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#1 lt_dan

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 02:10 PM

I really, really, really want Internet Explorer off my system. I've tried everything and can't get certain adware programs off - they keep popping up IE windows (I have a popup blocker on, but they get through somehow).

I have tried to remove IE. I've tried deleting the folder. I've tried ending the processes that run in the background to eliminate sharing violations. And when I get to the point where I actually delete msie.exe, it pops right back to life within a few seconds.

I know it's a Microsoft deal. I understand they don't want you to be able to whack it. I'm just wondering if anyone has found a way to get rid of the damn thing anyway.

Thanks.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 02:20 PM

You cannot remove IE. Other parts of the Windows operating systems are dependent on it to function.

Also you cannot get Windows updates without it.

What spyware are you infected with? Maybe we can help you rid your system of the problem.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 02:50 PM

I keep getting "Exclusive rewards" popping up, telling me I've won a free computer. I also keep getting something in Spanish.

I've run AdAware, SpyBoy and Spy Sweeper. I've deleted a bunch of .exe programs that have shown up somehow. I can't get rid of this stuff.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 02:52 PM

u know wht.. if u have norton antivirus then also u can know all the spywares and adwares on ur computer.
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:37 PM

Well, Symantic's not finding anything and it's been scanning for 30 minutes.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:45 PM

Dan what are you running for an internet browser instead of IE?
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:48 PM

I have been using Firefox, but it's tricky sometimes. At home, it locks up quite a bit. Today I'm using Netscape 7.1 at work.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 04:00 PM

I really do think you're toast as far as eradicating IE, what's your operating system, I've been running FF for about a month now and it's been nothing but great for me. I'm running XP pro @ 2.4 ghz and 512 Ram though, so maybe thats why it's ok for me?
You maybe want to post some of your FF lock up problems on here and someone can help you with them.
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 04:07 PM

I suggest you post a HijackThis log for review.

Read the pinned post in the HJT forum, here
Please read, and follow, all directions carefully.

Then, run a log, and post it in the HJT forum, at this link. Do not, fix anything, yet.
A member, of the HJT Team, will help you out.
It may take a couple of days to get a response, but, the HJT Team are very busy. Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.

NOTE:
Once you have made the post, please, DO NOT make another post in the HJT forum, until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. The first thing they look for, when looking for logs to reply to, is 0 replies. If you make another post, there will be 1 reply. The team member, glancing over the replies, might assume someone is already helping you out, and will not respond. So, just make your post, and let it sit there, until a team member responds. This way you will be taken care of, in the most timely manner.
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 04:20 PM

ummmm.....for symantec u have to go in options and enable expanded threats and then it ill detect spywareas and adwares......and i think( i am not sure) how to remove some of the internet explorer componnents from ur system.... go in add or remove programs and then in the "add remove windows components" and then uncheck the internet explorer and it might wrk i dont know if it will thought!!
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 04:28 PM

It sounds like you have a spyware/trojan infestation.

What version of Adaware are you using?

You need to be using Adaware SE with the latest definitions files installed.
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Download, then update definitions file before using.

You also need Spybot Search and Destroy,
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

The Microsoft Anti-Spyware Beta
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx

and at least another program or two.

CW Shredder will also help eliminate trojans.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4086.html

After you download AND UPDATE the above programs, shut down your system and reboot in safe mode.

If you are using Win ME or Win XP shut system restore OFF.

Do a scan with the web based anti-virus scan offered by Trend Micro.
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Then run the above anti-spyware/malware programs while in safe mode, rebooting after completing each program and deleting what they find, then running the next. It may take several scans from each application to accomplish the removal of all malware. One each is not sufficient.

Get the Yahoo tool bar (download from Yahoo.com) and run their anti-spyware program as well. (Works only with IE. WILL NOT WORK WITH FIREFOX).

If you have deleted any part of IE you have probably interfered with your operating system as many functions of IE interface with windows components. You may have to repair IE before you do the rest of the above.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 05:27 PM

Items such as Control Panel use IE as the GUI so its needed. Windows won't operate without it as its too deeply embedded. If you are using FF and have done all the deleteing in IE that you are talking about you are making yourself more vulnerable as the security patches applied for IE are oftened shared with Windows. The best option for a user like you is too update and patch IE to the max and set the security levels in Internet Options as high as they will go and then continue to use FF. As Enthusiast says, at the very least you need it for Windows Updates.

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