So once you get this crap on your computer, youre basically screwed right?
I just dont get it, I dont visit any sites out of my normal harmless ones, and my computer STILL always gets this crap.
I have 3 ad-ware remover programs, and they dont do anyhting.
Today I got something that changed my homepage, and when I set my original homepage back, it just sets it back again after I re-start my computer.
Please, if someone could help me, I'd be so greatful! Is there ANYTHING I can do? How can I get rid of this crap!?
I just installed spy sweeper and I still have the ad ware.
This makes like 5 different programs I have tried, and none work. Seriously, what is someone supposed to do? Do you just have to buy a new computer once it happens?
I really dont know much about computers at all and how they work, but if something is installed on my computer, can't I just find it and delete it from wherever it is? I dont understand the whole deal really. Isnt there a specific directory where all this crap can be found?
Shibby, are you certain that you did both ad-aware and spybot S&D AFTER updating them for the latest definitions? If so, run Hijack this (download link), and post your log at http://boards.cexx.org/ in the Spyware - Help! section. They'll help ya out. Be sure to describe what homepage is coming up in IE, and all that stuff.
yes i faced a problem with one of my clients at work where even after cleaning the pc with spybot the spyware is still there . some how it replaces bookmarks and adds shortcuts.
the only way was to format. i guess this spyware was not added to spybot yet.
As said before, run "hijack This". it will find any browser hijckers. Sometimes the spyware will also add favorites, change your homepage as well as make it impossible to change settings in your Windows Control Panel, or Desktop settings.
If you're having problems with your control panel as well, you'll need to run the system file checker and restore a file to enable you to explore again. Anyways, if this is the case, let us know, and i'll post how to fix it.
I update the definitions of Adaware and then reboot in to Safe Mode and run a full deep scan on the whole computer. This works great for me because none of the cruddy programs load in to memory and adaware will remove them all completly.
I find if I run in Widows then some directories cant be deleted because they have files "in use"... but in Safe Mode they are not "in use" and it kills the lot.
Also, make sure that if you use HijackThis, only do it to get the log to post onto cexx.org !! DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DELETE ALL OF WHAT IT FINDS! Most of it is actual normal files. Post it on cexx.org and they'll tell you what to delete. Trust me on this.