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Discussion in 'Troubleshooting Help' started by looktall, Aug 8, 2002.

  1. leighman

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  2. newtosystems

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    in my opinion spybot is crap -doesnt get rid of everything
    i pesonally use malwarebytes

    i installed and ran spybot and found 49 threats
    right after i ran malwarebytes and found a further 29 (which were the ones causing me a headache)
     
  3. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Ive had some recent troubles with spybot too. It picked up the virus but would not remove it. The virus was the Vundo virus and I had to install other software to remove it. There's also been a couple of other instances where it won't completely get rid of something.

    Hmmm..
     
  4. HUMMER

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    http://www.ccleaner.com/download

    CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
     
  5. LethalCorpse

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    That's because it's a spyware tool, not an antivirus, duh.
     
  6. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    And what's your exact definition of each of them genius?

    If there were a precise distinction between the two then yes you would have a point. As I've mentioned Vundo is not the only thing to have come up that cannot be removed.

    And why flag it, and give you the option to remove it, if it can't remove it?
     
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  7. LethalCorpse

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    You mean genius?

    Spybot isn't supposed to be a complete removal tool for every piece of software the bad guys have ever conceived. It's for the removal of spyware, i.e. software which sends data about you to someone else without your consent. The fact that it is able to detect and inform you about other nasties, even if it isn't able to remove them, is commendable, not lamentable. Armed with that information, you can then go find a tool which can take care of it, rather than continue being blissfully unaware.
     
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  8. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    You got me there for not checking my post : )
    That is why there are engine, rule and list updates to the software so it can pickup what is new.
    (a) People should be running AV software anyways that picks up the nasties, so there should be no need to find another tool, (b) it creates the falsehood that SpyBot will remove these sorts of things when they are identified, then regrettably we get the questions "I've run spybot and it won't get rid of nasties, anything else to try?". How is a user supposed to know what is a virus which cannot be removed by spybot and what is simply spyware that can? They don't because the program doesn't differentiate and doesn't inform them. Perhaps if it's not on its list of spyware then it should alert you some other way. Which gets back to my point, sometimes there can be very little difference between spyware and virus's.
     
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  9. ewok85

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    I've removed Vundo several times now... just yesterday was the latest :wired:

    My ultimate list would be:
    Vmware Server (for running linux to get more tools)
    Cain and Abel - network sniffer, password recovery
    Wireshark - packet sniffer
    Putty - Telnet, SSH
    Paint.net - awesome image app
    Filezilla - for FTP needs
    Google Desktop - for wading through thousands of emails
    iTunes - keeps me sane
    Firefox - IEtab, firebug <- essentials
    Notepad - simple. awesome.
    Procexplorer - good for finding nasty stuff, working out what is going haywire
    PStools pack - if you don't know what it is, dont bother ;)
    UltraVNC - best vnc app out there
    Combofix - seems to do the job well
    Hijackthis!

    Probably other stuff that I don't think about, but can't think of it right now ;)
     
  10. Bold Eagle

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    Have been a member of MajorGeeks for a long time and here is a summary of their best freeware software:

    Must have FREE downloads

    Arguably the most important link I have found to date is by Fred Langa for "rebuilding" the OS without loss of data or settings (has saved my bacon on at least 4 occasions, but you will have to do all updates again):

    http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=189400897

    DONT reinstall Windows but rebuild it the right way. I haven't had the chance of using it on a Vista platform yet and are very curious to note if it works.
     
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    Guess it's my turn to post a link. My tool is an online dns propagation check that allows you to instantly check domain name propagation on a bunch of name servers all around the world. A few people here on OCAU have mentioned they've found it useful so I figure it qualifies to be in this section.

    http://www.whatsmydns.net
     
  13. MR CHILLED

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    I think we need a list of imaging tools.....the question seems to be coming up more and more.....and start referring people to the sticky.
     
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    good program for windows. System information for windows(SIW). has temps, sensors and lots more info about your computer

    http://www.gtopala.com/
     
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    Malwarebytes not only should be added to that list but be at the top of the list. Spybot is so last decade & Adware is just about useless except for removing harmless cookies.

    In fact my list would be:

    1. Malwarebytes

    2. Autoruns

    3. Process Explorer

    4. TCPView

    5. HijackThis

    6. TDSSKiller

    end list

    ^^^^^

    All the above are free & actually work :)

    4.
     
  17. ThatITGuy

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    So you didn't check the link?

    SIW is FREE.

    I have used Belarc & Everest & SIW beats them both hands down. It also does away with MagicJellyBean Keyfinder as it does that as well + it can show all passwords saved on a system.
     
  18. Bold Eagle

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    LOL maybe it is now but in Jan 2010 it wasn't and hence the comment. Nice way to revive an old thread.
     
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  20. qwertylesh

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    I'm more then happy to just grab produkey and everest beta for whenever I need to dick around with unknown drivers and license keys.

    As for antimalware etc listed here, yer, its quite an old thread :tongue:
     

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