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  • Anybody versed in the latest spyware?

    Mind pointing me towards the latest CoolWebSearch fix? This thing's bugging the crap out of me...

    Windows XP: Home Edition; Service Pack 2
    Athlon XP 2000+
    1.67 GHz, 512 MB of RAM
    GeForce4 MX 440

  • #2
    Tsk tsk, running Internet Explorer and/or Lookout Express WITH administrator privileges? Man, I don't want to sound nasty but you really had it coming..

    The only FINAL solution is:

    Also, it's a very good practise never to do everyday tasks like surfing the web with an Administrator account!

    Only use the super user account for system maintenance like updating drivers and a regular user for *everything* else.

    I assume you have scanned your machine with latest Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy and they didn't help?

    Here's an info page about Coolwebsearch, I hope it helps.. this piece of spyware seems very hard to remove, so could you revert back a restore point or two?
    Win2k3 & OSX Intel, 2GB DDR400 P4 2.6@3.55 H2O, 7800 GTX @480/1250 H2O, 1x74GB Raptor, 8x400GB RAID5


    • #3
      Indeed. Thanks alot.

      Funnyest thing: This thing came about when I ran Notepad.exe and nothing seemed to happen (doh!)

      ...and the administrator thing can't be helped. This is a family computer, and unfortunately everything doesn't go the way I'd like it to.

      Music is shared, .exe files are opened behind my back, and I have a little sister who doesn't want to give up administrator privelages. It's anarchy!
      Windows XP: Home Edition; Service Pack 2
      Athlon XP 2000+
      1.67 GHz, 512 MB of RAM
      GeForce4 MX 440


      • #4
        lol , if I were u , I'd reinstal my whole system :mrgreen:


        • #5
          AdAware detects files installed by Daemon Tools as CoolWebSearch


          i'm a bit worried cause AdAware just found some critical objects. They are characterized as CWS (CoolWebSearch).

          Fortunately i have a very tight system and i dont go to sites which will infiltrate ur pc w/ CWS and other parasites.

          Since i log all my installations i also checked the Daemon Tool log. And to my surprise those files marked as CWS have been dropped by Daemon.



          Anything i need to worry about?

          Please clear out that confusion.



          • #6
            which files are dropped by daemon that your scanner tags as Adware?


            • #7

              The best solution we be to discontinue using Internet Pieceofcraplorer. Use Mozilla Firefox.