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Is "spywarebot" Spyware?


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#1 chuckm51

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 12:36 PM

The topic is self explanatory. I actually paid for it, thinking it was Spybot. When I run Spybot, it identifies SpywareBot as a problem. Should I undertake to remove it?

Secondly, if it is some sort of malware, I feel like I should attempt to get my money back, maybe through my credit card company.

Of course, I feel like an idiot for buying it if it is malicious.

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#2 buddy215

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 12:44 PM

http://www.fbmsoftware.com/spyware-net/App...ion/SpywareBot/
SpywareBot

Description of SpywareBot
SpywareBot is a suspect anti-spyware application that deceptively leverages the Spybot Search and Destroy name, and provides users no End User License Agreement.

Recommendation for SpywareBot
It is recommended that you remove this software from your computer to secure your system from suspected applications that might threaten system security.

Trusted: No
Trojan: No
Chronic: No
Adware: No
Carrier: No
Browser Hijacker: No
Dialer: No
Commercial Keylogger: No
Remote Administration Tool: Yes
Suspected: No

Company Name: NA
Platforms Affected:
Methods of Distribution: NA
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Release Date: NA
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 01:27 PM

Hi Buddy215,

Thanks for the advice...am scanning now with ZeroSpyware. After posting my question, I wen to msconfig and startup, and unchecked spyware bot and adWare alert...it repeatedly tried to reinstall itself in the startup file, and now I am getting a notice that msconfig is trying to add itself to the startup file! How odd is that.

I am also noticing lately that when I try to browse a different website, I am often being prompted that no internet connection is present. When I retry, it connects as normal. I think this is related to the spyware bot program, though I am not sure.

Anyway, thanks for your help. What a great resource Bleeping Computer is!!

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 01:50 PM

Use the Add/Remove program to uninstall Spywarebot. You may want to run a "real" spyware remover afterwards. Here is a link to a very good one.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Here is a link to an excellent online antivirus scan that will remove what it finds.

http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 02:23 PM

Hi Buddy215,

Thanks again...am running them now.
I see that SpywareBot is in my program files...Would it be safe to delete the entire folder? It does not show up in the add/remove progams function.

I am very hesistent to remove anything in the program files.

Thanks a third time

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 03:57 PM

If that is all that is in the folder there should be no problem in deleting it. I am wondering if Spywarebot is using a different name in Add/Remove. Might want to check and see. Just Google any program their that you don't recognize to find out what they are. I would do a file search also to find any leftovers.
After deleting the file(s) you should run Windows One Care free scan to remove leftovers in the registry. A lot of regular users here consider it the safest registry cleaner.
http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm?s_cid=sah

I read in another forum that Spybot may still report Spywarebot. If that happens just shut down Teatimer and reboot and the warning should be gone.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 05:02 AM

Howdy,

Hope I am not butting in.

I ran SUPERAntiSpyware yesterday after seeing it your response yesterday buddy215. The only malware it picked up was SpywareBot. It described it as a rouge spyware scanning program.

I had never heard of it before (until I read this post) much less downloaded it. Apparently "rouge" is to kind of a word to use when describing this program.

Any idea how this program would have gotten into my computer ?


Thanks for your time,

Dennis :thumbsup:

Edited by Dennis H, 24 January 2007 - 05:04 AM.


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Posted 24 January 2007 - 08:38 AM

SpywareBot is an program listed as a rogue on the Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware List. Bookmark that page so you can refer to it before downloading these types of programs.
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