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slo_1_2_3
05-09-2006, 02:52 PM
UM I don't know if it came with the pe-2 addon sparx got me or what but it was supposed to be boonty free and it was but now I got all kinds of spyware and adware And I don't know what to do anyone please please help me?
And this notifier keeps poping up sayin my computer is in danger I'm freaking out guys I realy nee help with this one.

MLudner
05-09-2006, 02:56 PM
You need to get a program that can hunt down and destroy spyware. Microsoft offers a free antispyware program that works well.

slo_1_2_3
05-09-2006, 02:56 PM
Can you guys post some links to this stuff?

Lodovik
05-09-2006, 03:03 PM
Have no fear http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Adaware's (http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/) quite good.

DmdSeeker
05-09-2006, 03:03 PM
Here you go, Slo:


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

That's Microsoft's anti spyware program.

It may not be the most thorough; but it's easy to use as a beginner; and anything more "powerfull" can lead to user induced problems if you don't know what you're doing (deleting stuff in the registry can be bad ju-ju if you're new to it).

major_setback
05-09-2006, 03:07 PM
Ad-Aware works really well, I run it after I've been on the internet and before every time I play the game. If you tick the 'perform smart system scan' button before scanning it will only test those areas of the comp' that have been active recently. It will only take a few minutes (and it clears your system). It's well worth installing it, as it's free. Edit: perform a full system scan the first time you run it. :

http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/

MLudner
05-09-2006, 03:07 PM
Those should work. It's a good idea to have at least 2 such programs as sometimes one catches stuff the other misses.

Taylortony
05-09-2006, 03:13 PM
yes do as said download Adaware the free version and use that......... I also run alongside it Spybot as they both pick up the odd thing the other does not, both are free, Spybots link is http://www.spybot.info/

leeG727
05-09-2006, 03:25 PM
I run €œAd-Aware€ by Lavasoft and €œSpybot - Search & Destroy€ on my PCs. I would also suggest NOT using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Outlook since they are so deeply intertwined into Windows and thus additional entry points for mischief-makers. Firefox and Thunderbird are good alternatives.

Off topic, but this is why I do most of my Internet activity on a Mac in OS X.

x6BL_Brando
05-09-2006, 03:49 PM
All good advice above. I strongly suggest using SpywareBlaster from JavaCool software, to prevent nasties getting in in the first place.

A-squared Free is a good scanner for eradicating what's already in there.

No hidden charges to either of the programs - but their are more automated versions if you want to pay.

If you can identify the bug you have, then Google for it - using Firefox of course http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif - and you can often find a specific fix. But beware of firms claiming to have a cure but want to charge - Webroot Spysweeper for example - they're often inefficient or downright dishonest.

Try the stuff mentioned in the thread first.

B.

Taylortony
05-09-2006, 03:53 PM
I have that too (Spysweeper) and windows washer

vocatx
05-09-2006, 04:53 PM
Slo, Sparxx got you Pe-2? Way to go Sparxx! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Ain't it great the way folks in this community will help each other?

gotha_g.IV
05-09-2006, 04:58 PM
Format c:

good luck!

VFS-22_SPaRX
05-09-2006, 05:11 PM
slo, you can rest assured that you did not get it from that Pe-2 Version I sent you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif . Stop surfing the porn sites http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. But they above mentioned spyware programs are good. Pest Patrol is another good one. Also, winpatrol is a good app to run as well ( www.winpatrol.com (http://www.winpatrol.com) ). I highly recommend winpatrol ( just don't forget to purchase it, its not expensive).

Skycat_2
05-09-2006, 06:09 PM
Ewido Security Suite is another good one, and you can get a trial version for free. The trial has all the features (I think) of the licensed version for two weeks; it updates itself regularly in that time. When two weeks is up you get to keep Ewido at whatever state it last updated itself to. Easy to use, and it finds malware that Spybot, Adaware and Norton Antivirus miss or bypass.

Just type Ewido into your search engine.

It may be too late though if you're getting a lot of pop-ups. I had a nasty trojan or hijacker last week and it was self-preserving. No matter what I did, it found a way to come back and release new programs all over my operating system. I thought I had it isolated -- this program actually had a dialogue box that requires that you type in a code to confirm you want to get rid of it -- but then I'd get another box saying that another program is running the malware so it can't be deleted. The pop-ups were just plain annoying, also ... every two or three seconds a new one would come up and interrupt whatever program I was running, including FB/PF or Flight Simulator. Not porn ads either, just random stuff like insurance dealers or free digital cameras or music sites. I finally wiped my computer completely over the weekend and went to the factory image. Which is for the best because I've been hit with other mal-ware over the years including the Cool Web Search hijacker, and I had broken stuff and memory problems in my OS.

