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    A bit of spyware

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    Re: A bit of spyware

    Not much to go on. I went to the Earthlink sites to see if they have any reference places and, not being a member, can't find anything. The word "spy" by itself isn't enough to go on. I did some Googling and as you can imagine, got too many hits to pursue. Have you done a file search on your drives to see if those three letters show up on ANY files at all? Boy, as good as SpyBot and AdAware are, I would tend to suspect Earthlink of possibly providing false or misleading information, but who knows at this point.

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    Re: A bit of spyware

    Hi Silverback
    <blockquote><hr>Running this programme showed up a spyware item called
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    Re: A bit of spyware

    Thanks to Al - I must admit I thought the same thing myself; a little bit of self promotion. I also got quite a few hits looking for 'spy' with Google!
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    Yes- latest SpyBot file used. It shows my PC as clean.
    Attached is the report from the earthlink check.
    Thanks for your interest
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    Re: A bit of spyware

    From the image you attached, it looks to me like 'earthlink' may have picked up some entries in your Adaware Quarantine.
    You should be able to run Adaware and list all the quarantined items, then delete any found if you want.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: A bit of spyware

    I've run Spybot S&D (with today's update file) and Ad-Aware and the Earthlink program (1.0 MB download, says the download window), several times.

    Initially there were
    * two files/registry entries found by Spybot S&D (removed),
    * four by Ad-Aware (removed),
    * three adware items (#c1dee, #a7c44 and #0e8ad) and 30 adware cookies by Earthlink.

    I removed the 11 Ad-Aware quarantined archives, then ran all three again.

    This time SpyBot and Ad-Aware found nothing, but Earthlink found the same three adware items and now 28 adware cookies.

    Spybot S&D takes about 6
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    Re: A bit of spyware

    Hmmm. I downloaded it, ran it, &.... All it did was run for a few seconds while it said "scanning for ...", not long enough for a real scan, & then shut down.

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    Re: A bit of spyware

    Thanks to everyone who has contributed. I am going to knock this one on the head as I agree with the consensus that AdAware and SpyBot have very good reputations, and if they can't find it, then either the adware is not really there, or they are and I'll have to live with 'em until one or both of the other two catch up.
    By the way, Ken, the AdAware quarantine was empty.
    Thanks again, loungers
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    Re: A bit of spyware

    This very lunchtime I used Spybot S&D to find and remove a so-called Browser Helper Object called "CleverIEHandler.Jeired", which kept popping up advertisements for an unfortunate user.

    By far the longest time was taken in copying the 3.6 MB install file and the 830 KB updates file to the remote PC and installing them!

    John
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    Re: A bit of spyware

    By the way, since you and John were both shown the same three "spy" elements (#c1dee, #a7c44 and #0e8ad) I went back to the Earthlink site to try to send an email or ask a question and I couldn't find a way to get in without an account number and password.

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    Re: A bit of spyware

    How effective is Norton SystemWorks?

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    Re: A bit of spyware

    I dunno - I'm afraid I'm one of the anti-Norton folks and not a user. But I'd bet that if you search the Lounge you'll get a bunch of hits to read through.

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    Re: A bit of spyware

    I use the AV and Utilities and will not install any of the other stuff. There are better products (firewall) or they (CleanSweep, Password Manager, and Web Tools) are such a drag on the system

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

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