I got some sort of malicious software trying to open a window on this
My protection software recommendations came from folks on this site.
I have AVG virus, CWshredder, ad-aware SE plus. The shredder doesn't find
anything. the adaware deletes all my cookies good and (maybe) bad.
Should I be doing something else? These recommendations are a bit old.
You do update their databases regularly, right??
General help and specific instructions for difficult cases:
"Spybot" for spy and adware:
ZoneAlarm firewall, this takes a while to adjust itself to your
computer, then runs invisibly. The log shows that it rejects a LOT of
suspicious pings to high-numbered ports:
Sysinternals "Process Explorer", which shows all active processes and
who admits to them, or more importantly doesn't:
"Hijackthis", which ferrets out oddities added to the Registry:
Process Explorer runs minimized for its little CPU activity % icon in
the system tray, the others are on call when needed. This is -only- a
1GHz PC on dialup so I don't want to slow it down.
This PC has stayed pretty clean. I researched and downloaded those
free programs when I inherited two contaminated PCs and wanted to
learn how to clean out and fix them. One contained a critical test
program we couldn't find the source for, the other was one I bought
whose worst contaminant was Comcast proprietary Internet software. I
finally wiped and reloaded that one.
I display cookies by date, so the latest are at the top of the screen
and easy to search and destroy without losing my preferences and
While you are messing around, right-click in a blank part of the
toolbar at the bottom and create a new toolbar "My computer", which
will give you icons for all your drives. I move it to the top of the
screen and make it two rows high to accomodate USB drives.
I'm working my way through your list. No joy so far. FWIW, it seems to be a
program from Skype which is an internet telephone program. Or maybe
something imitating it???
How many of these programs do you keep running all the time? Looks like it
will bring the 'puter to its knees just running all this stuff.
In , on Mon, 30
Mar 2009 14:42:46 -0500, Karl Townsend, email@example.com
My FreeBSD machine (mostly server duty) runs a
minimum of 48 apps at any given time on 512MB RAM.
The Linux machine (mostly desktop duty) is running 127
right now... on 384MB RAM.
Neither is feeling any load at all.
My list? The links as posted all pull up the proper websites, I just
rechecked them. If you Google the names you may get a similar-sounding
spoof site instead, that's why I went through Wiki to get to
Process Explorer runs all the time, ZoneAlarm when on line, Spybot and
AdAware only when called up to do a scan maybe once a week, HJT if I
suspect trouble. Right now, on line and composing text, the system
idle process reports 95 - 98%, sometimes 100%. I do have AVG8
antivirus running but it shows no activity right now. Its daily scan
is off and it only reports bad cookies etc.
Malwarebytes works well to remove , but unless you buy the full version ,
it doesn't provide real-time protection . I'm using a combo of Windows
Defender , Spybot Search and Destroy (beware of imitators !) , AdAware SE ,
and Avast! antivirus . They must be doing a decent job , I haven't had any
virus problems .
I also use a program from Sammsoft called Advanced Registry Optimizer ,
the only "bought" program (other than a timeserver program) I use . It's
worth the $29.95 I paid ...
Cause that is what is on this box I bought many years ago. It still works fine.
I have XP pro on a laptop, I don't see that it is much of any improvement for
that makes it seem better is likely from the ram and dual cores.
I have another box on a kvm switch that does the EMC2 version of Ubuntu, Fedora,
another install of W2k.
As long as something is working, I'm fine with using it. I'm not an early
adopter by any
follow up. I guess I'm beat. I've done everything mentioned. No Joy. None of
the programs are finding any more problems.
This program launches whenever i go to ebay. Something from Skype. I'm
thinking the only option left is to go nuclear - reformat - reinstall
Are you seeing this?
"Some Windows users have been affected by a malware program that imitates
Skype software and attempts to steal sensitive information.
65404-SkypeDefenderSetup.exe is classified as an Infostealer, that is, a
Trojan horse program that attempts to steal sensitive information such as
"When executed it displays a confirmation window with the following text,
'Skype-Defender(TM) Installed! Please login to your account to apply new
And my Sun unix Workstation (Sun Blade 2000) is running 232
processes at the moment -- again with no noticeable load. (The load
average is currently 0.02 with a load average of 4.0 being barely
noticeable. This is with 6 GB of RAM.
Unix systems (including linux and BSD variants) tend to be very
good at running multiple processes at once.
If I were to switch to Gnome from CDE as the window manager,
things might be a little more loaded, but still pretty good.