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    GET PANDA

    you will never see another POP up Again! Some Spyware programs are designed to make your pc more vulnerable to attacks, it is how they get you to buy thier advanced version.

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    I have been using panda for a week now, It works better than any program I have ever used,

    Macafee, Norton, Spybot, Adaware, they cant compete!

    CCleaner is also a good tool to use with it
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    It essentially seems to be a software firewall, as it's monitoring what goes through, rather than cleaning up what's slipped through. I'll add it into the first post along with the firewalls.


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    the internet security program is an antivirus, firewall, and prevents spyware too...

    it is reccomended to download and install, then do the upgrade... and then run the scan when you have the time to spare... a full scan takes about an hour (with 256 mb ram) it scans everything... (I scan my system in safe mode)
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    Personally, I like Avast. It is basically an all in one product that keeps the spyware and viruses out all in one shot.

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    Here is a website that tells you exactly how to get rid of specific spyware. It looks pretty well stated for the non-comp literate like me.
    http://ict.cas.psu.edu/training/howt...edAdvanced.htm

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    Whichever browser you use, go into the settings and make sure that it is set to not install anything, or to install just updates or whatever depending on the browser. The computers I have had to fix were ones where something seemingly innocent was installed, or in one case a website was visited and that home search thing was installed. That thing is a nightmare to get rid of.

    I have used Spybot hundreds of times, literally. I never had a problem, that is so weird that it caused a problem, but computers are weird things. Oh, and everything else everyone else recommended. Nice thread.
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    Ive downloaded and used every single spyware program on this thread and I still have spyware. I will say that the computer is a bit faster but I still get popups and these STUPID things that pop up from my taskbar telling me Im infected and that I need to download thier software to clean my computer up (Which probably means install MORE spyware)

    This is getting problematic because I run alot of full screen programs that dont like being minimized (They tend to crash) and when a popup goes up, it minimizes everything and like I said, tends to crash full screen programs.

    I dont want to clean out the System directory because I've installed other things since being infected.

    What do I do, this is driving me absolutely up the wall.

    The first picture is the system tray popup that comes up every once and a while, accompanied by a small icon of a guy in a wheelchair that flashes from a guy in a wheelchair to a red circle with a strike through it.

    Second picture is a message that pops up about once an hour. Again, it tends to destabilize programs.

    I am at the absolute end of my rope, I mean I have downloaded and used all the programs I could from this thread and this stuff still will not go away.
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    Just as a side note..

    Some of the older firewalls (like sygate) are not actively offered anymore but are still good to use. Many archived versions of all types of software can be found at www.oldversion.com
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    Free Av's worth mentioning (to those wishing for an up to date posting on this thread):

    Avira Antivir- adds = one, but there is a workaround.

    *anti-virus specific* This is a good program, but there are a couple things worth mentioning. First is the add o' doom. It takes only one click to get rid of it, don't sweat it. Also, although I'm dumb at line arguements for add-on's, I've not been able to integrate it fully with other app's (like certain download managers or autorun checkers). Other than that, it's not a resource hog and runs great (definitions get updated on a daily basis. Last thing of mention is the Updates. Though they update definitions on a daily basis, they only update the program like twice a year... but it's free and functional with a built in Gaurd program... it also find a decent amount of spyware. Another note is the download speed for the free edition, see, that's the catch... they limit it to double digit Kbps...

    Avast! Home edition- adds= none that I can remember.

    Updates often... sometimes twice in a day... (I had it happen, I swear)

    *anti-virus specific*
    Avast's new interface is awesome, I loved mine to peices, but reluctantly had to say goodbye because it liked to hang up mid-scan... it has an audio warning which is either very scary the first time you hear it or funny... aside from having a boatload of feature's it's also functional... provided you have the resources available for it... like +1GB of RAM (I don't, thus the hang mid-scan). Also, if you download it off download.com it might have a price-tag attached to it... dis-regard that unless you're downloading it for use at work. A home license is free, it just requires an activation email.

    *A note on both these AV's*

    The reason I mentioned these Av's as opposed to AVG's free edition doesn't so much deal with preference as much as reliability can be found here. Lol... I had a link to the results of an AV test conducted in Jan or Feb in '08, but I seem to have misplaced the link... (if I find it maybe I'll edit it in).

    Either way, AVG found an old virus namely LoveLetter, that'd been on my comp since 02 or 03 that loves to root around and make a mess of things (including mis-place explorer w/an infected replacement)... the type I had was supposed to be the more damaging of the two... AVG removed it cleanly... however... it missed 4 or 5 other viruses, and had a false positive rate that annoyed me. Avast swept up the shit AVG didn't, and Avira mopped up the mess that aVast couldn't seem to get to...

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    For a software firewall... I'd highly suggest you don't invest your trust into Windows built-in garbage... Try Comodo. I tried this and Zone Alarm, and felt Comodo was the better of the two. (though others might attest). The only problem I had with Comodo was the Defense+ update prior to the most recent one had the annoying habit of eating gameprotect files for online games... They've rectified the problem, though I'd perm-deactivate Defense+ and just stick with Avira's Guard program... Defense+ doesn't attack programs off a list, it attacks anything that tries to shut it down... including rootkits. (thus the chomping of game protect files which act similar to rootkits)

    SpyBot S & D's gotten a face lift since 2005, and has started to include trojans and others in with their list of as well as integrating an active scanner (TeaTimer) that integrates with av's and firewall's nicely.

    The last edition of Spybot I had at my disposal froze up all the time, and was very glitchy... this update, however, I've rarely had a problem with... they also update often...

    Another reccomendation I have is running a site through SiteAdvisor. Don't listen to the color rating of a site, but more look at the downloads associated with it, how spammy it is, and more importantly just what kind of testimonies, gripes and complaints it has lodged against it from the volunteers (this extends past the scope of just spyware/malware, to include browser hi-jacks, popup's and phishing/scam sites). The volunteers on the site seem to care more for accuracy than does Site Advisor... I've seen a lot of green sites that shoulda been red, and vice-versa.

    On a final note.

    Beware the rogue spyware/AV's they're out there... the one that I got scammed on was SpywareBot. It's a play on Spybot's name... I'm now $40.00 poorer because of it...
    and had a nice little firewall bypass installed unbeknownst to me (which Spybot thankfully healed).

    For as many different programs out there that are good, there are just as many typo-squatters w/rogue programmers that wish to take your money and info.

    Also, common programs you wouldn't necessarily think of as spyware, at the very least throw your personal info out there to third parties that don't need to know anything...

    Windows does that from time to time with their error messenger, and Wild Tangent and Real Player do too.

    In the case of Real Player, there are just a couple things you have to tweak, whereas Wild Tangent (which came bundled with DVD-Rom compatible movies for a while) should NEVER be installed due to how it scatters its files all over...

    I dear hope I didn't leave anything out... and that this info will be of use to someone...

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