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Aug. 18th, 2004

My life as a high-powered computer consultant.

Removing Adware

I spent three hours yesterday and one today at a client site. Three quarters of that time was spent removing adware from two machines. One user's machine was so bad that it was pretty much unusable; I spent over two hours on that machine alone. The adware that had installed itself was downloading additional malware every twelve hours, was removing the autoexec.nt file, and deleting random fonts. My two tools found 316 and 72 malware infections.

Because I like you, here's some free advice.

Spybot Search & Destroy
Ad-Aware

Install both of these tools and use them weekly or so. Ask them to update their own files before you run them, and let them delete what they want. Your system will run much faster, and your surfing experience will be much nicer.

I took the picture with my new phone, FWIW. It's a Treo 600. It does just about everything you can imagine (I paid way less than the web site suggests, rabidkitten). Unfortunately, it doesn't work as a phone or internet node where I live; no GSM or GPRS coverage up here.

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eloquentwthrage
Aug. 18th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
That photo is pretty darn good for a phone cam. I guess they're improving because some of the first pics I saw from phone cams sucked ass (and not in the good way).
readherring
Aug. 18th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
Whee! Ad-Aware is the software recommended by the malware maker I cornered. It worked pretty good, but I've got an even better solution going. I switched back to Windows 98. There isn't a lot of malware floating out there looking for Win98.

(So when do we get to see pictures of the San Francisco mystery lab?)
bxiie
Aug. 18th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
That is interesting; the client has a range of O/S's from 98 through XP. I've only dealt with malware on the 2000 and XP boxes. 98 has a registry, though, right? I wonder what the differentiator is.

Also interestingly, I run two XP machines and one Server 2003 machine in my own office and am constantly on the 'net with the XP machines; I've had no malware problems on any machine.

Several months ago, the family machine with 2000 was attacked and taken as a spam zombie; it took me a while with a packet sniffer to figure out what was going on with my office bandwidth. I fixed that and it's been okay since, though I think the loggers having torn the network cable out of the ground between here and the house may be a factor in the lack of reinfection.

I'll post a pic of the lab when I'm there next; should be two weeks after fest.
bistet
Aug. 18th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
I run '98 and 2 months ago my computer was taken hostage by some nasty-nasty. Babbah came to my rescue with Ad-Aware and I had 297 infected files. So, please don't be lulled in a false sense of security.

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