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Problems with ada-ware.com & Inbox Cop-

Help with possible spy

     
12:45 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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All .... Late last night I intended to download Ad-Aware (by Lavasoft), but accidentally wound up installing some other garbage which was off of a similar name domain, www.ada-ware.com. Here is the rub, instead of getting Lavasoft's product I got some bogu SW on my machine, one application called "Inbox Cop". I can't stop this software from doing it's "thing" whatever that is. I tried to uninstall it three times. It would lock up the add/remove utility so I had to re-boot. I tested add/remove with another application and it was fine, it reomved it. Again as soon as I tried to remove this junk I locked. The 4th attempt, I went in to remove and it was gone - no idea where it went. I am now getting Norton Intert Security warnings that MS Messenger is trying to access the internet, then it will say MS Query Manager is trying, then it says Unknown Application is trying. I went in and disabled MS Messenger but it is still making it try to access the internet. I'm concerned because that maching hosted my accounting, payroll, SS #'s, bank accounts, etc. Does anyone know how I can stop this thing. It's rendering the PC useless because of all the Norton alerts. I took it offline until I figure this out. I'm running Windows 2000 on this machine. Any advice is much appreciated!
12:56 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Have you installed the real AdAware now? Try and run it, see if it helps. Or you might give Spybot Search&Destroy a try.
1:08 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks sinner .... Yes I did install the real software. It found 200+ files which it destroyed. Unfortunately it did not make this junk go away. I'll definitely try Spybot, anything is worth a try!
2:41 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Better run a virus scan also.
2:45 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i cant remember - does windows 2000 have the "rollback" feature like xp does - occasionally one of my public access pcs gets some persistent junk installed and i just system restore to a point prior to the infection.
 

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