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#1 Optimization_Wizard

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Posted 17 March 2005 - 10:25 PM

Hey,
I have been recently BOMBED with spyware. Ok, I woke up at 9:00 am, did my spyware scans, got an allergy test done, and when i came back, it was about 2:00 pm and I noticed that my computer was acting kind of slow. So, naturally I scanned for spyware. And I found 800 spyware traces and 50 different kinds!!! And I don't skimp on security, I run a Windows XP with SP2 with all the security updates downloaded, got a firewall up, many spyware shields and immunizations, and Avast Antivirus running all it's processes. It was a very sudden bombing and I haven't been on any websites for that whole day.
On Ad-Aware, I found 130 files infected with Spyware with a TAC rating of 10! And I got all these startup items called MediaPass and I couldn't disable them. I tried 4 different startup managers including msconfig. So I had to delete it manually from my hard drive and registry. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else. And I would like if you had a spyware horror story that you will want to share.

Thanks :p

#2 Misereor

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 01:29 AM

Get a firewall... :)

#3 Paranoid

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:35 AM

Get a firewall... :)

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Firewall wont prevent you from being infected, and depending on the firewall you use and the spyware you encounter , the firewall might not prevent them from "phoning home" too.
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#4 Optimization_Wizard

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 10:08 AM

I DO have a fire wall. But the weird thing is I got them when I wasn't on the internet.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 10:41 AM

Be careful about opening any unknown email. Even previewing it can allow something to install itself.
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#6 Optimization_Wizard

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 11:25 AM

I actually scan all my emails with Avast. And I don't ever open emails that are sent by someone I don't know. On top of that, I have a spam filter. And I didn't even touch my computer between my 9:00 am scan and my 2:00 pm scan.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 11:27 AM

Any possibility someone else used your PC? Also, beware of Remote Procedure.
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Posted 18 March 2005 - 01:36 PM

If you're fully patched and firewalled, that is really bizarre. I would actually be inclined to agree with cnm: "Any possibility someone else used your PC?"




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