Spyware

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  1. photong

    photong Typo Queen

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    Hey! I'm wondering what's the best way to get rid of it, and/or keep it away.

    I know for myself I don't do anything that I know of to bring it on. Unlike the other users of this computer.

    My Mom earlier tried to do stuff on this computer, but it was really lagging so I hopped on and found a file called gcasDtServe.exe that was hogging everything. Now I don't know if it stopped on it's own or if it was because I kept trying to end the processes.

    My Dad has like 2 different spyware removal/anti-virus things on this computer. And of course they always come back.

    I'm going to assume someone might recomend running Hijack this to see what I have going.

    I cant even find information on the Internet about this file to see what it is. There is a simalr file called gcasserve.exe.

    If anyone can help me I will give you lotsa hugs!!! :)
     
  2. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've had really good luck with Microsoft's new Anti-spyware software, I'd suggest giving it a try.
     
  3. DarkEyes

    DarkEyes TPF Noob!

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    Mozilla Firefox
     
  4. Unimaxium

    Unimaxium TPF Noob!

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    Get a mac! Haha :lol:
    I've never gotten any spyware or viruses on any of my macs.
    But I'm not really being helpful here. So I'll just be quiet now.
     
  5. MotorPsycho

    MotorPsycho TPF Noob!

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    get a program called 'adaware' from lavasoft www.lavasoft.com (i think)

    it is a program that will remove spyware you have, and offers an "ad watch" feature that runs in the background, preventing new stuff from being downloaded onto your machine.

    best of all, its free
     
  6. Nikon Fan

    Nikon Fan TPF Noob!

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    I had this same problem, I was using IE, so first if I were you I'd switch to Firefox, haven't had any since that switch. But for spyware removal I use: Spybot Search and Destroy, and for adware, I use Ad-Aware 6.0...also a good free virus program is AVG. All of these can be found and downloaded from download.com With that combination you should be good to go :thumbup:
     
  7. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    http://www.diamondcs.com.au/ <- bloody good lil freeware app for spyware removal. there is also a german one that i use thats pretty good, if i can remember it i'll post it here.

    and get yourself a firewall too. kerio's a decent freebie, also look into sygate and tiny firewall as they all have free personal version.
     
  8. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    By the way, the Microsoft product is free, too. I know, I know, I'm as shocked as you are ;)
     
  9. mygrain

    mygrain Friend to nose goblins everywhere

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    And every time someone says Mi@rosoft...a demon gets it's horns. Shame shame. :meh: (I'd be afraid that he would just put his spyware even deeper into my machine. Spybot is pretty good. They just put out an update I think.
     
  10. oriecat

    oriecat work in progress

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    For identifying a lot of the weird names that show up in the task list, Answers that work has a nice listing of a lot of them with descriptions of what they are.
     
  11. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Firefox + Adaware + Spybot Search and Destroy = clean pc.
     
  12. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    Same here, minus the Adaware.

    As we are on the topic, has anyone heard about PlumChoice. Are they any good for those have absolutely NO knowledge about computers? A co-worker asked me to find more about it. I wondering what everyone thought of it.
     

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