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    Persistent keylogger

    XP Home,SP2, IE6.
    Every time I run Aluria Spyware Eliminator it finds just one item - a keylogger. The name varies, but so far I have had- Blazing Tools (four times), Naughty Pops (once), Advanced (twice), and Perfect (six times).

    Although removed each time, it still re-appears. I am satisfied the summary window shows empty after each deletion. Is it hiding somewhere within my system? or where might it be waiting externally, ready to re install itself? I delete all cookies and temporary internet files each time the browser is closed. (This started long before SP2 was installed.)

    Any suggestions would be welcome.

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    Re: Persistent keylogger

    Chuck,
    Blazing Tools is a company that sells the Perfect Keylogger program so I suspect Blazing Tools and Perfect are one and the same program. Naughty Pops is a different piece of adware.
    Information and removal instructions for PK can be found on Symantec's site here. Note: this is often installed by users but can also be hidden inside Trojans, so if you haven't already done a full virus scan, I would recommend it.
    I will try and find similar instructions for Naughty Pops (which is ad sponsored software, but the manufacturer's site does not appear to be working - possibly shut down).
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    Re: Persistent keylogger

    Thanks for that, rory.
    I run EZ antivirus regularly but never a hint of a trojan, or even a virus.
    Your suggestion re Norton produced plenty of info - but having printed a copy will have to peruse carefully as it appears to be rather deep! But at least I now know the size of the problem.
    This may be the excuse to start entering the world of the Registry, with back up of course.
    'Naughty Pops' was defined as Adware, and has not appeared for three months, presumably this is not deep seated. I have 266 items in my 'Blocked spyware cookies' list and could add this item as a .com or .net entry.

    Many thanks for your help, I am most obliged.

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    Re: Persistent keylogger

    See the Spyware / Safe Computing section in StarPost Index - Other Serious Stuff for helpful links.

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    Re: Persistent keylogger

    Hi joe, thanks for that, it looks good and I have saved the whole thread to print out laterMuch obliged.
    Chuck

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    Re: Persistent keylogger

    Based on this review I'd uninstall Spyware Eliminator and get something that works. Like Webroot's Spy Sweeper (also $30) orMicrosoft Windows Antispyware (Beta) that's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Persistent keylogger

    Many thanks Doc, your reply jerked me out of my lethargy. I am definitely dumping Aluria. The Microsoft Antispyware, being Beta, loses out to Webroot's Spysweeper. I may not need to go registry probing to kill the present keylogger if this will do it for me, although I can see the time coming when some registry jobs will need to be undertaken.

    I appreciate all the advice given. Thanks to everyone.

    Chuck

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