Anymore, a firewall is a necessity. Make sure you have one up and it is enabled.

_VR_ScorpionWorm
05-09-2006, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by gotha_g.IV:
Format c:

good luck!

***hat.

hotspace
05-09-2006, 07:41 PM
McAfee AntiSpyware 2 is also pretty good m8 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://www.download.com/McAfee-AntiSpyware/3000-8022_4-10447535.html

Bearcat99
05-09-2006, 08:54 PM
Yeah I doubt it came from Pe-2... hey man... I get spam on my website guest book now... the spyware is everywhere.. I run Adaaware and Spybot... I run them a little less since I now have PP.. but when that expires Ill go back to the old standbys adaware and spybot.

slo_1_2_3
05-09-2006, 09:07 PM
Ok thanx guys I have spybot and ad aware and I run them delete all the stuff but then it comes back and I don't go to porn sites so It didn't come from that so where ?

slo_1_2_3
05-09-2006, 09:27 PM
Ok well some guy is giving us a disk tommorow that is supposedly gonna fix it but I'm still curious what the most likely way I got it was so it don't happen again.

_VR_ScorpionWorm
05-09-2006, 09:35 PM
Some Adware/Spyware programs place and attach themselves to your Win32 directory and a couple of other places so they start when windows start. These types are hard to get rid of because even though you delete the spyware it executes at X amount of time and replaces it under different names. Trying to delete the files that executes these fails, it says 'program in use'. I ran into this problem about a year ago and the only thing I found to work was a program called 'moveonboot'. Basically, you had to find which file was doing to the executing(Pest Patrol is good at finding all kinds of nasty goodies like these, thats how I found it) and selecting it to delete on next boot up. This 'moveonboot' program deletes the file(s) right before they have time to activate with Windows.

You can try a google search as I have not needed to get this program for some time now.

slo_1_2_3
05-09-2006, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by leeG727:
I run €œAd-Aware€ by Lavasoft and €œSpybot - Search & Destroy€ on my PCs. I would also suggest NOT using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Outlook since they are so deeply intertwined into Windows and thus additional entry points for mischief-makers. Firefox and Thunderbird are good alternatives.

Off topic, but this is why I do most of my Internet activity on a Mac in OS X.
Are both firefox and thunderbird fre ? and would I be able to rune wither firefox or internet explorer?

_VR_ScorpionWorm
05-09-2006, 09:37 PM
Yes, both are free. FireFox is safer for webbrowsing and you can import your IE favorites right to FireFox's bookmarks.

slo_1_2_3
05-09-2006, 10:00 PM
Originally posted by _VR_ScorpionWorm:
Some Adware/Spyware programs place and attach themselves to your Win32 directory and a couple of other places so they start when windows start. These types are hard to get rid of because even though you delete the spyware it executes at X amount of time and replaces it under different names. Trying to delete the files that executes these fails, it says 'program in use'. I ran into this problem about a year ago and the only thing I found to work was a program called 'moveonboot'. Basically, you had to find which file was doing to the executing(Pest Patrol is good at finding all kinds of nasty goodies like these, thats how I found it) and selecting it to delete on next boot up. This 'moveonboot' program deletes the file(s) right before they have time to activate with Windows.

You can try a google search as I have not needed to get this program for some time now.
Was this free when you used it?

RayBanJockey
05-09-2006, 10:01 PM
I never use anti-spyware or anti-virus and I've never had a problem. That being said, if you do decide to use anti-spyware I would reccomend using whatever is available from Microsoft.com. Their pop-up blocker is very good. Can't say how their anti-spyware thing is because I've never had to use it.

The reason I say use Microsoft is because you already have Microsoft on your computer. Thus you will not be adding 3rd party software to your machine. Adding 3rd party software to your machine has disadvantages. 1)they are not Microsoft programmers so their integration into your system is not based on all known variables that have to do with your operating system. 2) Many such programs are actually "spyware in themselves" and most, if not all have an agenda of falsely reporting harmless normal things as spyware to induce paranoia in order to get you to "upgrade" (ie pay money) for the "pro version".

Finally, good good reformat of your hard drive/clean Operating system/driver install at least once a year is a good thing to do, regardless if you have any spyware or viruses, etc.

Xiolablu3
05-10-2006, 02:00 AM
Slo you should always use a firewall, and keep windows updated, these are the best two ways of avoiding Spyware and Virus's.

If you already have spyware (everyone catches it from browsing the web sometimes) the beginners solution is to download and run Spybot - search and destroy, and Adaware SE. Be sure to update them with the latest definitions before you run them.

