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by shafiqkhan31 / February 21, 2014 8:56 PM PST

I followed Grif Thomas' advice regarding "how to remove PUP.Option. Where he suggested to download adware cleaners and other solutions.
I am afraid I ended up loading some unwanted rubbish as well. I assumed that these bleepingcomputer software was clean to download!
It is taking longer to get rid of this rubbish now.
I am absolutely certain that he would not have wished such a result.
I am a bit miffed. What can you rely on when every bit of rubbish that comes on your computer promises the earth ! And you end up in problems.
I now read every twice before clicking .


I only wanted to free my Google browser of APN and Ask something .

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"I now read every twice before clicking"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2014 12:57 AM PST
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I do the same on every pill bottle.

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I only download from the creators and stores I know about
by wpgwpg / February 22, 2014 1:17 AM PST
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So many sites that for years you could be confident to download from are no longer free from malware. This is particularly true for download.com unfortunately. As a consequence I only download from the author's sites or stores like Amazon, Micro Center, Newegg, etc. And as Bob says, even then be sure to read everything on the screen before clicking on anything. So many times you think you're downloading a free version of something, but you overlook a checkbox you have to uncheck, and you get a trial version. Unfortunately you have to be very careful to look before you leap these days or pay the consequences. You also need to keep a good anti-malware program like MalwareBytes in addition to your anti-virus program and keep them up to date.

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Interesting,I've Not Found Any Issues With Bleepingcomputer.
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 23, 2014 12:41 PM PST
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I just checked the links recommended in my post and found no issues with the Bleepingcomputer stuff. The rkill and the Adwcleaner downloads don't have any spyware in them. (At least I can't find such currently..and one note: DON'T download Adwcleaner from the Author's site and it seems to have some extra stuff added on. Download the Bleepingcomputer version.). On the other hand, running rkill incorrectly (restarting the computer after running it without using the other scanners first) can cause the scanners to fail. And occasionally the scanners fail simply because the malware has developed a new protection scheme.

As to the other download sites, especially Cnet, be careful.. Make sure to avoid the default installation routine (if possible check the "Custom" installations when offered) and always check twice before clicking.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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