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LaraLuva4Eva
14-12-05, 13:10
It seems as if i have a Spyware infection as my Desktop Background says since i cant change the wallpaper :( I have downloaded many AntiSpyware prograns but when it finishes Scanning, It always says something similar to *Pay to delete/heal the problem*

Is there a Anti-Spyware program that doesnt need to be bought/payed? In other words... FREE??

Thankyou for any help!

Zac,

Simulation
14-12-05, 13:15
There are a number of free anivirus and antispyware programs.

Take a look at our Tech Page (http://simulation.tombraiderforums.com/techhelp/techhelp.htm)

Joseph
14-12-05, 13:45
Do you have any antivirus application installed? You must have. If not, download and install AVG - Free version (http://www.free-av.com/) and after that, update it with the latest virusdefinitions. Next, let the program perform a full system scan.

Next Free programs are equally essential:

Please download and install Ad-Aware SE (http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html?part=69274&subj=dlpage&tag=button) then go check for updates. Next run the program, and delete the bad files it finds.

Next, download and install Spybot Search and Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/) then go check for updates. Next run the program, and delete the bad files it finds.

Next, download and install Spyware Blaster (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html) then go check for updates. This program prevents malware to enter your pc.

dbhankins
14-12-05, 14:06
Joseph's advice is good, though I prefer Avast! instead of AVG myself; the last time I checked, AVG presents pop-up ads and Avast! doesn't.

Also, downloading many AntiSpyware programs can do more harm than good. Many are themselves spyware programs masquerading as antispyware programs. One fellow has even been arrested for doing this, if I recall correctly.

The list Joseph provided is safe, and I'd like to add the following: HijackThis and BHODemon.

Next, a good firewall program can help you identify spyware programs by notifying you when a previously-unknown program on your computer tries to communicate on the Internet. I use ZoneAlarm. At first, you'll get a lot of questions from it about programs that should be allowed to use the Internet (multiplayer games and the like), but after a while most of the alerts it gives you will be for malware.

Is your Windows upgraded to SP2? If not you should make it so. There are some security enhancements in there.

A bit of advice on what to do when browsing: avoid porn sites, some of them are the worst offenders when it comes to spyware/adware and hijacking your system. For some all it takes is visiting the site with Internet Explorer to get your system compromised. Never click on a popup, not even to close it. Instead right-click on the taskbar button for the popup and choose "Close".

Finally, avoid using Internet Explorer. Get yourself Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org) and take advantage of its (a) incompatibility with lots of spyware and (b) its settings for blocking spyware. It won't work right with every website in the world, as some rely on nonstandard features in Internet Explorer, but I've only had to fire up IE a half dozen times or so in the last year.


Dan

Joseph
14-12-05, 18:40
Dan is right, i forgot the firewall. However, WindowsXP inbuilt firewall helps some as long as it is enabled.
ZoneAlarm (http://www.download.com/3000-2092-10039884.html) is a free, famous prizewinning firewall.
Before installing it, first disable WindowsXP firewall.