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Anti-Parasite Suite

by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Given that 99 out of 100 machines I see have parasites and that 1 out of 3 simply straighten up and fly straight when we eject the parasites, it would be nice if a single tool could incorporate all the following scans, tools and findings. Until then, here's a list of what I'm finding useful.

1. Adaware http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
2. Spybot http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10289035.html
3. Housecall http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
4. CWshredder http://www.download.com/3000-8022_4-10301587.html
5. Stinger http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

I would have included HijackThis, but that tool is truly something I can't hand out since many people don't or won't read the instructions. The above tools have been proving themselves very safe to use to eject what they find.

Another tool you suspect some startup program or want to curb a startup program is at http://www.webattack.com/get/starter.html


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Re:Anti-Parasite Suite
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 29, 2003 11:20 PM PST
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Thanks Bob - wouldn't it be SUPER if this post could stay on top as a "sticky" one??

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Thanks. Now someone should do the AntiVirus list?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2003 11:26 PM PST
In reply to: Re:Anti-Parasite Suite

Someone had posted the current free AntiVirus programs in a posting. I don't keep current on such because AVG has been quite a nice solution.


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Re:Anti-Parasite Suite
by Berfert / October 30, 2003 12:04 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Parasite Suite

question about stinger. do you just check for/download the current version whenever you need it? or does it have a update function that I havn't found?

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Stinger questions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2003 12:10 AM PST
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"question about stinger. do you just check for/download the current version whenever you need it? or does it have a update function that I havn't found?"

I have to download a new version from time to time. While this may seem to be a problem, it's really a safeguard in disguise. A virus could look for the stinger and either disable it or alter it to do it's bidding.


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by Marianna Schmudlach / October 30, 2003 12:11 AM PST
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Panda QuickRemover
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 30, 2003 10:12 AM PST
In reply to: Stinger
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Anti Trojan software
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 30, 2003 1:05 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Parasite Suite

http://tds.diamondcs.com.au/ (30 day free trial available\shareware)

http://www.moosoft.com/ ( 30 day free trial available\shareware)

http://www.agnitum.com/products/tauscan/ (free trial version\shareware)

BO-Clean http://www.digitalriver.com/dr/v2/ec_MAIN.Entry10?xid=28041&PN=1&SP=10023&V1=303179&DSP=&CUR=840&PGRP=0&CACHE_ID=0 (you have to buy)

http://www.anti-trojan.net/en/download.aspx ( 14 day free trial\shareware)

http://www.misec.net/trojanhunter.jsp (free for 30 days\shareware)
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Try Swat-It (Trojan and Bot removal)
by Edward ODaniel / November 11, 2003 2:57 AM PST
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by Marianna Schmudlach / October 30, 2003 3:59 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Parasite Suite

F-PROT will run under Windows 3.x, Windows 95, 98 and NT, OS2, or UNIX, LINUX or Macintosh workstation running a DOS or Windows emulator.

F-PROT will work on most network systems.

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by Keith Marcotte / October 30, 2003 8:04 AM PST
In reply to: F-PROT for DOS

Works on WinME too but it can't create the startup disk. Make your own startup disk and then it works fine. Don't forget to download the updater program too.

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What are PARASITES ? ......Explained...
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 30, 2003 4:16 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Parasite Suite

?Parasite? is a shorthand term for ?unsolicited commercial software? ? that is, a program that gets installed on your computer which you never asked for, and which does something you probably don?t want it to, for someone else?s profit.

The parasite problem has grown enormously recently, and many millions of computers are affected. Unsolicited commercial software can typically:

more: http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

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Re:What are PARASITES ? ......Explained...
by Berfert / October 30, 2003 4:30 AM PST

I work in a large corporation and we have been going through some computer upgrades recently. Everybody that I have told about Spybot S&D and Adaware have found 20-30 parasites on their PC. Some parasites exist on the PC when you 1st get it with a new image. very depressing when my company creates corporate images that have parasites on them.

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by Marianna Schmudlach / October 30, 2003 4:39 AM PST

How about also installing SpywareBlaster on your computers??

SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.

By setting a "kill bit" for spyware ActiveX controls, SpywareBlaster can prevent the installation of any spyware ActiveX controls from a webpage. It does this while not interfering with "friendly" ActiveX controls - so your browser can work correctly and you can have peace of mind!

You won't get any more annoying "Yes/No" boxes popped up, asking you to install a spyware ActiveX control (which can increasingly be found in pop-up ads!). In fact, Internet Explorer will never even download or run the spyware ActiveX control!

In addition, SpywareBlaster can prevent many of these spyware ActiveX controls from running, even if they are already installed on your system.*


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NT - SpyWareGuard also, available at same site ....
by Mark Leiker / October 30, 2003 11:32 AM PST
In reply to: SpywareBlaster


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by Berfert / October 30, 2003 11:44 PM PST
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What they need to do 1st is clean the PC of all parasites before saving the image. This way everybody will not be starting off with problems that way. I do agree us using the SpywareBlaster and Guard would help after the user gets the PC.

But didn't I say I work for a LARGE corporation? The wheels turn very slow and the red tape is very thick and tough.

