: Spyware remover? I need one, bad!

11-21-06, 03:13 PM
Any suggestions of a free one that actually works and doesn't screw anything up?! HELP!

11-21-06, 03:20 PM
I use lavasofts AVGfree and ad-aware

11-21-06, 03:26 PM
If you have a specific problem you can Google it and get steps to fix it. I had to do that with my father-in-law's PC

11-21-06, 03:29 PM
I use Spy Hunter.... But it costs about $30 a year.

11-21-06, 03:41 PM
spybot search and destroy is nice aswell, free too

11-21-06, 03:45 PM
EDIT: ignore this post..... I kept getting the "server too busy" message so I went back and tried sending it a bunch of times. Apparently one went through... LOL

11-21-06, 04:05 PM
I use lavasofts AVGfree and ad-aware

Good choices, I have both of those, and since geniuses think alike, and we both live in ohio, we must be geniuses!:thumbsup:

11-21-06, 04:22 PM
I use lavasofts AVGfree and ad-aware


11-21-06, 05:08 PM
If you have a registered copy of windows try downloading the new windows defender application and try it.
I think it's free for licensed copies of windows.
If you have a pirated disc, you'll have to try something else.
I use Windows Live One Care which has anti-virus and spyware protection built in. I rarely visit sites that induce spyware so I am not exposed to very much. I can't say it's great at removing it once you are infected.
It might be worth a try.

11-21-06, 05:48 PM
I dunno where the hell I got it from...I've been going to the same dozen or so sites I always do but I am getting pop ups like CRAZY and when I do the ctrl-alt-dlt thing, I get about six "programs" running that I don't know what they are. Annoying as all get out.

11-21-06, 06:09 PM
I use spybot and ad-aware...

11-21-06, 07:38 PM
When you go to look for any Spyware software be careful. The ones shared already, S&D/Lava-Soft, are legit others tend to install spyware into your system and harass you to buy their full version to remove it.

I'd recommend doing what someone said, search it out manually. You'd learn more about the malware and better steps to prevent it.

I'd start by running msconfig: START -> RUN COMMAND -> type "msconfig" [no quotes] hit ENTER and then go to your START UP tab.

Don't check off any of the boxes there, just skim through everything and anything that you feel is odd written it down. Keep your eye open for suspicious EXE files or DLL as they are usually the culprits.

Google/Yahoo the name that worries you and see if you get any hits. You can post some here we can probably aid.

There is a program, I have it at home, that lists all the programs that start when you boot your computer, sorry the name escapes me too but it was made by the guy that first created the CW-Shredder [great free anti-spyware program to bad he sold it and now you have to pay for it], it will help you.

Good luck, and becareful when searching for answers too the internet is becoming a dangerous place.

11-21-06, 07:42 PM
I found it:

This guy had some great programs for fighting spyware, his best being CW-Shredder which he sold to another company, and he got some good info too on Spyware. I haven't read his site in ages.

Anyways, at this link:


Download StartUpList and run it. It will ask you to reboot. When you reboot it will generate a list of all your programs running at start up, their root folder, and their registry keys. I suggest you post that here and others can probably offer more help.

11-21-06, 07:42 PM
I use SpyBot and Ad-Aware. Either does the job, but sometimes one will catch something that the other missed.

11-22-06, 06:37 AM
I used to use spybot S&D, I found it to be an excellent program and it's donation based, so you don't have to pay for it.
I never tried Ad-Aware, I have also heard good things about the CW shredder application!

11-22-06, 07:53 AM
Lavasoft AdAware and Spybot S&D. They are my two primary spyware removal tools carried in the arsenal of tricks.

Some spyware may require special tools or techniques to remove. Both are free and both are very well recognized by high level techs. CW Shredder is designed for a single family of spyware. That would be one of the special tools mentioned. It works well for what it was designed to do.

I also want to give credit to Windows Defender. I was surprised at how well the program performed for both spyware and ad-ware. My hats off to Microsoft on that.

I'm a professional, I get paid to remove spyware and those are the tools I use.

11-22-06, 09:45 AM
Woah, what kind of training do you need to be a professional at this line of work? I remove spyware off my friends, family comps, [friends just can't resist the free porn sites...sigh] I'd love to get paid for doing this.

I was thinking about filling out an application at Best Buy's Geek-Squad, part-time job. I probably should get paid like minimum wage or something to do something I usually do in exchange for a pizza and some Pepsi haha.

11-22-06, 10:54 AM
I was going to go to the geek squad too but can't find the spare time to do it and make to much now to change to that until I could start my own business.

11-22-06, 03:16 PM
Hah I am the Geek Squad. No not really. I'm in my own business and that's what I do. I'm actually a network guy but I also sell and service computers. Virus and spyware removal is a good gig if you're thorough and fair.

By fair I mean I've spent 8 - 10 hrs cleaning a computer and billed for 2. It's unfair to charge someone 3 times the cost of a new computer to fix an old computer.

I hear a lot of stories about how I've had three guys in here and I still have a problem, or nobody can fix my computer so I don't use it, All kinds of crap.

If you fix the problem completely people will love you, and pay you.

11-22-06, 05:28 PM
If you fix the problem completely people will love you, and pay you.

Yup, it's all about customer satisfaction with computer repairs. We're the same way at school when we fix computers.

11-22-06, 10:45 PM
Spybot S&D is my die-hard pick. I trust it on my data critical pcs, and it never let me down.

Plus I don't use IE. I think that helps a lot. :hide:

11-23-06, 12:32 AM
I do all spyware and virus removal manually, then sweep up the remnants with Lavasoft Ad-Aware followed by Avira AntiVir.

11-23-06, 01:40 PM
You can call me wreckless but I don't have any spyware software on any of my computers.

Once you get into the habit of checking your system you'd detect anything "iffy" and fix it before it gets bad.

One of my system is open to the world for file sharing plus I use it to stream my mp3 collection to my PSP while I'm at work. I haven't had any worms/trojans/hacks in the last year, two spywares though, and all is good!

Just get into the habit of checking regulary. Use S&D and Ad-Ware at least once a week for preventive measures.

You're computer will run a lot faster too if you clear out any programs on start that you don't use frequently. That StartUpList.exe is good at showing hidden stuff too, such as Microsoft Services for devices you probably don't even own.