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getting rid of advertisements.

by sourabh / June 18, 2005 2:21 PM PDT

whenever i am surfing on internet, some advertisements were appear in new windows with no address, when i click or third click on them a website opens ( http://gotofindit.com/ .i am using popup blockers but this is not a popup window. please help me in removing this advertisements. when i am doing nothing but net is running then no ads appear. if i am surfing only then tf=hese ads appear.

please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Try this
by PudgyOne / June 18, 2005 3:26 PM PDT
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i use both but
by sourabh / June 18, 2005 5:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Try this

till i get these ads, these are not popup ads. i think, a program is running in background due to which i get these ads, but i can;t catch it. and also due to this my computer is slow down.
please help me!!!!!

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Re: malware
by Kees Bakker / June 18, 2005 7:34 PM PDT
In reply to: i use both but
I can't catch it

Try all five of the programs in our standard suite, as given by Grif (in bold blue) in http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=109612&messageID=1247340&tag=

I might add I've good experiences with the online scan of www.bitdefender.com myself. That could be a sixth one if these 5 don't succeed.

And I would advise to use Spybot's immunize function once you installed the program.

On the other side, google hardly finds anything with gotofindit (well, there's the link to the website, but somehow I don't feel inclined to visit it now), so maybe it's a more or less decent site having made a decent uninstall in Control Panel>Add and Remove software. Did you have a look there already?


Good luck,

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i tried all that but
by sourabh / June 18, 2005 10:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: malware

till i didn't get any response, the ads keep on comming, everytime i open explorer after few seconds, it appear and there is no heading if i third click on it it let me to a website www.gotofindit.com

please help me getting rid of these ads, please

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Follow the advise
by PudgyOne / June 19, 2005 4:38 AM PDT
In reply to: i tried all that but

Follow the advise given. If you don't follow it, you'll always have problems.

You can also read


But... it almost tells you to do the same thing Grif told you to do

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Re: malware
by Kees Bakker / June 19, 2005 4:57 AM PDT
In reply to: i tried all that but

If none of these six tools find anything (you are not very clear on it), you've got a few choices, in my opinion:
- download hijackthis, and see if you can interpret this programs report yourself, or else post it to one of the specialised hijackthis forums for advise
- download firefox from www.mozilla.org and say goodbye to Internet Explorer
- reinstall your OS from scratch


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by sourabh / June 19, 2005 9:26 PM PDT
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i had catch it manually, first of all i searched for the files modified in last week. then i seprated which i know and i get to a unknown folder named windrv in program files. i tried deleting but it cant delete showing an error, then i start my computer on startup cd and delete this folder.

now i did not get any ads, thanks for all you replies.

can you tell me what i do for future protection.

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What do you currently use?
by glb613 / June 19, 2005 9:39 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks..............

What type of websites to you frequent? Your surfing habits will have a big influence on what gets on your computer.

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please help me now.
by nicegangsta / June 26, 2005 5:22 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks..............

dear colleague
i do have the same problem you had.
unfortunately I don't know, which files have changed... there are too many.
Do you remember which files you deleted?
Hope you can help me. Thanks in advance., marc

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it's me again...
by nicegangsta / June 26, 2005 5:37 AM PDT
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please answer asap... that gotofintit makes me crazy...
is it not possible to find out, where this terrible attack is comming from? the site must be located anywhere? thiy stupid guys destroying the internet should be prosecuted...

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hello everybody, once again.........
by sourabh / June 29, 2005 7:43 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks..............

i get a bug in my computer. this bug is more dangerous than the previous. a searching toolbar appear on the top of the browser. and the homepage is set to www.search-end.com and it also opens popups like the previous.

i do the same thing which i had done with the previous. again i get success in removing the popups but i cant remove that toolbar and homepage( when i change the homepage from options and the again i check the homepage is set to www.search-end.com)

please help me in removing that toolbar and that homepage.


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What have you done to try and get rid the "bug"
by glb613 / June 29, 2005 9:39 PM PDT

What programs do you use regularly to scan for spyware and other malware?

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i use nothing.........
by sourabh / June 30, 2005 1:34 PM PDT

i just deleted the folders from the program files. now i installed norton antivirus. my computer is getting slow. please help me

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Re: Norton AntiVirus
by skycatcher / August 19, 2005 6:06 AM PDT
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Norton AntiVirus is good at finding viruses but ALWAYS slows your PC down. Use a better one. AVG is good and FREE.

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hello once again i get a bug......
by sourabh / July 8, 2005 5:30 PM PDT

this bug open advertisements in popup windows, when i am surfing. i am using an updated version of norton antivirus. when i scan my computer with it in safe mode. it detect adwares but it cant delete one from them because it was still running. if i end that, it makes a different file with another name. if i delete that file manually then a message appers that it is already running. if i start computer in msdos mode and delete that file, and i start computer. again i cant get rid of that file.

when i am surfing i get popups with heading aurora.

please help.

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start up CD
by Cynthia / July 29, 2005 4:23 AM PDT
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What start up CD did you use? the Os? Thanks

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Had the same exact problem
by ryestr / August 19, 2005 5:25 AM PDT
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When I first realized the issue with this spyware, I emailed the owner of the domain www.gotofindit.com. This is the response I got:

Hi Ryan,

We have owned and operated gofindit.com since early 2001 and at no time has it been connected with any spyware software -it is a free to use search site that people have to visit voluntarily and consciously. We have had another person contact us over the past few days claiming the same, so its
either someone faking the address or you have the wrong address and it is a variant like gofindit.net ,go-find-it.com,gofindit.com.au or the like that the spyware operators are using.
I would appreciate any further details you can supply as I would like to trace the actual cause of the confusion.


Paul Cotton
SafetyNet Systems Ltd

His email address is paulc@joinin.com if anyone wants to inquire of him further.

Your suggestion of finding the Windrv folder did work for me though. I located it in the programs folder and of course it didnt allow deletion of all the files, so I simply created a new folder, put the Windrv folder in there and the entire thing was rendered harmless. Once it was moved, deletion was possible. I did not need to be in safe mode or anything like that.
Also, out of three spyware/adware removers, not one found it.

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