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Is my computer infected with adware?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Russ in PA, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. Russ in PA

    Russ in PA

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    I'm experiencing the most ANNOYING problem. When doing EBay searches, a new browser window opens with a website called "WhenUsearch". The website displays "search results" of what I'm shopping for on EBay. The website prefix is http://bidtxt.whenu.com

    Is there a way of blocking this website from my computer? This is phucking ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(
     
  2. dao

    dao Brrrr.

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    Sounds like you did get hit with some adware...

    Microsoft just came out with an adware/spyware utility - it looks pretty good. You can download it from:

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

    I've put it on all my Windows machines - it did clean up some (harmless) junk - I think it should help with what you describe...
     


  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Hey, Russ;

    Have any Browser Toolbars or Searchbars installed?

    In other words, does your Internet Exploder window look like this?!
    [​IMG]

    Notice that just from your symptoms, I know you aren't using Firefox or any Mozilla products for that matter...so maybe this would be a good time to use a browser that HASN'T been universally condemned by every security firm in the world.

    And I would recommend Spybot S&D 1.3 and Ad-Aware for all your adware removal needs.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. SamBuca

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    Please note that in the latest test, the new Microsoft Antispyware did better than both Adaware and Spybot.

    It's an amazing program. Go to microsoft.com and give it a shot...it also includes hijack protection (your current problem).
     
  5. Russ in PA

    Russ in PA

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    I downloaded that Spyware patch, but I'm still having the problem. Whoever's responsible for devising these programs.....I'd like to pull their testicles from their body. And stomp on them.
     
  6. SamBuca

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

    This program has a hijack restore feature...use the blue arrows to set the defaults back.
     
  7. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

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    So does Spybot. If you install the program "teatime" it will protect your system in realtime by preventing any program trying to make any registery changes or trying to hyjack your browser.

    http://www.spybot.info/en/download/index.html

    I am also running the microsoft program also.

    I bet you a million dollars when the beta testing is done MS is going to charge for it.
     
  8. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

    The best thing I can think of about a new microsoft browser is that it will keep the hackers focused on microsoft instead of the browser I'm using.
     
  9. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity LSG #67

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    I installed the Microsoft antispyware program yesterday and I am pretty impressed with it. It found things on my pc that spybot, adaware, and spysweeper ALL missed.
     
  10. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    I have an 'exploit' lab machine with XP Home Edition and I was also quite satisfied with Microsoft AntiSpyWare.

    Off topic:

    Since WalterGA has cut of my supply of Paxil and Solomon Juice ...
    fastvfr, do you get a buck every time you recommend ABIE (Anything but Internet Explorer?) If my car runs out of gas I imagine that you would suggest that I leave the evil car on the side of the road and buy one that you have more affection for.

    It's an operating system, it's not a religion.
     
  11. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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    ;z

    God help us all if he gets the Macintosh religion. ;f
     
  12. 10 Ring Tao

    10 Ring Tao Red White Blue

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    Is the M$ spyware app a standalone app to be run whenever I need like AdAware, or does it sit in the background sucking up my resources like norton antivirus?
     
  13. It scans when you choose.It also can be set for automatic scan every day.The default is 2am but can be switched off or changed.It doesn't monitor the system.
     
  14. SamBuca

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    I have the real-time agent going.

    If you used decent anti-virus software (McAfee), then it wouldn't suck up your resources. MS Antispyware does not consume all your resources...and it does detect things in action.
     
  15. 10 Ring Tao

    10 Ring Tao Red White Blue

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    McAfee is just as bad, not to mention there is no reason to pay for antivirus or spyware anymore.
     
  16. SamBuca

    SamBuca

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    Not really...but thanks.