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Old 12-10-03, 01:35 AM
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Annoying spyware type crap!

Ok, so, what is with my homepage being reset every 3-6 seconds? It is now www.cool-search.net. If I reset it to what I want it to be. It just resets again. I ran Ad-aware numerous times and that does nothing. It is getting extremely annoying. Help! Anyone!

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Old 12-10-03, 01:47 AM
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You're being browser-hijacked. You might wanna try Spy Bot. I know there's some other programs that deal with browser-hijacking but I've only tried Spy-Bot.
http://www.safer-networking.org/
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Yes, SpyBot Search and Destroy is excellent. I give it a as well. Make sure to run the built in update feature before scanning, and then make sure to do the "immunize" as well. Immunize basically puts various registry keys and other such stuff in so as to make many of the spyware programs think that they are already installed and so they won't install again, as well as other tricks and such. The browser helper is also good if you run IE or any IE based derivative, as it will block a lot of stuff from getting installed.

Cool Search and derivatives are special in some respects and SpyBot S&D may not get it all out, so you may want to try the CoolWebShredder as well: http://www.merijn.org/files/cwshredder.zip

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Old 12-10-03, 03:31 AM
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You might also want to switch to a browser that blocks any pop-ups and hijacking pop-ups to begin w/. Try Firebird from mozilla.org and see if you like it. If you're still using IE, stop.
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I run IE with the Google toolbar. No problems with pop-ups there.

Everybody should install both Spybot and Ad Aware and run them both regularly, just as you would anti-virus software.
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Originally posted by Groucho
I run IE with the Google toolbar. No problems with pop-ups there.

Everybody should install both Spybot and Ad Aware and run them both regularly, just as you would anti-virus software.
Great Combo:
Google Toolbar with Pop-up blocker
Spybot
Ad Aware
- A firewall (such as zonealarm), and antivirus program and you're all set.

Just make sure to run Spybot and Ad Aware every few days.
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I had the cool-search issue a bit back and someone suggested using HijackThis (http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html) and it cured the problem after running the app, finding the keyes that referenced anything to do with Search and/or Coolsearch, and deteleting them. The only thing is that you need to be careful on what you decide to delete.

As for Adaware and Spybot...both are very good and like the posts above, run them regularly and you'll see how much spyware gets onto your PC. Similar to Antivirus apps, Remember to run the updates on both of them so that you have the latest definitions.
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Are you running up-to-date anti-virus? Symantec, for example, will detect and prevent a JS.Exception.Exploit, which is commonly used to change your homepage without your consent.

Review your IE security settings and make them more strict.

Make sure your IE is fully patched.
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Hit up this link: http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/cwschronicles.html

Gives you the same program Otto told you about, but just talks about the problem, because I had it too. Thank heavens for this board, eh?
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Originally posted by JustinS
Are you running up-to-date anti-virus? Symantec, for example, will detect and prevent a JS.Exception.Exploit, which is commonly used to change your homepage without your consent.

Review your IE security settings and make them more strict.

Make sure your IE is fully patched.

I agree. Norton has caught JS.Exception.Exploit several times on my system.

lotsa porn sites use this annoying "bug"

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I feel your pain also Giantrobo
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Man, I had this happen to me and I was going crazy. It as so annoying! I already had Norton and Ad-Adware, but I just installed Hijackthis and SpyBot.

Too bad, I think I have some Trojan Dropper on my comp though and don't know if I got rid of it or not.
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for trojans try "The Cleaner" http://www.moosoft.com/products/cleaner/download/
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Originally posted by Groucho
I run IE with the Google toolbar. No problems with pop-ups there.

Everybody should install both Spybot and Ad Aware and run them both regularly, just as you would anti-virus software.
Yep
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Originally posted by FuzzyBallz
You might also want to switch to a browser that blocks any pop-ups and hijacking pop-ups to begin w/. Try Firebird from mozilla.org and see if you like it. If you're still using IE, stop.
This is an impressive browser. Thanks for mentioning it. IE has been replaced for me. No more of those stupid pop ups that try to install programs and IE security nightmares.
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google "cwshredder" will kill it off in a hurry.

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