OmSigDAVID
 
  1  
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 05:21 am
2009 Antispyware

I got an infection of this on my computer,
but the word "Pro" did not appear.
It consisted of a very repetitive pop-up recommendation
that I buy 2009 Antispyware. I did not respond to it.
It appears that the effects of this infection
were limited to this pop-up extortion.
I saw no other changes to the operations of my computer.

It impersonated my computer 's own defense mechanism.
It called itself something like "defense shield"; it used the word "shield".
I tried, unsuccessfully, to find this among the programs
listed for my computer, with a vu to using the uninstall function.

After reading this thread,
I took Bill 's suggestion (for which I thank u, Bill)
that I Google and use the site that he recommended.
I did so, and bought Spyware Doctor for $30,
after having noted perhaps some element of dissatisfaction
with STOPzilla having been expressed on this thread.

Putting Spyware Doctor on my computer was abruptly and 100% effective.
I discern no residual effects of the infection.

Incidentally, I noticed that the representative of Spyware Doctor
to whom I spoke, was quick to recognize this infection. I infer that
it has proliferated quite a lot recently.



This thread was very helpful in combating this problem.

Thank u.


If we can put men on the Moon and send robots to Mars,
we oughta be able to immunize our computers
to being programed by strangers at websites that the computer visits.


David
Rockhead
 
  1  
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 07:23 pm
LilK, I am almost to the bottom of my troubles.

My ad-aware has held stout, needs using often...

Seems I had a cache shortage that was amplifying my issues.

Even A2K is becoming harder on available cache memory. If you can add a stick or two, it might help you...

I never but delete unsolicited offers of any kind, btw.
littlek
 
  1  
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 07:27 pm
@Rockhead,
rockhead - I suggest you go to the forum on spyware, etc at pcpitstop.com and ask for help.
OCCOM BILL
 
  1  
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 07:30 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
No thanks needed, and I should add this clarification: I didn't endorse "Spyware Doctor". That would have been an ad on the site I recommended, which offers free solutions. I'm happy to hear it worked, though. I believe Foxy endorsed the program as well. Please keep us posted on how well it works into the future, if you should be unfortunate enough to have to reassess it.
littlek
 
  1  
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 07:37 pm
@OCCOM BILL,
OCCOM - please forgive me for sounding ungrateful. Your recommendations were good. You sent me to the same sites that the woman at pcpitstop did for help.
OCCOM BILL
 
  1  
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 09:24 pm
@littlek,
Good heavens Littlek; I didn't think you sounded ungrateful. Forgiven of course, but I don't know for what, as there is nothing to forgive. I sincerely wished my suggestions would have been more helpful and I'm happy you found the help you needed.

And thank you for the Pcpitstop suggestion; I just ran a friend's computer through it and found it very helpful in identifying potential problems. Thank you!
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OmSigDAVID
 
  1  
Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 10:15 pm
@OCCOM BILL,
Quote:

No thanks needed, and I should add this clarification:
I didn't endorse "Spyware Doctor".
That would have been an ad on the site I recommended,
which offers free solutions. I'm happy to hear it worked, though.
I believe Foxy endorsed the program as well. Please keep us
posted on how well it works into the future,
if you should be unfortunate enough to have to reassess it.

Indeed, u did not endorse it,
but I followed your Googling advice
and reached the desired website.

From this thread,
I discerned that STOPzilla had been less
than optimally effective, and therefore,
I chose to try Spyware Doctor instead,
which was INSTANTLY 100% effective.

I had unwelcome visions of needing professional work
rendered on my computer, which Spyware Doctor obviated. Good deal.

I have never practiced computer crime law.
During most of my professional career, everyone used typewriters;
but it seems to me that it shoud be a crime (vandalism ?)
for a stranger 's website to sabotage your computer with programs
without your knowledge nor consent.




David
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Patsgril
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 10:47 pm
@littlek,
I got that pop up about the Malware on my computer but i don't use Malware. I use a different program. I had also read an article online about the Malware that was fake and a pain to get rid of. Luckily i clicked out of it.
OmSigDAVID
 
  1  
Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 10:55 pm
@Patsgril,


I think "malware" means a poisoned computer program, generally,
like carrying a virus or a worm.
Its not a brandname like Norton.

