Alexa related...

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by douglasjre, Jan 22, 2005.

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  1. douglasjre

    douglasjre Registered Member

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    My Spybot caught an item it calls "Alexa Realted." It was in directory c:\windows\web\related.htm

    This came as no surprise to me as I caught a virus in my system yesterday. I deleted it, and my machine wouldn't boot last evening. I has to repair Windows XP. This worked well as I was able to avoid having to reinstall all the third party software.

    Note: The virus that I caught yesterday was in directory c:\windows\web\virus name.extension The folder "web" still remains.

    But, when I recovered, I reran Spybot, Stinger, Ad-Ware SE Personal and Norton Anti-Virus. My Spybot caught the above mentioned Alexa realted item. My Norton did not.

    To the point: Should I be concerned that there are other creatures hiding in my system? What steps should I take in the future? Sould I delete the folder "web"?
     
  2. GlobalForce

    GlobalForce Regular Poster

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    Howdy Douglas! :D

    If the virus is no longer an issue and you wish to deal with that Alexa item....mmmm, read all about it here. ;)
    BTW, no need to delete that folder, as the above referenced will address the related.htm.

    As far as being concerned, that's completely up to you. If you're interested....
    this site will provide a veritable wealth of information.

    Beyond that....please feel welcome to "peruse" the forum.


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  3. bigbuck

    bigbuck Registered Member

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    I've found 'alexa related' on new/clean/fresh installs. I'd say it's probably shipped with windows/IE.
     
  4. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    It's in Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1.
    Microsoft put this alexa thing in to spy on people maybe.
    In XP SP2 this alexa thing seems to have ceased to exist.
     
  5. Jimbob1989

    Jimbob1989 Registered Member

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    Yep, I found it on a clean install too.

    Jimbob
     
  6. fred22

    fred22 Registered Member

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    i remove it whit NLite on a clean install(unattended install)
    nlite is great utility, check it out :cool:
     

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  7. douglasjre

    douglasjre Registered Member

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    Aaaah. Thanx guys. I see where Alexa came from. I got a pop up recently that offered google toolbar. That was offered when downloading DivX. I was downloading Divx cause it was supposedly required to view video. After loading DivX I found a virus. And, even though I declined the Google Toolbar, I still got the Alexa thing. I've since discarded DivX, the virus, Alexa, and repried Windows. No video is that important.
     
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