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    Exclamation Antivirus, AntiSpyware, Browser, and Firewall Programs

    Please try these utilities BEFORE you create a new thread. Most of these apps are free, unless noted otherwise
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    +Free fully functional trial period

    Anti-Spyware Forums:
    BleepingComputer - Spyware and Malware Removal Guides
    Spyware Hammer Forums

    Process Exploring Tools
    Process Explorer
    Security Process Explorer
    Security Task Manager
    ExeLibrary
    ProcessLibrary

    Alternate Browsers:
    PortableApps browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Iron, Maxthon, Opera)

    Avant
    FireFox and Mozilla
    Google Chrome
    SRWare Iron (Chrome variant)
    Maxthon
    Opera

    Antivirus:
    AV-Comparatives.Org
    F-Secure Rescue CD (bootable)

    Free:
    Avast Antivirus*
    AVG Antivirus
    BitDefender Eval versions
    Comodo Antivirus - Comodo AV+Firewall
    Microsoft Security Essentials*
    Panda Online Scan
    Trend House Call

    Commercial:
    BitDefender*+
    Kaspersky*+
    McAfee -- McAfeeStinger --McAfee Removal Tool
    NOD32*+
    Norton/Symantec+ --Symantec Removal Tool
    VIPRE*+

    AntiSpyware:
    Ad-Aware and Spybot are NOT enough!! Try Malwarebytes or SuperAntispyware!!

    Check these links to see if you have REAL antispyware:
    The Spyware Warrior List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
    Spyware Guide

    Free:
    Adaware
    CWShredder
    EZPCFix - works on BartPE
    HijackThis
    HijackThis Analyzer (Link provided by Ol'Tunzafun)
    HijackThis Log Evaluation
    Malwarebytes*
    Norman Malware Cleaner
    Prevx (preventative)
    RogueRemover
    SuperAntispyware*
    SpyBot Search and Destroy
    Spywareblaster (preventative)
    SpywareGuard (preventative)
    ThreatFire
    TrendMicro Spyware Scan
    Vipre Rescue
    Windows Defender
    WinPatrol* (preventative)
    XP-Antispy

    Commercial:
    Adware Away (about:blank killer)
    AVG Antispyware+ (Formerly Ewido)
    PestPatrol
    SpySweeper*
    Spyware Doctor+

    Anti-Rootkit:
    GMER
    Rootkit Revealer - Provided by Ol'Tunzafun
    F-Secure Blacklight - Provided by Ol'Tunzafun
    Sophos Antirootkit

    AntiTrojan:
    a² Free
    The Cleaner: (Trojan remover)+
    TrojanScan (Link provided by FancyF)

    Firewall:
    602 LAN Suite
    Comodo*
    Jetico
    Online Armor*
    Outpost
    SoftPerfect Personal
    ZoneAlarm Free

    Popup Blockers:
    EndTask Pro

    Delete and Unlock Tools:
    Killbox
    MoveOnBoot
    UnDLL by Eset
    Unlocker
    WhoLockMe

    Other Fixes:
    SmitFraud Fix, SmitFraudFix How To Guide
    ComboFix Guide - BleepingComputer
    Comodo Registry Cleaner
    SDFix Guide - BleepingComputer
    VundoFix
    Windows Update Repair Tool
    WinsockXP Fix
    LSPfix
    Hostsman
    IEFix
    Last edited by Midknyte; 06-17-2011 at 10:04 PM. Reason: Removed Avira due to buyout from Uniblue.
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    isearch toolbar uninstaller.
    http://toolbar.isearch.com/uninstall/
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    I can see this as being a VERY useful sticky...
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    Especially regarding the iSearch toolbar link.
    Man I hate that thing, my customers ALL install the blasted thing and I have no idea why.
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    Administrator Steve R Jones's Avatar
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    What is Spyware?

    Spyware, also know as Adware, is basically software that is installed on your computer without your knowledge, and gathers information about you and your PC, sending it back to base for either Advertising/Marketing or selling to other companies.

    How does it get on my computer?

    Ways that spyware find its way on to your pc are through Warez, and Porn sites that can download the software without you even knowing. P2P software is also a main contender for carrying spyware, and is often installed as part of the program. Some websites may trick you into downloading a piece of software that they claim is required for the website to run properly, once you download/install it then that’s when ‘real’ problems can start.

    Even software that you think is safe to download and use (Download Accelerator, for example) are actually considered spyware because they can check the websites that you have visited and then send back ads that are in relation to those websites. Other software such as Porn Dialers and Premium Rate Dialers are also a big problem.

    What can Spyware do?

    Once on your PC, its purpose is to gather information about you the user and your pc. Data like Personal details, Passwords, and Credit Card information can be stolen and sent to someone else via your internet connection, again without you knowing. Keyloggers are a form of spyware that can be installed on your pc and that can be used to trace and log all data that you type. Your PC and your web browser can also be hijacked, meaning that your browser's homepage could be taken over by certain unwanted websites.

    How do I know I have spyware?

    The symptoms are similar to those from a virus:

    • Your PC may be slower, with higher CPU usage than usual.
    • Unexpected icons and shortcuts may appear on your desktop, and extra bookmarks in your Favorites.
    • Your Web browser may have a search/tool bar that you’ve never seen before and a new home page.
    • Popup ads may appear even when a browser is not open.


    These are all classic symptoms that you have been hijacked and are being spied on.

    What can I do about it?

    Thankfully there is software that you can use to eliminate Spyware and Hijackers.

    First you should download, update and run both Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy. These will get rid of most of it.

    Then you should download HijackThis, extract it to its own permanent folder. Run a scan, save the log. Then you will be able to post a thread in the security forum and we could take a look at the log for you, to see what else needs removing.

    Another program called CWShredder should be used only if you have a variant of the Coolwebsearch hijacker.
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    http://www.overclockinghq.com/articles/junkware1.php

    OCHQ's guide to removing "Junkware"

    --Jakk
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    Claria removal

    Provided by Bigjakk

    This is the old version of Gator. This process will NOT remove the latest version of Gator/Claria.
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    Administrator Steve R Jones's Avatar
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    The following links were provided by fancyf:


    I just thought this site was useful and could be posted in the "Antivirus, AntiSpyware, and Firewall Programs" thread

    http://www.spyany.com/program/remove...are_index.html

    http://www.spyany.com/program/articl..._rm_more2.html



    There's also the Symantec versions

    for spywares:
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com...reats/spyware/


    for viruses:
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com...ools.list.html

    also: http://doxdesk.com/parasite/
    Last edited by Steve R Jones; 11-13-2004 at 08:53 AM.
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    Neo Toolbar removal, and other toolbars.
    http://spyware.pcwash.com/neo-toolbar.html
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    ..->
    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling_Aug
    Imagine a world where dogs took bad owners to the pound...


    http://www.hopeforpaws.org/
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