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Freeloader smitfraud

After the rogue ad problem with firefox and having to restore
I ran every program for virus,spyware,malware that I keep for such an incident

All were clean with the exception of Housecall 6.5 it found the following

Adware Hotbar
Freeloader smitfraud

Hotbar has plenty of info on the web and I am familiar with it as I had it years ago. I allowed Housecall to clean

Freeloader smitfraud the info is mainly how to get rid of it.
One article refers to Nvida driver helper services which is a legitimate file according to its properties. I also have a nvidia graphic card 7900gs

Searched computer and no such files were found in all the places i searched

Where can I find info on freeloader smitfraud and is it a part of smitfraud fix which I have never used.

Should I allow Housecall to clean

Thanks Ray

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Freeloader smitfraud

In reply to: Freeloader smitfraud

Hi Ray,

Trend Micro shows:

This freeloader displays a fake or misleading message in an attempt to trick users into purchasing anti-spyware software, such as PSGuard or SpySheriff Anti-spyware products. These applications deceive users into purchasing its complete versions to remove supposedly detected grayware files. It is also capable of changing the default system background and other desktop settings.

It creates the following registry keys as part of its installation routine:

more here: http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/grayware/ve_graywareDetails.asp?GNAME=FREELOADER%5FSMITFRAUD&VSect=Td

Is that what YOU see?

Do you have the SmitfraudFix program on your computer? IF yes, you can uninstall it as it is updated regularly.

Did you run MalwareBytes Anti-Malware? (MBAM) with the latest update?

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Program I scanned

In reply to: Freeloader smitfraud

Evening Marianna

Thanks for the reply,I have seen the write up about PSGuard,etc.

Did not see the registry keys from my search in google.

Updated and ran the following all were clean
Spyware Terminator
rogue remover
cw shredder
tweak now reg cleaner
rootkit reveler
sophos anti-rootkit
avg free 7.5
Eset online scanner
Housecall 6.5 from Firefox it found the two problems
Checked downloaded program files they were clean

I do not have smitfraud fix downloaded

Running out of time for tonight but will check the registry keys tomorrow


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Did Housecall give you the path?

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In reply to: Did Housecall give you the path?

Hi Marianna

Unfortunately Housecall did not list the path of the infections so unable to use Jotti or Total Virus

Searched the registry for the keys listed as part of its installation routine. None of the 3 keys were found in the registry.

Rescanned with Housecall and it did not find the infections????

I still have no idea why Firefox and cnet acted the way they did after the rogue ad. But feel better about the security of my computer.

I can only assume this was one of those infamous computer glitches that housecall has shown me from time to time.

Your help was much appreciated as always you seem to solve our problems with the best advice possible.


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Glad to hear your computer is clean !

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Hi Ray,

I guess, we will never know why Housecall "acted" this way but for sure a BIG relief to know everything is fine with your computer Happy

Hope you can RELAX now and ENJOY your weekend Happy

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