cool web search trying to install

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  1. cheater87

    cheater87 Registered Member

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    i get a message from microsoft anti spyware saying its trying to install and it keeps removing. it i have all protection enabled in spywareblaster 3.4 how can i stop thiso_O
     
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    are you using firefox? do you use spybot search and destroy, and if so try using the immunization feature and the hosts file.
     
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    If you haven't already, the first thing I would do is download and run CWShredder....which is a free download. Here is a link to download it through Softpedia.com:

    CWShredder 2.15
     
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    i use firefox and i turned on tea timer. how do i do the host file thingo_O also what does it do?? my sis has been downloading games she found online. do u think she is causing it?? i don't visit adult sites or gambling sites.
     
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    i read it. i enabled spybot's tea timer will this helpo_O
     
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    How to set up a hosts file.

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers :D
     
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    yikes that seems hard i'm not that good with computers
     
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    It's very easy, follow the pictures and you should do fine. A Hosts File will block your sister from going to a large amount of bad websites...

    Cheers :D
     
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    Good luck getting it straightened out, cheater.

    In the long run, Blackspear and WSFuser's suggestion of a HOSTS file is a better suggestion and will help prevent a lot of things. In the short run, downloading and running CWShredder would be much simpler and more effective (to eradicate that which exists). You want this particular nasty off your machine.

    You can do a Google or Yahoo search for the key words "HOSTS files", and it should bring up several listings of various companies and outfits that offer HOSTS file protection. Each has their strengths, weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages....but just look over the info and choose the one that looks the simplest to operate and maintain. I would suggest taking a look at MVPS HOSTS File Manager (at the bottom of the link provided) for it's simplicity. Once you click on download, it walks you through the set-up stage....and once that is complete it prompts you to "check for updates", which will then load the latest MVPS HOSTS file. After that, you'll get a pop-up about every 2 to 3 weeks when you boot up your PC asking you to "check for updates", and if there are any they will automatically be added. It's really as simple as that.
     
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    so will it be useable on a windows xp with multible profiles
     
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    i went to spybot and turned on the thing to lock IE's homepage from being changed i hope that helps
     
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    i'll try i told her to stop and she just rolled her eyes at me she doest give a crap over keeping the computer safe so its up to me
     
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    The only thing that does is prevent someone that's setting at your computer from changing the Home page.
     
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    damn it tried to install again
     
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    Time to give this one a try.....
     
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    ok i but i'm worried i heard it can mess up some computers
     
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    I haven't heard that before, cheater....but if you are concerned about that, there is an option to SCAN only. You can download it, and then run SCAN...and if it finds anything, then it may prompt you to FIX what it finds. If it doesn't prompt you to FIX it, and you feel comfortable with what it finds (which you should), then you can run another scan by selecting the FIX option at start-up.

    It's a small size download.....and if you are running a Windows XP system, there should be a "system restore" option which will allow you to return the operating system to the latest restore point (environment) if there is any problem after running it.

    I seriously don't think that it will screw anything up....hey, no worse than what Cool Web Search will do! ;)
     
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    ok i learned that cwshredder is for if its on your computer. its not it just keeps trying to install. and i keep removing it. but it keeps coming back
     
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    Right, CWShredder is to MAKE SURE that it IS and HAS been removed from your computer. It is probably THE most effective weapon at doing this (since that is it's ONE function - to remove cool web search). But you're right....if you keep visiting the site or sites that attempt to install Cool Web Search onto your PC, it won't prevent that. The fact that you are saying it is TRYING to install means that:

    1) it is being BLOCKED from installation, and
    2) that you are revisiting the site or sites (or files or folders) where cool web search is located and trying to gain access to install onto your computer.

    Maybe I'm misunderstanding...and that it installs and you remove it...but the reason it reinstalls even after removal is because it is a very difficult piece of spyware to completely eradicate. That's why a tool like CWShredder is particularly effective at removing it completely....but if you keep visiting the sites that install it, you'll continue to have the same problem.

    That's where a good HOSTS file, and real-time anti-spyware application can come into play and help immensely....
     
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    i don't visit shady sites my bro and sis do. and they download random games and stuff from sites. which means i will keep having to block it and use cwshredder over and over and over cause they wont' stop. :mad:
     
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    LOL...your brother and sister don't know how lucky they are to have you around to clean up their mess :D

    It's good that you are showing initiative....good luck getting it all straightened out (and just remember....when you get your own PC and don't have to share, you won't have to worry about this stuff and will know how to deal with it if you do run across any more nasties ;) )
     
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    well i found out my bro has been visiting adult sites. should i tell my parents?? that should stop it from coming. i'll have him be limited user.
     
  25. MikeNash

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    I don't suppose you could tell me which site(s) you visited to get infected could you? I'm not after the porn, but I'd love a copy of CWS to test with Online Armor

    (see: https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=83899 )


    Mike
     
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