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#1 peanut33

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 09:59 PM

hi. fisrt of all im no computer wizz and i dont pretend to be so if my questions seem obvious please bare with me and if i keep asking for questions to be "explained" i hope you'll persist.

Basically its this. ive found a spyware on my computer that only shows up on panda scan. i have avg anti-spyware but when i scan with that it doesnt pick it up and my funds wont allow for me to purchase the disinfection pandascan offers. this spyware is in my cookies apparently and ive found it by searching my computer.

what i want to know is; if i delete this cookie is it going to delete the spyware too or just "release" it so to speak. whats gona happen?

also, if i cant delete it like ive just said is there a way to get rid of it. im getting panicy as if avg antispyware cant find it then couldnt it be dangerous?

Edited: also as i understand it arent cookies supposed to record the sites youve visited? i ask because i sure as hell havent visited this site. im not going to put it into my address bar just incase its "dodgey" but whats happening with that?

Edited by peanut33, 05 January 2007 - 10:09 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2007 - 11:24 PM

Hi peanut33, Welcome to BC
Try scanning with this SUPERAntiSpyware, free Home User version
Remove everything it finds cookies and all.
See if you are still experiencing problems after that ..let us know

Edited by boopme, 05 January 2007 - 11:26 PM.

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#3 peanut33

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 05:50 AM

Hello boopme. thanks for the tip but it didnt work :thumbsup:

the thing is i can actualy see this "cookie" when i do a search on my computer. can i just delete it from there or will that not get rid of the spyware?

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 07:54 AM

Why not do a full scan with http://safety.live.com , take a cup of coffe or two ( IE required!!) and wait until it totally cleans your PC. You can delete it ofcourse and see whether it returns. When it returns, without you have visited that particular site, you can consider yourself infected. In that case please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". You may have performed some of these steps already. About half way down are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log.

When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log here.

After posting a log you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc.) unless advised by a HJT Team member. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make may cause confusion for the member assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 08:14 AM

http://www.bobulous.org.uk/misc/third-party-cookies.html
Open the Tools menu on the menu bar and click Internet Options.
Select the Privacy tab in the top row of the options dialogue.
Click the Advanced button.
A window about cookies will appear. Make sure the box labelled Override automatic cookie handling has a tick in it. You can now choose what the browser does when it is asked to set each type of cookie. To block third-party cookies, just select the Block option in the Third-party Cookies column on the right.
Once you've chosen your settings, click Okay at the bottom of the small dialogue, then Okay at the bottom of the main options dialogue.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 07:47 PM

Thanks you all for all your help. I have used the safety live program and while it did not delete the cookie it did find something else and fixed that. ive also read up a bit thank you buddy and have changed my internet settings to block thrid party cookies. i ended up deleting the cookie manually as as you said i can always try and if it pops up again ill know for sure if ive been infected (im currently running panda scan again now).

If you have the time and if this is the right place i would like to learn more but im going to start a new topic for that. this is just a reply to again say thanks for the help :thumbsup:




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