View Full Version : Programs/Applications installed on your system without your knowledge!?

04-27-2004, 10:54 PM
As I'm sure many others have had, I have many programs on my computer that were installed remotely without my knowledge or consent (*yells in rage*). It seems that some of these run in memory automatically, which seriously slows down my already-slow system... -_-

When I open up the Task Manager, I see MANY things running. I'm not sure which are supposed to be there, and which are crap that I don't know how to get rid of. I'll list a bunch of them below; if anyone knows of any that are bad, please post.


It's really getting me mad... :evil:

04-27-2004, 11:18 PM
To fix it all you have to do is go to google and search for xcleaner and download it. It removes all of the stuff like that and Spyware. Just use it daily and you will have a fast running computer.

Neo Emolga
04-27-2004, 11:19 PM
I've had this happen to me several times before (Damn you Golden Palace Casino!).

Best way to get rid of some of the junk that finds it's way into your computer is using Ad-aware 6.0, which pretty much got rid of all the stuff that was doing that to my computer. Believe me, I'm not the only one who uses it, I've seen many other people get this program to fix the same problem.

You can get it here, from Lavasoft: Download Ad-aware 6.0 (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/)

I got the Full Install. Basically all you need to do is download and install the program (it's free, thank God). Once that's done, open it and you'll come to a status screen. Click on Start. It will then ask you what kind of scanning you would like. I always pick smart scan, just so it scans everything that's on your computer. It should take only a few minutes for it to finish scanning.

After you hear a tone (It sounds pretty weird), it will say how many new objects it found. Click on Next.

Select all the files that Ad-aware was able to find, and then click on Next again.

The program will then prompt you if you want those objects to be removed. Click "Yes" and then Ad-aware will delete them for you.

I hope that helps.

04-28-2004, 02:44 AM
Yeah. Also install spybot S&D for extra protection. The two programs will hopefullly get all of the spyware (if not, it's like 90% of them) off your computer.

Remember to update your ad-aware BEFORE you start scanning (to prevent having to go through the scanning process twice, each taking about half an hour to an hour or two).

And yes, that gave me problems in the past. First time I got ad-aware and ran it, came up with like 300 programs. :eek:

04-28-2004, 10:49 AM
Heh, you guys are great. I should have said what security programs I'm already running:

-Ad Aware
-Spybot Search and Destroy

I will go check out 'xcleaner', though... :think:

04-29-2004, 03:56 AM
And make sure to update your antivirus like every other week. This will also help.

The secondary functions of spybot S&D can also help to block some spyware to be installed onto your computer.

04-29-2004, 11:21 PM
Heh, you guys are great. I should have said what security programs I'm already running:

-Ad Aware
-Spybot Search and Destroy

I will go check out 'xcleaner', though... :think:
Spy Sweeper is not free (no updates for free version, which means it's useless), and it's definitely not worth buying when there's free Ad-Aware and Spybot available for free. If you keep those programs up-to-date with the updates, that should remove most if not all of the junk from your computer.

Another good one is Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner (why do they have to have long names!?). Run the first two programs first, then this one. It actually gives you manual steps on how to remove it, and it's faily simple to follow the steps if you're use to a computer. Using these three programs, I think, is more than enough. Plus an antivirus program, which is free, Avast: http://download.com.com/3000-2239-10019223.html