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Spyware Problem of the Third Kind.


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#1 musaraigne

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:39 PM

Well, here is the curse description:

I use XP pro with Firefox search engine; in addition to the usual Microsoft placebos, I have a WiFi router password protected, AVG Internet security and Spybot. I also add to the “exception” list in Firefox tools all the malware URL that my protective software finds. I programmed a daily scan and I check results.

For the past two months, I am being plagued with a daily infestation of something called: "Webwatcher". It is not flagged by AVG but Spybot gets it. I delete it, immunize, re insert it into the exception list, but to no avail.

A search showed that this is a commercial spy software [How can such a tool be allowed openly!!] it does not produce any problem (obviously) but I am very concerned as to Who/What is inserting it in my computer daily and what is it doing there. I do bank online and this is what I fear for.

My questions are:
• Why is it not stopped by listing it in the exception list? All the other nuisances are.
• Since Ffox/AVG appear impotent in stopping it, what can I use that will?

By searching deeper into the origination of this Webwatcher nuisance, I found it to be linked to Google. That is probably the source of the problem; Google is planting it every time I go on line. I expect that Google’s intention is not to steal my financial ID but nevertheless, this is an unwelcome intrusion which could lead to serious harm is misused. I do not want it and I would be very grateful if someone could tell me what tool I can use to prevent further intrusions.

Thank you very much in advance.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 09:29 PM

Are you the owner/administrator of the computer?
This is a legitimate program
http://www.google.com/search?q=Webwatcher&...lient=firefox-a

It should be in Add/Remove Programs
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