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    Spybot and Wild Tangent

    Spybot seems to find Wild Tangent every time (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftJavaVMClassPat h, then says it "fixed" it, but if I run Spybot again it's still there. Why isn't it gotten rid of, and does it matter? Thanks

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    Re: Spybot and Wild Tangent

    Take a look here.
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    Re: Spybot and Wild Tangent

    Thanks Doc: it wasn't in the CP, so I went into regedit and deleted the classpath mentioned under HKEY: does that sound reasonable?

    kdoc

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    Re: Spybot and Wild Tangent

    Each situation can be slightly different, depending on what's already been done. Since you hade already "removed" it using Spybot, that might have removed the CP portion and left the registry entry that generated the "new" discovery from Spybot. If you aren't getting any error messages, and your Spybot scan is coming up clean, it's safe to assume that all is well and that you have removed it. If you are only running Spybot I would recomend that you download at least one other spyware removal program. Read this post for more information and links to the software. HTH
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    Re: Spybot and Wild Tangent

    Thanks Doc: just spent the last hour reading the tutorials on Spybot and Adware SE, and updating and running both. I'm currently "clean." Would you say that these two are sufficient, or would you suggest yet another, and if so, which one. It sounds like Hijack This is a bit complex, but if it's worth it I can probably figure it out. What do you think?

    Thanks again,

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    Re: Spybot and Wild Tangent

    HijackThis is a tool for cleaning up a system when it has a serious case of the "nasties" and should only be used in conjunction with it's site and the kind folks there who will analyze the logs it creates and advise you as to what to remove. Removing the wrong thing can create a doorstop out of a PC faster than just about anything I know. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    There is one other that I like and use. Spyware Blaster is a program that will help you keep your system clean by preventing things from ever getting in or on your system. It doesn't scan, it only monitors system activity in the background and requires nothing more from you than simply keeping it's definitions updated. It has a few other nice features that allow you to take a "Snapshot" of your system to preserve certain system settings in case you do get infected, you can restore them from the snapshot. And also a "Hosts Safe" to make a copy of your hosts file that you can restore in case that becomes corrupt, infected or damaged.

    There are several others and you will get a variety of opinions about which is best. Personally I like Webroot's Spysweeper. It is consistently rated among the best by the different PC publications and was just rated a "Best Buy" by PC World. I can't document it online, but it's in the magazine on page 87. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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