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I actually had a problem, that was resolved by following the advice in "READ THIS". ( I was surprised, 1st time, no help, after the 3rd set of scans, something did the trick!!!
But now I wonder which/what software to keep running.I read in one of the posts it may not be good to run more than one spyware at a time. I had been running Ad-aware Plus (latest version), webroot Spy sweeper, Norton Antivirus, Spyblaster,spybot-search and destroy (and Internet security on my work computer), What I added to the mix that apprantly killed my trojans ( I was getting the winfix pop ups, and 6 trojans that ad aware would detect, but were reloaded when windows restarted) was,
* ewido security suite;
* cleanup!
* trojanhunter
* cwshredder

Which shields do you recoomend keeping active?
Which should not be run together?

Thank You very much for all the good helpful resources you guys make available,
I don't know where you guys find the time, you must be Geek Gods!!


P.S. I plan on making a donation for the help I've received
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The only thing you need to ensure is that you only run 1 antivirus and 1 firewall program. You will not have a problem running multiple spyware programs.

Here are some tips, to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future, I strongly recommend installing the following applications:

Detect and Remove Programs:
  • How to use Ad-Aware to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Ad-Aware.
  • How to use Spybot to remove Spyware <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Spybot. Similar to Ad-Aware, I strongly recommend both to catch most spyware.
Prevention Programs:
  • Spywareblaster <= SpywareBlaster will prevent spyware from being installed.
  • Spywareguard <= SpywareGuard offers realtime protection from spyware installation attempts.
  • IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
  • MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to which is your local computer
  • Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.
Other necessary Programs:
  • AntiVirus Program<= An AntiVirus program is a must! Whether it is a free version like AVG or Anti-Vir, or a shareware version like Norton or Kapersky, this is a must have.
  • Firewall<= A firewall is definatley a must have. Two good free versions are Sygate and ZoneLabs.
  • More Secure Browser<= Internet Explorer is not the most secure and best browser. There are safer and better alternatives available. I recommend Firefox, however Opera and SlimBrowsers are good as well.
And also see TonyKlein's good advice
So how did I get infected in the first place? and AntiSpyware Net's spyware article: Spyware, Adware, Malware: What it is, how it got on my computer, how to get rid of it, and how to prevent it.
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :tazz:

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