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#1 ramsey76

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 03:22 PM

I run a well know spyware program everyday. It ussualy finds a 1 or 2 tracking cookies. I also use spybot and lavasoft programes every couple of weeks.

I did run across a less weell know program that would do a free scan. The result of the scan indicated that my PC had hundreds spyware "infections" . Many of these" infections" had bad sounding name ( porn dialer, etc). Most of the problems are with registry values. I looked some the addresses using regedit and they are on my PC. Most of them are on ActiveX section of the registry. Many plan is to leave them alone. Is the the correct thing to do ?


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Posted 21 May 2007 - 03:24 PM

What is the program you used?

If they are legitimate spyware infections, you should consider posting in the "Am I Infected" section of this forum.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 03:34 PM

I forgot the name of the program.

I guess my lack of concern is that webroot, spybot, lavasoft and superantspy found nothing.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 04:14 PM

I assume that this was a socalled rogue anti malware programm. Rogue antispyware programs will give false positives in order tolure you into buying the product. Here you can find a listing of these programs. Webroot is also on this list.

I suggest you uninstall Webroot and choose AVG ANti Spyware

There are better anti spyware programs such as AVG Anti Spyware (in stead of Webroot) which gives you free protection



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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:52 PM

Webroot

??? :thumbsup: Did you mean Webroot SpySweeper?
I thought it was safe...But is it in the malware list?

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 11:17 PM

fozzie,
Where on that site does it list Webroot, as a rogue program?
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 10:50 AM

It looks like Ramsey has a rouge antimalware program installed on his computer. And they also give you false infections. I'd not remove one of these registry keys since it can lead to total destruction of your computer, even if the results were true, I'd do it, but first I'd make a backup of the registry.

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 07:10 PM

To avoid further confusion can ou give us excact name and version of the programm??

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 08:26 PM

All the references to Webroot Spysweeper on the Rogue List can be found under the category of Legitimate/Licensed Clones except for Freeze.com AntiSpyware which provides an outdated trial version of that program.

Webroot is a legit company and safe to use so there is no need to remove it.
http://www.webroot.com/

However, the unknown program you used which resulted in findings of malware entries is suspicious. If Webroot, Spybot, Ad-aware and SuperAntispyware did not find anything, then I would not be too concerned. Unless you can provide more specific information as to the name of the other program and exactly what it detected, I would consider the findings to be bogus.
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 08:13 AM

OK, I thought Webroot was the rouge antimalware.
Well, it's just to wait so he can give us information about the bad program.

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 05:26 PM

IMHO,I can't even see Webroot SpySweeper on Fozzie's list
Maybe it's just a misunderstood typing
Give us the name of all the Anti-Malware products you use
(Anti-Virus,Anti-Spyware,Anti-Adware,Anti-Rootkit,etc.)
And we will be able to do analysis from that point

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 06:18 PM

Thanks for the input. Whatever rogue spyware program I used is no longer on my PC.

I am sure that with all the name programs I use ( webroot, spybot, AVG, super antispy) that I have no spyware on my PCs.

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 06:40 PM

Good then :thumbsup:
So if you feel a bit concerned,vulnerable
you may always check your comp is infected in the:
Am I Infected?
HJT Analysis
Forums so do keep away from Malware
Sincerly,
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 08:00 AM

Good to hear Ramsey . :thumbsup:
But did you uninstall the rouge antimalware or how did you get rid of it ?




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