Spyware invasion

  tim.h 21:02 04 Jan 05

After a visit from my student son, over Christmas, my computer seems to have some very dubious content, which I cannot eradicate. I am running Win 98SE with a dial up connection and have Norton Antivirus 2004 and Ad-Aware SE Personal running to take care of unwanted visitations. I do not have a firewall installed.

The intruders are :

An alert purporting to be from Windows Security Centre, stating “ Warning, Windows Firewall detected suspicious network activity on your computer. Malicious software codes try to steal your privacy information such as credit card numbers, electronic mail accounts, financial data or passwords. Do you want to download certificated software and protect your computer” “YES/NO”

Several popups which arrive even when my browser is not in use, namely

An invitation to carry out an online Windows Spy Test

An invitation to download software to replace my supposedly missing Antivirus, Antispy and firewall software.

An advert for an online strip poker site

What looks like a EULA for a premium rate porn dialler, which disappears when the “Exit and uninstall” button is clicked, then reappears at a later date.

Also I have an extra toolbar on Internet Explorer with direct links to sites under the headings of Gambling, Internet, Pharmacy, Finance, Insurance and Adult. When I click on remove toolbar, my computer wants to connect to the net.

I have had virus activity detected and 4 files deleted when I ran a virus scan. Ad-Aware found 80 dubious files including malware with a risk rating of 10. These problems persist even after updating AV and Spy definitions. Any suggestions about shifting this crap from my system would be gratefully received.

  TomG 21:06 04 Jan 05

As you say these are pop ups - try a pop up blocker and also use the clean up tool in applications (Start - applicattions) clear out any downloaded web pages

  Jackcoms 21:10 04 Jan 05

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You might also have a chat with your son about the dubious websites he may have visited in order to collect this interesting stuff on your PC. ;-)

  Graham ® 21:11 04 Jan 05

I think many will be lost for words! No firewall? Pop-ups are the least of your worries.

I would check your calls with BT billing without delay.

  stalion 21:13 04 Jan 05

A good firewall is as important as your anti-virus software especially on dial up also have you got spywareblaster and run spybot
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  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:31 04 Jan 05

Protect yourself properly, I hope you don't do internet banking without a firewall!

You need a Firewall, Antivirus software, Antispyware minimum. A popup stopper and a spam filter would also help. Many have been recommended already the choice is yours.

A good combination from the free ones listed is Firewall -Zonealarm Antivirus -Avast Antispyware-Spyware blaster + Adaware + Spybot

Anti Virus :-
Avast4 click here
Antivir click here
AVG antivirus click here
Microworld click here

Individual virus removers:_
Bitdefender click here
Stinger click here

Antivirus on line checks:-
Panda click here
Trend Online Check click here

Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Spyware Sweeper click here
CW Shredder click here
Purity Scan removal click here
Incredifinf removal click here
Firewalls :-
Kerio4 click here
Sygate click here
ZoneAlarm click here

Popup stopper :-
EMS Free Surfer Mk11 click here
Popup Stopper Basic click here
click here

Spam Killers :-
AvirMail click here
Spam Weasel click here
Mailwasher click here

  tim.h 19:32 05 Jan 05

Thanks for the responses everybody. The reason that I have no firewall is that I followed advice on this forum that good AV and Antispy software were adequate. The concensus now seems to be firewall, so I will go with the flow.

  ACOLYTE 19:36 05 Jan 05

Could also be messenger popups if you have messenger installed click here may help with that.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 21:11 05 Jan 05

'I think many will be lost for words! No firewall?'...I've not used one for over 2 years. :-))

A decent AV (AVG) and Adaware will get rid of most problems. Spybot may be needed. You do not need to load up on huge amounts of anti-spy' progs though...an AV and 2 others will be enough.


  tim.h 19:33 06 Jan 05

I now have Zonealarm, AdAware and Spybot running as well as Norton AV. Loads of stuff has apparently been detected and cleared, but I still have all of the above mentioned popups and the toolbar displaying themselves within 30 minutes of booting up. Can I do more?

  VoG II 19:35 06 Jan 05

Did you run CWShredder? Link from Fruit Bat /\0/\ above.

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