Spy attacks my PC’s performance, IE & Desktop

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Hello, I'm currently using Win XP with SP2. Now a days a spy like agent attacks my PC badly. It affects most my PC's performance, Internet Explorer and Desktop. It'll hide my wallpaper on the desktop and bring his banner like "Warning! You are in danger.." Famous anti-spy agents like Microsoft Anti-Spyware, SpyBot, SpySweeper, Ad-Aware Pro etc. could not detect it and delete it. Please give me a reasonable solution. Thank you.

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If it is for home use, I suggest I use two I am reasonably happy with: Trend Micro PC-cillin 2005 (http://www.trendmicro.com/en/home/us/personal.htm) and lavasoft Ad-Aware (make sure you configure it well). If it is for corporate use, Trend micro had client server SMB software as well. Very usefull, centralized management, and so on. Test it first (download and install, or use Housecall (free scan):

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Now these will protect you from spyware ad-ware and viruses quite well. Thbere is but one nore problem, even mostre pester – cookies. Configure your personal firewall (XP SP2) ass well as limit the use of cookies in your browser (Options/privacy/advanced meny, “Override default cookie handling”, for accepting first and third party cookies select “Prompt”. However, “Allow session cookies”. I have found out that most of the problems with IE performance (slow browsing when clicking any link) are related to to “Third party” tracking kookies that you get a ton from any ads, click-throughts and so on. Specially Double-click is nasty to remove (sometimes you have to scan twice). As I understant, those cookies are allways trynig to collect and post information about sites you browse, so naturally, their servers get overwhelmed and, therefore, slow response when opening new pages.links in IE browser. Also, if you like, you may try Firefox Browser. Now this will protect you quite well, as long as you do not get annoyed by popups to accept of reject cookies. You have also a choice to accept all cookies from this site, e.g. after a while you would have a build up a small database of tructed sites. Run Lavasoft or Spyboot on each PC power-up to clean up on whatever fell through.

It works quite well for me. Whenever I notice a significant slow down of my PC performance, it is rarely installed spyware – but most often it is cookies. And, by all means, do not use freeware – Shareware is tricky – but the ones you have tested and have confidence with.

Hope this will help you.

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  • Darthzakkie
    I feel sorry for you.. I really do.. I had the same problem once after listing accounts on a free server website.. it seems that this spybouy is all over the net now and is annoying lot's of people.. what i did was unplugged my cable modem power cord, changed my homepage to blank in IE, then i went into the registry and deleted all known instances of the word SPY, I then went back to IE and pulled it up(without the modem plugged in), and typed in google in the address bar.. from there i then plugged the modem back in and then refreshed the page.. once google hit, i navigated to download.com where i downloaded a free trial version of a program called SPY Doctor.. I ran this program like 40 times before it stopped the page from loading on my desktop.. Also, you can check the Startup group from MSconfig and disable it and then find the paths for any obvious dll files and simply delete them.. hope this helps..
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  • Jrmorency
    Hello, I have been using SpyKiller from SpyKiller.com. It is reasonable priced and doesn't seem to let any spyware in. John R. Morency 763-546-2137
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  • Stevesz
    Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and reload your machine from scratch. However, first, you might want to try this to see if it helps. Turn off your system restore. This is very important, as spyware can be reloaded from there. Run a virus scan with your current Av software, amking sure it is updated to current versions of engin and definition files. Let it clean, delete, or quarantine anything it finds, then delete those files. Run an online virus scan from another company. Again let it clean, delete, or quarantine anything it finds, then delete those files. Run Spybot S&D. There is a new version out--just downloaded it tonight, so I haven't tried it yet, but the blurb I read in the online arm of a respected magazine gave it the thumbs up. Be sure to update defintions and immunize the machine. Download and run the Microsoft anti-spyeware program, again ensuring that it is updated. Get a copy of Hijackthis and run that. Be sure you know that the entries you are deleting do not belong in your registry. It will pick up valid entries as well as invalid entries. Check your HOSTS file for entries other than 127.0.0.1 localhost and anything you may have entered. Remove all extraneous entries. Run Adaware, again ensuring it is updated. Reboot and repeat. If you find repeat offenders, look them up via Google and follow the instructions found for removal. Reboot and repeat. If you are sstill having problems, hang it up and do a bare metal install, after saving your data. Steve//
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  • Darthzakkie
    I agree with steve.. clean install is the best way, but it does no good if you don't find out where you got the SPYware/virus in the first place, as you can just get it all over again if your not careful.. cheers..
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  • Wheels
    You can, as suggested, completely wipe your hard drive and re-install. It may very well be an "easier" way. But, if you have a lot of data, programs, documents, and other stuff, you may want to do things the hard way. It may take many hours of your time, and you have to be willing to do some homework/research, but it can be done. Here are some suggestions: Disable System Restore Run your anti-spyware tools in safe mode (after updating them). It may not be enough to just run them. Don't just accept the defaults, learn how to get the most out of these tools. Poke into your registry, and find the Run, RunOnce, and RunServices keys, and (after researching which ones are bad) delete any offenders found. Note: making changes in the registry can be very dangerous to the health and well-being of Windoze, so _please_ tread with caution here. Also, while in safe mode, clean out all the temp folders - the Windows temp directory, as well as all user temp directories. (Temp means temporary, if there are files there older than 1 day, you shouldn't miss them if they are gone!) I've found a lot of viruses and spyware in these directories, but YMMV. Don't forget to delete all temporary internet files - when you click, don't forget to put a check mark in the box next to where it says "Delete all offline content". After you get rid of the crap, to prevent this from happening again, I have 2 suggestions: An antivirus program (most of them these days have some sort of spyware protection features). Don't use Internet Explorer anymore, unless you have to. Happy hunting
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  • Joelsplace
    I've found that it's a lot easier to run Hijackthis to edit the registry instead of doing it manually. It also backs up the changes in case you delete something you need. It's free. I've also found that IE doesn't always dump the temp files. If you have files with extra long filenames explorer won't even delete them and you have to use the command prompt. Sometimes the subfolders in content.ie5 are invisible even when your view is set correctly but you can see them from a command prompt.
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