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    Need help removing Adware/spyware

    A friend of mine just dropped off his XPHome to fix. His desktop wallpaper is replaced with adsware offering protection from adsware : . I quickly checked his setting with Display area and it's set to display what he wanted but when booted into it, it displayed the ads. Any help on how to remove them? Any free (or minimal cost) spyware remover you guys know of?

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    Lavasoft's Ad-Aware is great. So far nothing beats it in my book.

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    Thanks. I will give it a shot.

    His box is too slow for any use being P4 2.4 GHz. I think it's being choked with all those spyware programs. My P 233 box run a lot faster than his.

    Anyway, the doctor is here.

    When it comes to Windows, I'm sometime at lost. :-[

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    It has to be spyware. I have seen some computers speed up after running this prog. I try this program you wont regret it. Make sure you run it after it finds spyware and reboots the box.

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    Re:Need help removing Adware/spyware

    Ah, no go ...

    The disturbing thing about this is ...

    this program will rewrite each time for /windows/web/desktop.html file with its own file. From its page, it directs to http://www.topantispyware.com/overview.php?169 . I guess it was their cheap scam to get traffic and trick people to buy their service. This is one place we need government laws. This just sicks. I understand if you offer removal of service and stuff but installing your own spyware to advertise to remove your own software is just sick.

    Anyone come across this and found solution to this?

    Thanks.

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    Re:Need help removing Adware/spyware

    This looks pretty nasty but found the solution to that in here.

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    Have you tried Spy-bot? Works great and its free!!!

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    Try going to the Desktop settings and disable web-desktop. (can't remember the exact name, but is the setting that sets up a web page as a desktop.)
    Microsoft has its own antispyware and it works quite good.

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    Re:Need help removing Adware/spyware

    [quote author=trickster link=board=25;threadid=10318;start=0#msg92991 date=1111926755]
    Try going to the Desktop settings and disable web-desktop. (can't remember the exact name, but is the setting that sets up a web page as a desktop.)
    Microsoft has its own antispyware and it works quite good.
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    That seems to do the trick of getting rid of desktop wallpaper thing. I will have to restart to make sure it's gone (I"m doing shutdown - update-restart routine in safe-mode ). Thanks.

    For the record, the web-desktop thing is at Control Panel --> Display --> Desktop --> Customize Desktop -->Web and delete anything under "Web pages" area in WinXP Home.

    I'm going to check out spy-bot S&D too.

    Thanks guys.

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    Re:Need help removing Adware/spyware

    errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ....

    Still getting re-installed. I guess I will have to call him and re-format the drive. He is gonna mad since many of his **collections** of p0rn will be lost. He has no backups or anything and I can't trust which of his downloaded movies are screwing things up.

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