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So, anyone know how to get rid of this crap without actually having to purchase a full download spyware program?

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Don't need to purchase any antivirus or spyware, plenty of excellent free ones available.

I use these programs all together; they all do slightly different things and they work great with each other.

Spyware Blaster (prevents spyware/malware from being installed in the first place)

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Spybot (protects against and can scan and delete malware/viruses)

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd/index.html

Ad-Aware (similar to Spybot)

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

AVG Anti-Virus (not much different than Norton, except without all the intrusive software)

http://www.grisoft.com/us.product-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

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I've got adaware and spybot. I've got norton, but don't have updates for the last 6 months or so because subscription ran out. I've tried panda, and stopzilla and a couple others. However, none of hte free versions will detect the xp antivirus. Some of hte programs detect it, but will not remove it unless I purchase the full download.

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xoftspy is another scanner I've tried too. Like I said most programs will scan for me, but only the ones that I have to buy seem to detect the xp antivirus.

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Thewench, what exactly are you tring to get rid of?

If it's a virus then you need to ID it and d/l a cleaner to kill it.

If it's just the xp firewall ther is a option to turn it off but IMO I always ran

the xp firewall with no probs, use the vista builtin fire wall now with no probs.

I'm not aware of a "native" xp antivirus program...unless the last service pack included one.

Heh, if I'm missing something obivious here...well I am old :)

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My two cents:

Norton is so annoyingly intrusive, so persistent, installing itself into every nook and cranny of your PC, it's basically malware.

I'm not alone on that opinion either.

I uninstalled Norton years ago and haven't regretted it since.

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My two cents:

Norton is so annoyingly intrusive, so persistent, installing itself into every nook and cranny of your PC, it's basically malware.

I'm not alone on that opinion either.

I uninstalled Norton years ago and haven't regretted it since.

Well norton's takes the approach that the user knows nothing, to the AV app will manage everything for them.

That is actualy good for a large body of PC users.

For those a bit more knowledged, the overbearing babysitting is a bit unwanted.

Thewench, what virus exactly are you trying to remove?

Can you tell us a bit more about what is going on?

And do know this,

The is NO antivirus software that is capable of removing EVERY type of virus, once they have been activated, from the LIVE system.

A virus can be written to purposely kill all live attempts at removal after the fact.

In such a case, the infected drives must be cleaned by a secondary system that is already know clean.

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Ok, there is an anonymous company out there protraying itself as XP. A screen comes up, kind of like the normal "updates" for your regular xp program. It states that it is xp antivirus, and that it's a spyware program. You click on it, and it downloads itself to your computer. It runs like a normal spyware scan, and when it's finished you are rerouted to a site that say, now pay $50 to buy it. The problem is, the bastages are damn good. You cannot remove it from your system. The uninstall feature conveniently is missing a link to run it. You cannot just go to add/delete programs and remove it, etc. I've been to a dozen sites of people who have been duped into downloading it (me included, damn those late nights, lol). I've tried numerous steps suggested to removing it, which most times include another spyware program. However, the only ones that seem to pick it up on scans you have to purchase as well. So, no matter what, I seem to be stuck forking out money to buy a spyware program to get rid of the first misrepresented spyware program. I've tried at least 4 free spyware downloads, but I don't know if they are not as comprehensive as the "buyable" ones, but they don't pick up the xp antivirus. However, every spyware download that you have to buy, that I've ran, does identify it.

Here's a site with a description of what it is. Yes, I've tried their suggestion to remove it. The first just tells you to run a scanner to detect it, that doesn't remove it and you have to buy again to get that done. The second wants you to delete each file one at a time. I tried that, but when I ran the searches my computer just kept searching, it couldn't find them. However, the xp antivirus is still there, just hidden really well.

http://www.wiki-security.com/wiki/ov_Parasite/XPAntivirus

XPAntiVirus (also known as XP Anti Virus, XPAnti Virus and XP AntiVirus) is fake spyware removal tool that is usually downloaded onto your computer by a Trojan (most likely the Zlob Trojan) or under dubious circumstances without your consent. Once downloaded, XPAntiVirus begins to haunt the user by displaying false security alerts and "detecting" fake threats. The purpose is to get the user to purchase the full version of XPAntiVirus spyware removal application.

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Ok, there is an anonymous company out there protraying itself as XP. A screen comes up, kind of like the normal "updates" for your regular xp program. It states that it is xp antivirus, and that it's a spyware program. You click on it, and it downloads itself to your computer. It runs like a normal spyware scan, and when it's finished you are rerouted to a site that say, now pay $50 to buy it. The problem is, the bastages are damn good. You cannot remove it from your system. The uninstall feature conveniently is missing a link to run it. You cannot just go to add/delete programs and remove it, etc. I've been to a dozen sites of people who have been duped into downloading it (me included, damn those late nights, lol). I've tried numerous steps suggested to removing it, which most times include another spyware program. However, the only ones that seem to pick it up on scans you have to purchase as well. So, no matter what, I seem to be stuck forking out money to buy a spyware program to get rid of the first misrepresented spyware program. I've tried at least 4 free spyware downloads, but I don't know if they are not as comprehensive as the "buyable" ones, but they don't pick up the xp antivirus. However, every spyware download that you have to buy, that I've ran, does identify it.

Here's a site with a description of what it is. Yes, I've tried their suggestion to remove it. The first just tells you to run a scanner to detect it, that doesn't remove it and you have to buy again to get that done. The second wants you to delete each file one at a time. I tried that, but when I ran the searches my computer just kept searching, it couldn't find them. However, the xp antivirus is still there, just hidden really well.

http://www.wiki-security.com/wiki/ov_Parasite/XPAntivirus

XPAntiVirus (also known as XP Anti Virus, XPAnti Virus and XP AntiVirus) is fake spyware removal tool that is usually downloaded onto your computer by a Trojan (most likely the Zlob Trojan) or under dubious circumstances without your consent. Once downloaded, XPAntiVirus begins to haunt the user by displaying false security alerts and "detecting" fake threats. The purpose is to get the user to purchase the full version of XPAntiVirus spyware removal application.

Avast the free or paid one will get rid of this. Someone who was less intelligent with computers downloaded this onto their PC a couple weeks ago and I used Avast to get rid of the problem that they were having with this.

http://www.avast.com/

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Avast the free or paid one will get rid of this. Someone who was less intelligent with computers downloaded this onto their PC a couple weeks ago and I used Avast to get rid of the problem that they were having with this.

http://www.avast.com/

I downloaded avast, and it did not get rid of it. After all these downloads, I've been able to get it to a point where it's not continuously popping up, but it's still there on the computer.

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http://www.eset.com/

Download and run the NOD32 free trial.

Their slightly older version - 9/10 game devs agree - is one of the most kick-*** AVs to run on a gaming platform. The newer version 3.0 series still needs some tweaking down by them.

http://download.eset.com/download/win/v2st/ndntenst.exe

I'll give it a try. Heck I've alread downloaded half a dozen programs, what's one more, heh.

Thanks

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So for the gamer on a budget who is looking for a long term anti-virus solution, is AVG good enough? NOD32 looks great but I'd be stuck after 30 days.

Thanks

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I'll give it a try. Heck I've alread downloaded half a dozen programs, what's one more, heh.

Thanks

Reinstall probably would have been faster for you, even with updating OS and drivers etc.

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