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Six people have come to this site in the last two days looking for help with Win32 Another reader told me that Spybot cured the same malware on his computer after Spybot’s March 26 update which included the “browser helper object” in its definitions. I’d love to hear what the specific symptoms of this trojan are like on your computer. It would be great if you’d tell me about your experience. Thanks so much. And try downloading Spy bot and see if it gets rid of your Win32 We need to find something that works for people. I got rid of it on an infected computer but used several anti-spyware and am not sure of which one finally did it.

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Start a Blog!!

This is a sidetrack. Lots of people ask me how they can start a blog. It really is quite easy. But if you feel daunted by the set up process, I can make it easy for you. Of course I designed and maintain this blog Ducktoes Spyware Blog. I use WordPress. And I also designed this blog on Typepad: David Trigueiro’s Idaho.

Yes, I’m a also web designer besides being a spyware zapper and computer tech. I can put Google ads on your blog too, if you’d like to earn some money from your writing. So if you want a blog, e-mail me. It doesn’t matter where you are geographically. Get your webfeet wet, today!!

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Fascinating, but Sinister Spyware

This week I’m fixing an old Toshiba laptop that was loaded with spyware. It had all these spyware:

  1. Adware BHO Generic
  2. Win32 Trojan PSW Sinowal
  3. Win32 clowsd
  4. Alexa Related
  5. Microsoft Windows Security Center Virus Override
  6. Microsoft Windows Security Center Firewall Override
  7. Microsoft Windows Security Center SP2 Update Override
  8. Microsoft Security Center _disabled
  9. PWS LDPinch IE
  10. SC Keylogger
  11. Smitfraud – C.generic
  12. Win32. Alphabet.ap
  13. Win32.

The laptop actually had more than this but I didn’t write them down before I got rid of them. I used these three anti-spyware applications to get rid of the spyware: Ad-aware SE Personal, Spybot, and Spyware Doctor (my new favorite anti-spyware, although it’s not free.)

The fascinating spyware I love to hate, is one that places a program in the Startup. Everytime I tried to run AVG anti-virus, the spyware would start this:

HKLM…Run:[KernelFaultCheck] %systemroot%system32dumprep 0 -k

And immediately a system dump would begin with a blue screen of death and, I’d have to restart the computer without being able to run a virus scan.

The client and I decided to reinstall the operating system since she didn’t need anything on her harddrive. It’s an old laptop she uses for e-mail only. But normally I would have run all my anti-spyware tools, anti-virus (I prefer AVG), plus rootkit tools (see my rootkit post.) I like to get rid of spyware without reformatting, as most computer repair services do. They immediately reformat!!! Not Ducktoes. Ducktoes does anti-spy without data-fry!! So businesses and people can lose their spyware but keep their data. That’s what Ducktoes specializes in.

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Zombie Herder

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Here’s an article. about the first North American to plead guilty of herding zombies–I love the terminology, almost like a bad horror movie. A zombie herder is a hacker/spyware installer who installs spyware on computers. The spyware turns the computer into part of a botnet, a group of computers linked together which serve porn or other material.

If you suspect your computer is a zombie or has spyware, call (403) 287-0105 or e-mail me.

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