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Spyware on my laptop?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Bigfoot, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Clack Co. OR Well-Known Member

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    Every night I clear cookies, temporary files, etc before I shut down. I go into Internet Options-Browsing History-Settings-View Files to clear them manually. For the last couple months the file is full of MSNBC files that I get every 10 min, 40 or so image files from MSNBC and 40 or so image files from MSN.com. I don't remember ever visiting MSNBC but I could have gone there reading a linked news page at sometime. Never go to MSN.com either.

    This laptop has Vista and I run Windows, Chrome and Firefox. It has Norton and AVG anti-spyware but I ran it yesterday and it won't remove this poop.

    I get one of these every 10 min
    rss?noCacheDu... http:/msnbc.msn.com/id3054049/d... File

    40 or so of these
    []tdy_smalians.. http:/msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/.. JPEG

    40 or so of these
    []image http:/img5.catalog.video.msn.com/img JPEG

    Just got this one
    cookieowner@ Cookieowner@msn.com Text Document Expires 10/4/2021
    Expires 2021? WTH?

    Is it spyware? I'm not real good at IT tech, how can I lose this stuff?
     
  2. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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  3. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    Download malware bytes and run that. It could be malware or just cookies from ads on websites you visit. Definitely try malware bytes though.

    Also, get rid of Norton, it slows down your computer. The detection rates on other anti-virus programs are much better. I use Avira myself, it's considered to have one of the best detection rates.

    If you want a simpler way to clean out your computer use ccleaner.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
     
  4. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    what he said ^^^^

    Malwarebytes and ccleaner
     
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  5. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Norton is a boat anchor. Ditch it.
     
  6. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    ^ What he said.

    Everyone should be running FireFox with NoScript and Ghostery at the very least.
     
  7. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    +1 on everything rufus just posted. I like Firefox with AdBlockerPlus.
     
  8. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Norton and AVG are both complete garbage.
     
  9. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I use AVAST and Malwarebytes and have been very happy with them both. The new Microsoft Security Essentials is suppose to be very good as well and is free.
     
  10. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    If someone has to run a Microsoft OS, MSE is the only anti-virus I recommend.
     
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  11. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    was running those and picked up one hell of a virus..My Geek used AVG to find it and then cleaned it..had to format the drive and otherthings. I now have AVG on the machine.He told me Avast just let it walk in..
     
  12. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    LOL....long ago AVG missed something on my computer and that is why I switched to AVAST. I figure it's a technology ebb and flow thing, or one is never the best always, just on top for a while. Come to think of it, I should throw AVG or MSE on here just to do a sweep and see what if anything it finds.
     
  13. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    AVG for three years with no problems. That and I don't browse shady sites so maybe if you had less to hide from your wife you'd put yourself at less risk.

    Perv.
     
  14. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    After the virus I got I'm somewhat paranoid and running scans every day.
     
  15. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Avast scans everyday as well, as did AVG when I had it. So this would be an additional scan.
     
  16. powermad

    powermad Portland Active Member

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    AVG was ok for a bit but after two nuke and repaves I went to Avast.
    AVG was locking me up all the time and let some really nasty stuff in.
    Avast let something by that locked me out of admin. nuke it from orbit, only way to be sure.
    CC cleaner and malwarebytes once a week.
    Fuc**** hackers, a pox on them all.
     
  17. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Also review your browser settings and tighten up the security on those a bit. If they're already maxed out then you just had some bad luck. I run IE9 fairly restricted and with AVG this thing has run beautifully clean for three years.

    Of course, I use my desktop less and less because my iPad is more convenient, but I still spent a good amount of time when I'm trying to get work done from home and have left my laptop in its dock in the office (which doesn't do me much good there.)
     
  18. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    All the programs mentioned so far are good ones. I'll add SuperAnti-Spyware.
     
  19. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Clack Co. OR Well-Known Member

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    AVG just solved it. I looked into my AVG and found a 30 day free trail of the advanced protection version. Today inside of that I found a free one day system check that went way into this thing and it looks like it found MSNBCs sneaky little bugs.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll choose one when this trial program expires.
     
  20. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Been running nothing but Macs for 10 years now. No AV. Never a problem.

    I use Safari browser, which has a "Private Browsing" mode that does not save searches or histories. I routinely have Safari's privacy settings set to "Block third party and advertiser cookies". I run both AdBlock and Ghostery Safari extensions. I run ClickToFlash, which blocks all Flash content unless I specifically click on it. I also run the Clea.nr extension for YouTube and Amazon. I will never run Windows again.

    I have had a tremendous drop in spam emails since I started running these Safari extensions.