If you have been badly infested then this may not be enough and you may have to delve into things a bit deeper:-

DOwnload Hijack This! and run it. Now go to a dedicated Spyware/Tech forum on the net. SUch as http://forums.spywareinfo.com/ but there are many others, and post your Hijack this log file and tell them your problems. They should be able to help. I can offer limited help if you post it here, but not as much as dedicated spyware forum geeks.

x6BL_Brando
05-10-2006, 02:56 AM
Ok, I found the link to Spywareblaster www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html)

The best preventive since the condom http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

B

whiteladder
05-10-2006, 03:15 AM
I wouldn`t dismiss a reinstalled out of hand. What you have got to take into consideration is the amount of time required to perform the necessary fixs against the the time taken to reinstall. Sometimes it is better to take a pragmatic approach.

As you have probably guessed prevention is better than cure, which means regular updates, firewalls, spyware scanners, high security settings for E.I..

Being organised helps as well if you need to do a reinstall in the future, I`m always suprised what a mess people let their PC get into, and this makes them relucant to do a rebuild.

Deedsundone
05-10-2006, 04:33 AM
NOD32-Zonealarm-Spyware Doctor-Registry Mechanic-Conclusion:Clean as ever http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

slipBall
05-10-2006, 05:43 AM
Hey Slo, I have been useing for alot of years start up monitor to prevent unwanted programs from getting a foot hold on my PC ( puts you in control of un-wanted exe.)

http://www.mlin.net/

start-up control is also very handy



http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f394/SlipBall/StartupMonitor.jpg

leeG727
05-10-2006, 06:27 AM
Originally posted by slo_1_2_3:

Are both firefox and thunderbird fre ? and would I be able to rune wither firefox or internet explorer?

Yes, both are free and available from
http://www.mozilla.com/

You can run either Firefox or Internet Explorer or both at the same time if that's your pleasure. Some sites still require IE, but Firefox is my main browser.

slo_1_2_3
05-10-2006, 01:05 PM
He didn't steal it and give it away he ain't a pirate he bought it for me and sent it

Freelancer-1
05-10-2006, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by slo_1_2_3:
He didn't steal it and give it away he ain't a pirate he bought it for me and sent it

Gotcha http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Toten_Waffe
05-10-2006, 01:16 PM
Before accusations of piracy and unlawfull distribution of slo's Pe-2 begin flying around its probably best to read this first

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/9691093834/p/1

major_setback
05-10-2006, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by Jumoschwanz:

Quote removed.....

Jumoschwanz

You should really be very careful about what you say, it's not nice accusing people of things like that. A quick look at slo_1_2_3's past posts would have let you know the story.



Here was the offer made to slo_1_2_3 by a very generous forum member; proof:

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m...741084834#8741084834 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/9691093834/r/8741084834#8741084834)

VFS-22_SPaRX
05-10-2006, 02:21 PM
Originally posted by Jumoschwanz:

Quote removed.......



You got something you want to say? I mean why are you holding back this time.

I have purchased 3 copies of the addon. One for myself, one for slo and one for another friend. Do you have a problem with this? I just did them a favor and removed the Boonty **** installer. Again, you have a problem with this.

I outright told slo i would purchase a copy for him. I offered it to him in his thread where he was concerned about not being able to play online anymore because he couldnt make the purchase himself. Over the last couple of months of see his enthusiasim for this sim, I decided to make a friendly gesture and offer to purchase the addon for him. I did not wish to see him left out of the game because of something as trivial as $20. And I figured this was a better approach then the alternative.

But hey Jumo, thanks for calling my generousity out on the table. Really appreciate it.

Von_Rat
05-10-2006, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by Jumoschwanz:

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i guess its true, no good deed goes unpunished.


sparx did a wonderful thing for a stranger in need. and see what **** he has to listen to.

Taylortony
05-10-2006, 04:12 PM
Originally posted by gotha_g.IV:
Format c:

good luck!

WHAT A STUPID SUGGESTION

If you do not have something constructive to post to help him bar that please do not post......... that is a idiotic post unless a last totally desperate last try........ the stupid thing is people reading this diatribe might think you are telling them the only fix for what is a minor problem and they then lose so much stuff of their hard drives they well may need, THAT IS A LAST EVER DITCH THING............................ shame on you for posting such a stupid reply.


And as for VFS-22_SPaRX my heart goes out for you, been there, seen it and done it.......... a lot of us have, you know recently I purchased some parts privately and arranged shipment for a disabled American widow for her TV that had packed up and initially was asking for advice, I requested she didnt speak of it online to anyone, I could afford it and she is now happily watching TV again.........

I could see the grief that might come of making it public as your offer was............... so i did it all secretly, she is happy and so am I.. It annoys me when such as you have done it comes back to bite you........ all i can say is kudos and my applause for you helping slo 1 2 3 out on this.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif


often the first to cast the stone are the people that would never dream of such things......