Alexa spy found

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by snowman, Apr 9, 2002.

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  1. snowman

    snowman Guest

               I've just installed and ran the latest version of ad-aware an it un-covered alexa in internet explorer.....alexa comes bundled with IE....

             can anyone please advise me if deleting alexa in IE will disable IE..?      I embrassing admit that I don't know how to make a back-up .....have never needed to prior to this.

            all advice much appreciated.....thank you.
     
  2. monarols

    monarols Registered Member

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    Removing the Alexa key will not impair the performance of IE, but the key will very likely reappear if you do a reboot. If you have the time, download a couple more free programs SSD www.spybot.com and Whos watching me www.trapware.com (generous trial period) and run them also.You may be surprised to find out what they pick up. I have all 3 and run them weekly :)
     
  3. snowman

    snowman Guest

           Monarols

          I am most grateful for your reply.......this alexa thing rather upset me......I've always known it was there...but now its staring me in the face.....

          I briefly installed spybot......but was able to get a good understanding of how it works.......so many files showed that I would have lost half my os......this isn't a bug with the spybot program....I have tons of MS features/programs un-installed but abled to be re-installed when I decide.............this causes me something of a problem when editing the registry....but I am use to it.......but with spybot....not so......so I used caution......an didn't used spybot.


         will take a look at the other program you mention...thanks.

          so alexa will just re=appear huh.....in that case it would be a waste of time deleting in......the complete file name shows.....wonder if deleting the file would prevent it from re-installing ?
     
  4. MickeyTheMan

    MickeyTheMan Security Expert

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    Snowman, that alexa key in itself is harmless.  Just repairing IE would reinstall it anyway.  It is of no consequence unless you downloaded Alexa itself which i know you won't ! :)
     
  5. snowman

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           MICKEY THE MAN !!!

           hey old buddy...long time.....hope all is going great with you.......


          Mickey I just could not control myself...that snake alexa staring at me was just more than I would tolarate......I tryed and tryed to make a back up without any success.....so said the heck with this.....an just deleted alexa............just now re-connected....so far IE is working ok......had did a re-boot......an so far the alexa key...file..etc has not re-installed itself.......but yes I agree with you that sooner or later  IT WILLLLLL BEEEE BACKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!

           if I re-call.....its that "custom" feature in IE.......do you think??

          but for this brief moment in time I am enjoying great satisfaction from kicking that slimmy spy in it's....somewhere over the rainbow..........


       oh Mickey ever hear of <mohawk.ca>


        by the way Mickey.....would you care to guess if I may experience problems with IE because of deletin alexa.............netscape (un-installed) is on my computer if I need a back-up....then I can either re-install IE or another browser.......whatca think

         darn.....<mohawk> is pounding on my back door....re-booted but its finding me even though my address is changed...........thats why I asked
     
  6. Marsman

    Marsman Registered Member

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    Snowman,

    Where have you been hiding out these days?  o_O

    Regarding (MS)Alexa, I’ve deleted this several times & I’ve never had any IE 6.0.2600 issues.   Yes, like others out there I can confirm it seems to reappear.  I’ve never repaired IE but I read somewhere in another thread that Windows Update has a hand in reinstalling it.  Since I do frequent Win update hence the MS related Alexa reinstall.  I also noticed in Ad-aware 5.71 Referencefile 103-07.04.2002 that Alexa, Typelib & Lop were automatically placed in my Ignorelist.    
       
    I also would recommend checking out Spybot – S&D again when you have some time on your hands.  Big improvements with each beta update release, latest version is 0.95B8.

    Best regards,
    Mars Man  :cool:
     
  7. snowman

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         Mars Man........GREAT TO SEE YA!!    

            its been a good day for seeing old friends showing up here.......have missed many of you.......but such is the way it is... for reasons I best not touch on.

          hey, thanks for the reply.....yup I expect alexa to eventually return....but so far after three re-boots it hasn't.

           these days I stay completely away from windows update.......got burnt the last time I used it an had to re-format to get the trash off........got rid of all M$ service pacs.....an have since only installed absolutely critical updates......I am not fully patched....what patches I can obtain at the M$ library I will install......but will stay away from windows update if at all possible..... no, I definitely would not suggest that anyone else live this dangerously   LOL........

            sure hope to see you here again real soon.....my very best regards....
     
  8. FanJ

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    Hi Snowman,

    You can read more about the back-up feature here:

    AdAware > Help > Content > Introduction > Getting started

    If you have more questions about how to make a back-up, please ask!
     
  9. MickeyTheMan

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    snowman is about to become snowflake pretty soon | ;)

    In answer to your question, you can operate IE safely (and i use the term loosely...hehehe ) with or without that key which only gets invoked in the presence of the alexa program !
    But as i mentioned, update/repair IE and that key will reappear !

    Enjoy the next few days while you still can my melting friend , soon to become waterman! :D
     
  10. snowman

    snowman Guest

                 Mickey


                 LOL.......snowflake!!  LOL......could by chance you be referring to the un-patched broswer.....an if so I must and do agree........

                patches should be applied....its good practice and good  sense.............the last of which I have very little of......I would be the first person to encourage a person to apply patches at the earliest time.

              my case and my reasons for not applieing all available patches would not fit the average user...

              unfortunately I had a bad experience after applieing a patch........an major os problems..... this was a rare incident....an may never happen again

              ok Mickey....I've now payed for all my sins  LOL
    an I betcha that you knew very well that I would.

                          seeya ..an have a good one
     
  11. Detox

    Detox Retired Moderator

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    Thought I'd toss in my little "Alexa" experience though it may be more or less inconsequential. I removed the Alexa key with Ad-Aware long ago and it never came back with re-boots or anything like that, but the other day I installed MSN messenger and thought maybe I should run Ad-Aware afterwards. Ta-da.. there was Alexa again.
     
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