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Spydawn And After

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#1 oldog


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Posted 05 March 2007 - 12:36 AM

Bought new computer installed Norton System works and Antivirus,first time on line updated Norton. After about one hour my screen became cluttered with varius windows, trying to sell me a long list of security ware.

I Downloaded Spybot and Ad-aware which did a fantastic job removing all the screens, leaving me with only the flashing blue/red icon down by the clock..selling Spydawn and shooting of security alert balloons .

Have downloaded SmitfraudFix and the instructions for use but have not yet run it.

My concern is that neither Norton, Spybot or Ad-Aware pick up the infection when I do a full scan. Symantec were very evasive about the problem but have promised a no charge discussion as they are looking into the problem at the moment!!

If I run SmitfraudFix , what is to prevent re infection as soon as I go on line ?

After cleaning up should I install a programme such as SecureClean or similar?

I am on a learning curve, as my last computer was trouble free with only winxp firewall and norton antivirus,over a four year period.


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#2 fozzie


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Posted 05 March 2007 - 04:24 AM

Please follow this tutorial by our Grinler to remove Spydawn from your system. As far as Symantec and other applications not picxking up on Spydawn :

Writers of malware have become very litterate when it comes down to hiding their applications for the well known applications. It is due to the efforts of very few that we get to know about these foistware.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:54 AM

No need to purchase Secure Clean. Ccleaner does the same thing for free. It will clean temporary files, logs and cookies. Has other functions as well.
Would suggest you also get a firewall other than Windows firewall. There are a few very good firewalls for free.
Most malware such as Spydawn require some action by the user to get installed on your computer. Such as clicking on links in IM's, emails or websites and opening email attachments. There are sites on the web where you can get infected by just visiting them. Those are known as drivebys. Downloading free screensavers or using P2P programs to download from unknown sources are two other ways that you get infected.
Below is a link to a list of free software products such as firewalls

To avoid a lot of malware, installing another browser such as Firefox with NoScript extension will prevent driveby infections.
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#4 oldog

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 01:04 AM

Thanks guys

Spydawn removed as suggested.
Have downloaded Ccleaner.

Great forum


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