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  • Internet Optimizer...?

    Somehow, in the past few months, I've ended up with a thing called "Internet Optimizer."

    What this thing does is pop up a search engine and adds whenever I would have gotten the "404 error page not found etc..."

    Thats all well and good, but I don't want it on my computer. Every now and then it pops for pages that I KNOW are there, and only a restart will let me visit them.

    I've found folders with it in, deleted them, and its still there when I go to webpages. I can't seem to get rid of it.

    If anyone has had this thing before, please let me know how you got rid of it.
    Garlisk's Fantasy Art Gallery
    www.usyetzer.com

  • #2
    Haven't had that problem before, Garlisk, but I suggest you give Ad-Aware a shot... even if it doesn't solve the problem it'll clean up your system.

    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    Scroll down and get Ad-Aware 6 Full Version.
    Nightmaster,
    .:Mockers Thievery Guild:.
    - "until the cat is skinned"

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    • #3
      Sounds like typically evil invasive corporate spy-adware.

      I'd check add/remove programs to see if you can get rid of it from there. Also run msconfig and untick anything dodgy looking from the startup tab. Also check services if you're running 2k/xp. If you're not running 2k/xp, well now's a good time to format!

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      • #4
        And then, stop using iexplore

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mOdEtWo
          And then, stop using iexplore
          Iexplore doesn't mysteriously D/L spyware when you're not looking.
          At some point he d/l it himself.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ghostly apparition
            Originally posted by mOdEtWo
            And then, stop using iexplore
            Iexplore doesn't mysteriously D/L spyware when you're not looking.
            Actually, it does. And it's not that uncommon, either. There are a staggering number of security issues and vulnerabilities in IE, and in most other Microsoft products.
            Nearly all men can stand adversity -- if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ghostly apparition
              Originally posted by mOdEtWo
              And then, stop using iexplore
              Iexplore doesn't mysteriously D/L spyware when you're not looking.
              At some point he d/l it himself.
              Its downloaded other stuff without me asking it to...

              I've been able to take care of all that stuff though.
              Garlisk's Fantasy Art Gallery
              www.usyetzer.com

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              • #8
                Silly fool! You've been clicking "Yes" in those installation boxes in IE haven't you?

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                • #9
                  *sigh*

                  Get Ad-Aware and run it. Get Noads and run it. Constantly have Noads running, and do Ad-Aware at least weekly, daily if you do dumb things like DLing from pop-up icons.
                  Genius is a blink before a moment of insanity.
                  "Dream is Destiny"
                  Waking Life

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                  • #10
                    SpyBot - Search and Destroy, is also a good anti-adware program, although I only encountered the adware problems in IE (I normally use Opera)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ghostly apparition
                      Iexplore doesn't mysteriously D/L spyware when you're not looking.
                      At some point he d/l it himself.
                      That's what every IE user think and they're all wrong. Take a XML script, it can do harm to your system that you couldn't even imagine. Haven't you ever got your homepage changed, or found a porn dialer you didn't know where came from?

                      I tell you for sure, I've been reading up on this stuff quite much lately. IE is dangerous. And the deal is that they almost never release patches, even not for well-known exploitable bugs.

                      Originally posted by The_Dan
                      ... I only encountered the adware problems in IE (I normally use Opera)
                      See?

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                      • #12
                        I just want the free download opera browser, right?
                        Garlisk's Fantasy Art Gallery
                        www.usyetzer.com

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                        • #13
                          You wouldn't believe the stuff Ad-Aware found on my comp! Well, maybe you would, but I didn't!!

                          Thanks...
                          Garlisk's Fantasy Art Gallery
                          www.usyetzer.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Garlisk
                            You wouldn't believe the stuff Ad-Aware found on my comp! Well, maybe you would, but I didn't!!

                            Thanks...
                            They never do, the first time they run it....

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                            • #15
                              Definately add/spyware, I had a similar problem with GetRight I think...and you'll never find these applications in Add/Remove Programs...

                              I ended up reinstalling windows as a result, these things tend to dig themselves into your system folders, and its too risky to be deleting things from there unless you know exactly what you're doing.

                              In future, stay away from trial or freeware type software, finding the fully cracked and premium version on something like Kazaa Lite (stay away from the latest Kazaa) or eDonkey is a much better choice. At least you're assured to download a verified copy of the software, however, as always expect to come across a virus every now and again whenever you're using such extensive p2p networks.

                              In fact I strongly reccomment you look at this:

                              Plenty of "acquired" stuff for you to download

                              Also, look under "Clients" in the top right hand corner to use this site as a source of verified files (you need client software before you can start dling).

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