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by Marianna Schmudlach / October 30, 2003 11:49 PM PST
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But didn't I say I work for a LARGE corporation? The wheels turn very slow and the red tape is very thick and tough.

Yes, you wrote that - keep trying - you WLL get rewarded for your good intentions Happy
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by RailwayExpress / March 8, 2004 2:38 AM PST
In reply to: SpywareBlaster

SpywareBlaster is a wonderful time-saver in that AdAware and SpybotS&D have nothing to find and eliminate 'cause Blaster allows virtually nothing to be deposited. Need run the eliminators less frequently. Blaster is a great value at free....

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NT- SpyWareBlaster & SpyWareGuard prevent many infections ...
by Mark Leiker / October 30, 2003 11:33 AM PST
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SpywareGuard 2.2

SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection method.

An anti-virus program scans files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard does the same thing, but for spyware! And you can easily have an anti-virus program running alongside SpywareGuard.

SpywareGuard now also features Download Protection and Browser Hijacking Protection!

Features Listing: Fast Real-Time Scanning engine - catch and block spyware before it is executed (EXE and CAB files supported) with signature-based scanning for known spyware and heuristic/generic detection capabilities to catch new mutated spyware
Download Protection - prevent spyware from being download in Internet Explorer
Browser Hijacking Protection - stop browser hijacking activity in real-time
SG LiveUpdate - provides an easy updating solution
Small size - with a small size and small definition sizes, download and updates are quick
Report Capabilities - keep a detailed log of all spyware detected
Spyware files are blocked before being opened or run - they are not simply shut down after they are loaded in memory (and after they have performed their tasks)
It's a free download


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XP Antispy for WinXP
by Keith Marcotte / October 31, 2003 1:01 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Parasite Suite

There are 3 versions of the download: zip file, files with installer, command line (probably handy for scripting the install on lots of PCs).

From their "about" page:
XP-AntiSpy is a little utility that let's you disable some built-in update and authetication 'features' in WindowsXP. For example, there's a service running in the background wich is called 'Automatic Updates'. I don't know what this service transfers from my machine to other machines on the internet, especially the MS ones. So I play it safe and disable such functions. If you like, you can even disable these function manually, by going through the System and checking or unchecking some checkboxes. This will take you approximately half an hour. But why wasting time when a little neat utility can do the same in 1 minute? This utility was successfully tested by lots of users, and was found to disable all the known 'Suspicious' Functions in WindowsXP. It's customizeable, but comes up with the Default settings, which are recommended. This utility is FREEWARE! This means, you dont have to pay anything for this program and you can give it to anyone who's interested in, as long as you don't sell it. If you find this tool useful, and wanna gimme something back, think about donating a small amount of money.
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by Marianna Schmudlach / October 31, 2003 10:16 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Parasite Suite

Download and run HijackThis - get it here:


Unzip, double-click "HijackThis.exe" and Press "Scan".

When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
Click: "Save Log" (generates: "hijackthis.log")

Next, HijackThis | Config [button] | Misc Tools [button]
Click: Generate StartupList log [button] (generates: "startuplist.txt")

Next, go to the link below.


and post your "hijackthis.log". There are the experts and they will tell you what to do.

Good Luck!

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by Marianna Schmudlach / November 3, 2003 4:51 AM PST
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and ePrompter
by Keith Marcotte / November 3, 2003 5:06 AM PST
In reply to: MailWasher

I think Donna uses it.


Delete Spam or Suspicious Mail Without Having to Launch Your Email Program

The latest version (2.0 SR18) released 7/12/03 includes fixes for Hotmail, Netscape, Juno, Lycos, Mail.com, Email.com, iName, and Switchboard.

ePrompter automatically and simultaneously checks and retrieves your email messages from up to sixteen password protected email accounts such as AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo, Earthlink, Email.com, iName, Juno, Lycos, Mail.com, Mindspring, MSN, Netscape, POP3, OneBox, Rediffmail, SBC Yahoo, Switchboard, USA.net and hundreds of other email domains.

Once new messages have been retrieved, ePrompter notifies you which accounts have new messages and how many new messages you have in each account.

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by juancafi / March 7, 2004 10:49 PM PST
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Be ware, but all insudden you will find that all your friends list is blacklisted or worst all your lists are cleaned up.



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Hosts files
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 4, 2003 2:20 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Parasite Suite
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Re:Hosts files
by JCBrent / November 5, 2003 11:25 PM PST
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IE-Spyad, Hostess and eDexter...
by Keith Marcotte / November 6, 2003 12:56 PM PST
In reply to: Hosts files
IE-Spyad - adds sites to restricted zone, based on hosts file
I prefer the hosts file as it stops all applications from accessing those sites, not just IE

Hostess - manage your hosts file (I have some personal entries in the hosts file)

eDexter - used to replace the empty boxes that occur when you use the Hosts file to block ads (recommended for Netscape users (and probably Mozilla) for performance reasons if you use hosts file but can be used with any browser)

The beauty of the hosts file is that nothing on your PC will be able to contact the bad sites listed in the hosts file so you won't even get cookies for those sites.
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New link HPGuru's Hosts file
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 4, 2004 3:00 PM PST
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