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Spyware killer
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dig    Posted 04-27-2004 at 16:05:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ever now and again someone will post about having trouble with their computer doing things they don't want it to. Usually they've been hijacked by spyware or some other evil. I was out wandering aorund the web and ran into a program called Spyware Blaster that's supposed to stop spyware before it installs itself. The guy that wrote Spybot reccommends running it concurrently. I downloaded it. Installed it. Make absolutely no claims as to its effectiveness or what it might do to your computer. On mine it installed with no problems. (IANAL, but I think that covers my butt pretty well.)

Bud in NC    Posted 04-28-2004 at 03:39:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the answeres - I'm running Windows XP, McAfee Anti-virus, regularly run SpyBot, etc - this one got through. The home page it uses is and the address that shows in the internet options is I know it's spy ware but so far it's mostly just a nuesance - can't open an email attachment because the search page pops up. Just like when I try to download a fix for the thing. How about a re-format? I can put all my personal files on a CD, but would that really clean the regester enough to get rid of it? Thanks again!!!

walt    Posted 04-28-2004 at 04:21:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since your running XP, try the simple solution. Close all programs, use the restore feature of XP. Pick a date that is before all this started happening. After that see if you can surf without being redirected. Post back here, or start another thread, with Re:Spyware Killer in the subject if you can surf around.

Bud in NC    Posted 04-27-2004 at 18:16:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Any info on how to get rid of the hijacker after it's happened? #*^%#&$* hijacker won't let me download the fix!

walt    Posted 04-27-2004 at 21:29:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
More details. Win98, XP? What are the symptoms? Which Hijacker?

ron,ar    Posted 04-27-2004 at 20:27:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
usually a hijacker changes your hosts file to redirect something in particular, such as a search engine.If that has happened you can go into the registry and make changes but be careful, don't delete the host folder altogether. If you are not experianced, get help locally.Is it by chance on a gateway computer and does it have software program called goback?

dig    Posted 04-27-2004 at 19:25:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
It won't let you download and install Spybot or Ad-Aware? Dang! Um, find a buddy, download what you need, put it on a floppy, and install from there. If that doesn't work, as a last resort, back up all your data, reformat your hardrive, and start over again.

What's infected your computer, anyway? Some spies and trojans have specific fixes available.

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