliate management you have made public, it has really helped me get started on launching my own program!

    ~Joe Gardner

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    Thanks Joe -

    I did all of those things, and the eAnthology Stop Sign product still shows up in Windows Explorer, and that defscangui.exe file sneaks back after the reboot.

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    Shawn I had mentioned earlier that you and Elizabeth need to have the networks bring a PC to the meeting will all this crap installed on it. Only then will the participants understand why these BHO trash programs have to be banned from the networks. Make each parasite or a network Techie go through the steps to un-install the apps. in front of the participants. Have at least 2 detect removal programs for spyware/adware on the system.

    What good is it to claim that the program can just be removed from the Windows "add/remove" program function if it takes computer expertise beyond the capabilities of normal computer owners. Make the networks require all the BHO affiliate applications have to adhere to a "one click" normal un-install routine of all their S/W payloads or they are banned from the network!!! If the networks own techies can't perform the uninstall in one step then they cannot use network merchants for commissions!! This is what the BHO network compliance team does to earn their paychecks. Verifying no auto swapping of affiliate ID#s, one step un-installs, and no redirects to a parasite server on clicks from affiliate sites.

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    Hi Mike -

    While I would love to see this play out, Elisabeth and myself only have a limited time to go over lots of information. And it's really more of a presentation than an interactive environment.

    That said, I will speak with Elisabeth and see what we can figure out. This eAnthology sure disrupted me last night and today, until I ultimately ran a System Restore to last Monday.

    I simply couldn't get rid of the entire thing through conventional methods, or even the more advanced suggestions that Joe shared.

    Indeed - one-click removal would be a fantastic stipulation, and one that I am behind.

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    HIya Shawn

    I found it from the same forum from where Joe posted the previous post.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I think i found a way to remove this software from your pc! It is not the traditional way because that doesn't work but i seem to no longer have this program so it worked!
    I just let my computer search for anything with the word eAnth in it and it found a lot of files. After that i found dat somewhere in your pc a map was created named: acceleration software and in this map there is an uninstall program for the stop sign program..
    For the rest: i didn't ask for this software so i deleted al other files with the word eAnth in it. After that i went to my computer's configuration and deleted the program in "software"
    Hope this helps you too:)I didn't get it on my screen again (oh yeah just in case i also deleted my bin...)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


    And if this doesnt work, why not try to search for it in the Registry or do it with System Mechanic.

    Hope this sorts out things

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    Shawn,

    Sure sounds like a nasty one. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] Kind of like when xupiter first cames out, just couldn't get rid of it. Though this one sounds even harder. I did a search and a bit of reading. Mostly posts from people trying to figure out how to get it off their computer. Looked like a lot of gaming folks are getting it on their systems. Sorry couldn't find anything about someone sucessfully getting rid of it. And for these folks to be putting themselves off a security software.

    Are you getting timed pop ups? Some people were saying that is the deal. A trial version gets installed (unknown method) and it will pop up at timed intervals trying to get you to buy the subscription or the scan runs. It then shows viruses, but you can't clean your system unless you buy the subscription. Don't know if Adaware covers this little gem yet, but you might want to drop them a line to see. If they don't, they are always looking for new programs to include on their list.

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    BLFH -

    Yes - I was getting those timed pop-ups, and even when you would say no, they'd keep serving more chances to buy their service.

    I also saw the info about them infecting you with viruses supposedly only they could get rid of.

    Before I did a System Restore, which hopefully has this thing gone for good, I found a folder in my program files called "Accelerator" and it had the eAnthology files, as well as a bunch of others.

    Neither Ad Aware nor Norton Anti-Virus picked anything up, so I suppose I only got to the point of it being a big pest. I think I'll go and download the Aluria Spyware Eliminator and run that to see if I can catch anything.

    I suspect if you run the "Scan for Viruses," which it repeated asks you to do, you would then get their special viruses.

    Shawn Collins
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    Hey Shawn,
    Did Spyware Eliminator help?

    Jamie

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