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#1 poorfertman

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:55 AM

I downloaded Shareaza P2P and it really screwed up my computer. It has fraudware popping up all the time. It will not let me remove it from my add or remove programs as it says it is running. I tried SPYBOT and ADWARE and it did nothing. Any Ideas? Thank You.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:49 PM

If you cannot uninstall a program from Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, then the file may be in use. If that's the case trying uninstalling while in "Safe Mode".

Note: Using any peer-to-peer (P2P) or file sharing program is a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.

The reason for this is that file sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. This practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft, system infection and remote access exploit by attackers who can take control of your computer without your knowledge. Even if you change the risky default settings to a safer configuration, downloading files from an anonymous source increases your exposure to infection because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many malicious worms and Trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities. In some instances the infection may cause so much damage to your system that recovery is not possible and a Repair Install will NOT help!. In those cases, the only option is to wipe your drive, reformat and reinstall the OS.

Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The best way to eliminate these risks is to avoid using P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories, Risks of File-Sharing Technology and P2P file sharing: Anticipate the risks....
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:46 PM

Remember Shareaza.com is a scam!

"ShareazaV5" is known spyware for the major music industry to gather "evidence," and very difficult to remove and repair damage.

However, the original open-source Shareaza 2.4 at http://shareaza.sourceforge.net is completely safe, and shouldn't be causing any problems at all (unless you mistakenly downloaded a virus).

Learn more at FakeShareaza.com - forum includes V5 removal tools and advice.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:51 AM

Hi,

I've installed ShareazaV5 without knowing that it is a fake. I only started the program, I've searched for something....didn't like the results, so I did not download anything. And then I removed it with uninstall.
Accidentaly, I've found that it was a fake software and now I'm really worried. I got no popups or something...my PC seems to work fine. Nod32 didn't warn me about anything....outpost's firewall antispyware feature did not find anything.
Should I be worried?
How can I find out that I'm safe?

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 09:55 AM

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If you have an issue or problem you would like to discuss, please start your own topic. Doing that will help to avoid the confusion that often occurs when trying to help two or more members at the same time in the same thread. Even if your problem is similar to the original poster's problem, the solution could be different based on the kind of hardware, software, system requirements, etc. you are using and the presence of other malware. Further, posting for assistance in someone else's topic is not considered proper forum etiquette.

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