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Unread postby Pi Ka Chu » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:08 am

I have a self replicating ad-ware. What do I do?
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Unread postby Adam » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:12 am

What kind of Adware removal thingies do you have?
You should be able to just scan yer computer and it'll find it and do what you want with it.
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Works fine for me. Though the name annoys me to no end now that I think about it. I turn it on and always think it says Adware instead of AdAware, I actually almost deleted it once.
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Unread postby Pi Ka Chu » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:20 am

Webroot spy sweeper and a Norton that can weed them out. But the malicious file keeps duplicating it self, and I usually end up abruptly aborting my computer opperation by cuting the power so that the file may not be replicated agian. Hasn't happen in awhile, but I'm worried since my anti-viral is down.
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Unread postby Adam » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:25 am

Wait, what the hell am I saying?
Adware doesn't self-replicate (far as I know anyway), yer probably dealing with a worm or a virus of some sort.
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Unread postby Pi Ka Chu » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:30 am

Really, then why did it pop up stuff related to ad-ware?
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Unread postby Kristina » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:30 am

Adam Sisemore wrote:Wait, what the hell am I saying?
Adware doesn't self-replicate (far as I know anyway), yer probably dealing with a worm or a virus of some sort.


I had a problem with a trojan like that. went out and bought mcaffee, and it replicated a few more times, but finally mcaffee got it.

I think it was a home-page hijacker, kept taking the home page to necessaryupdates.com no matter how many times we changed the HP.

But apparently McAffee sucks, so I dunno what to tell ya!
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Unread postby James » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:37 am

Adam Sisemore wrote:Wait, what the hell am I saying?
Adware doesn't self-replicate (far as I know anyway), yer probably dealing with a worm or a virus of some sort.

Sure it does. Many types of adware (and more frequently, spyware), install themselves through several self-replicating means. If any are compromised, they are restored through one of the backup measures (e.g. file deletion restored through the registry and prefetches). In addition, many display advertisements suggesting additional spyware, or, in a worse scenario, actually compromise your computer and download/install it automatically.

These characteristics could classify them as trojans, worms, whatever.

But malware technology has moved beyond a certain point. You can get a single piece of malware now that is a virus, trojan, adware, <i>and</i> spyware, all rolled up into one small (or large) ball of black death and hatred.
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Unread postby Adam » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:42 am

James wrote:But malware technology has moved beyond a certain point. You can get a single piece of malware now that is a virus, trojan, adware, <i>and</i> spyware, all rolled up into one small (or large) ball of black death and hatred.

Ahh to be back in the 20th century again...oh wait I clearly still am on some level. :P

Stupid sodding malware, back in my day we had Back Orifice and uhh I can't really remember the others, but I certainly don't recall the words "malware" or "adware" back then.
Course I was like 15 and didn't really give a crap... :P
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Unread postby Sang » Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:19 am

Hi,

Can anyone here names all of the Spy Software out there? I'm really desperate to know how many are out there.

Thank you so much.
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Unread postby James » Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:26 am

All spyware? Or all anti-spyware software?
There’s a big difference. :)

And I still couldn’t name all of ’em. If you’re looking for a good product, I’d suggest picking up Spysweeper and Nod32. Reinforce Spysweeper with free versions of Ad-Aware and SpyBot, don’t touch Internet Explorer, consider the risks of using P2P (peer-to-peer; such as Limewire), and know the risks of anyone using the computer to browse for porn.

Read a little about spyware. That knowledge goes a long way.

There are other good products out there. Just be careful. For every legitimate anti-spyware program, there are about twenty fake programs. Fake programs that add more spyware to your computer and cost money.
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