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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Is This Legit?

http://www.nospywaresoft.com/?ref=100085

What about this one?

http://malwarewipe.com/?rid=247

My home computer appears to be 'infected', and I don't really want to pay $50 US for a supposed fix (which may be part of the infected ploy to get my money anyway).

Does anyone know any other sure-fire ways to fix my computer without taking it apart or sending it away? It's a PC that's not even two years old.

Yours,
Desperate In Melbourne.

12 Comments:

At Thursday, February 02, 2006 9:38:00 am, Anonymous Gav said...

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At Thursday, February 02, 2006 10:15:00 am, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

Bevis, this was reccommended to me a few months ago. It is legit, not sure about the others.


http://www.webroot.com/

14 days trial free.. to clean your PC.. 100% functional..

 
At Thursday, February 02, 2006 10:17:00 am, Blogger Riss said...

Ask Logan and me to visit. We can set you up with some free stuff that should sort out most of your problems and prevent others from occurring in the future.

One of the best investments is actually to buy and install anti-virus software. Something like the program we have at work is pretty good. I recommend ZoneAlarm (free) as a firewall too.

 
At Thursday, February 02, 2006 12:43:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a free spyware removal utility available from here:
http://www.spybot.com/en/index.html

If you wanted to be thorough you could run AdAware as well: http://www.download.com/3405-8022-5153545.html?part=dl-ad-aware&subj=dl&tag=top5

There is also a little utility available from McAfee called 'Stinger' which hunts out any little worms or trojans you may have collected along the way: http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

We run these every couple of weeks or so to make sure we have no nasties hiding on our systems.

Hope this helps.

 
At Thursday, February 02, 2006 1:12:00 pm, Anonymous sbr said...

I don't know either program. They could be legit, but I wouldn't take the chance myself. I use a combination of the the following, all free, all legit: Microsoft anti-spyware (free download from the microsoft site); Zone alarm (has a pro version, but the free one will do fine); and a program called SpyBot Search and Destroy (can be downloaded free - also often on the cover CDs for PC magazines).

By the sound of things, you also need to get an anti-virus program, but you will likely have to pay to get a good one.

 
At Thursday, February 02, 2006 1:14:00 pm, Anonymous Hammy said...

So, you're saying you've a problem with Spyware?

Install both Spybot and Ad-Aware.

No one program catches them all but these ones will catch most.

Both free as well.

 
At Thursday, February 02, 2006 3:15:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Thanks Gav, I'll keep that in mind. Very helpful.*

* Can you hear the sarcasm in my monotone voice?

:)

Clokeeeey, Riss, Anonymous, SBR and Hammy, thank you all so much! It would appear that I should be wary of these two pop-up 'solutions', then. You all pretty much agree that they are (or at least could be) a risk. And that's what I thought (hence the question). Glad you've all confirmed it for me - cheers!

I will check out all the free options ASAP (they sound the nicest!!), and Riss? You and Logan may be invited over to check out the new Muppet cabinets after all. (Psst! And bring your anti-virus stuff with you! End psst!) We'll talk.

In other news, I just spent an hour interviewing a woman who was then offered my position here at work. She will be my replacement, starting Monday. I guess this means I'll be here until sometime around next Friday, 10th February (allowing for a week's hand-over period). Here's hoping it's no longer than that!

 
At Thursday, February 02, 2006 10:14:00 pm, Blogger gav said...

Just an admin thing - please note that the gav up there is not this gav down here!

As for spyware, I use adaware, spybot search and destroy and ewido. Those three are pretty good. Others recommend the Microsoft one too.

 
At Friday, February 03, 2006 12:11:00 am, Blogger BEVIS said...

Ah, thanks for that Gav. I wondered why you'd say that. Well, it's been deleted now. Clearly someone was trying to get around the comment moderation, but failed again.

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I've been downloading and trying as many of these suggestions as I could tonight (all the free ones I could find, anyway), but some of them then tell me that to remove the problems they've found, I have to register (ie, purchase) online to continue. So that's annoying.

Maybe I'm downloading the wrong ones, but I followed all links provided and only clicked where it said it was free. Oh well, hopefully I'll find something eventually (or I can always get Riss & Logan over to fix it for me!).

:)

 
At Friday, February 03, 2006 8:30:00 am, Blogger Creaky Boy said...

I bought a copy of Norton AntiVirus that also contains an anti spy-ware and ad-ware thing. It also updates every week for new fixes. It does cost about $100 but its worth the money.

 
At Friday, February 03, 2006 2:39:00 pm, Blogger sublime-ation said...

at this risk of you hating me for ever: *sigh* why don't you people just buy Macs?

 
At Sunday, February 05, 2006 1:34:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Thanks Creaky Boy - it looks like I'm going to have to buy something, anyway. I can't get by just on the free stuff 'cos it doesn't do enough to fix the problems my computer's already got, by the look of it.

And Sublime-ation, that made me smile. I'm actually ambidextrous (as I like to call it) when it comes to using both Macs and PCs. I (sometimes) use both at work, but yes I'm more familiar with PCs and have one at home. Macs are way more expensive to buy and fill with software and update regularly, but they have far fewer problems.

But let's not degenerate into a PC vs Mac argument, people. Both have their pros and cons, and they suit different people. End of discussion. :)

 

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