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I need advice...

by rainbird / March 30, 2004 4:54 AM PST

My computer is running slow (slower than it used to) so after reading some of the post here I downloaded XoftSpy @ http://spybot-spyware.com/
It found 13 objects (Registry:8,Files:5)

My worry is damaging the computer if I delete this object. Please can you advice...

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Re:I need advice...
by Marianna Schmudlach / March 30, 2004 5:13 AM PST
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I have NEVER used XoftSpy. Most of us here use:

The download for Spybot S&D is available here: http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=spybotsd

Install by double-clicking on the downloaded file.
Run Spybot S&D from desktop icon or Start menu.
Press "Search for updates" button to get list of updates available.
Press "Download updates" button.
Close all IE windows and close & restart Spybot S&D.
Press "Check for problems" button.
Have SpyBot remove all it marks in red by pressing "Fix selected problems"
Close Spybot S&D, reboot your system


Download Ad-aware from here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware
Install by double-clicking on the downloaded file.
After installing but before running, update Ad-aware by using its Globe icon.
After updating, shutdown and restart Ad-aware.
Ad-aware is ready to scan and clean your system following these steps:

Under Ad-aware 6 > Settings (Gear at the top) > Tweaks > Scanning Engine:
"Unload recognized processes during scanning."
Under Ad-aware 6 > Settings (Gear at the top) > Tweaks > Cleaning Engine:
"Let Windows remove files in use after reboot."
Press "Scan Now"
Check option "Use Custom scanning options"
Check option "Activate In-Depth Scan"
Press "Select drives\folders to scan"
Select the active partition which is usually C:
Press "Next" to let Ad-aware scan your drives...
If it finds "bad" files and registry keys, press "Next" again
Right-click in that pane and choose "select all"
Press "next"
When it asks to remove all checked items, Press "OK"
Close Ad-aware, reboot your system
Hope this helps.

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Re:Re:I need advice...
by rainbird / March 30, 2004 7:08 AM PST
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Hello Marianna,

Thanks. That helps a lot.
I was just about to buy a spyware tool. With all this programs around I just dont know where to turn.

I downloaded and run 'adaware'.
Boy, it scanned twice as many files as NAV.
Found and deleted 19 objects ( hope is not going to screw up the system)

I cannot access : http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=spybotsd.
Perhaps I have spyware that prevent WB to access the page.

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Re:I need advice...
by Marianna Schmudlach / March 30, 2004 7:21 AM PST
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Hi Rainbird,

then you just arrived here in time Happy

Go here for SpybotS&D:


Scroll down till you see: SpyBot-Search & Destroy -

As you have installed SpybotS&D and go for the updates - click on the little arrow next to "Download Updates" and choose the EON Australia server.

As you are there - also download CWShredder

A small utility for removing CoolWebSearch (aka CoolWwwSearch, YouFindAll, White-Pages.ws and a dozen other names). Spybot S&D tends to forget essential parts of the hijack, so until it updates, you can just this to completely remove the hijack. Updated to remove the new variants once they come out. Also look for Updates !

As SpybotS&D and also Ad aware SAVE what you have removed - you don't have to be "afraid" ! Leave it there for a certain time till you are sure, everything is working fine on your computer - then you can delete these items.

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Download complete
by rainbird / March 30, 2004 10:09 AM PST
In reply to: Re:I need advice...

Hello Marianna,

Thanks for the links.
Ive run Spybot and deleted some five red files Happy
(I missed the CWShredder along the way)?
How often do you reckon should I run these tools.

I was infected by a couple of viruses two weeks ago and NAV would not delete/quarantine them (nightmare!).
Eventually I got rid of the files but since then the system has slow down a lot.

I happened to look in Add/Remove Program and found a HUGE list of "Win.XP Hotfix"displaying. Do you know anything about it ( Im a bit of a newbie).

Sorry about so many questions but thanks anyway.

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Good Job :)
by Marianna Schmudlach / March 30, 2004 10:19 AM PST
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I would run them at least once a week.

As to the "hotfixes" - Those are security patches installed from Windows
Update .....
Uninstall them if you like , but your computer
may not be protected from certain nasties afterwards.
If your computer is running properly ,
leave them alone....

Regarding cwshredder - you can download and read more
here: http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

Did you also have a look at SpywareBlaster and Spywareguard?? They are also FREE - you would be "wise" to install them Happy

What you also could do is - run an online AV scan once in a while:




Also have a look at this thread:

Anti-Parasite Suite:


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by rainbird / March 30, 2004 11:12 AM PST
In reply to: Good Job :)

Sometimes when I run NAV or indeed during ad-aware a warning displays that the system is running low on virtual memory (only 95MB)and is increasing automatically the virtual memory and other programs will slow down as a result.

I was wondering...is it possible too much virtual memory has been assigned and this slows down the programs? I mean maybe I should restore the virtual memory settings (wherever they are).

Thanks. Have a good day.

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by Marianna Schmudlach / March 30, 2004 11:19 AM PST
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Also have a look here....
by Marianna Schmudlach / March 30, 2004 7:29 AM PST
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