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#135988 - 08/17/04 09:13 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Melanie1 Offline
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 5041
Loc: Bay Area, CA
Katsmom, I had the same problem with live updates once with PC-Cillin. I could update manually but not automatically. I uninstalled & reinstalled & it worked.

Becky, Which did they give the highest ratings to?

Melanie
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#135989 - 08/17/04 09:22 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Becky Offline
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Registered: 02/16/00
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Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
Top rated Anti-Spam: MailFrontier Desktop (Matador)

Top Rated Anti-Virus: Trend Micro PC-cillin 2004

Top-Rated Anti-Spyware: Lavasoft Ad-aware 6 Standard

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#135990 - 08/18/04 09:58 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Melanie1 Offline
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Loc: Bay Area, CA
That's interesting, Becky. Thanks for posting it.

I'm glad to see PC-cillin was rated best. I've thought it was for years.

I see Ad-aware, the one Jean recommended, made the top of the list also. I definitely have to try that one.

I never heard of MailFrontier before.

Btw, how's your computer doing now?

Melanie
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#135991 - 08/19/04 12:24 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Becky Offline
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Hey Melanie -- well this is odd now. REally odd.

In the midst of the worst of our problems, the computer appeared to completely disconnect itself from the internet. We couldn't get on on either AOL Broadband or Optimum Online Broadband. When this happened, for some reason, we could access the registry for the first time since the trouble began.

We went on and cleaned out most of the stuff we were supposed to. We also stumbled across a file called (as I recall) tcpnut.exe. We had seen an error message regarding tcpnut popping up for months when the computer crashed when we were online. So, on spec and because we're a little crazy, we deleted it even though we could find nothing about it on any of the antivirus sites.

Since then the computer has been running like a charm. Well, as much like a charm as it has ever run. We are back to speeding our way across the net in a way we haven't for months.

Lesson learned? When in doubt, go into your registry and delete away!!!! (Probably a bad lesson to learn.)

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#135992 - 08/19/04 12:26 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Becky Offline
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If things continue the way they are currently heading, Microsoft will have to make it SO easy to edit the registry that even your mother could do it.

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#135993 - 08/20/04 06:12 AM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
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Registered: 07/11/04
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I had a really good PC until about a year ago.
It suddenly crashed. It was slow and I tried to defrag it. It helped a little
I think that the culprit was adware (lots of pop- ups, even WITH a blocker!) and browser hijackers.

I have MacAfee for virus protection thru the AOL small monthly fee, and it scans everything

I also have Ad- Aware6 by Lavasoft. For personal use, it is free. LOVE IT
First time I used it, I found over 200 tracking cookies, and quite a few browser hijack attempts!!!!!! There is also a quarantine button,in case you want to look at what was being downloaded.

Spybot is also good although some people hate it. Make sure that you use the tutorial first. It removes a lot of registries that I didn't even know I had!. ( CASINO? XXX?)
I like it because it has a recovery file. If I remove a registry that affects a program that I downloaded, I just put it back in.
Make sure that you use the tutorial first.
This one is also free.


I believe that these 2 programs got rid of ALOT of problems that I had before.

I use these a couple times a week.
Also I try to delete those temp internet files.
I find that trojans LOVE to sneak into these files!!!!

I'll have to check out the other programs mentioned!

Here are the links. Hope they help frown

Sorry about the mess Katsmom!
spybot
ad-aware 6
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#135994 - 08/20/04 10:19 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Melanie1 Offline
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 5041
Loc: Bay Area, CA
That is strange, Becky! It must have been some kind of hijacker/spyware.

I'm glad you got the mess straightened out.

I just upgraded my anti-virus to PC-cillin Internet Security 2004 & my I Hate Spam. I imagine Pest Patrol will be due soon too. smile

I installed Ad-Aware's free version on my pc at work but haven't had time to do the tutorial yet. It says my computer is clean but I'm going to run Spybot again & see if it agrees. smile I like Spybot also, Bisbet.

Melanie
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#135995 - 08/22/04 07:26 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Bonnie Offline
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Registered: 08/13/04
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I guess I'm glad I use AVG?? it's free- and fairly reliable-by the way-LOVE AD AWARE-
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#135996 - 08/29/04 10:02 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Katsmom Offline
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Registered: 07/09/04
Posts: 849
Loc: The Land of Hurricanes, U.S.A.
Hi Jenny. The program identified by Pest Patrol (on my computer) was definitely WeatherBug. Once I removed it, the item on the PP scan went away.

I still have the problem with automatic LiveUpdate (Norton AV) -- and have given up trying to solve it. I just update manually now.

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#135997 - 08/29/04 10:10 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Katsmom Offline
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Registered: 07/09/04
Posts: 849
Loc: The Land of Hurricanes, U.S.A.
RE: all the great online programs for detecting adware and spyware...

Can you guys/gals provide direct links to download these programs? I looked for some in the past, but was concerned when I was taken to '3rd party' websites to download the programs.

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#135998 - 08/31/04 04:58 AM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Becky Offline
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Registered: 02/16/00
Posts: 26894
Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
Strange. I tried to find you the Lavasoft link for AdAware, and I ended up at Lavasoftware, which seems to be something entirely different.

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#135999 - 08/31/04 02:29 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Mad Online   content
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Registered: 11/21/00
Posts: 23424
Loc: United Kingdom
Hi smile

Try here ....

http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/

Cheers.

Mad wave
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#136000 - 08/31/04 05:46 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Becky Offline
The Medieval Lady
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Registered: 02/16/00
Posts: 26894
Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
Hey Mad! Thanks, you found it!

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#136001 - 08/31/04 06:53 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
friedmonky Offline
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Registered: 08/15/02
Posts: 10663
Loc: Massachusetts
Here's the USA site:
www.lavasoftusa.com

Rusty smile
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#136002 - 09/01/04 02:25 PM Re: Norton AntiVirus Subscription Update Hijacking
Mad Online   content
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Registered: 11/21/00
Posts: 23424
Loc: United Kingdom
Hi Becky smile

That's because I use the programme wink

Cheers.

Mad wave
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