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Old 07-29-2004, 08:51 PM   #1
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How Do I Get Rid Of Spyware?

My computer has been running very slow for the past couple of months. I have checked it for viruses, have defragged and cleaned the disks out a million times, so I'm convinced it's spyware.

Computer geniuses of Interference, what do I need to do to get this off my computer?

Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2004, 09:29 PM   #2
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http://www.lavasoft.de/

If you need further help, just ask. You want to download and install "ad-aware".
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Old 07-29-2004, 09:34 PM   #3
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Download and install SpyBot Search & Destroy from here.
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Old 07-29-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
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use adaware AND soybot. MAKE SURE you update them both first (like, every week!). Also, run the scans in Safe Mode.
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I downloaded something today called "Spyware stormer"
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Old 07-29-2004, 10:26 PM   #6
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Download Hijack This, and run a scan, then save the log as a text file. You should be able to pick out the spyware relatively quickly.

There are many, many that AdAware and SpyBot will simply not clean out without you deleting files and folders in safe mode first. But there is no reason to run those scans in safe mode.
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Ad aware
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Also, run the scans in Safe Mode.

can you explain what safe mode is?
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I'd definitely recommend Spybot over Ad-aware.
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There are many, many that AdAware and SpyBot will simply not clean out without you deleting files and folders in safe mode first. But there is no reason to run those scans in safe mode.
If it finds files running at the time of the scan, it won't touch them and ask if the scan can be run at the next reboot. If you don't want to run multple scans, scan in Safe Mode the first time.

Amanda, here's an explaination on safe mode:

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/question575.htm

It's like starting the computer with nothing running and no device drivers loading.
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I'd definitely recommend Spybot over Ad-aware.
Yeah, I just like that weird sound adaware makes! At work, we're required to run them both at least once; I do adaware first, but spybot always catches a few things.
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Do not download spyware stormer! It's a trick, it looks free, but then it shows you all this stuff you allegedly have (like the termite man who shows you a bug in a jar he claims he got under your house) and says, click here to get rid of them now, then when you do, the little thing to put in your credit card number pops up Even after you x it out, it keeps popping back up, making things run slow. I have thought I got rid of it but every time I restart, it's back. I have been very happy with ad-aware (thanks to Arw)
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Thanks! I will try this the weekend!

I may need help, though, cause I can be computer illiterate. lol
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Good luck. I picked up malware awhile ago, which is like spyware's asshole older brother. I thought it was going to destroy my computer. Things still aren't quite right.
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Good luck. I picked up malware awhile ago
So did I 'cus I wasn't paying attention and Phil used Internet Explorer for a half hour. I run Adaware every few days and get 2-3 at most, but that time I got 189 Onec time at work I got close to 450 off someone's computer.
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OK, I clicked to d/l and it said spyassasin for the file name. Is that it? Also, do I just open or do I save it to my comp? And do I have to have the comp in safe mode when I d/l it?

(Told you I was bad, lol.)
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If it finds files running at the time of the scan, it won't touch them and ask if the scan can be run at the next reboot. If you don't want to run multple scans, scan in Safe Mode the first time.
That's not necessarily true.

With LOP infections, you will need to run a HJT scan to get the log, then get into safe mode to delete relevant folders (they will not be in add/remove programs even if you reveal hidden folders). After that, you can run the scan in normal mode, and there is no issue whatsoever, no need to run them multiple times. As LOP infections are particularly troublesome (things like Omegasearch), HJT is more helpful than AdAware or Spybot, neither of which will clean this type of spyware infection.
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We're limited to Spybot b/c of licensing issues. With the worst cases, we reimage the machine.
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Any advice on spyware for Mac computers ... I'm running OSX.
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Someone told me that people can record what you do on the internet. Is that true?
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