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Dawn Marie
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:29 PM
Can someone who is good with computer knowledge help me? I have looked at many sites that cost MONEY to remove SPYWARE. I called DELL had me on hold for over 30 minutes.. I just want to know what is the best ANTIVIRUS for the least amount and what will get this SPYWARE off of my computer/desktop?:wavey: :help: :banghead:

griffin
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:55 PM
Never, ever, click through the "you have spyware" popups. That just leads to my spyware.

Go to http://www.spybot.info/en/index.html

Download and install Spybot Search and Destroy (it's free, if you're asked to pay for it, you've been jacked).

Get all the updates.

Restart your computer in SAFE MODE (prevents the spyware/malware from starting with your computer - which would prevent the scan from catching it)

Run the scan.

You might want to run the scan a couple of times (always in Safe mode).

I don't have advice on the antivirus software, other than to suggest that whatever you get, make sure you can regularly update the virus definitions - pref. automatically.

Scotso
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:52 AM
:worship: Griffin

Spybot Search and Destroy is just wonderful. But, it's still good to have more than one... so I would suggest getting something like Ad-Aware in addition to Spybot. Ad-Aware is hypersensitive though, so be careful.

Bright Red
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:04 AM
griffin and NDF are absolutely right about the combo Spybot/Ad-aware. I used to use them exclusively and they got rid of most of my spyware. Unfortunately, I kept having screwy things happen to my computer and began to suspect that some spyware was still getting through--even though Spybot/Ad-aware said I was clean.

Then I discovered Microsoft's Beta Spyware software. I installed it and it found at least 300 more spyware files. Some of them were very dangerous, including browser hijackers, trojans, etc. It's far and away the most effective I've found, and best of all...it's FREE. Caution: if you have a bootleg version of Microsoft, it won't let you download the spyware protection.

Here's the link...

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

Hope it helps.

BritneySpearsIsHot
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:39 AM
http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4-10319876.html?tag=lst-0-1

Update when d/l and you go into the first time

Choose Deep System scan

Then Spybot

Infiniti2001
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:52 AM
spybot is good, but spydoctor is the bestest :lol:

geoepee
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:03 AM
In addition to Spybot and Ad-aware, one that really works well is Spy Sweeper from www.webroot.com (http://www.webroot.com) .

Dawn Marie
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:07 AM
Thanks alot for all of your help guys. I am sorry it took so long for me to get back to thank you all. I am going to download these web pages ASAP.

Griffin thanks for the advice but I already made the error by popping up the spyware link. I have learned alot today.

Thanks to you all!:)

Dawn Marie
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:10 AM
Thanks so much now I have to pick which one is the best. This I have no idea.:)

Bright Red
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:52 PM
You're welcome, Dawn Marie. I just hope you find something that works. It may just be the skeptic (or paranoid person) in me, but with all of the choices, I really didn't know which company I could trust, i.e. would their protection software be malicious spyware in disguise. I went with Microsoft because it at least appears to be legit and stands to lose a whole lot if it's spyware protection were malicious. I'm sure there are other legit companies out there, but I didn't have time to research.

Scotso
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:51 PM
Spybot is legit, it's been dissected by numerous watchgroups to make sure.

I think that Spydoctor and Spy Sweeper are for-profit... i.e. they cost money.

griffin
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:29 PM
Microsoft may be "legit" but that doesn't mean they're 100% trustworthy - remember they caused a poo-storm a few years back because they were planning to use their own factory-installed spyware to collect information on users.

But you're right, you need to be careful about what you pick to install. Spybot does appear to be legit.

It may also be helpful to use a browser (like Firefox, and I think? the latest version of IE) that blocks pop-ups, and/or add-on software that kills ads in general (I use Admuncher - I think it cost me about $15, but it was worth it).

Halardfan
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:54 PM
This thread set my paranoia gene going, so Ive downloaded Spybot...but Im having trouble going into safe mode...Ive followed the instructions, but I never see the message "please select operating system to start"...and though I press F8 now and again, nothing happens...

Anyone know another way of getting into safe mode, or what Im doing wrong?

griffin
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:58 PM
Restarting, and just tapping F8 (or whatever you're supposed to hit to get different start-up options) repeatedly as soon as the computer starts coming on again. The time you have to hit that button can be pretty short and it's easy to miss.

Halardfan
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:02 PM
Ta very much. I shall have a go. :)

BritneySpearsIsHot
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:10 PM
Holding the shift button during startup until you get into safe mode also gets you automatically into safe mode, well it does on my PC anyway.

Ad-aware , i meant full system scan. Get both that and spybot.

Would also recommend downloading 'stinger' and either AV or AVG anti virus, don't open e-mails that you know nothing about as spyware can be sent via e-mail, avoid filesharing programs, porn sites, mailing lists etc.

CWShredder is also vitally important and also Hijackthis.

Malware is far more dangerous than spyware, do a search of your PC for se.dll. This is NOT a dll, it is malware named as a dll trying to con you, this se.dll causes pop up hell!

BritneySpearsIsHot
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:11 PM
Mostly available at www.download.com (http://www.download.com)

If not, PM me and i'll send you a link

Bright Red
Mar 3rd, 2005, 12:36 AM
Microsoft may be "legit" but that doesn't mean they're 100% trustworthy - remember they caused a poo-storm a few years back because they were planning to use their own factory-installed spyware to collect information on users.

But you're right, you need to be careful about what you pick to install. Spybot does appear to be legit.

It may also be helpful to use a browser (like Firefox, and I think? the latest version of IE) that blocks pop-ups, and/or add-on software that kills ads in general (I use Admuncher - I think it cost me about $15, but it was worth it).

I know what you mean. I really don't trust Microsoft-- and I really believe they'd try to make money at any cost if it wouldn't come back to bite them:lol: .

I went with spybot and ad-aware initially because my job recommended them (I work for a big company) and I assumed my company had done the due dilligence on those two companies.

Bright Red
Mar 3rd, 2005, 12:40 AM
Another way would be to reformat your computer, put Windows again and then don't download kazaa and whatever else programs that give you spyware.

Ditto. Downloading Kazaa is literally like opening Pandora's box. DON'T DO IT:fiery: :fiery:

BritneySpearsIsHot
Mar 3rd, 2005, 12:48 AM
If your PC runs slow

http://www.download.com/RAMBooster/3000-2086_4-1400043.html?tag=lst-0-4