Your Questions About Spyware Removal Windows 7

Posted by softwareguru on July 29, 2014

Susan asks…

What it is spyware?

softwareguru answers:

Hi!!!

Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user’s interaction with the computer, without the user’s informed consent.

While the term spyware suggests software that secretly monitors the user’s behavior, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring. Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways, such as installing additional software, redirecting Web browser activity, accessing websites blindly that will cause more harmful viruses, or diverting advertising revenue to a third party. Spyware can even change computer settings, resulting in slow connection speeds, different home pages, and loss of Internet or other programs. In an attempt to increase the understanding of spyware, a more formal classification of its included software types is captured under the term privacy-invasive software.

In response to the emergence of spyware, a small industry has sprung up dealing in anti-spyware software. Running anti-spyware software has become a widely recognized element of computer security best practices for Microsoft Windows desktop computers. A number of jurisdictions have passed anti-spyware laws, which usually target any software that is surreptitiously installed to control a user’s computer.

The first recorded use of the term spyware occurred on October 16, 1995 in a Usenet post that poked fun at Microsoft’s business model.[1] Spyware at first denoted hardware meant for espionage purposes. However, in early 2000 the founder of Zone Labs, Gregor Freund, used the term in a press release for the ZoneAlarm Personal Firewall.[2] Since then, “spyware” has taken on its present sense. [2] According to a 2005 study by AOL and the National Cyber-Security Alliance, 61 percent of surveyed users’ computers had some form of spyware. 92 percent of surveyed users with spyware reported that they did not know of its presence, and 91 percent reported that they had not given permission for the installation of the spyware.[3] As of 2006, spyware has become one of the preeminent security threats to computer systems running Microsoft Windows operating systems. In an estimate based on customer-sent scan logs, Webroot Software, makers of Spy Sweeper, said that nine out of ten computers connected to the Internet are infected.[4] Computers where Internet Explorer (IE) is the primary browser are particularly vulnerable to such attacks not only because IE is the most widely-used,[5] but because its tight integration with Windows allows spyware access to crucial parts of the operating system.[6][5]

Before Internet Explorer 7 was released, the browser would automatically display an installation window for any ActiveX component that a website wanted to install. The combination of user naiveté towards malware and the assumption by Internet Explorer that all ActiveX components are benign, led, in part, to the massive spread of spyware. Many spyware components would also make use of flaws in Javascript, Internet Explorer and Windows to install without user knowledge or permission.

The registry also contains numerous locations that allow software to be executed automatically when the operating system boots. Spyware often exploits this design to help it circumvent attempts at removal. The spyware typically will link itself from each of location in the registry that allows execution. Once running, the spyware will periodically check if any of these links are removed. If so, they will be automatically restored. This ensures that the spyware will execute when the operating system is booted even if some (or most) of the registry links are removed.
Good bye!!!

Linda asks…

Windows 7 home security virus, is it gone?

So earlier today i got the windows 7 home security virus. I clicked on my avg security to try to remove it but the virus wasn’t allowing me, nor could i get on the internet. So then I tried running it as an administrator and it worked. I scanned my computer and clicked “removed the virus”. Well it didn’t seem to actually get rid of it because the pop-ups were still coming (you know what I mean if you got it before) so I read some stuff online and that seemed like and normal thing and you would have to get rid of it manually.

Shortly after I got the virus, I had to go to work. I logged out and went to work. So i’m just getting back home now and it seems like the virus is gone. No more of the pop-ups or anything so I don’t know if it is actually gone or not. Is there a way I can find out for sure?
I scanned my computer again and found nothing but I don’t really trust it. I just don’t know how it could be gone.

softwareguru answers:

XP Anti-Spyware 2011, Vista Security 2011, Win 7 Internet Security 2011 Removal Guide

When this particular rogue is installed, it will install itself as a variety of different program
names, with each having their own graphical user interface depending on the version of Windows
that the computer is running. When installed, this rogue pretends to be a security update for
Windows installed via Automatic Updates.
It is possible that the infection you are trying to remove will not allow you to download files
on the infected computer. If this is the case, then you will need to download the files on another
computer and then transfer them to the infected computer. You can
transfer the files via a CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.
This infection changes settings on your computer so that when you launch an executable, a file
ending with .exe, it will instead launch the infection rather than the desired program. To fix
this you must first download a Registry file that will fix these changes. From a clean computer,
please download the following file and save it to a removable media such as a CD/DVD,
external Drive, or USB flash drive
FixNCR.reg-http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/reg/FixNCR.reg

Now you must first end the processes that belong to XP Anti-Virus 2011, Vista Total Security 2011,
and Win 7 Home Security and clean up some Registry settings so they do not interfere with the
cleaning procedure. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.
Rkill – What it does and What it Doesn’t – A brief introduction to the program
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic308364.html
#1. Do not turn off computer until after running Malwarebytes’ when using rkill or the process
will have started again and you will have to start over.
#2.Vista and Windows 7 users, right click and click run as administrator.
#3. Keep running Rkill until no malicious processes are detected

Download ATF For cleaning of Temp Files & the Java cache
http://www.atribune.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=25

Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, or MBAM, from the following location and save it to your desktop:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/malwarebytes-anti-malware
# Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
# At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to the following:

* Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
* Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

# Then click Finish.
# If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
# Once the program has loaded, select Perform FULL scan, then click Scan.
# When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
# Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
# If it asks for a Restart DO SO, Very Important

Malwarebytes’ Tutorial
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/how-to-use-malwarebytes-anti-malware-tutorial
Malwarebytes’ Video Tutorials
http://www.youtube.com/user/Malwarebytes?feature=mhum#p/u/1/xSHw-LItYmE
=====For those having trouble running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware=====
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic267354.html

Now please download SUPERAntiSpyware
http://www.superantispyware.com/
SUPERAntiSpyware Tutorial
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/how-to-use-superantispyware-tutorial

Now run ESET Online Scanner as a clean-up scan to remove any leftover’s
http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner

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