The prefix: "mal" means bad.
jespah
 
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Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 12:37 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
OmSigDAVID wrote:
I think "malware" means a poisoned computer program, generally,
like carrying a virus or a worm.
Its not a brandname like Norton.

The prefix: "mal" means bad.


Correct. It's also sometimes called yuckware. It's not a brand name, just a generic term for bad stuff, like the term spam is a catch-all for all unsolicited email messages.
OmSigDAVID
 
  0  
Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 01:41 pm
@jespah,
Is there a way to render our computers immune
to having stuff put on them, other than by us, the owners ?
High Seas
 
  1  
Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 02:01 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
If you find a way to do that, David, let these guys know asap:

Quote:
As the U.S. military pushes forward with network-centric warfare, terrorists and other nation-states are likely to develop and employ malicious code to impede our ability to fight efficiently and effectively. This program will develop the capability to automatically detect and respond to worm-based attacks against military networks, provide advanced warning to other DoD enterprise networks, study and determine the worm's propagation and epidemiology, and provide off-line rapid response forensic analysis of malicious code to identify its capabilities, modalities, and future behavior.

http://www.darpa.mil/sto/ia/dqw.html
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jespah
 
  1  
Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 06:25 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
I wish there was, shy of never, ever turning on your computer.

Cynical folks will tell you to just get a Mac but the truth is, they can get affected, too, but they don't get affected as often. The reason for that isn't any wonderfulness on the part of the Apple company and its products. Rather, it's a function of them being a lot less popular than PCs. Hence for the average virus writer who wants to wreak a lot of havoc, it makes more sense to go after the bigger chunk of users -- and that means PC owners.
OmSigDAVID
 
  1  
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 02:20 pm
@jespah,
I think I heard somewhere
that u can set your computer not to accept a "cookie".
I don t know whether or not this infection is deemed a "cookie".





I take it then that a computer that goes out on the Internet
cannot be set to reject alien programing and only
to accept programing from its owner,
who puts a disc into a floppy drive.
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 02:43 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
floppy drive? yikes...whoa....now you're talking high tech!

Also, the scope of the problem is not limited to acceptance or rejection of cokies
Foxfyre
 
  1  
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 02:49 pm
Spyware Doctor is the very best I've found to rid yourself of pesky malware/spyware that your other protection software can't get. The only problem I have with it, is that it so carefully monitors everything on your computer to ensure you don't pick up any other nasty bugs that Spyware Doctor itself slowed down my computer. I finally had to uninstall it, but will reinstate it at the very next hint of any problem. Be sure to keep a copy of your license code so you don't have to rebuy it.
OmSigDAVID
 
  1  
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 03:12 pm
@Ragman,
Quote:

floppy drive? yikes...whoa....now you're talking high tech!

U r making fun of me.



Quote:

the scope of the problem is not limited
to acceptance or rejection of cokies

Yeah, I guess its NOT.
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OmSigDAVID
 
  1  
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 03:17 pm
@Foxfyre,
Quote:

Spyware Doctor is the very best I've found to rid yourself
of pesky malware/spyware that your other protection software can't get.
The only problem I have with it, is that it so carefully monitors
everything on your computer to ensure you don't pick up any
other nasty bugs that Spyware Doctor itself slowed down my computer.
I finally had to uninstall it, but will reinstate it at the very next
hint of any problem. Be sure to keep a copy of your license code
so you don't have to rebuy it.

Yes; thanx for the advice.

So far,
I am not aware of any difference in the speed of my computer.





David
High Seas
 
  1  
Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 02:30 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
David - these people will provide a free analysis if you send them a detailed list of the symptoms; they're very good:

https://forms.cert.org/VulReport/
Quote:
We accept reports of security vulnerabilities and serve as a coordinating body that works with affected vendors to resolve vulnerabilities. If you believe you have found a security vulnerability that has not been resolved, please complete the following form. As our vulnerability disclosure policy explains, we send information submitted in vulnerability reports to affected vendors. By default, we will share your name with vendors and publicly acknowledge you in documents we publish. If you do not want us to share your name or publicly acknowledge you, select the appropriate responses below.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 02:47 pm
@littlek,
pcpitstop's been one of my favourite sites since the general recommended it some years ago

I've been using crapcleaner regularly on my puter. I source it through http://www.filehippo.com/ . Lots of good freeware and shareware there, including http://www.filehippo.com/software/antispyware/
 

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