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The Anti-Senko
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I keep running Ad-aware 6.0 and it keeps identifying 3 files or keys which it says are possibly attempting to "Hi-jack" my browser. I keep deleting them, but they keep coming back. There is definitely something going on because surfing the net is painfully slow and I have cable. I have already deleted all cookies and temp files and my recycle bin, but they keep coming back. How can I get rid of this crap! I also forgot how to boot up in safe mode. What key do I have to keep hitting repeatedly to do this? I buy an updated McAfee Virus Scan and a Firewall, and I still gotta deal with this poop!
 

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Speaking of firewalls, should I get one? My brother, adefinite non-computer guy, asked me if i had one when he was at my home fot Thanksgiving.

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Huge,

What system are you running? I can help with the safeboot issue when I know which system you are using..
 
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Run msblaster remover. Also, try getting Windows Washer. You get a trial. It will remove hidden url's and so much more. After this reboot.

You can get both proggies at cnet.com.
 

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The Anti-Senko
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Frank, I ran Windows Washer and it didn't help. Can't find a Blaster Remover for Windows 98? This is what Ad-Aware 6.0 keeps telling me is the potential problem area:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER:Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main"Search Bar" (htpp://www.websearch.com/ie.aspx?tb_id=50024")

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:Software\Micorsoft/Internet Explorer\Search"Search Assistant" (htpp://www.websearch.com/ie.aspx?tb_id=50024")

HKEY_USERS:.Default\:Software\Microsoft/Internet Explorer\Main "Search Bar" (htpp://www.websearch.com/ie.aspx?tb_id=50024")

I keep deleting these, but they just keep coming back. It is as if the freakin' thing are imbedded in my browser now. I even tried deleting them in Safe Mode. My Internet access is worst than a 56k modem right now, and I have cable. I would like to kill the freakin' geeks that have nothing better to do than make others miserable. Any other suggestions? Should I re-install my browser? What now!?


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I use Zone Alert on Win2000

Free download of firewall. They will try to sell you Zone alert Pro, but just take the free firewall software.

Its not that complicated - just read the messages after installing ZA. It stopped all pop-ups on my system, and alerts me to any attempted intrusions.
 

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you may have to go into your start up commands in "msconfig" but be carefull what you unflag..
or download "SPYBOT" what ad ware missee spybot catches...
 

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Mike, I certainly have received plenty of those types of e-mails, and I may have opened one by mistake. I am almostly completely out of commission right now, I can't even send out e-mails! I think my computer is f'd for good! :cussing: :cussing: :cussing:
 

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I keep deleting these, but they just keep coming back
How have you been deleting these? They look like registry enters. PLEASE don't try editing your registry on your own! Rob can probably help you if he see's this.

If adware is deleting them and they come back, the program that puts them back can be installed like a program that you put there! right in your c:\ directory of program files directory. Again deleting things you don't know about can be VERY tricky. But putting up firewalls now won't help your already infected.

If your that desperate and things have degraded that much you might consider reloading window. Remember to have copies of your important programs and backups of your personal stuff.

If McAfee firewall failed you, you might consider trying Nortons.
 

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Gregg, Ad-aware gives me the option to "delete" the items so I do. It appears as though as long as I am connected to the internet the Registry Keys reappear. Not sure if I really "deleted" them though...to your point. All I know is I am f'd. Right now I cannot even send out e-mails. Typing and surfing the web is beyond painfully slow. God help me!
 

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Well...I got rid of that crap....but still have the same problem. Finally, called cablevision and they ran some tests on the modem and are telling me I have 40% packet loss to modem and a weak signal. It is always the Cable companies fault! Of course, I won't see them until next week! Jesus!
 

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HugeFish4 said:
I keep running Ad-aware 6.0 and it keeps identifying 3 files or keys which it says are possibly attempting to "Hi-jack" my browser. I keep deleting them, but they keep coming back. There is definitely something going on because surfing the net is painfully slow and I have cable. I have already deleted all cookies and temp files and my recycle bin, but they keep coming back. How can I get rid of this crap! I also forgot how to boot up in safe mode. What key do I have to keep hitting repeatedly to do this? I buy an updated McAfee Virus Scan and a Firewall, and I still gotta deal with this poop!
Although you've deleted all cookies and temp files. It may not be the reason why those spyware files keep showing up when you run ad-aware. It could be that there is a program running in the background of your computer executing or creating these files. The only solution I would think of is to, just format the harddrive and re-install,and be more careful and wary of what your installing into the computer.
 

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sounds like you were getting the entries out, but the original program was reinstalling once online. very common in searchbot style stuff. the searchbar and advertisment area is the most common invasive problem out there right now. hope it worked out. i pulled a triple at work again and did not see this til now. any probs email me or i will confer via phone.

re: spybot and spybot s&d - you guys are playing with fire. it is not what they say it is. it removes files based on their image. some files appear to be what they are not... bad news.

re: spybot removing what adaware will not... ask woody... the exact opposite is true... adaware cleaned up what spybot f'd up. it even cleaned up stuff that windows will not allow a delete on... it was saavy enough to break down to admin mode and delete and reboot. what i would have done manually.

always back up the deletes, and removals.

the reg is not a simple playground.

just a heads up guys.

do not take this wrong, but please do not give advice to someone based on a one or two time experience dealing with your machines. all operating systems behave differently, and you have a potential crash at hand.

Love and Kisses,
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re: searchbars???
why do you guys download them?

most common response is... i was getting popups and the searchbar blocks them.

if you need a popup blocker.. there already is a potential problem. you are past the starting invasive phase. most site do not allow a popup style banner... except to promote their own stuff. if you are getting numerous popups, then we have a problem.

run a program that will clean the system, and that will back up what it removes. do not use a program that sweeps and cleans and does not offer a user friendly restore.

after running this cleaning phase, do not forget this is now a daily routine.

in conjunction with your daily cleaning phase, run a trojan detect program. there are plenty of these out there and i can recommend one. look for something that will perform a hard scan of your drive, and also keep scanning wile you are online. these are free, but to get the really good stuff a silly 10$ registration fee is worth it.

for the simple one every hour annoying popups run panicware pop up stopper. simple straight forward control. EOS.

as for a firewall... i do not belv in zone alarm, black ice, and the others. they slow me down. i do belv in masking your IP address.. that means be careful on kaaza, morpheus, bearshare. be careful who you email. do not respond to emails that have unsubscribe comments.

try installing a box.. a router for cable or DSL. linksys and others are great and act as a firewall.

if you recieve emails from ebay, macys, sears, banks etc that look like the real company suggesting a problem with your account... do not fill out or folloe these emails. goto the website in a seperate browser page and get the old fashioned telephone #. call customer service and speak direct about the problem. they will most likely already know about the hoaxes going on.

the machine sitting in front of you is very simple. it may seem wicked sophisticated, but it is not....

the person on the other side developing software and devious plots to get to your precious info is sophisticated. they will find a way. it is you job to make your machine just a bit harder to crack. that way they will go after some other guy.

love and kisses
robbie
 
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