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    Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    I am running both Spybot S&D and AdAware, latest versions. Spybot S&D is doing its job in that it does block the download of Avenue A (many, many instances on Yahoo sites) to the point where it is really annoying but it throws up a dialog box saying it has done so and you have to click OK before you can move on. If anyone out there could tell me how to, once and for all, totally eliminate and eradicate Avenue A from my computing endeavors, I would be most grateful.

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    Have you tried to put avenuea.com in your Restriced Sites security zone? Add the site, and then customize the Restriced Sites zone to disable/block everything. Also, you can customize your Privacy settings to always refuse cookies from avenuea.com. These settings should help keep you clear.

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    I personally use the Restricted Sites method, but there is one other trick to consider which was more popular before pop-up blockers became common. As discussed in the Lounge in the past, you can add an entry to your hosts file that causes IE to look on your own computer for anything it currently tries to find on avenuea.com (or is it avenuea.net ?). In fact, you can download huge lists of other advertisers and block them, too. The problem is that too many hosts entries will slow down address resolution, so you might want to reserve it for cases where there is no other convenient solution.

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    I got this from http://grc.com/cb-faq.htm#todo under the "Questions about Internet Privacy"...you have to scroll up from the 'Todo List' to read about the 'nasties.reg' file...it merges into IE...I have it

    Or you can do a Google for 'nasties.reg' .

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    Am I wrong in thinking that the last information in this enormous FAQ appeared in April 2000? Nearly four years ago? At the bottom I see "Last Edit Oct 06, 2003", but to how much of the text does that apply?

    When looking at Steve Gibson's website I've been continually frustrated by the difficulty of determining how current is the information he's giving. He seems to be unaware of the fact that the accuracy of information degrades with time...
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> ...sorry...90% of his info is great...but I wish he had a 'search' tab/button for finding things like this...I had to go to that site, hunt & peck the entire site (as in reading every blasted thing - cuz I didn't know what the 'proper' terminology was that I was looking for)...found what I thought was the correct section, then scrolled up until I found the exact thing! <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>
    I very seldom go to that site but I had originally found the nasties.reg by accident, installed it...and have used it ever since from 2000.
    I could email him about requesting a 'search' button for the site...but, like I said, I don't visit there too often.
    I don't take anyone's 'info' as the end-all-be-all gospel truth on most things...I just use my own common sense <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    Is there a reason to run both adaware and spybot? I have both but I'm wondering if I need both.

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    Some people do, because one will finds things the other will not.
    All I run is AdAware.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    I run both and find that each catches things that the other doesn't. There have been Loungers who have only found things after running HijackThis - after first running both AdAware and SpyBot. HTH
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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    OK, I will keep running both and maybe add more.

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    <post#=295803>post 295803</post#> will give you links & information to some utilities that you can run. Personally, I run Spybot, Ad-Aware, Pest Patrol, & use Spyware Blaster. Each has it's own updated database & so finds things the other misses.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Avenue A adware (6.0.2800.1106)

    Thanks for the links Phil. I was called to a friends who was infected with a trojan. I used adaware with no results although the program has worked for me in the past. Spybot repaired most of it, finding quite a few problems. I also had to get CWShredder to fix the remainder of the problem.

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