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My internet connection has gotten much slower over the past few months. I have deleted all the temporary internet files, but that didn't help much. I've heard that programs end up on your computer after a while and you're not aware of them. I'd like to scan for any spyware programs, but don't have a program to do so. There are a bunch of them out there, but I don't know which ones are good. I'd like to get one that's either cheap or free, but does a good job. Any suggestions on programs or procedures that will restore the speed?
 

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QUOTE(Intimidator @ Feb 17 2004, 11:46 AM)My internet connection has gotten much slower over the past few months. I have deleted all the temporary internet files, but that didn't help much. I've heard that programs end up on your computer after a while and you're not aware of them. I'd like to scan for any spyware programs, but don't have a program to do so. There are a bunch of them out there, but I don't know which ones are good. I'd like to get one that's either cheap or free, but does a good job. Any suggestions on programs or procedures that will restore the speed?
SPYBOT is the SCHIZNIT!

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I have to go with Instigator. I use SpyBot and love it. In fact I am going to run it again, right now.
 

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QUOTE(HazyMemory @ Feb 17 2004, 12:16 PM)adaware
Hazy, that installs spy-ware on your computer!!! I don't use it anymore and am interested in the replies in this thread.
 

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QUOTE(threecrabs @ Feb 17 2004, 01:36 PM)QUOTE(HazyMemory @ Feb 17 2004, 12:16 PM) adaware
Hazy, that installs spy-ware on your computer!!! I don't use it anymore and am interested in the replies in this thread.


I think you're mistaken

I use ADAWARE and it does a good job of cleaning the whole HD of spy-ware, inlcuding the Registry!
 

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QUOTE(Dana @ Feb 17 2004, 02:20 PM)I've been running both...do I not need to?
Not sure about that question.

Spybot has been good to me. Merlin the computer wizz told me to use spybot.
 

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QUOTE(threecrabs @ Feb 17 2004, 01:36 PM)QUOTE(HazyMemory @ Feb 17 2004, 12:16 PM) adaware
Hazy, that installs spy-ware on your computer!!! I don't use it anymore and am interested in the replies in this thread.

I used ADAWARE at first myself, but started finding MUCH DEEEPER HIDDEN ad programs installed on my system! I spoke to a few friends in the BIZ & they laughed at me!
Not that I'm not USED to that or anything . . . <_<
YEP, ADAWARE is one of those programs that pretends to be helping but is actually just getting rid of the competition on your computer & installing the ads IT WANTs!
 

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QUOTE(Dana @ Feb 17 2004, 02:20 PM)I've been running both...do I not need to?
NOPE! I tried that initially, too . . .


FIRST, do an UNINSTALL of your ADAWARE. This 'pretends' to remove it from your system, but it actually installs it's own spyware.

THEN, check your ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS in your control panel. It's probably still there. If so, remove it.

THEN, run SPYBOT. It will clean out all the rest of the garbage.

Good luck!
 

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Glad i read this i was just talking with a guy today who said he installed adware,and i was thinking about doing the same
 

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Question when running the "Search adn Destroy" on Spybot.

All these files that it finds that are labeled (a sample cut and paste from a search I just did is below), what are these? It found 74 such files. Can I delete all of them or not? They all appear to be in the "Registry". Never really heard of them before, not sure what they do. If anything.

BackWeb lite: Class (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTBackWeb.4.0

BackWeb lite: Class (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTBackWeb

BackWeb lite: Class ID (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{53FCF358-5323-11D0-A864-0000B43699FC}

BackWeb lite: File extension link (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.bwp

BackWeb lite: Interface ( (IBackWebAllInfoPakCollection)) (Registry key, nothing done)

Unknown: Class (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTIELoaderCtl.IELoaderCtl.1

WildTangent: Autorun settings (Registry value, nothing done)

WildTangent: Global settings (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareWildTangent

WildTangent: Personal user ID (File, nothing done)
C:WINDOWSwtinfo.txt

WildTangent: Program directory (Directory, nothing done)
C:program FilesWildTangent

WildTangent: Uninstall settings (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallwcmdmgr.exe

WildTangent: Updater directory (Directory, nothing done)
C:WINDOWSwtupdater

WildTangent: Updates directory (Directory, nothing done)
C:WINDOWSwtwtupdates

WildTangent: Web driver (File, nothing done)
C:WINDOWSwtwebdriver.dll

WildTangent: Web driver directory (Directory, nothing done)
C:WINDOWSwtwebdriver
 

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I know that some of the list have additional information on what they are about, but I always just delete all of them myself.

Be sure to update your software before you use it each time to make sure it has the current list of ADWARE.
 

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Stazi, it does...it's vewwy sneaky.

Norton's found 7 hidden files on my daughters computer! I had to manually remove them.....did a spybot and found more! Her internet connection still is slow.....Not sure what else I'm going to do with it. Don't find any viruses using two different software programs. I can try to re-install windows over her system and see if that helps...if not, I may just reformat and start all over. Maybe it will teach her not to download garbage!

Also, that Wildtang is hard to get rid of. Be careful.
 

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QUOTE(threecrabs @ Feb 18 2004, 08:19 PM)Norton's found 7 hidden files on my daughters computer! I had to manually remove them.....did a spybot and found more! Her internet connection still is slow.....Not sure what else I'm going to do with it. Don't find any viruses using two different software programs. I can try to re-install windows over her system and see if that helps...if not, I may just reformat and start all over. Maybe it will teach her not to download garbage!
Go into the control panel & clear out your cookies and windows temp files, then do a defrag. That should help, too!
 

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QUOTE(INSTIGATOR @ Feb 18 2004, 09:18 PM)Go into the control panel & clear out your cookies and windows temp files, then do a defrag. That should help, too!
did that, too <_< But thank you for trying to help....anything at this point.
 

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QUOTE(threecrabs @ Feb 18 2004, 09:25 PM)QUOTE(INSTIGATOR @ Feb 18 2004, 09:18 PM) Go into the control panel & clear out your cookies and windows temp files, then do a defrag. That should help, too!
did that, too
But thank you for trying to help....anything at this point.
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