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#3286485 - 02/18/14 05:39 PM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
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Loc: Colorado Springs
I have no idea how so many people get infected with this stuff; up to date browsers today will not, by themselves, allow a drive by download, nor will Windows 7/8 with the UAC settings enabled. It must be from downloads or script/plugin based exploits, but even those are rare if people make sure things like Java/Flash are up to date. In addition, Firefox by default prompts the user to run Java applications.

If you got some kind of adware/spyware, stop and make sure ALL your software/browsers and all plugins are up to date. For instance, Adobe just put out a Flash update a day after putting out another update to fix vulnerabilities, when a new exploit was discovered in the 1st update!

Avast will update that stuff automatically, and there is other stand alone products that will automatically update Flash/Java etc., since their built in updaters are useless.


Edited by Drew99GT (02/18/14 05:41 PM)

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#3286549 - 02/18/14 06:57 PM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
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Registered: 01/21/05
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Great info! Trying to think what I might have done to get infected. Sat. I updated Avast, earlier I had done several dogpile searches. All our equipment is behind a router.. It's been several years since I had an actual infection. Dunno..

Anyway, thanks

Wayne
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#3286722 - 02/18/14 09:02 PM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
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eset often finds stuff mwb doesnt.

start in safe mode w/networking

http://www.eset.com/int/home/products/online-scanner/
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#3286847 - 02/19/14 12:11 AM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
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Registered: 12/14/11
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Loc: Bolingbrook, IL
Originally Posted By: Oldmoparguy1

--cut--
I fired up firefox on my desktop the other day and was seeing real estate adds jumping around on the screen. I haven't used FF in several weeks, so have no idea where it came from. Avast claimed it blocked something.
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In FF you might have acquired some unwanted "Add-Ons". Got to Tools>Add-ons and disable or remove unwanted adware, search engines, and tool bars that get passed by with anti-virus/malware scans.


Edited by skulldrinker (02/19/14 12:12 AM)

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#3286946 - 02/19/14 07:44 AM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
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Registered: 12/04/04
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Originally Posted By: Oldmoparguy1


I fired up firefox on my desktop the other day and was seeing real estate adds jumping around on the screen. I haven't used FF in several weeks, so have no idea where it came from. Avast claimed it blocked something.

I used to run something called Adaware some years ago. I DL'ed a fresh copy but it turned out to be an anti-virus thing. Not what I wanted.

TLA
Wayne


Inside Firefox Add-Ons is a wonderful tool called Adblock Plus. Load it.
Also get a real antivirus program. The free ones help with antivirus, but not adware, spyware and malware.

Arm your computer properly and this problem will cease.
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#3287109 - 02/19/14 11:09 AM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Triple_Se7en]
Drew99GT Offline


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Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en

Also get a real antivirus program. The free ones help with antivirus, but not adware, spyware and malware.

Arm your computer properly and this problem will cease.


You keep saying this non sense; the free antivirus products have THE EXACT SAME ANTIVIRUS/ANTIMALWARE/ANTISPYWARE/ANTIADWARE engines as the paid versions. They usually don't include the firewalls anbd some of the other premium features, of which, there are free solutions that surpass the paid products.

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#3287135 - 02/19/14 11:28 AM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
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And usually no auto update,scans or real time protection,but on demand scans yes picks up the same nasties.
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#3287187 - 02/19/14 12:10 PM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Drew99GT]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: Drew99GT
the free antivirus products have THE EXACT SAME ANTIVIRUS/ANTIMALWARE/ANTISPYWARE/ANTIADWARE engines as the paid versions. They usually don't include the firewalls anbd some of the other premium features, of which, there are free solutions that surpass the paid products.

Yup. At least that's the case with AVG Free that I'm using on some of my PCs...

http://free.avg.com/us-en/free-downloads#compare


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#3287189 - 02/19/14 12:12 PM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: daman]
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Originally Posted By: daman
And usually no auto update,scans or real time protection,

Not true, based on my experience.
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#3287234 - 02/19/14 01:05 PM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: daman]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
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Originally Posted By: daman
And usually no auto update,scans or real time protection,but on demand scans yes picks up the same nasties.


Actually, the free antivirus products widely used, Avast, AVG, Avira, Panda, etc. all have real time protection, to include web filtering. In fact, I don't know of any free antivirus product that does not include those features. They all also include scheduled scanning, auto updates etc.

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#3338661 - 04/10/14 11:04 AM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Drew99GT]
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Loc: Charlotte, NC
A followup,
I had drive by infections in firefox on 2 systems. Malwarebytes cured both. The desktop was running Avast and the laptop was running AVG. Neither caught the adwhare. Both systems have Opera, which is my default browser. Neither was infected.

Wayne
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#3338686 - 04/10/14 11:41 AM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
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Loc: Colorado Springs
How do you know it was a driveby? The only place you can get drivebys on up to date browsers is through vulnerabilities in plugins, usually served up through ad networks with Java and Flash. Those are incredibly rare. You'd have to go to the darkest corners of the internet to find a web page serving up exploits designed to attack a web browser. It's not like several years back when that kind of stuff was incredibly prevalent; browsers are coded to stop that stuff.

Yet another reason to run https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/


Edited by Drew99GT (04/10/14 11:42 AM)

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#3338791 - 04/10/14 01:06 PM Re: I need an adware remover. [Re: Drew99GT]
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Originally Posted By: Drew99GT
Originally Posted By: daman
And usually no auto update,scans or real time protection,but on demand scans yes picks up the same nasties.


Actually, the free antivirus products widely used, Avast, AVG, Avira, Panda, etc. all have real time protection, to include web filtering. In fact, I don't know of any free antivirus product that does not include those features. They all also include scheduled scanning, auto updates etc.

I should have clarified, I was talking about malware/spyware stand alone programs, etc, yes most free AV does have auto features.
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